Wednesday, April 01, 2009

In defence of Musical Comedy

Nice little article from Brian Logan - but he really needs to get listening to some Tom Lehrer!

7 comments:

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Agreed! Lehrer is the master - and Oedipus Rex -- even before he starts the song -- is just genius.

Much loved material every last bit of it.

Anna Lowman (annawaits) said...

Absolutely, I'm never not in the mood for a bit of Mr Lehrer!

Dean said...

I've never really got why so many people are pre-disposed to hate musical comics. I mean, I actually smile when I see a comic walk on stage with a guitar. For a start, if the funny sucks at least there might be some good melodies.

Two of my favourite musical comedy experiences were both at Glastonbury: a few years ago I saw Ian Cognito at the cabaret tent there. He comes on stage, guitar strapped to his back and starts on his stand-up set. About half-way through he starts talking about commercialism: "and people are just buying any shit that they don't want. I can't even play the fucking guitar". And he never does.

The other was last year, seeing Arthur Smith. Singing Leonard Cohen songs. There were jokes, but the songs were all done straight. He can't even really sing, nor can he play, and he had to talk some woman who worked backstage their into playing guitar with him.

Dean said...

Bah, now you have me listening to my old recordings of the Mitch Benn Music Show (a short lived BBC7 series where Mitch Benn DJs, playing just comedy songs, with live sets by comedy music folks) :D

Jane Henry said...

And anyone remember the Rubber Bishops? Their version of Stairway to Heaven called Stairway to Kevin's was such a brilliant parody, not only of the song, but also the heavy metal boys I knew growing up. Genius. Wonder what happened to them.

Also rather partial to Rolf Harris' version of Stairway to Heaven (particularly the bit where he introduces Miss Given), though I am not keen on him normally.

Dean said...

Well err, one of the Rubber Bishops went on to become a fairly obscure musical comic by the name of Bill Bailey :D

Jane Henry said...

Doh. I never knew that! I saw them years ago when they were young and unknown...