Musical Comedy — Featuring Stilgoe & Skellern

Join us today for the musi­cal­ly hilar­i­ous, the inge­nious and the just plain daft as we present a pro­gramme of musi­cal com­e­dy and nov­el­ty records.

In par­tic­u­lar, we’ll be fea­tur­ing the work of Richard Stil­goe and Peter Skellern (he of You’re A Lady) who until around the turn of the Mil­len­ni­um pre­sent­ed a remark­able dou­ble act that was firm­ly in the tra­di­tion of Flan­ders and Swann, with extreme­ly intel­li­gent, wit­ty and often top­i­cal (then) songs based around a piano or two, such as “We Nev­er Go Out Any More” which laments the fear of TV home and gar­den makeover pre­sen­ters turn­ing your place upside down while you’re out. Two albums of theirs are read­i­ly to hand, includ­ing A Qui­et Night Out, a record­ing of their final per­for­mance at the Every­man The­atre, Chel­tenham in 1999, and we have a ver­sion spe­cial­ly band­ed for air­play so you actu­al­ly get the right sto­ries with the right songs.

Today you’ll hear a broad mix of pieces most­ly writ­ten with their tongues firm­ly in their cheeks, or at least with some kind of sense of humour. You’ll hear Spike Jones and oth­er ‘nov­el­ty records’ of the 30s and 40s, a musi­cal joke from Mozart, Le Car­naval des Ani­maux from Saint-Saëns, the hilar­i­ous com­po­si­tions of PDQ Bach (aka Peter Schick­ele) and his approx­i­mate British equiv­a­lent Ger­ard Hoff­nung, the mar­vel­lous songs of Flan­ders and Swann and the afore­men­tioned Stil­goe & Skellern, off-the-wall ren­di­tions of famil­iar songs via ear­ly elec­tron­ic instru­ments by Per­rey & Kings­ley, a touch of Vic­tor Borge, and much more includ­ing The Muf­fin Men, Ron­del­lus and… well, you’ll just have to find out, won’t you.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are tun­ing in from Cana­da or the Unit­ed States, please click here. Oth­er­wise, click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so.

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