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Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast. Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

This episode marks one year of The Head Ballet's existence and what better way to celebrate than by exploring the band who gave the show its name and one member of that group in particular - the much loved and much missed Neil Innes.

Joining Paul to talk about Neil and the Bonzos is Laura Grimshaw - producer for Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra and presenter/producer of Podcast Radio Hour. Laura oversaw all of the recent Bonzos related documentaries for the BBC and you can listen to Anarchy Must Be Organised here.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved with the show and everyone who has listened and said nice things. Reviews and ratings still very much appreciated. Find us on Twitter, Instagram or at gmail.com using the username Hark87Podcast.

Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast. Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

It's back to 1967 for this episode as my guest, Chris Shaw, of the amazing Beatles podcast I Am The EggPod, joins me to unravel the dark psychedelia and heart-rending tracks on Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's film tie-in single, Bedazzled and Love Me - songs that perhaps sum up as much about the performers as it does the characters in the film.

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Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast. Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

Along for a nightmare-inducing ride into the world of Science Fiction prog epics is musician Ian Scanlon, of the band Model Village (whose new record World of Carp is available here). Ian has brought along the 1978 hit single for Jeff Wayne, featuring Justin Heyward on vocals, Forever Autumn and we talk all about the mental scars it and the album Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds (JWMVOTWOTW!) left on an generation of kids.

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Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast. Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

It's season two! How nice to be back. Episodes will be coming out as-and-when this time around, but thank you all for your support and encouragement with the show.

To open our 2021 series, I'm joined by Catrin Lowe (Twitter) - a podcaster, playwright and pop enthusiast - to dig into the Number 25 hit for Sue Wilkinson in 1980 - You've Gotta Be A Hustler If You Wanna Get On. Watch the two Top Of The Pops performances here and here. We can also recommend the fantastic Left and To The Back Blog for background on one of the follow up records.

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Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

To round out the Christmas Novelty Offerings for this year, voice-actor, musician and impressionist Darrell Maclaine treats us to a No.2 hit from 1974 that's emerged from a burrow on Wimbledon Common and realised by producer/songwriter supremo Mike Batt - it's Wombling Merry Christmas!

This will be the last episode until Season 2 comes along some time in the new year, so until then, thank you for your support! Happy New Year!

CHRISTMAS CROSSOVER!

Your usual novelty-song podcast host, Paul Abbott, joins his brother - Garry - for a crossover episode with his podcast, The Big Beatles Sort-Out. They've mashed up their podcasts to make one sparkling christmas bonus Beatles and novelty song bonanza!

To kick-off, we apply Garry's personal Beatles scoring system to the only 'proper' Christmas song issued by The Beatles - 1967's Christmas Time (Is Here Again) - originally issued on the fan-club flexidisc for the year. Then Paul introduces Dora Bryan's Top 20 novelty hit from 1963 All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle for an exploration of this Beatlemania inspired disc.

Look for The Big Beatles Sort Out on Twitter (@big_sort) and in your usual podcast apps.

Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

Returning to the show, laden down with a bag full of Skaro™ Brand Plum Pudding, is Tim Worthington who is transporting us in his own personal TARDIS back to December of 1964 so we can get together and twist along to The Go-Go's novelty Christmas offering, I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek.

Along the way we'll find out about the writer/producer Les Vandyke, the Oriole record label and investigate a seasonal snippet from the Radiophonic Workshop. Find all of Tim's podcasts and books via his website, www.timworthington.org.

 

 

Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

For this, the season one finale, actor Paul Putner has come along and brought the very first single released by Viz magazine on their Fulchester Records label - it's Bags of Fun With Buster. Paul tells us all about who Johnny Japes and his Jesticles really are and we discuss other Viz spin-offs, other puerile records and shares some insights from the creators of this magnificent 7" of silliness.
The podcast will return in 2021, but keep your eyes on the feed for some Christmas treats. Thanks for listening.

Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

We just can't escape 1986! This time theatre reviewer, Shanine Salmon, has brought along a classic single from a TV soap star to kick off a discussion all about the who/how/why of those people who make the leap from the TV studio to the Recording Studio. P.S. Australians not included - they're too good at it!

Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs.

Our first ever guest, Ben Baker, is back to tell us all about this intriguing Canadian novelty charity single released by the North American Halloween Prevention Initiative, or NAHPI for short. Featuring some big music and showbiz names you might know and many you might not, there's lots to unpack about this seeming obscurity which has started to find a foothold on many halloween party playlists.

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