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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.

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

First up in our brace of Hallowe'en episodes is Jake Ward with Bob McFadden and Dor's 1959 song, The Mummy. Released on Brunswick in the US and on Coral in the UK, this record sees voice-actor McFadden team up with poet and songwriter Rod McKuen to produce something completely baffling, but very entertaining. No beatniks were harmed in the making of this record.

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

Except they don't on this mini-episode... it's just me bringing you a mini stop-gap episode to help me get the show all lined up for next weekend when I'll be releasing two special HALLOWEEN episodes for you to enjoy. However, I thought I'd take this time to indulge a passion of mine and give you a bit of a Beatles-y episode with a look at their most high-profile novelty number, Yellow Submarine.

If you're interested hearing more of me wittering on about The Beatles, please look up The Big Beatles Sort Out, my brother's podcast on which I'm the resident fact-wrangler. Available on all the usual podcast apps.

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

In this episode Paul welcomes internet purveyor of comedy and novelty record content extraordinaire, the pseudonymously enigmatic Dame Agnes Guano! Using Charlie Drake's records SPLISH SPLASH and MR CUSTER, they discuss the very nature of comedy vs novelty and get to chatting about the types of people who didn't make records in the 50s and 60s. This is an interesting chat with a dedicated collector of all things funny, silly and unusual.

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

Joining Paul after 4 million years of slumber is podcaster Phil Catterall who has brought along Stan Bush's 1986 The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack single The Touch and some other associated transforming robot music! We also look into a couple of 1960s tributes to our mechanical friends as well.

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