Monday, May 28, 2007

Early Influences


WARNING!
This post contans OLD STUFF

When I was little (er young about 4) there was no telly. Well not oop north anyway.
When Telly finally arrived there was *only one in the village*.

Andy Pandy was the programme to see - so I had to walk up t' hill after school with mum and my pal Patsy Fairbrother .
Time to go home
Time to go home
Andy is waving goodbye
Goodbye

Andy Pandy grew up to became the singer with XTC

But I much preferred 'The Flower Pot Men'. It was a weird programme - you had no idea what they were on about.
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On Saturday's 'Seven Ages of Rock' Peter Gabriel said 'Weed' was a big influence.
By the time Muffin the Mule was all the rage we had a telly.
I went straight from Muffin to Elvis which probably explains a lot.
However, the biggest early TV revelation was 'Old films'. These days we can see every film that was ever released on Video, DVD or TV. In my childhood It seemed like magic that I could go back in time and see the old movies that my granny loved.
Strangely enough, my young mates and I were amazed and obsessed by Victor Mature. Unfortunately, we didn't resemble his name as we called him Victor Manure.
Even at that early age I knew that you didn't do Samson with a roll of flab round your middle.
He was larger that life. Like a model for the Thunderbirds carved out of a block of foam, or a prototype for a Spitting Image character.
His face repelled and attracted me - a bit sexy, a bit pervy and a lot scary.

It's a wonder I grew up normal.
What's that you said?

KAZ

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Blogger Nic said...

My brother was/is a very big XTC fan...he has never mentioned that Andy Partidge was really Andy Pandy. I shall quiz him over this next time I see him....it does explain a lot, though.

My A level chemistry teacher called me and my mate Bill and Ben.... possibly because we sat at the back talking nonsense to one another. We didn't live in plant pots though......for some reason there weren't any in the lab.

The other Bill and Ben were almost my favourites too.

8:52 am  
Blogger I, like the view said...

what about Poggles Wood?

8:55 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

NiC:
Your guilty secret is out - this is the first time you've confessed to A level Chemistry.

I bet they lied to you and said it would help with photography.

View:
Never heard of it.
Years after my time. I'd probably discovered sex by then.

Er - what's sex again?

9:56 am  
Blogger Midnight said...

Bill and Ben definitely rocked! I think they were the first animated characters on drugs. Pogle's wood was a good one too, in a similar vein.

My fave had to be Captain Pugwash though, with characters like Master Bates and Seaman Staines, it was pornography for kids.

11:01 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

And Bill never said to Ben, "If you really loved me, you'd swallow it".

11:13 am  
Blogger tony said...

Andy Pandy was a real Wuzz.I always thought it,even back then (although i probably didnt have "wuzz" in my vocabulary then)
But Bill&Ben were ok.My favourite one was (on a Friday?) "The Biggest Spotted Dog You Ever Did See" wot one was that?The WoodenTops?CLASSIC!!!!

11:23 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

I would like to have seen a real life Thunderbirds with Victor Mature and Trevor Brooking.

Did Victor not hold his stomach in like Robert Mitchum?

11:52 am  
Blogger MJ said...

You're telling me that Corrie hasn't always been on telly?

2:44 pm  
Blogger Nic said...

Rats...my secret is out! Actually at the time I wanted to be either a punk rocker or a microbiologist. One needed Chemistry for one of those...I forget which one.

You've not heard of Pogles Wood? You've missed out there Kaz.

3:44 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

Were you scared when you got your photo taken with mature Victor? That's a very odd look on his face.

Er - that is you, isn't it?

4:01 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Midnight:
Captain Pugwash! Incredible.
When I first saw it I really thought they'd made a mistake.
And people got upset by the Tellytubbies.

Vicus:
Of course not - it was Ben that said it to Bill!

Tony:
I first learned Wuzz from Julie Birchill circa '99.

Geoff:
Of course - Victor and Trevor! Long lost brothers.
I think he was holding it in for the pic, but he couldn't keep it up for the whole epic.

mj:
It's been on for all of your life.
I had a deprived childhood without it.

4:03 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

NiC:
It was the punk - they used to pinch the lab coats to customise for essential gear.

Thanks for the link to Pogles Wood. But, are you sure I'd enjoy tales about foundling sons of the King of the fairies'?

Stitch:
Of course!
This was before my breast reduction - but after the collagen lip implants.

4:13 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

That intercut sequence between Genesis and The Folwerpots was very impressive!

Didn't you mention some tiime back that there would be a story about you meeting Muffin the Mule?

6:30 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I've got the impression since being a grown up that The Flowerpot Men was based around an in joke about drugs (Little Weed?).

Frankie Vaughan was yet another Victor Mature lookalike. Is that how his career took off?

7:56 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Murph:
Credit Peter Gabriel - he dressed up as Weed in his unique stage performances.

No story - just a photo of Anette Mills with me sitting on Muffin.

Betty:
Perhaps- but 1952 was perhaps a bit early.
Frankie Vaughan - quite right - I once saw him eating a cheese sandwich on Blackpool pier.

9:05 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

It always troubled me - Frankie Vaughan ending up in the same film as Marilyn Monroe.
I though Victor was creepy too. He never had a shirt on and he was, well, breasty.

2:13 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Arabella:
I think men like Frankie Vaughan and Victor explained why I grew up liking skinny men with freckles who got sand kicked in their faces.

10:22 pm  

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