"Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently."
Nope, you aren't the only one. I think at 67 I've got a few years on you. I do remember Flanders and Swann; they were very popular during my college days. Sadly, the only song I can bring to mind now, though, is "Madeira M'Dear."
Something wrong with the video, BTW. I tried to watch it on YouTube, but I got an error message.
There is at least one brief audio glitch where a few words are lost and the volume decreases.My embedded version is different from the YouTube original in that I trimmed it to start at the 7:00 mark to highlight just the one song from the performance.
I've got their "At the Drop of a Hat" CD right here--as an old student (also 67 until next month) of pre-Shakespearean drama, I love their "Greensleeves."
I grew up with Flanders & Swan - thanks to English parents (Dad is 80 now).The Gasman Cometh, Transport of Delight, A Gnu, mud, Cannibal, Lost Horn, the months, etcI doubt I've got the names right but I can remember some of the lyrics to what I've listed as well as the tunes.The albums we had were "at the drop of a hat" and "at the drop of another hat"
Of course I remember. In addition to At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat, there was a third album, The Bestiary of Flanders and Swann with a series of wonderful animal songs. Donald Swann, a marvelous light pianist, wrote the music while Michael Flanders wrote the lyrics. I have enjoyed light musical comedy such as Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg - but began for me with Flanders and Swann. Flanders died in 75, Swann in 1994, I believe.
The armadillo song is funny, but many of the other songs are much funnier. I adored the Gasman song when I was a child, and I think their song about a french horn is pure mad British genius: 'I once had a whim and I had to obey it, to buy a French horn in a second-hand-shop, I polished it up and I started to play it, in spite of the owner, who begged me to stop...' etc. At their least funny, Swan & Flanders were somehow creepy and worrying to a child, but the lyrics were wonderful, the pastiche-settings clever, funny and wonderfully zany. I'm very glad to have seen Flanders and Swan's performances go out live on the BBC, - though I was still under 10 when they disappeared. How many of our modern performers are such competent (skilled) entertainers?
I sing a Flanders & Swan song every year at a charity concert in UK. The Armadillo is a very fine example of Flanders' mastery of the satyrical embedded lyric and Swan's beautiful inspired music. In this field they created works of genius never to be repeated.
I just love Flanders & Swann. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/flanders-swann.html