Some of you may remember Radio Spiritworld – the podcast Peter and I made a few years ago. Radio Spiritworld is the only radio station broadcasting from the afterlife to the living world. Anyway, here’s a new, 10 minute ‘Special Report’…
Been meaning to blog this for a while. Back in 2002, me and Peter Serafinowicz were trying to figure out a song for the Music episode of Look Around You, Series 1. This was the one composed by the ‘song-writing computer’, the Harrington 1200 (£999.99½). Eventually we ended up with ‘Little Mouse’, but for a while we’d been thinking of a song called, ‘Henry VIII’. The chorus went…
‘Hey there, King Henry the Eighth,
You better get out of the cold…’
Anyway, this gradually morphed into a track about a small, and quite friendly rodent. I remember, one day, we were at my old flat, and we’d been quite stuck. We had the title – Little Mouse – and a few lyrics, but couldn’t get the whole tune. We were about to give up for the day, when suddenly it came to us and we wrote the song really quickly. We then recorded us singing the finished version on a crappy tape cassette. The choruses had slightly different lyrics (‘Look to the north and we’ll find our Xanadu…’ etc) and I didn’t have a guitar solo as yet.
A week later we called up Barnaby Pinny – one of my oldest buddies (who can also be seen playing drums on ‘Regaeman’ in Series 2) who’s an incredible song-writer and producer. He turned our song into a SONG. And the rest is… the present.
So here’s the original demo recording by me and Peter. I’ve cut it to a slide show of behind-the-scenes pics from the filming of Series 1. You’ll also see the brill Tim Kirkby who directed the show, in lots of pics with us.
And here’s the song done all proper, like…
Thanks to my buddy, Peter Serafinowicz for showing me this slice of utter terror. The thought that must have gone into this…
I wonder if any of those kids watching ever slept again.
From the people who brought you this, here’s why office workers should never do a ‘witty’ workplace rap. Get ready to tear your own skull out:
Wow, this was a pretty freaky phone call, but thank the Lord all hamsters were saved. Look out for the wild horn-blowing. (Apologies for sound quality).
Definitely proud of the squeaks at the end….
Back in 2001, when I was working at Channel 4 in the comedy department, I was lucky enough to be able to commission the brilliant Waen Shepherd to make this amazing animation as part of the Comedy Labs strand. I recently watched it again and it’s as funny, spooky and horrible as I remember it. Just perfect…
Great music too from Waen too.
I love this. The dramatic scene is just so stilted and odd. Look out for Russell, the ‘pop singer,’ and when he plays the piano and sings, “Yes… I know…” quite mournfully.
Danke @tomparratt. Es war sehr gut.