Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jehosophat & Jones (Re-Up)


An LP on the Philips label from 1973.

"For sixteen years, big Ronnie Barker and little Ronnie Corbett hit hard on the nation's funny bone with their gently subversive, often wonderfully rude comedy routines, which lampooned countless aspects of British life - pompous authority figures, eccentric middle class guests at dreary cocktail parties, shabby men (with distinctly surreal private lives) putting the world to rights over a beer or ten, ghastly restaurants with rude waiters and incompetent chefs, bumptious politicians, leery rock stars and deeply suspicious doctors. Although often regarded as a "safe" series, The Two Ronnies' best sketches often strayed toward decidedly bizarre and ridiculous Monty Python territory, which isn't surprising as several of the Pythons (together with genius upstarts like Marshall and Renwick) wrote for the series - that's when the great Ronnie Barker wasn't providing the bulk of the material himself under a number of unlikely pseudonyms! (Remember Gerald Wiley? That was him.) The musical numbers can seem dated to modern eyes, but the country and western parodies from 'Big Jim Jehosophat'(Corbett) and 'Fatbelly Jones'(Barker) were always a joy, wrapping dozens of double-entendres around some genuinely catchy tunes, as were the lesser-seen spoofs of Chas and Dave, Status Quo and even Kid Creole and the Coconuts! As with many of the 'old school' comedians, the Two Ronnies' work has endured far better than many of the 'alternative' comedians who tried to push them aside - not only that, they're still being repeated."

Discover more about The Two Ronnies HERE.


Jehosophat & Jones - Nell Of The Yukon

Jehosophat & Jones - It Blows My Mind

Jehosophat & Jones - In The Summertime

Jehosophat & Jones - Girl From Arkensaw

Jehosophat & Jones - Barndance


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2 comments:

Planet Mondo said...

I downloaded these earlier in the year for blasting on our Cotswold holiday - the songs were our soundtrack for driving back to Stow On The Wold after a day out in Slad and a snifter at The Woolpack.. great stuff which my two kids found hilarious and were singing throught our week away

wastedpapiers said...

Glad you enjoyed them Mondo.