Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The LS Bumble Bee (1967)

 |   |  <1 min read

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: The LS Bumble Bee (1967)

From Stan Freberg and Peter Sellers through National Lampoon, the Rutles, Weird Al Yankovich and Spinal Tap, there has been a long tradition of skewering the foibles and excesses of pop culture.

This piece appeared during the Summer of Love and took a poke at hippie culture, drugs and the infatuation with all things Indian.

A rather obvious target and while this isn't up there with their best satirical work it certainly raises a smile . . . and was apparently included on a Beatles bootleg in the States because of the rumor that John Lennon -- who had appeared on their television show -- was involved.

Shall we take a trip

And in the clip below (from their film Bedazzled) Cook nails aloof and emotionally cold artists such as Lou Reed,Tubeway Army and Joy Division . . . long before they even invented themselves.

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

The Beatles: And Your Bird Can Sing (1966)

The Beatles: And Your Bird Can Sing (1966)

If you are reading this on June 25, 2011, then I'm probably listening to this by a pool in a tropical place where geckos crawl up a white wall and the ceiling fan turns slow. I will have a drink in... > Read more

Howard Morrison: Howie the Maori/Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (1982)

Howard Morrison: Howie the Maori/Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (1982)

The late Sir Howard Morrison was a complex character. He was a master of self-placement in the public domain (at Michael Jackson's side when the singer visited) and although some skewered him for... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

VOLUME SOUTH @ MIT

VOLUME SOUTH @ MIT

The success of the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum -- where visitor number exceeded predictions and feedback was almost unanimously favourable... > Read more

BOB MARLEY; TALKIN' BLUES: The Rastaman chanting down Babylon in 1973

BOB MARLEY; TALKIN' BLUES: The Rastaman chanting down Babylon in 1973

Shortly after Bob Marley died in May ‘81 a journalist asked former-Wailer Peter Tosh what the passing of this charismatic reggae figure meant. Tosh considered the matter carefully, then... > Read more