Goodies Solo Records

Solo (non-Goodies) recordings from Bill and Tim.

Bill's Solo Records
Nothing Better To Do / Traffic Island (Single)

Artist: Bill Oddie
Parlophone R 5153

Copyright 1964

I Can’t Get Through / Because She Is My Love (Single)

Artist: Bill Oddie
Parlophone R 5433

Copyright 1966.

 

Two non-comic songs from Bill.

I Can't Get Through is included on the CD Saint Etienne Present Songs for the Duck & Dog, which was released 2 November 2009 by Ace.

single

CD with I Can't Get Through

The Nobby Stiles March / Old Boutique [UNRELEASED SINGLE]

Artist: Bill Oddie
Polydor 56123 

The following is an abridged

version of an article I wrote for The Goodies Fan Club Clarion and Globe Newsletter issue 182 from January 2011 entited "The missing Bill Oddie-ty: The Nobby Stiles March" (the full article is available online at http://www.goodiesruleok.com/articles.php?id=194

Bill wrote his Nobby Stiles song after the English football team (of which Nobby was a part) had won the 1966 World Cup. Nobby wore dentures to replace his missing front teeth; as he would remove the dentures prior to matches his gap-toothed appearance was well-known. The BBC was concerned that Bill's song, which included such lines as "we like the way that Nobby smiles" might be offensive to Stiles. In an interview for Andrew Pixley\s book The Goodies: Super Chaps Three", Bill is quoted as saying "I don't know if Nobby ever heard it, but of course his agent did!" Andrew's book goes on to explain that Nobby's agent took out an injunction to prevent release of the single, out of concern that it "held his client up to ridicule and undermined his dignity"

Although the single was never commercially released, test pressings do exist.  A handwritten label on one identifies the single's catalog number as Polydor 56123.

The tune will be familiar to those acquainted with Bill's other work from the time – the clever Mister Oddie, rather than letting the shelved work go to waste, recycled the music as well as some of the lyrics for a later song entitled "Jimmy Young" which was released as a single in 1969 as Decca F 12903.

The B side of the single contains the song "Old Boutique", an alternate version of which was later released on Bill's "Distinctly Oddie" album.

Jimmy Young / Irish Get Out (Single)

Artist: Bill Oddie
Decca F 12903

Copyright 1969

On Ilkla Moor Baht’at / Harry Krishna (Single)

Artist: Bill Oddie
Epic S EPC 3793

Copyright 1970.

 

This single was also released on John Peel's Dandelion label (see previous entry).

It’s A Live-In World (Album)

EMI - AHP LP 12

Copyright 1986

 

This two album set was released in aid of The Anti-Heroin Project. It contains songs by multiple artists including one 

called Naughty Atom Bomb performed by John Cleese, Bill Oddie, and Ringo Starr. This song was written by K. Craddock & C. Gibson.

The Knitting Song / Ain’t Got Rhythm (Single)

Artist: Bill Oddie
Parlophone R 5346

Copyright 1965.

Five Feet Two / If You Knew Susie (Single)

Artist: Spencer’s Washboard Kings
Rayrik LCR 1001

Copyright 1966

Bill Oddie performs the lead vocal on Five Feet Two. Jean Hart provides the lead vocal on If you Knew Susie.

Distinctly Oddie (Album)

Polydor 582 007

Released 1967

 

Bill Oddie’s pre-Goodies solo album of humorous songs, some of which appeared in the radio show I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.

Includes the tracks: I’m Small, Square Bashing Dance, Old Boutique, The Lawman, A Man’s Best Friend, Rhubarb Tart Blues, The Wind, Recorded Live, Take It Off, Ferrets of Old England, L.O.V.E.?, Beethoven’s Fifth, Stop It I Like It, Family Favourites, and When You Come To The End.

On Ilkla Moor Baht’at / Harry Krishna (Single)

Artist: Bill Oddie

Dandelion 4786

Copyright 1970

 

This single was also released on the Epic label (see next entry).

Superspike (Part 1) / Superspike (Part 2)  (Single)

Artist: Bill Oddie and the Superspike Squad (Featuring John Cleese)
Bradley’s Records 7606

Copyright 1976

Tim's Solo Records
 
At Last the 1948 Show (album)

LP:

Pye Records NPL 18198

Released 1967

CD:

El Records in Association with Cherry Red Records ACMEM120CD

Released 20 August 2007

A record of material adapted from the Rediffusion TV series starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Marty Feldman with Aimi Macdonald.

Neither the album jacket nor the label provide a track listing. However, the 2007 CD release has the following track listing: Bookshop / Sheep Dog Trials / Brief Interrogation / The Wonderful World of the Ant / Rural Fram (Dialect) / Witch Restaurant / Top of the Form / Someone Has Stolen the News / One Man Battalion / Doctor Sketch (Croded Waiting Room/Skinny Legs) / Minister Who Falls to Pieces / Do You Match this Description? / Engine Driver Spriggs / The Four Sydney Lotterbies / Beekeeping / The Ferret Song (John Cleese with the 1948 Show Choir) / Public Opinion / The Rhubarb Tart Song (John Cleese with the 1948 Show Choir).

The 2007 CD release includes a booklet which faithfully reproduces the front & back cover of the original album. The booklet also includes liner notes.

Pye Records – NPL 18258

Copyright 1968

An album from the BBC TV series starring Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin, and Roland Macleod.

Includes the tracks Irritation,

Marty (album)

Weighing Machine, Father & Son, Police Notice, God, Woodworm, Headmaster, Lady Chatterly, Weather Forecast, Funny He Never Married, Eye-o-Fry, Travel Agency, Parliamentary Report, Eat Your Prunes, Bishop, Ballet, and Salome.

The Least Worst of Hello Cheeky (Album)

BBC Records REH 189
Released 1975

This album contains material from the radio show Hello Cheeky starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, John Junkin, and the Denis King Trio.

According to the back cover, this album was recorded before a live audience in the Paris Studio, April 6, 1975.

Neither the album jacket nor the label provide a track listing.

This was the first issue of this album. Because the cover was deemed too risque it was changed to the blue cover (shown in the next entry) in later pressings.

The Seedy Sound of “Hello Cheeky” (Album)

EMI Records EMC 3112
Released 1976

Songs from the radio show Hello Cheeky starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, John Junkin and Denis King.

Tracks include Miserable Song, Moon Over Romford, Your Third Leg, Wrong Love Song, Soda Syphon Baby, Road To Plaistow, I’m Growing a Beard, I’m in Love with the Girl, Carrots for My Lady, Don’t Say Goodbye, Tickling Mrs. Adcock, Pie and Chips, Hymn to Cockroaches, Rock Cake Rock, Transistorised Sweetheart, Sweet Old Fashioned Thing, Love Song for Agnes, Belle of Chalk Farm, South of the Ankle, Edith Cosgrove, Smashing Year, Love is Rand, November in Dumfries, Crossbar Katy, Tram Ride to Romance, and Money Song.

The Ferret Song from The 1948 Show / Rhubarb Tart Song (single)

Artist: John Cleese with the 1948 Show Choir (including Tim Brooke-Taylor)
Pye 7N 17336
Copyright 1967

Both The Ferret Song and the Rhubarb Tart Song are available on the CD Laughing Stock (The Best of British Comedy).  The Rhubarb Tart Song is also on the CD You Are Awful...(Showbiz Comedy Titbits of The 60's and 70's).

You Are Awful CD Information:
2 CD Set 
Castle Music LTD  - NEMCD477
Released 2006

Laughing Stock CD Information:
2 CD Set 
Castle Music Ltd - CMEDD403
Released 27 May 2002

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Funny He Never Married / Travel Agency (single)

Artist: Marty Feldman with Tim Brooke-Taylor
Pye 7N 17643

Copyright 1968

The Least Worst of Hello Cheeky (Album)

BBC Records REH 189
Released 1975

Cassette:

BBC RMC 4016

This album contains material from the radio show Hello

Cheeky starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, John Junkin, and the Denis King Trio.  According to the back cover, this album was recorded before a live audience in the Paris Studio, April 6, 1975.

Neither the album jacket nor the label provide a track listing.

This was the first issue of this album. Because the cover was deemed too risque it was changed to the blue cover (shown in the next entry) in later pressings.

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