Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Ernie Shackleton retreated close to the pole.

As it’s the weekend allow me to recommend  a tune to accompany your progress through brunch and advertising supplements. Comic rock is rarely comic and it almost never rocks. The one notable exception is the oeuvre of the imperishable Birkenhead …

Fri, Jan 29, 2010, 23:27

   

As it’s the weekend allow me to recommend  a tune to accompany your progress through brunch and advertising supplements. Comic rock is rarely comic and it almost never rocks. The one notable exception is the oeuvre of the imperishable Birkenhead band Half Man Half Biscuit. Older readers may remember superb tunes from the 1980s and 1990s such as Dickie Davis Eyes, The Trumpton Riots and All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit. You should, however, be aware that they have been plugging away ever since and, far from allowing age to wither them, have grown stronger and more amusing with the passing years.

Here is a slightly ropey live version of their excellent 2008 tune Bad Losers on Yahoo Chess.

Apologies for the awful picture (and sound).

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To get the full value from the tune, you may need to consult the lyrics:

Checkmate!
Dennis Bell of Torquay
Too late
With your Nxe3
Good game sir
Do you want another bout?
Well Dennis ain’t replying
‘cos he just signed out
Bad losers on Yahoo Chess

Deep Blue
In ‘97 I voted for you
As Sports Personality of the Year
I thought at least
You’d get the Overseas
‘cos when all’s said and done
You’re not like some of these
Bad losers on Yahoo Chess

Cetshwayo got a shock
When he attacked Rorke’s Drift
But he didn’t get stroppy
And he didn’t get miffed
Ernie Shackleton retreated
Close to the Pole
He didn’t want men dying
To achieve his goal
But did he get a gob on?
No he gave a little grin
Heed this Dennis Bell
When you next sign in
Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess

What makes it so funny? I think, more than anything else, it’s the hint that the Great Nigel Blackwell is not entirely joking. He has certainly pushed the pieces about on Yahoo and I fear Dennis Bell might be a real opponent.

At any rate, do the decent thing and download the song from iTunes or, better still, buy the entire album CSI Ambleside.

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