"It was a Dublin accent, charged with theatrical innuendo. Like all Irish, he could make "good morning" sound like a declaration of war, which, it usually was".
Enter the world of Spike Milligan. This is the man behind The Goon Show, the crazy popular radio comedy that made laughter landslides of Great Britain in the 50's (along with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe). Here Milligan keeps the character count down in comparison, but the absurdity remains intact.
My rating fluctuates between a 3 and a 5. A three because my 2007 American brain doesn't get the same charge from some of the jokes as I know his audiences did. A five because this album is a novelty if anything is. All the songs are fun and ridiculous. They go from outrageous (Q5 Piano Tune), to little kid melodies (Ning Nang Nong/The Postman's Knock), to the big and breezy "Sewers of the Strand" to a song that musically sounds like a 2nd grade film strip about visiting the dentist, featuring a Baboon who wants to fly to the sun. All these from a man who was known for his love of jazz. An interesting guy.
Overall I would say that listening to this album is a bit of a trippy experience. When I hear it I half expect it to rain gumdrops. Oh, and there is evidence of Monty Python inspiration on track #3. It's a little sketch about a guy who has a Python, called Eric.