The Goon Show: Volume 29: We're In The Wrong House Again! Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Four more classic BBC Radio episodes starring Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan.
About the Author
Spike Milligan (Author)
Spike Milligan was perhaps best known as one of the Goons. He went on to become one of Britain's foremost comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Puckoon and Where have all the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002.
Larry Stephens (Author)
Larry Stephens was a scriptwriter who wrote for several popular comedy shows in the 1950s, including The Tony Hancock Show and The Army Game. He is probably best known as co-writer of many Goon Show episodes, along with Spike Milligan. He died in 1959.
Spike Milligan (Author)
Born in India in April 1918, Terence Alan ‘Spike’ Milligan was a comedy writer and performer who created The Goon Show which ran from 1951 to 1960. Milligan soon established his own fresh style of comedy. A poet and a campaigning humanitarian, Milligan was universally acclaimed for his published war memoirs. Amongst his radio series were The Omar Khayam Show and The Milligan Papers as well as his television series such as A Show Called Fred, The Idiot’sWeekly Price 2d and later the Q series from Q5 to Q9. He died in February 2002.
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It goes without saying that if you're already a Goons fan the above is superfluous- you know how brilliantly funny they were- but if you've never listened to them give this a go. It's as fine an introduction as I can think of and, if nothing else, it will brighten up your day.
As someone else has said, Auntie has done a magnificent job in cleaning up the recordings they have left, up to the point where you can almost hear the sound of Grytpype-Thynne's plotting and Major Bloodnok's knees trembling.
To me every one of the Goon show recordings that still exists is a classic, full of wonderful surreal imagery and very well and cleverly scripted dialogue, and these episodes are no exception to that rule. Without the Goon show we wouldn't have had Monty Python, Vic & Bob and a host of other comedy performers and writers.
If you want to get away from all the miserable craziness that is currently about then you've got two hours of wonderfully happy craziness to go at here, come and and live in the land of the Goons with this double CD. If I could have given it six stars I'd have still wanted to give it ten.
These episodes may have been digitally remastered, but considering they were broadcast over 50 years ago, the audio quality is probably the best you're going to get (though the volume problem in CD2 should have been sorted in QC).
I spent my early years in the late 70s, listening to The Goon Show on radio repeats and scratchy vinyl records from the library. Practically all comedy since owes a debt of thanks to this show.
For true Goon Show officiandos, the internet radio station "GoonShowRadio" broadcasts most of these 100 episodes continuously.
As usual, the 'plots' are mere starting points for freeform stream of consciousness unsanity, seasoned liberally with the expected in-jokes, catchphrases ("He fell in tha wa-tah!"), stock characters (Min and Bill, Moriarty, Gryptpype-Thynne) and musical interludes that are usually just padding but occasionally see Ray Ellington pressed into service as a character as well. It's all silly and juvenile stuff, sometimes delightfully so as it veers off on self-indulgent tangents and goes to ridiculous lengths to set up jokes that would shame a Christmas cracker yet still manage to raise a laugh for their sheer shamelessness. It's a kind of comedy you definitely have to be in the right silly mood for, but if you are this set provides plenty to raise a smile even if little of it sticks in the memory.
Oh, and for the purists out there, it's worth noting that the version of the Collapse of the British Railway Sandwich System included is the re-recorded transcription service version intended for the export market that loses some original topical jokes and references.
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I personally have to acquire #'s 30&31 to keep my collection up to date!
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