December 28th, 2006


The 'airy foibles of Rambling Syd Rumpo

As a gesture of thanks to everyone who helped me with their fantasy technology yesterday, I offer a humble ditty -- my own heavily-petted version of a classic fake folk song sung by Rambling Syd Rumpo, aka Kenneth Williams.

I heard "Limpets On Me Dando" -- an old lummock scroper's lament -- on a Round The Horne Christmas Special from 1966, repeated on BBC 7. Here's the original version:

Limpets on Me Dando (Original, 1.4MB stereo mp3 file 1min 30secs)

And here's my slow and deeply sinister mangled take on it:

Limpets on Me Dando (Momus mix, 2.3MB stereo mp3 file 2mins 27secs)

We learn here that "Rambling Syd Rumpo was created by Barry Took and Marty Feldman for Round The Horne, the BBC radio comedy which ran between 1965 and 1968. Barry Took noted that their inspiration for the character came in part from real-life folk singers such as Bob Dylan and Julie Felix".