A Conversation for Flanders and Swann - Musicians

....in Wales. I know it's in Wales, I've been abroad.

Post 1

Classic Krissy

The Armadillo Song always makes me sad.

I'm an American girl that grew up on F&S. My dad had all the original recordings and I remember laughing myself stupid listening to Kokoraki when I was six. I could talk and sing along with all the albums by the time I was five, but the thing I have enjoyed the most about Flanders & Swann over the years is suddenly coming to realize what some of the political, social, environmental references were.

When I was small the animal songs were just animal songs, but I didn't really understand the idea behind the honeysuckle song until I was in my early teens and I didn't understand the specific reference until much later. I'm still "getting" nuances of their lyrics that I had never before understood.

I absolutely adore Flanders & Swann. I have the 3 CDs (my dad is guarding his orignal LPs tooth and nail) and the BBC video. I'm so glad someone has written an article on them. smiley - smiley Thank you! smiley - smiley


....in Wales. I know it's in Wales, I've been abroad.

Post 2

BuskingBob

I have been known to sing the Armadillo song at parties! A friend of mine had learnt the piano bit, so it was a reasonably good party piece to do; the piano bit is quite tricky, but really makes the song.

I beleive they had written the song for a cricketting friend of theirs who was going on tour; in the event the guy never got round to performing the song that had been written for him.


....in Wales. I know it's in Wales, I've been abroad.

Post 3

St. Killer Queen: PS of Small Spaces Behind Sofas, Muse of Polyphonic Writing and Keeper of Socks That Get Lost In The Wash

My Gran always used to play 'The Hippopotamus' to me when I was very little. Then I discovered that they wrote a lot of other songs too, and I've loved them ever since!


....in Wales. I know it's in Wales, I've been abroad.

Post 4

Lillith

I first heard F & S on our quirky public radio morning show on MN Public Radio ( called, oddly enough, The Morning Show) and have loved them ever since. My husband and I have been known to break out into the "hippotomus" and "in the bath" songs without warning. I have not heard the Armadillo song... where could I find it?
Lillith


....in Wales. I know it's in Wales, I've been abroad.

Post 5

Classic Krissy

It's on The Beastiary. That's a record that they did of all their animal songs. I know that you can sometimes find old albums of theirs in consignment shops, or there is a 3 CD box set that I have (it was a gift, I don't know whether it's the BBC or PBS that has it) that includes The Beastiary.


....in Wales. I know it's in Wales, I've been abroad.

Post 6

St. Killer Queen: PS of Small Spaces Behind Sofas, Muse of Polyphonic Writing and Keeper of Socks That Get Lost In The Wash

The box set's EMI, btw.


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