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Thread #120379   Message #2619403
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
27-Apr-09 - 06:04 AM
Thread Name: Riddle Songs??
Subject: RE: Riddle Songs??
of course their presence in a broadside, even a 17th century one, doesn't guarantee their authenticity.

But it does give the thing a certain provenance - the sort of thing I'm a bit of a sucker for to be honest, Brian; maybe seeing the low doggerel as being on a similar level with the crudity of the broadsheet as a whole, woodcuts & all, which is so much part of the appeal!


Anyway, of greater interest to me this morning (still being full of this unshakeable cold) is the discovery of the original version of Bird's the Word by The Rivingtons:

And The Rivington's Papa Omm Mow Mow

As many will be no doubt aware, it was these two songs that were combined by The Trashmen in 1963 into the cult Surfin' Bird:

Though I must urge you watch this singular piece of footage to give the thing some context:

Quite the most astonishing thing I've seen in a very long time...