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Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)

MASH 16 Mar 10 - 08:43 AM
Mo the caller 17 Mar 10 - 05:17 AM
open mike 17 Mar 10 - 07:31 AM
treewind 17 Mar 10 - 08:10 AM
Charmion 17 Mar 10 - 08:30 AM
melodeonboy 17 Mar 10 - 08:30 AM
maeve 17 Mar 10 - 08:46 AM
The Villan 18 Mar 10 - 04:04 AM
Suegorgeous 18 Mar 10 - 05:39 AM
GUEST 18 Mar 10 - 08:28 AM
The Villan 18 Mar 10 - 11:25 AM
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GUEST,MASH 23 Mar 10 - 11:39 AM
GUEST,Jackie P 24 Mar 10 - 06:51 PM
The Fooles Troupe 25 Mar 10 - 05:23 AM
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Subject: Origins: Lost Trousers
From: MASH
Date: 16 Mar 10 - 08:43 AM

Firstly, if there is a more appropriate place for this request please tell me, I'm new here.

Back in the mid '70s a duo called "Trousers" played Wednesday nights at the Flintgate pub in Weybridge, Surrey to an enthusiastic following. They were called Trousers because they were a pair, and tended to get a bit dirty. Roger and Tim played guitar and banjo respectively, and were a superb and very talented act. Songs included standards like Whiskey in the Jar, San Fransisco Bay Blues, The Barley Mow, The Old Dun Cow, Lobster song, O'Reilley's Daughter as well as self penned items such as Wilfred the Parrot, Bubonic Blues and The Abortive Love Affair of Constable McLaggan and WPC Sadie Stick...They appeared on TV on Opportunity Knocks with a rather anodyne song entitled Bottoms, and produced a cassette themselves.

Where are they now? I have a feeling they may have originated in Ewell or Epsom - or somewhere that way but cannot be sure.

The reason I ask is because I recorded them one evening and have cleaned up the tape and put it on CD. It is something I think they'd be proud of.

Any leads will be gratefully recieved.


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers
From: Mo the caller
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 05:17 AM

Welcome to the madhouse.
I don't know the answer, but this post will bump it up to the top, so maybe someone will see it who does.
It's a nice cryptic title, but I've found to my cost that the people you want to open the thread, don't. So maybe if you put a polite request to a mod they could add an explanitory bit like .. UK duo, or ... 70s Surrey group, it would get more response.
People here are very helpful and generous, but a lot of them are from the US.


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers
From: open mike
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 07:31 AM

and we call trousers pants


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers
From: treewind
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 08:10 AM

"and we call trousers pants"
For some values of "we", and not in the country where Weybridge is in Surrey.


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers
From: Charmion
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 08:30 AM

Speak for yourselves, O ye who dwell south of the 49th parallel. We are bilingual up here in the Great White North -- famous for it, in fact. Trousers or pants, your choice!


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers
From: melodeonboy
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 08:30 AM

Hmm... I suppose if you wanted to be derogatory about the duo in question, and really confuse Americans at the same time, you could say "Trousers were really pants"!


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers
From: maeve
Date: 17 Mar 10 - 08:46 AM

Of course, both usages are present and correct here in Maine.

Does any Mudcatter know of the group in question? MASH has given a fair amount of information.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers
From: The Villan
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 04:04 AM

This might be of help MASH

http://www.andyleslie.com/Reboot/Trousers/index.htm


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 05:39 AM

Wow! Mudcat never fails to come up trumps!


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 08:28 AM

What a fantastic result!I can hardly believe it - thank you all so much, especially you, Villan.

I will get in touch via that link.

Bravo Mudcat!


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: The Villan
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 11:25 AM

No Problem MASH. I am sure Andy will be very pleased to hear from you.


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 10 - 12:35 PM

Thanks to various people for prodding me about this topic!

For anyone who wants to hear Trousers in their full glory at Abbey Road in May, 1977, the link above will take you to a set of MP3's for the album recorded there, "Mad Nellie Rides Again".

Enjoy

Andy
Andy@AndyLeslie.com


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: GUEST,MASH
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:39 AM

If you think they were good in the studio wait until you hear them live! I am sending Andy my CD which I hope he will make available alongside the album. Watch this space!


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: GUEST,Jackie P
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 06:51 PM

We were regulars at the Flintgate but I thought they played on a Monday. We also went to Abbey Road studios to play the part of the audience when they recorded their album. They were a great duo who also occasionally had a guest appearance from a very good recorder player.

Happy days!


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 05:23 AM

Good to see The Trousers have been found! ... :-P


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 02:00 PM

I've updated the website to include the recently surfaced Bootleg Trousers "Down & Dirty". It's 30 years since I heard "Bubonic Blues" and I still know all the words!

Just go to http://www.andyleslie.com/Reboot/Trousers/index.htm and have a listen, these were funny and very rude songs!


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: MASH
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 10:37 AM

The one song from their repertiore that I most want to find is the Walrus or the Walrus Song. If this is in any way traditional perhaps someone can point the way to it - if it was one of their own I fear it is now lost.

Can anyone help? Anyone remember the words? - if no joy here I'll start it as a new topic.


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: GUEST,Chuffer
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:40 PM

I remember seeing Trousers at 'Streets of London', Hampton Court; 'The Goat', Upper Halliford; 'The Magpie', Sunbury and 'The Feathers', Wraysbury. Both players, Roger and Tim, were superb musicians and could carry a fair tune. Sadly Roger is no longer with us. I have a copy of the album, and I have just downloaded it onto my ipod.


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Subject: RE: Lost Trousers - mid 70s duo -Weybridge Surrey (UK)
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 08:05 AM

I have an mp3 version of the Trousers album 'Mad Nelly Rides Again...with Trousers'

Get in touch and I'll send you a copy: http://www.myspace.com/ray_baldwin


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