17 March 2006

Lieutenant Pigeon - Opus 300

Decca
F13365
1972




This is the maddest thing a major label ever released on 7 inch.

A distorted marching drum beat, the single repeated word 'mother', with a spliced in section of jazzy calypso singing 'get your shoes from the menders and don't be late'.

Madder, it's done by a band consisting of three blokes and one of their mums.

Lieutenant Pigeon are a great one hit wonder. Out of nowhere they got to number 1 with Mouldy Old Dough. Bizarre, hyper-real nightmarish and insanely catchy, with the only lyric being the title, it somehow won an Ivor Novello songwriting award.

The follow up, Desperate Dan, barely scraped into the top 20 and there were no more hits after that. Opus 300 is the B-side of Desperate Dan, and it is just fucking nuts.

[MP3 deleted to make way for new ones. Sorry!]

4 comments:

binj'd rinkas said...

What a savage piece of music! The dance beat is out of this world. I couldn't stop my feet tapping. Does this magnificent band have a web sight?

Anonymous said...

yes, i remember this and it is obscure and very interesting. play the track backwards and it sounds like a sample from "they're coming to take me away, ha ha" another one hit wonder. pat, 1962.

power sherlock said...

Could you pop an mp3 link over to me - missed this one and it sounds great.

Cheers
P

merrick said...

Power Sherlock, not without an email address to pop it to I can't!