Visited Miss Cellania today, to find she had posted this wonderfully done video.
I have hearted Tom Lehrer since I was 17, maybe 18. I had gone with a few friends to a party in the wilds somewhere. We drove for hours to get there, and stayed the night. It was a draughty country house, with wooden floors and wrought iron that probably all got ripped out in the seventies that were to come!
It was a very exciting party – I was the youngest there, trying hard to act like I was cool, and there were Canapes! and runny Brie! and Salami!
And most of all, there was an LP by Tom Lehrer.
It was played twice that night, and again in the morning.
Remember, this was the days before home computers or the internet or instant file transfer. Or YouTube! I really wanted that LP, so I walked two miles to the local shops to see if I could buy a cassette. I thought this would be a vain hope, as shops were less well-stocked, more specialist, than they are today, but wherever we were, it had a Record Shop. And it sold Blank Cassettes. And I had enough money to buy one.
So 2 miles back and one hour later, I had my own home-taped copy of A Evening With Tom Lehrer to play any time I wanted.
Standout tracks – ain’t a one. They are all good. From the one about a holiday visit to a bullring, where the bull is compared to Half a ton of angry Pot Roast to The Masochism Tango they are all truly wonderful.
My personal favourite – as a child of the Nuclear Age, teenage militant member of CND who was firmly convinced Nuclear Winter was the shape of things to come – We Will All Go Together When We Go.
So I leave you with a thought – if Home Taping is Killing Music, why is Music still Alive and Kicking?