Saturday 06 May 1995
"Poor Mussolini/ Has got just a teeny/ Bit suspicious he's made a mistake./ Saying the Mediterranean/ Was an Italian lake". Phil Park's jolly satire "O! What a Surprise for the Duce" is entirely characteristic of the songs thrown up by the War: defiant, sarcastic, slightly camp; the spirit that links Coward's "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans" to Arthur Askey's "She's the girl who makes the thing that drills the hole that holds the spring''. This brisk and well illustrated study, though puzzlingly bereft of complete lyrics, links the social history of rationing, the Blitz and Yank invaders with soundtracks from wireless, danceband and cinema.
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
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