Monday, February 23, 2009

The Promenaders

The Promenaders were a pseudonymous project of musical anarchists (or eclecticists, depending on your point of view) Lol Coxhill and Steve Beresford, among others, and in some respects can be seen as a precursor to their long-running Melody Four group with Tony Coe. A note on the back cover sets the scene:
Pot-pourris of old and new favourites ... unique renditions of established melodies ... some insights into their own personal contributions to contemporary music. That's what you can expect from the Promenaders' first long player. It's been skilfully recorded to capture all the flavour of a Brighton performance ... music, announcements, sun, sea, holiday makers, ATMOSPHERE.
Yes, it's postpunk busking circa 1981, with irreverent versions of a whole slew of songs done medley-style, arranged to fit the (self-imposed) limitations of the Promenaders' instrumentation:
Recorded live by Dirk Pitt on Brighton Beach, with Free Bonus Track (the last track) from their performance in an "Exclusive Brighton Discotheque." And now for the incredibly long song list:
  1. Nellie The Elephant
  2. Louie Louie / The Promenader's Shuffle / Whistle While You Work / Calling All Workers / The Dambusters March / Do Re Mi / Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / American Patrol / South Of The Border / Let's Twist Again
  3. My Grandfather's Clock / Al Capone / Ghosts / The James Bond Theme / Holy Family / Walkin' The Dog / Prommin' The Bass / Oklahoma / Parade Of The Penguins / I Could Have Danced All Night
  4. Chicago
  5. Moon River
  6. Rock Around The Clock / Tin Roof Blues / Philly Dog / Promenaders Jazz It Up / Saturday Jump
  7. Stranger On The Shore / Rondeaux Makes It Up
  8. Happy Talk / The Hokey Cokey / Knees Up, Mother Brown
  9. "A", You're Adorable / There's A Long, Long Road A-Winding / Do Re Mi / My Favourite Things / You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To / Chim Chim Cheree
  10. (Won't You Play A) Simple Melody / Tibetan Promenade / Nellie The Elephant

The last track, which is introduced as "Won't You Play A Simple Tibetan Melody," may be the funniest song you hear all week. This is the Promenaders' only album, released by Y Records in 1982; get the vinyl rip here (new link) or here.


Anonymous said...

Corona Smith said...

Great thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Ah, links dead. Any chance of a re-up? Cheers.

Fantod said...

The Rapidshare link is dead, but the Megaupload (2nd) link is still active. Let me know if that works for you, if not I'll re-upload.

Richard said...

Rapidshare is working as of 14th September 2009

Great share - I love stuff like this! :-)

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for this lovely!

never heard about it, although i'm a big fan and follower of this bunch.

lately we at psychic hut posted some rare coxhill's.


paul said...

All links are dead. Any chance of a reup. Thanks.