Spill Challenge # 20120612 – Kids Stuff

Major Clanger?

Nobody has posted a challenge this week, so I thought I would take a turn…

I went to a pyjama party on Friday, but this one was a little bit different. Besides our PJs we were encouraged to take our kids (if we had any) and our teddies.

After we had eaten healthily, we all sprawled on soft furniture and cushions in front of the biggest tv screen I’ve ever seen and stuffed our faces with curly wurlies, iced gems, jelly babies, twiglets, dolly mixtures and liquorice allsorts while we watched old cartoons from our childhoods.  It was wonderful to see Pogles Wood, Mr Benn, Noggin The Nog, Trumpton, The Wombles, Dangermouse, Bagpuss and Hector’s House again.  And the bestest of them all – The Clangers. The little ones were fascinated by these cartoons from another time and even though it was way past their bedtimes, none fell asleep.

Noggin The Nog

The cartoons reminded me of some of my favourite songs from my childhood.  The challenge this week is to find a clip for one of your favourite childhood songs and to maybe tell how old you were and if you can remember, any memories you have of that time.

UPDATE:  Is anyone in the mood to set next week’s challenge? The first person to  volunteer gets a tube of ‘Spill points and a gold star.

84 thoughts on “Spill Challenge # 20120612 – Kids Stuff

  1. It just has to be this….

    …which I can clearly remember listening to in the back of my parents’ car back in 1969 (when I was aged 8 and my older brother was 9 or 10). Still makes me cry every time I hear it…

  2. I was 8 when this movie came out. I didn’t know (obviously) what a right wing, bigoted git Walt Disney was. Some of my mates had Davy Crockett hats and I recall we used to sing a corrupted version of this which ended “Davy Crewcut, King of the Teddy Boys….”

    Then Bill Haley hit, and f**k this crap!

      • @SpottedRichard – I had sent in a Spill idea about a week ago. I’ve got some others kicking around in my head I can send in too.

      • Are you volunteering for the next Spill Challenge,SHA? Do you need someone to put it up on your behalf, maybe? If you click on my pic you’ll find out how to email me if you would like me to put the challenge up for you.

  3. 1st film I ever saw at the cinema (age 5) was Chitty Chiitty Bang Bang, distinctly remember an intermission at the point the car drives off a cliff. Probably thought this song was one of the boring bits at the time as their are no chases or scarey child-catchers.

  4. Oh dear. I always hated kids shows and songs as kid. So i was just about to skip the challenge, (had a rough time with the kids songs RR topic too), but i remembered that all wasn’t lost back then. I’ve already posted the Monkees’ Shades of Grey and I Wanna Be Free for other topics, but those would be serious contenders. I had a massive crush on Davy. So would the Fabs’ Please Mr. Postman, I had a massive crush on Paul then (that got transferred to John, and then George later on). Even had a crush on a cartoon character (below) – and all of these probably cumulated in a lifelong crush on Mick (and Keith) via this tune. Rough age of all of these tunes – around 7. Guess i was a little pervert even then.

    • Sorry that the challenge was an uncomfortable one, amylee. If it’s any consollation, I had a crush on a puppet. I can just about make the leap from The Archies to The Rolling Stones (remembering that The Monkees is in there too!).

  5. My early exposure to music (1960ish) was through tv theme music. There’s a whole slew of early tv shows with memorable theme tunes – Ivanhoe, William Tell, Robin Hood (see a pattern here?). Here’s my favourite:

    Yea, crack that whip!!

    On the big screen, my mum took us to see Hard Day’s Night in 1964 (I was 10) and this movie was next week’s attraction. I was too young to actually see the film, but I was seduced by this toon. Many years later, I found this on a comp of the great Jack Nitzsche’s work as a producer. Still love it.

  6. We got our first t.v. at the end of the 50’s. At first my dad restricted watching times to when he was there so we all watched as a family. I remember there was always a music show on a Sunday afternoon, but that it was all very stuffy.
    In 1958 I was 11 and was growing out of Bill and Ben and Andy Pandy. Then the B.B.C. started showing U.S. shows.
    And this is the first song that I remember from those days.

    Don’t remember this particular clip, but he was so smoooooth.


  7. What a lovely challenge ! ! !

    When I was a kid my favourite anime was Doraemon . This is series about a little boy called Nobita Nobi who has really bad luck with bullying, accidents and . . . well everything really, and a kind space creature sends him a space robot cat to help him called Doraemon.

    Doraemon has a yojigen-pocket (Fourth Dimension Pocket) where he can take out amazing gadgets like a door that opens to anywhere you need to go, or a time travel machine or like helicopter hats that you can use to fly, and he helps the Nobita Nobi and his friends with their problems, while showing the importance of helping your friends, co-operation, team work, honesty and respect and courage.

    It was a lovely series actually.

    The theme song was by Kumiko Osugi who is known as The Queen of Anime Themes as she has made so many. If I ever hear this song so many memories come back ! ! !

    Here is the song – I hope you like it ! ! !

  8. I was fascinated by this song when I was little, and enjoyed wondering what was going on behind the door. I expect I’d have been very disappointed if I’d realised it was only a nightclub.

    Green Door by Jim Lowe. It was probably the Frankie Vaughan version that I heard, but this is the original.

    When I was a bit older (9) we moved away from the Bedfordshire village where I’d had such a happy time wandering in the fields looking at the birds and flowers, and meeting my first frogs. Our new house was on the main road into Maidstone, and I couldn’t find anywhere to play. There was a hotel next to the house and beyond it a high wall with a green door in it. I couldn’t see over the wall but there didn’t seem to be a house there.

    The wall round the hotel was flat on top, and so I climbed on to it from the cherry tree in our garden and walked round the back to the wall on the other side. I found an overgrown garden – it still had some rose bushes in – and the remains of the house which had fallen down and just been left as it was. Hooray, somewhere to play at last, where nobody could find me (Including my annoying little sister)! I had cracked the secret of the green door at last.

    • I recall a rather silly story that the song “Green Door” was about a lesbian club in Chelsea. As Jim Lowe came from a country area of the States, I rather doubt it.
      Plus, I bags another go…..after I’d grown up a bit, this tune seemed rather sophisticated

      • Ok. The marbles are on their way. Look out for a UPI truck.
        Hearing that John Barry tune always reminds me of Saturday tea and the routine of watching whilst Leonard Martin delivered the football results, followed by JBJ, a comedy, either “Bilko”, “I Married Joan
        ” or “Hey Jeannie” and then genial old George Dixon “Dixon Of Dock Green” (We really believed the police were that nice!)

    • I feel so very sorry for my nephews and young cousins and all kids that can’t go romping in the woods and streams, overgrown gardens and orchards as we did growing up, only coming home when we got very hungry or when the streetlights came on. I’m glad you found your garden behind the green door, TFD.

  9. We didn’t have a television during my childhood, so – leaving aside my father’s Dr Hook and Rolling Stones records – my childhood musical memories are almost entirely bound up with films, and almost entirely with Disney films. Some of which (both as films, and for the music) are simply a matter of nostalgia (I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve now watched The Rescuers, wondering why on earth I thought it was so brilliant when I first saw it; the skull thing, maybe) but some of which are – despite all the basic evil of Walt Disney the man – things of wonder, some of the greatest films ever, and with some fantastic music. Disney songs are also burned into my brain because my younger brother got a double cassette of them, which was then played endlessly on long car journeys. I can still sing the whole of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious without any problem…

    As for my favourite, it has to be this one, maginally ahead of King Louis; an early sign of my eventual love for jazz? I try not to think about the racist undertones (actually I’m not sure they’re subtle enough to count as undertones) in the portrayal of the raggedy crows, and instead focus on the fact that they get the best jokes and have fantastic rhythm…

  10. We didn’t watch much tv as kids. With five children in the house, there were always other things to do that seemed to spark our imagination more. The first memory I have of hearing music was Charles Aznavour’s Formidable. My dad was an avid fan and he used to play it all the time. I can’t hear it without smiling and (usually) crying at the same time. My first big screen experience as a child was Camelot. The costumes, the music, Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, nasty David Hemmings – I’ve never forgiven him – and Franco Nero – didn’t understand what she saw in him at the time. Do now. Sort of.
    The film was a little risqué for an under 10 but I enjoyed it despite the fact that I spent most of film wishing Franco Nero would just go back to France. It was rated +15 in the country we were living in at the time so I was smuggled into the cinema by my older sisters. The three of them formed a circle around me. I huddled into the space between them and we all proceeded to shuffle along to the ticket booth. Four tickets later and we were off – past the ticket collector, who I’m sure noticed there was a little being in the group, but couldn’t be bothered to ask my age. The song that stood out for me then was this four seasoned quattro formaggio.

    • They didn’t seem too bothered about meeting age requirements then at the pictures, did they? Charles Aznavour I can appreciate. I thought Camelot was sicky, yucky, kissy, kissy stuff. I did like the Children’s Film Foundation Saturday matinee films, like Countdown To Danger which was about some kids finding an unexploded bomb, which was much more exciting for me. I must have seen it about 20 times.

  11. I’m not going with one song I loved about equines of a blanc persuasion as I know it is dear to someone else’s heart.

    I thought perhaps I might explore the origins of my penchant for cheesy music. I know that I well deserve the Queen of Queso soubriquet, and I think it started with something like this:

    However, there is a more serious side to me. (Oh yes there is!) We had a babysitter who used to take us to see totally unsuitable films that she and her boyfriend wanted to see, so I got scared to death watching The Blood Of Fu Manchu, as one example, and saw 2001 A Space Odyssey at the tender age of 9. I didn’t understand the film, but was terrified and had nightmares for months afterwards. However, I loved the music. Alex North’s main theme was fantastic, but the music that had me rapt was hearing Johan Strauss Jr’s On The Beautiful Blue Danube and watching the Space Station Docking on the huge screen. Just brilliant.

  12. this would be mine – not quite songs, but stories set to music – but I have no audio – the records are here, still scratched and well loved.

    It would probably link in with this weeks theme – this is what I found from Gramophone :

    An hour of “Featherbed Fairy Tales” by Charlie Chester, with Rachel Newman as the Fairy, is a splendid buy for young children. The recordings date from 1968. They are gently and quietly told above a background of familiar classical music, such as Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” for The Flower Princess, a bit from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony for The Five Magic Peas and so on. There are thirteen stories in all, separately banded. Ideal for bedtime listening (Pye Golden Hour mono GH620. £175).

    We had that and ‘More Charlie Chester Featherbed Fairytales’ taped from the stereo onto a Curry’s C60 tape – I think they were purchase from my nan and aunts department in the hardware store, around the time my brother was born in ’68 – I played them everywhere – I’ve probably half inched the themes to all the morality tales a million times in stories I tell too.

    …as I have no way of sharing the wonderful music and stories here’s:

    CHARLIE CHESTER – ‘Courtin’ + ‘On The 5.45’ – 1949 78rpm
    (I don’t know if it’s the same Charlie Chester – but it’s a cool clip)

    • Shane – you don’t, by any chance, have Elizabeth Hunt’s audio recordings of Oliver’s Flight To The Stars, do you? We’ve been looking for those for absolutely years. My sister adored them. They are quite wonderful.

      • no I don’t – and the only reference I can find on line is:


        but again no audio – I still ahve a lot of long playing audio 7″ but probably later than that – early 70’s mostly – a lot of them came free with collecting cereal boxes I think – Peter and The Wolf and Christmas stories – all set to classical music – we had to eat my mum’s home made muesli, until kellog’s did a high brow offer – then we nearly died from the sugar rush from the bulk brought packets with the offer on.
        Don’t know if the appreciation of music was worth the lusting after sugar that I developed.

      • Oh, thanks for finding that! I’ve googled in the past before. I will check it out. She will be so excited. Thanks 🙂

        My first record player was a Fisher-Price Magic Roundabout one (red) with a record of The Magic Roundabout theme tune, but it played other records too. My sister had lots of those cereal ones, as well as Please Mr Custer and My Boomerang Won’t Come Back by Charlie Drake.

      • sorry SR – it’s not much help – just a catalogue listings of old 45’s

        we had the soundtrack to Dougal and the blue cat on record (I was given the DVD last birthday and haven’t watched it yet – must find that out) but back in the 90’s we used it for sampling and DJing – lots and lots of fun.

  13. I think I’ll plump for this one

    Not because I was a kid in 1905 ! Nay, it’s because when we were little my Grandma used to look after us and , having been born in London in 1895, she used to sing the old musical hall songs to us.
    This is one of the one’s that really stuck in my mind, I know all the words to the chorus.
    I’m a cheeky cockernee chappie and no mistake gu’vnor.

    Note the pronounciation of the word “off” here “orf” . That is how my Grandma used to say it, a London thing one assumes and now pretty much gone.

    • You are so right. Nobody says “orf” anymore! (Not that I’d noticed before you mentioned it.) I was always being told to “clear orf” by someone or other. My Grandma was from South Shields so she didn’t say “orf” but she did have some lovely expressions, and she always had those clove-flavoured boiled sweets in a paper bag in her handbag.

  14. This is possibly the earliest kids’ tv programme I can remember watching and it used to freak me out. Even the brief theme song.

    Much preferred hearing this on Children’s Choice and singing along with it. Alhough, objectively, it should have been a more frightening story.

      • Mind you for true terror you couldn’t beat the white squirrel in Bill and Ben ( when they went through the fence at the bottom of the garden).
        For some reason it really scared me.
        To this day I can’t say “Flobadob” to a squirrel.

      • I think they just found that squirrel in the props department and thought “what can we do with this?”. It had nothing to do with the rest of the story. Up until then it had been a perfectly normal tale about musical vegetables.

        “Noooooooooooooo……..I like beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeans………”

  15. I grew up with the Billy Goats Gruff on Uncle Mac’s radio show and Davy Crockett on TV but the first single I bought myself (as opposed to a set of Sparky records gifted to me) was Pat Boone’s Speedy Gonzales.
    I can’t remember if the cartoon was on UK TV at the time (1962) but I got hooked by Mel Blanc’s Mexican voice and wanted the record. I must have been nine years old.
    I went with my parents, their friends and their daughter (i.e. 6 people in 1 car) to Coventry to look at the new Basil Spence cathedral. It was the thing to do in 1962. Pretty boring stuff and typically damp weather but we had something to eat in a store which also sold records and I’d taken my 6s 8d to buy the record – the only ambition of my trip.
    It is, of course, rather racist and Pat Boone’s voice is slickly white but that didn’t stop me from playing it over and over and annoying anyone I could find with my Mexican mouse impersonation for several months. Until Bernard Cribbins masterpiece, Hole In The Ground, came out and knocked Pat into a cocked sombrero.

  16. Can’t remember the actual first but my sister (age 10) and I (age 8) both loved gross-out novelty records like this: one of those songs that seemed to travel virus-like on tape from one radio station to another – and often getting misatributed to the Chipmunks along the way.

  17. I am going to plump for two nursery rhymes. I had mostly forgotten many of these until I had my own children and re-found them, but the very early memories they brought back are here to stay now. I wonder if they’ll still be being sung to future generations?

    (it wasn’t the Beatles I had in mind, but still)

    (sorry about this version I don’t know a particularly good one)

  18. Think I might have mentioned this one before but it’s so good. I used to go round singing this all day long when I was about 4. I’m still looking for that place right over the hill (it’s got soda pop & the dancin’s free don’t ya know)

  19. If nursery rhymes count, it’s got to be the first one I learned off by heart. I remember how élusive I thought Frère Jacques was. He never answered a simple question, a man of mystery, and oh oh oh the bells the bells . lr

    • That is so great, littleriver! I love what these guys have done to the song here. I also think that my brand new second cousin is going to be called Jean-Jacques too. Quelle coincidence!

  20. My aunt gave me an old Garrard turntable by when I was a kid and a bunch of old records that no one else wanted – old childrens records (most of which had the accompanying storybooks missing), gospel records, and such. I used to play as a radio DJ all the time.

    The first record I actually received at my request was the Beatles “Rock and Roll Music” compilation (the one with the shiny silver foil and the big fingers on the cover – a US only release?).

    But the one I played the most was a Bert Kaempfert compilation.
    Not the real Kaempfert, mind you, but one of those knock-off cover albums by some nameless studio orchestra playing like Kaempfert that sold for $1.99 at discount stores.

    It was such a joy to hear the real versions years later.

  21. David Bowie – Life on Mars. It filled me with a sense of wonder. In a nice link to my past, the TV series Life on Mars had some scenes filmed in areas of Stockport where I played as a kid,

    Roobarb and Custard was the series that had the most influence on my musical tastes. Punky intro, groovy beats and trad sounds in absurd settings. I almost considered nomming Shaft’s “Roobarb and Custard” last week as it has a classical lift, but nothing beats the original sound for me.

  22. I’ve mentioned before that my childhood died the day I found out that Wee Jimmy Kranky was really a middle-aged woman……I had the Krankies album (predictably called “Fan-Dabi-Dozi”) and this was one of my favourites from it…

  23. I’ve already banged on in the past about how when I was little, my mum used to sit with my twin brother and me in the evenings, plucking her acoustic guitar and singing (mostly Irish) folky songs: Leaving of Liverpool, Dirty Old Town, Green Fields of France, Last Thing On My Mind… This was always a fave (and still chokes me up if I try and sing along – as do most of the above, if I’m honest). Oh and he says “derriere” – hur hur!

      • Did you do Battle of the Planets too, panth? It looks now like such a cheap rip-off/melange of Star Wars/Star Trek, but I loved it. They might as well have called Seven-Zark-Seven R2D2… “Alien galaxies from beyond space”! Brilliant.

        Or Ulysses? Now THAT had a feem toon!

      • yes and yes! To say nothing of Dogtanian…

        I have particularly fond memories of a Battle of the Planets colouring book that seemed to be my main present one christmas…..aye, we were poor, we were!

  24. I think it’s just Debbym and me that remember this lot but I loved them. Can’t find the opening credits on youtube: have to make do with the closing

  25. For me it was Junior Choice on a Saturday morning – can’t remember who hosted it before Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart – that me 7 my brothers used to listen to on a big Blue Spot radio :

  26. chorlton and the wheelies – odd brilliance

    jamie and his magic torch – ace tune and weirdness

    Trap Door – ‘Globbits’

    I have t-shirts of them all – and the little ‘uns love the DVDs and videos.

  27. We have SweetHomeAlabama doing The Spill Challenge next week. Yippee!

    My final selection is my favourite in my 20s, when one of my flatmates was consumed by this show, and all 7 of us ended up asTerrahawks addicts.

  28. Nostalgiafest… I think I’ve nominated faves before like White Horses, Belle & Sebastian, Beverley Hillbillies. So I’ll go down the Pairubu route and nominate songs my mum used to sing to me – like “If I were a blackbird I’d whistle and sing”, or “The boy I love is up in the gallery”, or “You should see me dance the polka”. She was born in 1917 and knew a fair number of music hall songs, most of which she probably learned from her mother. She liked to go to the cinema and had lots of 1930s sheet music – “Shinin’ Through”; “The Desert Song”, “Marta, rambling rose of the wildwood”. Is it any wonder I grew up to like Led Zeppelin?

    Some of these are on YouTube but I can’t post without crashing my computer.

    BTW Shane, I love ‘Trapdoor’, used to force Sam to watch it with me!

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