When Sex Leers its Inquisitive Head

Release date
1998
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
35:18

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Come In 2:11 451
2 You Wonder How these Things Begin 1:10 55
3 Rape 3:35 550
4 La Ronde De L'Amour 2:23 284
5 Jenny Kissed Me 0:47 350
6 The Way I Cry Over You 3:28 306
7 Unknown Citizen 1:57 298
8 It's When I Touch You 1:15 330
9 Hippie and the Skinhead 4:44 350
10 Try to Remember to Forget 1:43 35
11 Jenny Kissed me and it was... 1:12 312
12 Widdecombe Fair 0:38 309
13 Neville Thumbcatch 3:54 458
14 One Again (Flight No. 10) 3:22 26
15 Pay no Attention 0:59 268
16 April 2:00 296

About this album

Labels had long been sniffing round hoping to get Wyngarde into a studio; getting a top TV personality to cut an album was a sure-fire way to make a quick buck, regardless of their musical abilities (cf. Patrick McNee trying to sing “Kinky Boots”!). RCA came up with an offer. They told me I could do what I liked. That’s what really appealed to me! I saw the record as an entertainment in its own right to be enjoyed tongue-in-cheek.

The central idea was to string the songs together into one long suite and none were more interesting than the opening quartet of “Come In”, “You Wonder How These Things Begin” and “Rape”. Truly the album’s centrepiece, it’s this suite which has given the record such cult notoriety that collectors happily shell out up to £400 for a copy. Wyngarde defends the piece on which his musical infamy is based. Is it politically incorrect? I’ve really no idea. It’s about all kinds of rape. There is so much rape going on rape within bureaucracy, rape at so many government levels, rape of countries. You know, even attempting to explain it totally defeats its purpose.

The record’s outrageousness often overwhelms what would still be one of the more bizarre episodes in popular music. The listener is unlikely to forget “Hippie And The Skinhead”, where Wyngarde reads out a letter written to “The Times” by two Home Counties skinhead girls, or the tale of “Billy the Queer, Pilly Sexy Hippie”, sung over an incongruous, Nashville backing.

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