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The Goons

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There are two acts with the name “The Goons.”

1. A DC punk band.
The Goons released three studio albums: Living in America (1998). No Leaders (2001), and Nation In Distress (2003) as well as a live album “Live at the Black Cat” (2002) recorded in Washington, DC.

2. A British radio comedy show.

History of The Goon Show

The Goons met in the 1940s before going on to create the most influential comedy show of their era. Like many of the post war entertainers, they all began performing whilst serving in the forces. Here is a brief history of the show and its cast.

1939 - WAR. All 4 founder members of the Goons were involved in World War 2 (as was most of the world). Individually, the Goons get involved in entertaining the armed forces.

1945 - WAR ends. Score 2-0 to the allies. The atomic bomb stops play.

1949 - By now all 4 original Goons are in London carving out individual careers on stage and radio and Spike is getting into script writing. They begin to gather at a pub called ‘Graftons’ which becomes a popular watering hole for them and other up and coming stars. Jimmy Grafton, the Landlord of the pub (and scriptwriter) is instrumental in getting the Goons started at the BBC. He will also edit the early series of the show.

1950 - The BBC are approached by the Goons with their ideas for a new radio show. They are eventually given a chance.

1951 - A pilot episode was made in early February and the first series started on the BBC in May. The first series was titled “Crazy People” as the BBC did not like the name “The Goon Show”. These early shows contained a number of short sketches and musical interludes.

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  • flowerinurhand

    see you on the other side, Mr.Sykes!

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nick_InZoMNiAC

    The Goons as US Hardcore punk ;)

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • infraredhotdog

    "I didn't study astronavigation in the isotopes Peru for nothing, you know!"

    4 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Sulisk

    Love it, mega. Tenor: There's a song that I recall My mother sang to me. Spriggs (off): Oh! (a sigh) Tenor: She sang it as she tucked me in When I was ninety-three. (harp plays a rising chord...) Spriggs: I diddle, I. Who was that bum? Bluebottle + Spriggs: Ying tong ying tong ying tong ying tong ying tong iddle I po, Ying tong ying tong ying tong ying tong (bluebottle drops behind) Ying tong iddle I po Spriggs: Keep lad up. Keep. Bluebottle: Keep up lad up. Both: Ying tong ying tong ying tong ying tong Ying tong iddle I po. Spriggs: lad Both: Ying tong ying tong ying tong iddle I po (lad) Iddle I po (lad) Ying tong ying tong Ying tong (Spriggs: iddle) (Bluebottle: ying tong) Ying tong iddle I po Ying tong ying tong iddle Bluebottle (spoken): Ying tong iddle I po! AND MUCH MORE . . .

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Spilligan

    Owwwwww... You've got to go owww!

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Sctsmn

    @Halfpenny: http://www.otrcat.com/goon-show-p-1329.html

    8 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Sctsmn

    Good!

    8 Aug 2009 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Ying Tong Yiddle I Po.

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Philthefat

    Ying Tong Iddle I Po

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    I'm walking backwards for Christmas, across the Irish Sea.

    20 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Vanderdecken

    These need joining, or people need educating of their real name... did I mention they're fantastic and completely mad?

    27 Jan 2007 Reply
  • halnine

    (and join our names - The Goons/The Goon Show/Goons/Goon Show. Conquer & Divide just doesn't work well on LastFM).

    1 Jul 2006 Reply
  • halnine

    STREAM US!!!

    1 Jul 2006 Reply

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