Britpop Poetry

Britpop Pop

Watches The Britpop Awards
With his prize Britpop family.
Doesn’t give a thirty-three and a third about music abroad.
The Queen owes him an OBE.

Bedtime lyrics read at night.
Pop Art posters on bedroom walls.
The kids could hum The Kids are Alright
In Townshend clobber before they could crawl.

With his all-time British record collection
Wears his heart on an album sleeve.
A variety bill of not living legends;
Lennon and Jones, Ronnie and Steve.

Marries his Twiggy lookalike wife
Hot on the heels of the ’66 victory.
Cuts the cake with Bobby Moore souvenir knife.
Goes on honeymoon to his beloved Wembley.

In a Mystery ‘open-top’ Tour double-decker
He bus drives his way round day-trippy Devon.
Up the M6 to his Madchester mecca
Record industry Liverpool heaven.

With his Wilson pipe smoking down Carnaby Street
He’s behind the wheel of his beat up psychedelic Rolls.
Walks along to whatever the beat
As long as it’s written by someone like Noel.

Not stuck in the Sixties, he follows the fad;
Costello or Squeeze, Pulp, Weller or Verve.
Gets out and about; he’s no armchair dad.
Everything follows a Kink in the curve.

Apart from Blur, he’s into Blair
And the new swinging Labour Let’s Party Britain.
Celebrates at Trafalgar Square.
Goes to the do at Number 11.

His teenage daughters always look fab
Dressed up in Mary Quant miniskirt tights.
Homeward bound in a London cab
Just as Big Ben midnight strikes.

On Father’s Day, everyone’s round
For a McCartney singalong-all-in-together.
You don’t get many like him to the pound;
The best Britpop pop that’s ever been ever!

Hancock’s Half Hour

My favourite Carry On gag
Is when, just before the infamous back-stab,
Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar camps it up, mock-hysterically;
Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!
Sid James and the gang, however, in for a butchers, ham act;
Cloak‘n’dagger when the clapper-board claps
As Up Pompeii, Frankie Howard gets smutty.
His music hall turn to do the dirty.

Cut to peak-time viewing Saturday family entertainment land
Where Eric Morecambe at Blackpool sands,
Having almost kicked the bucket,
Sings Bring Me Sunshine with little Ern trying not to make a song and dance of it.
Reginald Perrin, though, can’t take it anymore
As he strips off his commuter belt on a South Coast Shore.
Bored out of his tiny Tennyson Avenue mind
He leaves his mother-in-law’s hippopotamus backside behind.

Black humour and despair
Rule the radio waves, on and off the air,
With Spike Milligan, suffering from his latest depression,
Gooning around with his madcap microphone to alleviate the tension.
Equally highly-strung, Basil Fawlty
Goes berserk on the box, down Torquay;
Jumping with joy, he can hardly believe what will be his short-lived luck;
For once in my life, I’m up! I’m up!

Going forth, over the top, in his fourth series,
Black Adder tells Baldrick of his Great War plan to make Blighty his;
Aiming to pull the wool over the eyes of Capt. Darling and Co.
He feigns trench madness with pencils stuck up his nose.
Back home in the home-guard, during Hitler’s War all the while,
Private Fraser in Dad’s Army style
Makes light of the sitcom candlelit gloom
Warning the cast; We’re doomed! We’re doomed!

This is the BBC, where TV stars fall
Down to their well-scripted, well-rehearsed flaws,
As when, in Some Mothers do ‘ave ‘em, Frank Spencer
Emerges gunpowder-faced from the explosion, the penny having dropped; I’m a failure!
Meantime, Peter Sellers, from a classic clip as bungling Inspector Cleuseau,
French courts disaster in a Parisian bistro.
With his put-on fake accent he answers the door;
A beum! Were you expecting one? The staff leap-frog to the floor!

Switching over the Channel, Albert Steptoe in Steptoe and Son
Bawls out ‘Arold to spoil the fun
Of Harry H Corbet’s carthorse character
Tied to the braces of his rag‘n’bone father
As up the Tyne, Bob loses his rag
With bone-idle Terry smoking a tab.
A Newcastle Brown ale ailing his health
From The Likely Lads to The Lad himself.

In a wireless world of festive vintage comedy,
Hattie Jacques and Bill Kerr can’t wait for the turkey.
But Hancock’s in no mood for crackers or tinsel
Christmas is going to be just like any other day in this house ; Dead miserable!
In his final half hour it must have been like that
When, without Galton and Simpson or his hallmark hat,
He topped himself, having hit rock bottom.
His last adlib; Things seem to go wrong too often.

Whether our East Cheam chum had it right or not
His Stone me! What a life! summed up in one line our lot.
Sunday Afternoon, stirring a cup of tea,
The kettle having boiled in every suburban kitchen round the country.
With the award-winning blood donor from broadcasting’s golden era deserving his badge and biscuits,
The credits start rolling; You have been watching The Best of British
Larking around, showing the funny side of the dark side, on camera for our amusement
But now for something completely different!

My Cup of Tea

Vittorio Emanuele II turns in his grave
At the right royal turnout of riff-raff on his ‘corso’.
A fashion designer’s funeral collection is all the rage
As celebrity paparazzi police ferret out paparazzi lying low.

Obituary page bound,
A favourite 60’s Britpop star has just popped his clogs;
His life was mostly ups crossed by one terrible down.
Your average got lucky, got legless, then lost the use of ‘em Joe Bloggs.

Inside out, the sandwich-board loudspeaker self-publicists
Get it off their chests with megamouths to match,
As upside down big-top amateur pavement parachutists
Get penalised for having no-one there ready to catch.

Even so, the irate whistle-happy tramp, in his heaven knows how he got it traffic-warden’s uniform,
Wastes his breath cautioning all and sundry.
Whereas he’s found his paradise in an inferno of car engines and car horns
That’s not my cup of tea.

All At Sea

I’m all at sea
With a woebegone touch of scurvy.
I’m not myself
But I can’t be anyone else.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to be me
Imagine Mr. Christian without the mutiny!
All mouth and no bottle!
Drink and be merry! That’s my motto.
Call me Mr Idealistic
But to accept reality, don’t you have to be thick?
I know that’s not exactly right
But I’m just making waves against my plight.

When I was a kid
I never had to question anything I did.
It was all an infantile voyage of villains and heroes
A world where grown-ups always told children where to go!
Now, I sleep with a map of swashbuckling schemes
But the treasure doesn’t have that Treasure Island gleam.
A Long John Silver “Who’s a Pretty Polly?” on my shoulder
Repeating all the words I could have told her.
Heading for an unknown port of call
I fear I’ll be washed up on some island shore.
A crisis in mid-life
Without having had the family and wife!

I’ve made a mistake 100% proof
Downing in one the bitter truth.
It’s been a blow and I’ve hit the deck
But I’ll get up and over it in retrospect.
Happiness at half-mast, the sails of sadness up.
I raise my glass, hoping it’s a storm in a tea-cup.
Not so much a Jolly Roger
As a black-hearted, miserable little bodger ;
Steering a course, not star but over-board.
A Cape Horn wreck cursed by the Lord!
So, for God’s sake, don’t leave me at the helm, matey!
Land’s not ahoy and I’m all at sea!

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