Sunday, August 30, 2009

WOCK On Vinyl - Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough

Before things get too serious at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song at the end of each month, that could be considered to be either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
I remember hearing this track on a K-Tel album that I bought back in the 70's, and my mum just loved it. Personally, I couldn't see what all the fuss was about - and was more interested in some of the more 'conservative' rock tracks on the album. In fact, I thought the song was quite Korny with it's 'Sea Shanty' one liner 'Mouldy Old Dough'; but over the years I have heard it played on the radio every now and then and because it brought back some fond memories, I thought it deserved a spot as a WOCK on Vinyl post.
Lieutenant Pigeon was a British musical group popular in the early 1970s. A spin-off from an experimental music band Stavely Makepeace, it was fronted by Rob Woodward. The group's sound was dominated by a heavy ragtime-style piano played by Woodward's mother, Hilda.
In 1972 "Mouldy Old Dough", their first hit, was #1 in Oz and top 10 in many other countries. In their UK homeland they had 2 singles in 1972 and then all but vanished from pop charts, They were more than just a one hit wonder in Oz as 3 of their album tracks were given 7" releases in various states.
In 1974, their next big Oz hit was a a revival of an old traditional song "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" - an Irish aire from long ago. It went to position #3 in some capital cities in Oz and was #1 in many regional centres.

I've included a promotional Video Clip of "Mouldy Old Dough" along with a 320kps mp3 rip (dedicated to my wonderful mum)
Band Members
Robert Woodward - keyboards, guitar, tin whistle
Hilda Woodward - piano
Stephen Johnson - bass guitar, tin whistle
Nigel Fletcher - drums
Mouldy Old Dough Link (19Mb) New Link 21/01/2020

1 comment:

  1. I kind of remember I saw some compilation on which they covered some Bowie track???
    Their song Rockabilly Hot Pot kind of sound like Can to me (a bit like I want more)