Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Kipper Family

"Since Time Immoral" 1984

Recorded on location, somewhere or other, near Trunch, Norfolk, England by the Dambuster mobile recording unit.
Produced by Richard Digance, engineered by Dave Bubb
The Company: Sid and Henry Kipper, with family and friends: Annie, Dot, George, Kevin and Len Kipper, Dick Nudds and Chris Sugden - and the vicar.
George Kipper appears courtesy of HM Prisons.

(P) Dambuster Records 1970 (Note that this is the epoch in the UNIX world!)

Introduction by Henry and Sid Kipper
Not Sixteen Til Sunday
The Male Female Highwayman
The Unlaid Maid
The Cricket Match
All on the Shore (The Body)
Hollow Ground
Dido, Fido
The Whistling Monologue
The Village P.I.M.P.
Poor Old Cow
To Be a Pharmacist
Adieu You Pretty Nancy
A Lightweight Dirge

Note to Not Sixteen Til Sunday
This song obviously predates the many printed versions of a superficially similar song, Seventeen Come Sunday. Here, though, the reason for the inclusion of the girl's age is quite clear - obviously earlier collectors and publishers found the idea of a song about under-age sex too much for their prissy sensibilities, and “improved” it almost out of all recognition. The refrain, too, is rescued from the nonsense of Victorian sensibility to something much more meaningful. A full analysis is not possible here, but it should be noted that rhubarb is traditionally an aphrodisiac - “that get you going,” says Henry - while the fiddle is a well known sexual referent, as in Jack Onion, who fiddled so badly that the girls all wept.

Just when you thought there were no great traditional singers to find in England, along comes the Kipper Family (Henry and his up and coming son Sid) singing songs from the rarely heard tradition of Trunch in Norfolk. Unaccompanied they sing unique versions of traditional songs - Not Sixteen Til Sunday, The Unlaid Maid, All on the Shore, The Village P.I.M.P., and of course, their masterpiece Dido Fido which is passing into the tradition - not surprising when you consider the beauty of the lyrics:

There was Dido, Fido, Bonzo and Rex,
Rover and Lassie and Spot,
There was Butch, there was Candy,
There was Patch and there was Sandy,
These were the dogs what I had got.



Anonymous KeithL said...

Thank you. More Kippers please!

04 July, 2008 16:20  
Anonymous Airman said...

The link is dead. WHAT A SHAME!!
More of the Kipper Family please.

05 July, 2008 11:13  
Blogger Tim said...

I'm wondering if this was, perhaps, funnier at the time.
Still, thanks for posting. I was curious to hear.

07 July, 2008 06:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for re-post.


13 September, 2008 22:12  
Blogger justin said...

try :)

08 December, 2008 21:32  
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08 December, 2008 21:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please I need more kippers - fantastic blog thanks so much

28 December, 2008 17:31  

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