Friday, October 17, 2008

Aha - A Hand

I didn't think it was possible to produce a funnier version of Aha's Take on me than the literal version a couple of posts ago.

But it is.

Of course, non-singing musical stardom is nothing new ...

Thanks for finding these Huw!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So that's what Christian Bale did before Batman!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Ah ... good morning Anonymous. Long time no see.

Bloody hell. It does look a bit like him doesn't it? He's a bit Spocky too. But, boy, can he dance.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Hello. Sorry. Me again. But with my Joined-Up Thinking mind, I've discovered a wealth of fascinating (well, to me anyway) facts about this second clip.

For a start, there was no Whistling Jack Smith. Apparently, the song was recorded by John O'Neill (1926 — 1999), a professional musician from County Durham, England. He was famous for his whistling abilities and an accomplished trumpet player. O'Neill began his musical career as a member of Val Doonican's band. In the 1960s he became a regular on the Black and White Minstrel Show and worked as a session singer on many television programs, such as Monty Python's Flying Circus and the Morecambe and Wise Show. His best known achievement, however, was the whistling on the theme tune to the Spaghetti Western film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; although this is also sometimes accredited to Alessandro Alessandroni.

Right, that's from Wikipedia. But while digging around for more information I found out that the song was apparently written by Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook, who also wrote good tunes for The Fortunes, Gene Pitney and Deep Purple(?!) amongst others. Oh, and the whistling may have been done by beardy, bespectacled Roger Whittaker. Maybe.

One thing that does seem certain is that the Spock-alike in the clip is an Australian chap called Billy Moeller, who was a roadie and the brother of the lead singer of Unit 4+2, Tommy Moeller, that had a UK Number 1 hit with Concrete and clay in 1965. On at least one site, I read that Moeller was a one-time boyfriend of Herman's Hermits' Peter Noone (Is he gay? News to me ...). But then one Youtuber states that Moeller is his uncle and, these days, lives happily with his wife and kids back in his native Oz. So who knows?

Perhaps I should have posted this on the Joined-up Thinkers' Network?

Maybe I will.

Persephone said...

This probably isn't erudite enough for "joined-up thinking", but my uncle went to high school in Kenya with Roger Whittaker...
Is anyone else having trouble viewing these? I can't get them to play either here or at YouTube. I had no trouble with the Literal video of further down this page.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Persephone - Brilliant stuff! Erudite? Have you read some of thye drivel I post? Rude but not erudite. No problem with the Youtube vids here. Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

I must mention that Billy Moeller is not a Native Australian, as he was born in Liverpool, and as far as I can make out did not move to Oz until the mid 70's.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Anonymous - Thanks for the new info!