Tuesday 15 April 1986

…Watched Duty Free. Recorded the music…

The second volume of my home-taped TV theme collection was shaping up nicely. Here’s how the first half of side one eventually looked:

One slice of Ball, Stilgoe, Jossy and Popper please!

Listening back to it now, I realise the theme to Just So Stories is the same as that used for the closing music in series two of A Bit of Fry and Laurie (although it appears here in fully-orchestrated, and yet somehow slightly less impressive, form).

The Stilgoe’s On theme features not one, not two but three Stilgoes harmonising with each other. It’s an acutely fussy song for a rather humble chilren’s programme about making things, but that just renders it all the more memorable.

I think Edward and Mrs Simpson is on there because my mum liked it. It’s not the sort of thing I would’ve willingly watched in the spring of 1986. Or perhaps any season. Ever.

Seaview, meanwhile, is an ambitious edit of the opening (ordinary) and closing (full rock wig-out) versions. I didn’t go about these things lightly.

I’ve said this before, but I am truly glad this and the other tapes still exist and are still playable.

As such I readily doff a Jossy’s Giants goalmouth-sized hat in the direction of the fine folk at WHSmith.

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