The Barron Knights

Can't find an older picture of them, but this is the official Barron Knights nowSpecialising in parodies of current chart hits, The Barron Knights became my favourite group just as the Seventies were disintegrating.

They’d been around throughout the Sixties and Seventies, but came to my notice with Get Down Shep in 1978, a song about the Blue Peter dog who I loved.

The other dog song they did was The Sit Song in 1980 about Barbara Woodehouse training dogs. I loved The Sit Song and used to perform it regularly. I don’t remember whether their song is the same one that I sung over and over, but I remember the words of my song clearly.

Siiiiit! Woof. What a good boy!
Drop the lead, walk away, turn around and then you say.
Siiiiit! Woof. What a good boy!
Drop the lead, walk away, turn around and he will stay.

It doesn’t work with my dog.

Anyway, where was I? Yes, The Barron Knights. Never Mind The Presents was one of the two singles I bought at Christmas 1980 (the other was Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth). These were my first ever music purchases at the age of ten. Before this, I wasn’t allowed to buy records.

I was just getting into the idea of parodying songs, as I’d learned the rude alternative words to some popular Christmas carols. So they were really on my wavelength. I think my sense of humour had just matured enough. Before this, I didn’t know enough about the music they parodied to understand their songs.

Perennial performers, The Barron Knights can still be found on cabaret and at seaside summer seasons, according to wikipedia.

Josie Henley-Einion, author, blogger, Legend in my own Living Room


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