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MR BLOBBY – “Mr Blobby”

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#698, 11th December 1993

“Mr Blobby” is something of a first. We’ve met terrible records before – worse than this, in many cases – but their terribleness has been down to incompetence or cynicism (or in Jive Bunny’s case both). Blobby is doing something different: his single is best understood an extension of the Blobby M.O., the gag which made him a star on Saturday night TV. Celebrity is given to understand Blobby is a harmless kids’ TV character; Blobby then deliberately annoys the sleb, destroys the set, etc.

In other words the awfulness of “Mr Blobby” was a given. More, it was an aim. By Christmas 1993 Blobby was a national figure so his effectiveness as a prankster was long over, but there was enough time for one last great prank – get to number one with a record designed to infuriate, but that people would buy anyway because it would be funny to see it at the top of the charts, especially at Christmas. Hardly anyone had heard of “trolling” but here it was.

If you were being melodramatic – or keen on a bit of trolling yourself – you might say that this is the moment when the British public give up on the charts, turn their back on the one-shot dance hits, the first-week price-fixing, the return of boybands, et al. “Sod this,” the public cry, and vote for a deliberately stupid single by a pink jelly monster. Except I don’t think there was any malice in it – this isn’t a “Killing In The Name” type of incident, where one species of pop was pitched against another with plenty of sneering on each side. Nobody stood to win or lose. It was – like Blobby in general – just slapstick, corporate Dada, highly merchandised nonsense. It’s true that Blobby struck an awful lot of nerves – he was a lodestone for a wider debate about “dumbing down”, the BBC’s shift to an internal market under John Birt, a lurid, shambling “why we can’t have nice things” symbol for a vaguer sense of cultural decline.

But he was also a man in a rubber suit who fell over a lot. And this is his single, coming on like a megamix of previous novelties – the tinny Casio rush of Bombalurina, a chorus of kids a la St Winifreds, three-line-whip jollity (not quite as gritted-teeth as The Stonk), and plenty of parping and farting because, er, Britain. And what do you know – it improves on its sources.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 11 Sep 2012 #

    Blobby, Blobby, Blobby!!

    Murray, Murray, Murray!!

    And a big well done to Andy for finally lifting a Slam. It was the one he was always going to win first, predicted Popular’s self-appointed tennis correspondent, The Swede. And now the duck’s broken, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t bag another three or four. The guy has got no personality at all but he can ‘alf play tennis!!

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    punctum on 11 Sep 2012 #

    Don’t know him personally so I don’t know whether he has any personality or not but hey if I wanted no personalities I’d watch Daybreak TV. GAUN YIR’SELF ANDY!

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    Jimmy the Swede on 11 Sep 2012 #

    The Swede is thus assuming that yon punctum knows personally the folk on Daybreak TV! If he means Eamonn Holmes, he’s absoulutely right. As for young Mr Murray, he very nearly broke into a smile during one post-match interview but couldn’t quite do it. He’ll need to learn to stop mumbling, though, as he’ll be going round to Brenda’s gaff shortly to pick up a bun. And Brenda can’t be doing with mumblers!

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    punctum on 11 Sep 2012 #

    prince charles to thread

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    Jimmy the Swede on 11 Sep 2012 #

    and that nincompoop (Sir) Trevor Brooking!

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    Erithian on 14 Sep 2012 #

    so Lino (and if anybody else wants to boost our attendance I won’t stop you) – Park View Road, Welling, 3pm tomorrow, be there or be square.

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    wichita lineman on 14 Sep 2012 #

    Square! I’ve got a date in Hertford. Three points in the bag for the Deres I reckon. Look out for Paul Scott – Leafe’s Billy Ocean lookalike and ‘lone wolf’ who pops back every few years to score a hat trick, lose form, then disappear again.

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    Erithian on 14 Sep 2012 #

    Billy Ocean circa ’77 or now?

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    Jimmy the Swede on 14 Sep 2012 #

    That’s a pity, Lino. Maybe we can do something when the Deres go to your place.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Lineman – You should have gone to the game. Leafe won 2-1. The return game is at the end of the season in April. Let’s be ‘aving you!

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    Mark G on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Presumably they had 2 linemen already..

    (coat, I know..)

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    Erithian on 25 Apr 2013 #

    PAGING WICHITA AGAIN! – The return match is tonight, Whyteleafe v Erith & Belvedere: see you there Lino? Squeaky bum time sees Deres two points ahead of VCD Athletic with three games to go, the abovementioned September result being one of only two league defeats so far this season. Leafe are a further 15 points behind in 4th but always dangerous. Also tonight VCD are visiting Bowie’s old haunts at Beckenham (though I’ll wager the Dame never took in a match at Eden Park Avenue).

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    wichita lineman on 25 Apr 2013 #

    Sorry I’ll be in Yorkshire. But good luck to the ‘Deres. It would be great to see them back in the Isthmian.

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    Erithian on 25 Apr 2013 #

    Thanks, appreciated. According to people who know way more than I do about feeder leagues, we and VCD are probably both going up, but you’re never quite sure.

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    Erithian on 1 May 2013 #

    You’ll be pleased to know the Deres clinched the Kent League title last night. We only drew on Saturday, so went into the final pair of games behind on goal difference, needing either a better result than VCD or to beat Greenwich by five more goals than VCD beat Lordswood. And while we hammered Greenwich 7-1, VCD were being held to an unexpected goalless draw – cue the end of 31 years of hurt.

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