Apr 07

The Theme Tune To Dad’s Army

FT + I Hate Music8 comments • 3,883 views

dadsarmy_main.gif“Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler” sings Bud Flanagan at the start of Dad’s Army. I think you’ll find that Herr Hitler was not “kidding” anyone, and was deadly serious about his attempted conquest of Europe. Indeed as statements in song about World War II this is almost as crass as “How could you lose, six million Jews?”, by Emerson Lake and Palmer. But then what would you expect from a TV show whose express purpose seemed to be to demonstrate how Britain won the war by being old, incontinent and deliberately unfunny. A bit like that Genesis comeback tour then.

Indeed Dad’s Army could have only been worse if it had been called Dadrock Army, about the battle being waged by aging rockstars in today’s youth oriented market. Indeed there is a direct crossover, what with Arthur Lowe being Nick Lowe’s dad: he would be a shoo-in for the role of Cpt Mainwaring. I could certainly see Paul Weller as a Sergeant Wilson type, sneering at Lowe whilst being even more pompously mod. Add Alex Harvey as Frazer and Bill Wyman as Private Godfrey to fill out the ranks. Private Pike would be Dadrock wannabe Noel Gallagher whilst Corporal Jones would be the hoariest of the old Dadrockers himself: Paul “Thumbs Up” McCartney. The show wouldn’t be any good, though there could be a laugh in seeing Nick Lowe call Noel Gallagher a stupid boy. But if it were made I could tinker with the pyrotechnics on set and before your could say “Travelling Wilbury’s Disaster of 1997” we’d be seeing some nice rock funerals.

In the opening animation, the British Arrow is seen to be chomping at the bit to escape the UK. Not surprising, considering that all it would be able to listen to would be Vera Lynn (forces sweetheart) or Flanagan and Allen (forces punishment). One cannot under-estimate the power of piss-poor wartime songs in repelling the Nazi’s: they may have had no great music of their own, but knew when they were opening an even shittier bag. WDYTYAKMH was not from the war, but rather a pastiche written by show writers Croft and Perry. The quality of their comedy writing was crassness of the song, leaving Dad’s Army to be visual equivalent of listening to Cranberries album “To The Faithful Departed” (you know, the one with the Bosnia song on it). Dad’s Army was certainly the dullest half hour of the week on TV after Top Of The Pops (and even that I used to be able to get nicely wound up about). Old people, playing at soldiers: isn’t that just Status Quo singing In The Army Now on a bad day? Dadrock’s Army indeed. Indeed I fear that this has opened a terrible can of worms. There are a lot of bands and songs about the armed forces : so its time for the Tanya’s Army Of Awfulness.


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    Silver on 19 Apr 2007 #

    Why Oh Why? Are people getting so worked up about this site, when it is plainly obvious that it is solely designed to wind people up? This Tanya (which is a man), has lost the fight to begin with, She (he) is a pretty tragic figure.

    Think about how much time & effort he has to put into this site, actually listening to something he allegedly hates, research of the music old & new, sitting on his lonesome concocting his oh so witty articles. I seriously doubt these articles fly straight from his brain to computer & remain in original form, sitting there altering & rewriting what he has just lain before him. This must take a lot of time.

    The delight he must feel to cast his eyes on an overflowing mailbox, full of lengthy passionately written e-mails by people defending their favourite albums & trying to convert him in the process.

    This revels so much about this person’s lifestyle. While the rest of us get on with a social life, this person continues typing away. Ultimately it’s just a really bad joke stretched to unbelievable lengths. Surely you could be doing something far more productive with your life? Quite sad!

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    Jakey on 23 Apr 2007 #

    I’ve seen some passive agressive shite in my time, but the above comment actually made me laugh out loud.

    Theres always one kid in the playground who has to act all grown-up because their mum wont let them join in with the fun. The attempt to get ‘the kids’ onside by praising their passion was a particular high point.

    All the rest of us have social lives?!? Looked around the internet recently bud? Music fans enjoy and understand hatred, its bear-baiting and its fun.

    Let yourself go and throw some insults at Tanya, or at me for that matter. Just stop standing at the side trying to rationalise. Its Ok, I know people like you.

    It hurts not being funny, doesn’t it…….

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    CarsmileSteve on 24 Apr 2007 #

    how dare you suggest Tanya is a man???? she’ll come round and stomp on you with her high heels if yr not careful…

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    Marcello Carlin on 24 Apr 2007 #

    Given that Bud Flanagan died the morning after he recorded the Dad’s Army theme tune, one would have thought that was punishment enough. Or at least I did before I heard about Leslie Grantham playing Private Walker in the remake.

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    Galen S on 30 Apr 2007 #

    Tanya is a douche and his alias is probably carsmilesteve but ne way this dumbass doesn’t need shot like someone said on the wall gimic post to get hits……4350806 visits and guess why down-grading music…well this isn’t a site imma sign up for u dumbass tonya but u have attracted a really nice crowd of people…..if u got myspace tonya rate http://www.myspace.com/tkorockshard

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    Galen S on 30 Apr 2007 #

    but if a hacker that likes the wall finds u…..ur fucked ur whole life is fucked

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    Kat on 30 Apr 2007 #

    TKO are my new favourite band.

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    Old Fart!!!!!!! on 20 May 2007 #

    Why does Bug Flanagan sound like he’s singing the tune with his mouth closed?!?!?!?!

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