Ooh, I could vote in an ILM poll

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Ooooooh...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiZP-27-PJw

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Cuddle a cat 5
Crush a grape 3
Sing a duet with our dog 3
Prize open a mince pie 2
Wrestle an Action Man 2
Rip a tissue 1
Go to the moon 1
Pop a balloon 1
Frighten a berry? 0
Leap over a chocolate log 0
Swing on a lamppost 0
Duff a daffodil 0
Jump off a doll's house 0
Kick sand in our budgie's eye 0
Unravel me granny's knitting 0


Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 23:31 (one year ago) link

Intrigued by this I must admit:

2. Parsons, Tony (1985) "Singles", NME, 2 February 1985, p. 14

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:12 (one year ago) link

"Jump off a doll's house" and "prize open a mince pie" are the most surprising images here, though I also like the simplicity of "crush a grape" and "rip a tissue." "Cuddle a cat" is the sentimental favorite.

geoffreyess, Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:24 (one year ago) link

Went with the classic titular exclamation, which to my recall was the only fully formed one when he started on Crackerjack.

I'm not sure any of them would fly in this day and age though, given they're supposed to be deliberately small/weak achievements to match his stage persona's campness/homosexuality.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:33 (one year ago) link

Ah! Excellent.

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:36 (one year ago) link

Write-in vote for 'test-drive a Tonka'

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:01 (one year ago) link

he’s singing “frighten a faerie” i think ?

budo jeru, Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:11 (one year ago) link

given they're supposed to be deliberately small/weak achievements to match his stage persona's campness/homosexuality

no family is safe when I crush a grape

geoffreyess, Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:51 (one year ago) link

a lot of oohs here too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STbhaqsBJB0

del griffith, Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:19 (one year ago) link

Interestingly, a full year before "Ooh I Could Crush a Grape", Stu Francis released the clunkily titled "I Could Have Crushed a Grape".

https://img.discogs.com/LY5GUf5sZ-vl3ydMzAl3y-v39B4=/fit-in/600x602/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-5020058-1451128749-1406.jpeg.jpg

Can't find any trace of this on YouTube though :(

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:40 (one year ago) link

Written and produced by Brian Chatton (Francis at least had a co-write on "Ooh.."), a session guy with a fairly credible track record who, nonetheless, also played on this 'Horrible 70s album titles like I've Got My Own Album To Do' perennial:

https://direct.rhapsody.com/imageserver/images/alb.118624068/500x500.jpg

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:45 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 24 August 2019 00:01 (eleven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 25 August 2019 00:01 (eleven months ago) link

five months pass...

Classic poll.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Sunday, 16 February 2020 22:35 (five months ago) link

BALLOON

nashwan, Sunday, 16 February 2020 23:27 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

missed this and therefore "jump off a doll's house" missed a deserved vote

I misremembered "Wrestle an Action Man" as "arm-wrestle an action man"

I occasionally over the years have found myself repeating some of these phrases out loud to the bemusement of my kids.

オニモ (onimo), Friday, 7 August 2020 12:37 (two hours ago) link

"Prize open a mince pie" has been slept on imo

Udo Starmer (Tom D.), Friday, 7 August 2020 12:46 (two hours ago) link


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