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Marc Burrows , February 11th, 2014 08:20

The film critic, television presenter and skiffle bassist sets aside his DVD stack to talk top records with Marc Burrows


Dougal And The Blue Cat soundtrack
This is very important, because it's basically a dialogue album with a few songs, 'Florence's Sad Song', 'Florence It's A Lovely Morning' and 'I'm The King', it's essentially the soundtrack of almost the whole film, narrated by Eric Thompson. I went to see it in the cinema and then my mum bought me the album, and what happened is, having seen the film only once, it became like a radio play. I also had a Goon Show album, which was a radio thing of course. I know a lot of people have spoken word albums like this, Monty Python records and all of that sort of thing, I had Dougal And The Blue Cat, which incidentally some bands have started covering, someone said recently some hip band did a version of 'Florence's Sad Song [note: Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch included it on his 2008 children's album Songs For The Young At Heart] I listened to it over and over again and I can, and I'm not making this up, recite the whole of Dougal And The Blue Cat from beginning to end because of that album. When I finally met Emma Thompson, who is Eric Thompson's daughter, I said, "You know I can recite the whole of Dougal And The Blue Cat Soundtrack, and if you challenge me I can do it?", and I can, it's a party piece.