The Morecambe & Wise Appreciation Thread

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Eric and Ern singing with The Beatles
When the Beatles finally reform, and turn up at the Pearly Gates, St Peter will ask them what they did with their time on Earth. The Beatles mutter together before John answers, "Well, we played music and sang on the Eric and Ernie show..."

St Peter says "Say no more, I like Eric and Ernie too! I can see you'll get along fine here, just go in and make yourselves at home. By the way, Eric and Ernie are here too..!" :)
 

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When the Beatles finally reform, and turn up at the Pearly Gates, St Peter will ask them what they did with their time on Earth. The Beatles mutter together before John answers, "Well, we played music and sang on the Eric and Ernie show..."

St Peter says "Say no more, I like Eric and Ernie too! I can see you'll get along fine here, just go in and make yourselves at home. By the way, Eric and Ernie are here too..!" :)
I've only just noticed something .. at the 4:30 mark in that clip , the Sex Pistols used the same guitar intro years later for 'God Save The Queen' .. compare and contrast for yourselves ..

 

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I've only just noticed something .. at the 4:30 mark in that clip , the Sex Pistols used the same guitar intro years later for 'God Save The Queen' .. compare and contrast for yourselves ..

???
I can't hear it.
So the point is..?
 

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???
I can't hear it.
So the point is..?
The Sex Pistols guitar riff at the start of God Save The Queen is extremely similar to the earlier Beatles opening guitar riff in my above link .. so The Sex Pistols copied it ...
 

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The Sex Pistols guitar riff at the start of God Save The Queen is extremely similar to the earlier Beatles opening guitar riff in my above link .. so The Sex Pistols copied it ...
Bless you for thinking the Sex Pistols wrote anything for themselves...
 

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Bless you for thinking the Sex Pistols wrote anything for themselves...
It would have been fun to see them on The Morecambe & Wise Christmas special ..
 

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Eric and Ern with Steve Davis ..

 

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Breakfast with Eric and Ern
A classic .. Ern was always pissed off that he didn't time one of the moves exactly right in that sketch .. the whisking of the eggs bit to the music .. anyway ..

 

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Eric Morcambe and Ernest Wise on the Ed Sullivan show ..

 

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It's not easy to find footage of Eric and Ern live on stage .. even though that was at least five quarters of their careers .. 1959 ladies and gentlemen ..

 

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That Christmas special was on BBC Four last, er, Christmas. They were streets ahead of everyone else on the show, especially the double act on before of whom there is not one iota of information on the internet.
 

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The fellas turn up at 2:00 in this advert for sunblest bread ..

 

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It's not easy to find footage of Eric and Ern live on stage .. even though that was at least five quarters of their careers .. 1959 ladies and gentlemen ..
Sorry, you've failed Maths 001!
 

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I never knew there ever could be such a thing as a Morecambe And Wise Appreciation Thread! (But that's because I have a life!)
 

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It's social history!

For instance, old Leonard Sachs is on the list of Celebrity Cottagers somewhere, whereas Eric and Ernie never got done for it, despite years of living openly on television in a double-bed.

They never blacked up, so far as I recall, though the LP above* contains a sketch called "The Ambassador of Khasiland" a vocal impression which might be consigned to the outtakes department today!

At the end of that promotional bread film, they get to do the celebrated "Two old men sitting in deck chairs" gag, complete with [one version of] the punchline. The start of the joke used to appear in their mainstream work from time to time but it was always interrupted, as if to dare the audience - or the tv companies - to recognize it.

For the record, the exchange of the two "gentlemen" runs as follows:

"Nice out today!"
"Yes it is, I'll get mine out in a minute!"

The versions I first learned suggested a less anarchic world.

"You'd better put it in again, there's a policeman coming." and then
"You'd better put it in again, it's starting to rain."

*It is rare in its original form but tens of thousands of copies were sold in its Music For Pleasure reincarnation just a few years later, when the duo were approaching their peak popularity. :)
 
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I never knew there ever could be such a thing as a Morecambe And Wise Appreciation Thread! (But that's because I have a life!)
Because of all the parties you get invited to instead ? .. they were legends IMO but each to their own Dino. ;)
 

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I don't have a life, but that's not an exclusive claim to M&S, they were for everyone, lives present or otherwise.
 

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Because of all the parties you get invited to instead ? .. they were legends IMO but each to their own Dino. ;)
I've always thought that M&W were just very much of their time, very dated (unlike the Goon Show) and very much in the old pantomime style of comedy (which died out for a very good reason! Panto filled in a few hours for people when entertainment was limited, but nowadays we have a wider base for comedy, and we're better for it!).
 

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I've always thought that M&W were just very much of their time, very dated (unlike the Goon Show) and very much in the old pantomime style of comedy (which died out for a very good reason! Panto filled in a few hours for people when entertainment was limited, but nowadays we have a wider base for comedy, and we're better for it!).
Fair enough mate, I prefer music hall comedy although I do also enjoy newer comedy styles ..
 

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The former Mr Snail maintained that all women preferred slapstick humour over every other style such as stand-up comedy. He'd read this in the Daily Mirror or somewhere in about 1974 so it must be true. The implication was that the ladies needed a simpler style of comedy because, y'know, their little brains couldn't cope with sophisticated patter.

After I'd put him straight on this he'd watch me intently when fall-about comedy came on TV in case I laughed so he could say HAH! TOLD you about slapstick! You LOVE it!
The rubbish'd be on because he wanted it, not me. I had no trouble keeping a straight face. :rolleyes:
 

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I've always thought that M&W were just very much of their time, very dated (unlike the Goon Show) and very much in the old pantomime style of comedy (which died out for a very good reason! Panto filled in a few hours for people when entertainment was limited, but nowadays we have a wider base for comedy, and we're better for it!).
Oh no we're not! Sorry, couldn't resist that :D
 

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I could never enjoy Morecambe and Wise for the same reason I cannot stand Are You Being Served? - laboured jokes that were devoid of humour for people who never got out of the house...
 
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