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Bob Says Revolution In The Head

Messrs Monkhouse and MacDonald have put their respective posthumous heads together and hereby challenge readers to identify this mystery signature tune:

“A frightening use of synthesiser marks out this 1990 children’s comedy theme.

“It begins with a taut scale reaching its top note by 00:02 where it is greeted by an audible shimmer. And in some of the clubs I’ve played, you’d be lucky if you even get that from the crowd!

“A brief double-snare sting introduces a plodding melody oscillating between two semi tones. Of course my favourite Tone is my good pal the virile golfer Tony Jacklin. He showed me a few strokes for tackling an embarrassingly persistent semi, I can tell you!

“A call and response between the bass and the treble establish the pace and at 00:07 the tune proper begins, revolving around a cloying suspended note that dances out a Wurlitzer-like melody. And frankly, if there’s half a chance of cloying at some suspenders I’ll be dancing like a Wurlitzer too!

“The main theme is complimented by a vamping accompaniment, and that certainly takes me back to doing Forces Radio with Diana Dors!

“The big laugh comes at 00.30 with the middle-eight, and the tune modulating to a minor. Sadly, modulating minors is something we’ve been reading far too much about in our newspapers lately.

“At 00:46 an unusual washboard sound-effect bridges back into the main tune which then continues to the coda at 00:56, bringing the theme to a squeaky ‘told you so’ sign off that sounds like it was tossed off in a matter of seconds. Which brings me back to Tony Jacklin…”

But what’s the theme?



  1. Applemask

    March 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I could never do these.

  2. Robin Blamires

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    It wouldn’t happen to be Alfonso Bonzo/Billy Webb’s Amazing Story?

    That’s the perfect description!

  3. TV Cream

    March 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm

  4. Metal Mickey

    April 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Nothing to do with the quiz, but in that photo, doesn’t Bob look strange in his “civvies”? I always thought he was born in a DJ and bow tie…

  5. televisualcabbage

    April 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I agree with Mickey…

    He looks a bit like a teacher on the final day of the summer term, just waiting for the bell to go so that he can leg it down the pub….

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