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Great Big Groove Horse

#714 IN LIST OF extinct erstwhile 1970s species: the rock musical. This was in your strict Godspell-esque mode of matching ancient witterings (the Trojan Horse myth) to contemporary stylings (disco beats) with present day threads thrown in for good measure. May have starred MICHAEL “CLAYPOLE” STANIFORTH. Or at least someone very like him.



  1. sharper_fin

    December 2, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I thought I was the only one remembering this! Other songs included “Menaleus! Menaleus!” and “Paris you’re a rat, you’re a real mean cat. You gone & stole my Queen away”

  2. Andrew Crudgington

    March 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I have a strange feeling that Paul “Manfred Mann” Jones was involved

  3. Applemask

    June 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I assume this also involved some highly groovy slaughter in the final episode.

  4. Philip Wade

    August 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I remember this. Apparently it was originally broadcast on xmas day 1975 but I remember watching it at a friend’s house so it must have been repeated at a later date, c.1977 maybe? It’s never left my consciousness in all these years and often find myself singing song to myself – “it’s a horse, it’s a horse, it’s a miracle of course, it’s great big groovy horse”. The rest of the songs I have no recollection of. I should probably seek counselling.

  5. Colin Hearn

    August 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I remember this show. I played in Paris in it. When our school did it. We also had the composer come and see it. So fun times all the way round.

  6. Caroline Wiggins

    October 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I can still remember the lyrics to the songs including Sail Away With Me and another song sung by Helen ‘That smooth talking man has had me fooled all along, He’s so smart, He’s let me down and he’s done me wrong From the start ..etc’ I remember the songs because I recorded most of the prog on a cassette and used to listen to it. The songs weren’t bad. I still have the cassette somewhere, although whether it is still in working condition after all these years remains to be seen.

  7. Sportinglesbian

    February 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I was just thinking of ‘Paris you’re a rat, you’re a real mean cat. You gone & stole our Queen away’ so Googled ‘Paris you’re a rat’, and this page was the only result.


  8. Tom Ronson

    October 27, 2022 at 12:32 am

    I would very much like to see this again, after watching that early seventies television production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that looks like it was all shot in one take on a budget of about fifty pence, and the studio band features yer actual Lord Lloyd-Webber on piano. He didn’t look very happy to be there.

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