The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Jesters of the Empire #15

The Goons

(This post also gives me the opportunity to link to this never-before seen by this Goon fan video of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Seacombe, with singer Ray Ellington stepping in for late announcer Wallace Greenslade, recreating a Goon Show taping on Seacombe's 1966 TV series. Considering all I'd had previous was The Last Goon Show of All from 1972 and some random silent clips, this recently posted material is a marvel to behold.)


swac said...

But wait...there's more!

Here's Tales of Men's Shirts, from 1968, in colour, and with John Cleese!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Thanks for sharing these, Stephen...fantastic stuff!

estiv said...

For any Goon fans who don't already know...there is an official Goon website that, among other things, every month offers a free MP3 download of a complete half-hour Goon show. It's offline at this moment, but here's the URL:

A said...

Thanks for the YT clips, swac.

(BBC7 is known to repeat some of their shows now and then)

Simon Collins said...

2nd right is Michael Bentine chaps, hair br Robert Smith of The Cure, Doh !