In a week where we lost Carla Lane, another creative whose work is synonymous with my youth, I’m not sure if today’s choice is a tasteless one or not. But what the heck.
Lane was responsible for three iconic BBC sitcoms from the 1960s through to the early 1990s, in “The Liver Birds” (1969-78), “Butterflies” (1978-82) and “Bread” (1986-91).
Frankly I never had much time for “Bread”, and I mean no disrespect; I just never thought it anywhere near as good as “The Liver Birds” (a story of two Liverpudlian girls sharing a flat in Liverpool) and “Butterflies” (a quietly sad, poignantly observed tale of a woman who, feeling unappreciated in her home and family life, quite literally flirts with the idea of having an affair). And when you’re considering “Bread” along side two sitcoms which had been the cornerstones of my early TV comedy viewing, it would have had to be something quite phenomenal for it not to pale in comparison.
“The Liver Birds” starred Nerys Hughes, the subject of today’s record, which is lifted from Half Man Half Biscuit’s debut album, 1985’s “Back In The D.H.S.S.”:
Hope you enjoyed that; if not, be warned: any one who knows Half Man Half Biscuit knows just how many of their songs reference TV personalities, and so they will feature often on these pages generally, and on this here thread specifically.
And for what it’s worth, I used to bloody love Nerys Hughes.