Monday, March 27, 2006

Lewis's single to avoid (27/03/06)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia - Radio 4 UK Theme
Recently there were plans afoot to do away with this muddle of trad. arr. tunes that greets anyone insane enough to be listening to Radio 4 at 5.30am. However, the decision was met with harrumphings all round: Outrageous! Just not cricket! Destroys what it means to be British! Despite the fact that the bloody thing was put together by an Austrian; just like cups of tea came from India and potatoes came from South America. We're not much good at doing things for ourselves. This is a jaunt through some of the most tedious classical pieces known to man - 'Rule Britannia' calls to mind hideous toff-pogoing on Proms Night; 'Scotland The Brave' is about as appealing as a wet weekend in Pitlochry; 'Men of Harlech' has the charisma of a leek, etc. etc. The segue into 'Londonderry Air' is a nice touch, as is the use of 'Greensleeves', but the latter is undone by transposing a piss-poor piccolo version of 'What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor' over the top of it. And perhaps the most damning criticism of this lies in its horrible, horrible connotations of having to get up at 5.30am. It should never have to be heard by human ears.
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