By Hoshino Sakura
While walking to my favourite bar
(you should never drink and drive a car)
I wondered if it is a crime
To do the write-up using rhyme?
Here a happy summer week –
The memories are ones to keep
The laughing yet is still not done
So let's continue with the fun:
It is not commonly known in Japan
That in the sixties, Manfred Mann
Amused the people of the town
By singing “Ha Ha Said The Clown".
I turn around Brilliant Corners
Summer’s getting a little warmer
When laughter rings around the houses
Brian Rix has lost his trousers.
The Gorillaz are looking very fine
They have a job and just in time
The uniform is a becoming pink
They’re working for Feel Good Inc.
Toots and The Maytals
Only drink whiskey and ales,
They tell me When I Laugh
And they order a half.
Who is that banging on the gates?
Goodness me – it’s the Soulmates.
I ask them if they want some tea
But Them a Laugh and Kiki
Bossa Nova is the dance of our pal
The truly groovy Wilson Simonal
Our favourite of his musical gems
Is Nem Vem Que Nao Tem.
Poor old bluesman Jerry McCain
Has a black eye and a lot of pain
A nice guy but a little rough
I met his mother – Gosh She is Tough
Little Leroy is quite the Joker
He always wants to play strip poker
The Milestones never want to play
They blush and quickly run away.
Our friend Tiruchi Loganathan
Likes to dress like superman.
His favourite food is strawberry jam
Which he calls Kalyana Samayal Sadham.
These two voices gruff and clear
Really are wonderful to hear
Ella and Louis together at last
A happy day - They All Laughed.
Spike Jones is a happy boy today
He is having a break and going away
He has packed a hamper with delicious things
And he is having a Holiday for Strings
These two gentlemen are different in size
We know them both as Morecambe and Wise
They Bring Me Sunshine on a cloudy day
And always have something funny to say.
Ha Ha Said the Clown – Manfred Mann
Brian Rix – The Brilliant Corners
Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz
When I Laugh – Toots and the Maytals
Them a Laugh and Kiki – The Soulmates
Nem Vem Que Nao Tem - Wilson Simonal
She's Tough – Jerry McCain
The Joker - LIttle Leroy and the Milestones
Kalyana Samayal Sadham – Tiruchi Loganathan
They All Laughed – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Holiday for Strings – Spike Jones and His City Slickers
Bring Me Sunshine – Morecambe & Wise
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
What’s Happening Here – Dogs D’Amour
Hell Raiser – The Sweet
Foreign Laugh – Bevis Frond
Gonna Buy Me a Dog – The Monkees
The Laughing Gnome – David Bowie
All the Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
Stand and Deliver – Adam & The Ants
Babysitter Boogie – Raif Bendix
Laughing in Rhythm – Slim Gaillard and His Peruvians
Pauvre Lola – Serge Gainsbourg
Laugh and Be Happy – Randy Newman
Guru's wildcard pick:
Tokyo Karankoron - Warau dopperugenga (Laugh Doppleganga)
These playlists were inspired by readers' song nominations from last week's topic: Songs about or containing laughter? Funny you should say that… . The next topic will launch on Thursday at 1pm UK time.
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