I remember as a small child watching a TV show called 'Animal Kwackers'. I was sure it had once existed, and that I even had an LP based on the show. The premise was much like the US show 'Banana Splits', but with UK '70s production values. Men in animal suits making music.
I've often asked down the pub 'Does anyone remember Animal Kwackers?' only to be met with sorrowful shakes, and 'did I mean the biscuits?'
This was real. There was a lion called 'Rory', who was inexplicably blue (probably the effect of being relocated from the Savannah to Yorkshire), a Tiger called 'Boots' who wore silver tiger boots on his tiger feet - and a jaunty eye patch. He may have been a scouser. 'Twang' was a monkey, and 'Mungo' a drumming dog...or was I confusing him with the dog from Mary, Mungo and Midge, a tale of a girl living in an inner city tower block who was too small to reach the buttons on the piss stained elevator, so would rely on vermin balanced on the end of her rottweilers nose to reach them, while her single mother entertained local gentlemen to stave off the cold from power strikes, and her dad drunk his dole away down the working mans club. Probably. My memory of this is more vague.....
But Animal Kwackers WAS real. I couldn't have imagined that much detail no matter how fertile a mind a diet of Space Dust and Panda Pops gave you. (or the Cherryade that came from the milkman, but that is for another flashback).
With the advent of the interwebs, I was sure that one day I could prove existence of this fabled show, but in it's infancy, there was nowt. A few years ago I saw something on a webforum from someone with similar memories - was this the proof I needed? Not enough for my nay saying friends, so once again it slipped back into my subconscious.
Then today, out of the (lion)blue came the memories again. Stronger this time. Lyrics.
'Rory, Rory, tell us a story' and 'here we come to Popland'
I saw them descending from a flying saucer into a mythical 'Popland' where they would play poor cover versions, and even poorer stuff they'd written themselves. Then Rory would tell a story from behind his massive leering blue face. Tongue a foot long and an expression that never moved. These were football mascots from your nightmares, on acid.
The interwebs have come a long way since my last search. We have Wikipedia, and YouTube. Someone must remember. Someone must have stills, a soundtrack......moving images!
I was right.
Legend has it that this is the only episode that remains
And I even managed to find a picure of that old album. If I ever see a copy on ebay - I'm buying it.....