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Derek & Clive

on 26/03/2012
Dudley Moore, Photo taken at the 43rd Emmy Awa...

Dudley Moore, Photo taken at the 43rd Emmy Awards 8/25/91 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Between 1973 and 1978, Derek [Dudley Moore] & Clive [Peter Cook] recorded three albums of unscripted comedy dialogue that were not only breathtakingly obscene but also disconcertingly erudite ….. and exceptionally funny.

No taboo was left intact. Their material plumbed depths that have never since been approached by popular prime-time celebrities.

The pure, free-flowing vulgarity of Derek & Clive may now be relived through the transcriptions of their legendary works, provided below:

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were appearing on Broadway in the show “Good Evening” when they first happened upon two brilliant new talents. Derek and Clive were working at the time in the toilets of the British Trade Centre. Cook and Moore were quick to see that they had made a major discovery and after much persuasion, including a packet of Craven A and a bottle of Tizer, Derek and Clive agreed to perform at the Electric Lady Studios. With growing assurance they appeared in front of a small, invited audience (Dudley Moore). The record you have bought is a mixture of the two evenings. Once they had mastered which end of the microphone to talk into, Derek and Clive gained enormously in confidence. Their method is basically a stream of unconsciousness, a mixture of Dylan Thomas and Mae West, with overtones of Goethe. At a time when British influence is declining throughout the world, Derek and Clive represent welcome evidence of what this great country could be. They are a ray of hope on a darkening horizon. Their philosophy is both an inspiration to youth and hope for the senile. On this record they discuss fully and frankly the major problems confronting a confused world. Not since Isaac Newton sat in a bath and discovered that apples could stun Archimedes, has such a fully fledged Weltanschauung emerged. Since the recording, Derek and Clive have been besieged by offers, Vegas, The London Palladium, Fiji but they prefer the simple, natural life of the toilets. “There’s a certain rhythm there”, says Derek. “You know where you stand”, states Clive. One cannot but sympathise with them. The seemingly glittering world of ‘Show business’ with its broken marriages, drugs and enormous rewards leaves them uninterested. We can only admire their straightforward point of view. Poets? satirists? philosophers? comedians? social commentators? Derek and Clive sum it up more succinctly. “Just a couple of cxxts” is their frank self-appraisal.

Recorded at Electric Lady Studios
New York City
And the Bottom Line (Live) Late 1973

Engineer   Eddie Kramer
Produced by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
Executive Producer Christopher Blackwell
Cover Design by Cook & Moore
Graphic Arts 382 5908

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