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Brrrilliant! Cliff’s A Young One Again! – Lookin 1986

Week ending 12th April 1986

Cliff’s A Young One Again!

When the total and utter king of rock ‘n’ roll, Cliff Richard, got together with those horrid blighters The Young Ones to make a record, people must have wondered what had come over the world. OK, so Rick worships the very water Cliff walks on, but why did the honourable Cliff have to lower himself to such depths? Look-in found out…

There had to be a good reason for all this. It’s called Comic Relief, a comedy version of Band Aid, for which The Young Ones and Cliff got together to make their hit version of Living Doll, originally a hit for Cliff way back in 1959. (And it’s from another of his hits, The Young Ones, in 1962, that they pinched their name!)

All the artistes are giving their earnings from the single to the charity: Shaky’s producer Stuart Coleman is among those who gave his services free. Most of the money will go to Oxfam and Save The Children’s work in Sudan and Ethiopia, funding famine relief, while some of the money will be spent on projects in Britain.

But just how could the truly wonderful Cliff bring himself to make a record with hippie Neil, punk Vyvian, outrageous Rick and smoothie Mike, especially after they’d made fun of him so much on their BBC comedy series?

“The approached me with the idea and I liked it,” says Cliff. I didn’t see much of the TV series and what I did see was ridiculous. It was a bit disgusting. But I don’t mind the Cliff Richard jokes. It was quite flattering to be filtered into the scripts.”

Throughout the series Rick went on about how wonderful he thought Cliff was. So how did he feel about meeting his hero and making a record with him?

” I was quite worried about how we were going to get on,” says Rik. “I thought I was going to be embarrassed but he was terribly nice.”

Naturally, not everything went smoothly at the recording session. “We had to put Vyvian in a corner behind a screen because he was so bad we didn’t want Cliff to hear,” explains Mike.

The result is their strange-sounding but totally brilliant record, and it’s all for an absolutely utter, utter, utter… good cause!

Hey, kids here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. the words to the fabulous hit song of all time (or something…)

Living Doll, Cliff Richard and The Young Ones

  • Neil: Look everyone, he’s coming through the doors!
  • Vyv: Brilliant! He didn’t even open them!
  • Neil: He’s here!
  • Mike: Quick, Rik, do the speech.
  • Rick: Hey kids!, stop snogging and pay attention to me, ‘cos if you’re a wild-eyed loner standing at the gates of oblivion, then hitch a ride with us because we’re on the last freedom moped out of nowhere city and we haven’t even told our parents what time we’ll be back. so put on your dancing trousers and get down to the totally and utter king of rock ‘n’ roll, Cliff Richard.
  • Cliff: Got myself a crying talking sleeping walking living doll. Got to do my best to please her just ‘cos she’s a living doll. Got a rovin’ eye and that’s why she satisfies my soul. Got the one and only walking talking living doll.
  • Cliff: OK guys, ready Vyv?
  • Vyv: Completely ready when you are, Shaky.
  • Cliff: Neil?
  • Neil: Does anyone know where the toilets are?
  • Cliff: Mike?
  • Mike: Does all this money really have to go to charity?
  • Rick: Yes it does, Michael. Hi Cliff, it’s me!
  • Cliff: Who are you?
  • Rick: Great joke, your majesty.
  • Cliff: Got myself a crying talking sleeping walking living doll.
  • Young Ones: Living doll
  • Cliff: Got to do my best to please her just ‘cos she’s a living doll
  • Young Ones: Living doll
  • Cliff: Got a rovin’ eye and that is why she satisfies my soul
  • Young Ones: Fies my soul
  • Vyv: Fies my soul?
  • Rick: Yes Vyvian, it’s raunchy.
  • Mike: Shut up guys.
  • Vyv: What does this button do? (Explosion)
  • Cliff: Got the one and only walking talking living doll. Take a look at her hair it’s real . If you don’t believe what I say, just feel
  • Mike: Do I know this girl?
  • Cliff: Gonna lock her up in a trunk
  • Young Ones: Trunk
  • Cliff: So no big hunk
  • Neil: Hunk
  • Cliff: Can steal her away from me
  • Young Ones: Get down!
  • Neil: OK
  • Cliff: Got myself a crying talking sleeping walking living doll. Got to do my best to please her just ‘cos she’s a living doll
  • Vyv: Hey Cliff, I’ve just invented a great new sound. (Cracking)
  • Neil: Oww!
  • Mike: Untie Neil’s legs, Vyvian.
  • Cliff: Settle down chaps.
  • Cliff: Got a rovin’ eye and that is why she satisfies my soul
  • All: Got the one and only walking talking living doll
  • Rick: OK, Daddy-O, lay the next funky riff on me!
  • Mike: He means, what happens now, Cliff?
  • Cliff: The instrumental break.
  • Vyv: Great, Cliff, what instruments do you want us to break?
  • Vyv: Piano… Violin… Diggery Doo…
  • Rick: Vyvian’s trousers!
  • Vyv: Rick’s head!
  • Neil: Neil’s head!
  • Vyv: Cliff’s head!
  • The Other Three: No!!
  • Rick: Well, take a look at her hair, it’s real
  • Neil: And if you don’t believe what I say just feel
  • Vyv: Gonna lock her up in a trunk
  • Mike: So no be hunk
  • Cliff: Can steal he away from me
  • Rick: I still feel locking girl’s up in trunks is politically unsound
  • Mike: It’s only a song Rick
  • Neil: Well I feel sorry for the elephant.
  • Cliff: Come on guys.
  • All: got myself a
  • Neil: Crying
  • Vyv: Talking
  • Mike: Sleeping
  • Rick: Walking
  • All: Living doll
  • Cliff: Living doll. Got to do my best to please her just ‘cos she’s a
  • All: Living doll
  • Cliff: alright guys, harmonies now!
  • All: Got a rovin’ eye and that is why she satisfies my soul. Got the one and only walking talking living doll. Got the one and only walking talking living doll
  • Cliff: Living doll
  • Cliff: Can I go now?
  • Rick: Er, thanks Cliff, ‘bye. Right kids, if you don’t buy this record You’re an utter utter utter utter… (Sound of record scratch)

Words and music by Lionel Bart/EMI music. Additional material by Ben Elton/Lise Mayer/The Young Ones



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