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The Seagoon Memoirs

Chronicling a 21st century idiot's obsession with a 1950s radio comedy masterpiece.

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A digital
time capsule

Welcome, dear reader - pull up a bollard.

On 28 May 1951, four young men took to the airwaves on the BBC's Home Service to launch their unique brand of comedy on an unsuspecting world.

In the mid-1990s, an even younger idiot was introduced to recordings of their broadcasts - and there began a strange obsession crossing decades and generations.

The Seagoon Memoirs is an attempt to channel this obsession into something creative, chronicle the show's history, development and legacy, and in some small way contribute to preserving this masterpiece of British radio comedy.

Listen to me waffle on about the Goons on the excellent Goon Pod here. Alternatively, listen to more interesting people on other episodes of Goon Pod, including Jane Milligan, Al Murray, Dirk Maggs, and the cast of 'Spike!', the new Milligan/Goon-themed play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

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Ray Ellington

Wallace Greenslade: Ladies and gentlemen, with only two men to carry the battleship, an unexpected time lapse has occurred. To fill it,...

The Mighty Wurlitzer

The year is 1956, and young Ned Seagoon wants to pursue a career as an organ player – “another Reg the Dixon, another Sandy the...

Osian Ellis

Throughout the short life of this blog I've been determined to dig out details and celebrate people connected to the Goon Show. One such...

Judd Proctor

A belated happy birthday to Judd Proctor, born on 2 January 1931. Proctor was the guitarist with the Ray Ellington Quartet, which...

Mixed up Eccleses

And lo, December is upon us. Which can only mean one thing: carol singers. (Carol Singers? Gad, how I love that woman!) As featured in...

Musical interlude - part 1

Owing to work commitments, our run-through of Series 5 is taking a short break. Instead, I am tasking DJ Bluebottle with my collection of...

Going out with a mountain?

Some Goon music today. October 1961 saw the release of Milligan Preserved, a collection of songs and sketches that included a version of...

The Russian satellite moon

On this day in 1957, the USSR launched Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite to orbit the planet. Coming as it did at the height of the...

Theme tunes

Episode 22 of the third series – ‘The De Goonlies’ – was broadcast on 14 April 1953. The Radio Times listing can be discovered lurking on...


Among the many catchphrases used by the Goons were a number of nonsense words – “spon”, “lurgi”, “yackabakakka” – which were probably...

Love these Goon Shows!

Episode 22 of the second series of the Goon Show exploded out of the wireless sets of Britain on 24 June 1952. Proof of its existence can...

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