Saturday, December 09, 2006

Fogwell Flax & The Ankle Biters From Freehold Junior School - Christmas 45

Whew... give me a second... I'm shortwinded from typing out that title!

This Christmas single comes to us from across the pond - a British single that made the rounds back in 1981.

Fogwell Flax was (still is) a comedy performer / impressionist whose big break came on the now legendary British kids show "Tiswas" in its final year of 1981-1982. For more on this anarchic, pie-flying, and show, check out "Tiswas Online"

Looking at the picture sleeve seen here, Mr. Flax is holding a CB radio surrounded by some of the ankle biters. So that should give you an idea behind the title of "One-Nine For Santa".

My first reaction was: "Why did Flax release this CB radio themed Christmas song so late?" By 1981, the CB craze was all but dead in America. Not so in England. Their craze occurred for several years in the early 1980s.

There are picture sleeves and there are picture sleeves. You can probably tell which category this one falls into. This record (and sleeve) caught my attention on eBay earlier this year (I bid and won this item at auction).

Watch out for them Smokeys:

Fogwell Flax & The Ankle Biters From Freehold Junior School - Christmas 45

Happy listening, good buddies. I'm 10-10 on the side...



Andy said...

I sang on that mate, I was one of the afore-mentioned ankle-biters. Glad you enjoyed my work...

CaptainOT said...

Andy - For a week, I had this tune in my head and it wouldn't go away!

Great work - I would love to hear more about Fogwell, amusing stories about the recording of this song, anything you'd love to share!


swac said...

This would go well with a Canadian single on A&M that I have called C.B. Santa by Big Jim and the Good Buddies.

CaptainOT said...

Swac - 10-4, good buddy... I'm 10-10 on the side.

CB Radio was the Internet of the 1970s.


David Simm said...

Amazing, I am the photographer who shot that record sleeve, I have to say from the two dozen 6 x6cm transparencies this was not one of my favourites, there were several that IMHO were better. None the less Foggy and the kids were outstanding to work with and I have a phenomenal time working with them.

David Simm

ajlcuk said...

I had this, great tune in the 80's. Didn't think anybody else knew about it!!