Archive for the ‘Mike Absalom’ Category

Mike Absalom

Mike Absalom
Now this post really stretches my memory. Mike Absalom appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test around 1972, singing songs from his lp Hector and Other Pecadillos. The songs I recall are Hector the Dope Sniffing Hound, and The Saga Of W.P.C. Sadie Stick. Maybe they were the songs that he played on TV that night. I saw him in concert at Sunderland Poly shortly after that. I remember several us went along and we all sang along to those songs. I can still remember the lyrics to WPC Sadie Stick: “WPC Sadie Stick! Hit me again with your big black stick! I’ll ‘ave a word with you when I find my dic—tionary!”. Great stuff; if pretty childish, in hindsight. Mike was great fun, singing anti-establishment/hippy comedy folk songs. I must have seen him again a few years later, as the ticket I found is for a gig in 1977. I checked out Mike’s site; seems he returned to him home of Canada in 1980 where he lives to this day. He’s still very active however, as his site shows: “When not giving concerts, Mike makes wooden puppets for his children’s show: “Professor Absalom and his Amazing Acrobatic Street Dolls”. He gives his shows in English, French or Spanish and also speaks fluent Swedish and German.”! Great memories of what seemed a simpler world.

Advertisements