Sunday, April 12, 2015

Peter Cook: Here Comes the Judge

Peter Cook (with help from Not the Nine O’Clock News writer and BritComedy kingpin John Lloyd) produced this album in 1979, a look into the astoundingly lurid trial of Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe. For non-UK readers, here’s a primer. A powerful politician! An old gay lover! Threats! Recrimination! Blackmail! An antique gun dealer! A disused mine shaft! A dead dog! And possibly the most egregiously biased summing-up from a judge in the history of funny wigs. It’s very topical, but the standout bits, “Entirely a Matter for You” and “Rad Job”, will stay timely forever. (Note: the last track on the album, “Rad Job”, which takes the form of a taped phone call, ends with a fast tape-wind. I slowed down that tape-wind to regular speed, and include it here as a bonus track.)

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.


  1. Third time trying to post, keeps erasing entry! Just trying to say, Excellent job with this site, I've been collecting comedy for years and you are posting some real rarity here. Keep them coming!

  2. My pleasure! I'll need to acquire more stuff to keep it coming, but I can't seem to stop buying records, so odds are there will be more posts eventually!


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