Song of the day: The Duckworth Lewis Method – "Meeting Mr. Miandad"

Another in the series of “The Mysteries Of The Human Brain”…

I woke up with the chorus of this song firmly entrenched in my head, and it followed me around for the rest of the day. It was there when I made my lunch, it was there when I did the dishes, it was there when I greeted young Natalie as she came home from school, it was there when I decided I wanted to change my socks. But I’m not complaining. No sir.

Here’s the very British The Duckworth Lewis Method with “Meeting Mr. Miandad”, a song about the search for a cricketer. It appears on an album about cricket. It’s a very British album.

The Duckworth Lewis Method – “Meeting Mr. Miandad” (2009)

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I’d like to thank Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh for writing that chorus. (And all the other bits of music around it, otherwise there wouldn’t be much of a song.) Thanks, chaps!

By the way, the front of the car on that very British album cover (see above) reminds me of the front of an Australian car, the Holden HQ panel van:

(Image cheerfully stolen from http://oldholden.com/node/33425.)

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4 Responses to Song of the day: The Duckworth Lewis Method – "Meeting Mr. Miandad"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Peter,

    Love your blog — I visit every day. However, the front end of that car isn't a Holden, but another General Motors product: a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle. There's a good photo here: http://motor-heads.blogspot.com/2009/02/1971-chevelle-454-ss.html

    A lot of Holdens of that era were clearly designed by the same folks who designed GM cars for the US.

    Now why a British band would have picked a '71 Chevy is a mystery I don't expect to solve….

    Marc

  2. Peter says:

    Howdy, Anonymous: Thanks for letting me know about the Chevelle. That looks much more like the car on the album cover.

    You're right about Holdens borrowing their designs from elsewhere. I remember when the Holden Commodore was released in 1978 and motoring magazines complained that despite Holden trumpeting their new range being a bold new step in Austalian motoring, it was nothing more than a rebadged Opel Commodore, a car from Germany.

    And I'm with you regarding the album cover mystery. I have no idea what the front end of a Chevelle is doing on the cover of a very British album. Were muscle cars ever rebadged and sold in England? And is the phrase “English muscle car” a oxymoron?

  3. Anonymous says:

    To the best of my knowledge, classic American muscle cars were never sold in England. There just wouldn't have been much of a market for a car that could go very fast in a straight line, couldn't corner very well, and got 12 miles per gallon. GM and Ford have occasionally rebadged their European and Australian cars and sold them in the US, but I don't think they ever did the reverse.

    Britain has made its share of gas-guzzlers over the years, along with lots of gorgeous roadsters and touring cars, but I wouldn't call any of them “muscle cars”. Australia, on the other hand, has made quite a few.

    Marc

  4. Peter says:

    Thanks, Marc, for that information.

    So it looks like “The Mystery of the American Car on the British Album Cover” continues…

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