Growing up in the 1970s I saw four prime ministers, and each of them made some small impression on my malleable young mind. I saw Heath (who I always got confused with the bandleader)1
, Wilson (pipes are cool), Callaghan (trade unions are awesome) and Thatcher (spit). But throughout all those years, one woman stood behind the bar of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street, and that woman was Bet Lynch. A peroxide beehive, a leopard print coat and a heart of gold: she became a national icon.
Bet Lynch's Legs is one of the all time great bad band names. There was a trend of really awful band names in North West England in the late '70s. You had Dalek I Love You, Pink Military Stand Alone, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. I don't know if Bet Lynch's Legs were deliberately acknowledging this fact and then turning the fatuity up a notch. Maybe not, as I always understood that the band were a side project of arch ridiculists Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias.
That might be true, it might not. Either way it's not mentioned in this splendid bit of musical archaeology over at Do or DIY
which collects the entire Absurd Records catalogue. And there I found the track I've wanted to share with you for absolutely years: Bet Lynch's Legs performing Some Like It Hot
It's a cover version of the theme to The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
. But it's so much stranger than just that. It's a lounge dub version. Lounge not only in style but also in recording location. It literally sounds as if it was recorded in someone's front room. Or possibly underwater. The eccentricity is off the charts on this one. Absolutely unfathomable, thank goodness.1. I thought I was living in a country where a man could run the country by day and play Piccadilly jazz by night.Bet Lynch's Legs - Some Like It Hot(alt)