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I don’t do Dido dude!!
March 28, 2009, 3:17 am
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Finally got around to watching Saxondale – I wanted to wait to catch it on DVD  – you know – no commercials, watch all the episodes back to back etc – and what a classic it is. Steve Coogan plays Tommy Saxondale an ageing prog-rocker with a legendary past as a roadie for some of the heaviest names in the UK rock/prog scene of the mid-70s. Tommy is dealing with anger-management issues which are a legacy of some hard living and equally hard partying –  but now he runs a small pest control business in suburban Stevenage where he lives with his girlfriend Magz, proprietress of the anarchic T-shirt shop “Smash the System”. There is a whole lot going on in Saxondale apart from it being totally hilarious – I never thought Steve Coogan could top Alan Partridge but Saxondale works for me.  I also love the music in Saxondale – its in the plot, its in the dialogue, and there is some great incidental music. The incidental music in the show is composed by Matt Berry, as seen on The Mighty Boosh and Snuffbox. I was hearing prog, psych including bits of Jethro Tull and Mike Oldfield. The Mojo subscribing Tommy is no fan of Dido and aways has something deep and wise to say about what is wrong about the music of today to help educate his young assistant Raymond who is learning from the master not only how to run a pest control business but how to try and make the world a better place.

 I love the title track  – its called House of the King by the prog-rockers Focus and you can hear it here along with some dialogue. 

Tommy on dance-music…

The Mustang…

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