November 22, 2018


Happy Thanksgiving from Spy Vibe! Hopefully everyone saw yesterday's announcement about the upcoming Diana Ring event at Southbank Centre. Speaking of my first crush, here are The Londonairs singing about our favorite dish in Dearest EmmaReleased 1966, Decca F.12379 and co-written by Robin Netscher, this rare track was captured in a cool TV performance. Pop culture attention probably came as a surprise for thespian Rigg, who told TV World at the the time "Suddenly everybody wants to marry me! It's very strange- a few months as Emma Peel have brought me more proposals than 27 years as Diana Rigg." What can we say? She created a fantastic, powerful character. Let's see how The Londonairs explain it. Video below! Incidentally, this tune was produced by Terry Oates (1937-2011), who I believe was the same fellow who produced Monkees Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones' version of The Point (Nilsson) and represented a number of artists as a "fiercely independent" publisher (Eaton Music), including Henry Mancini (Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, Charade, Arabesque). Spy Vibers, please check out my new book (over 700 pages!) about one of America's great cartoonists. On other creative fronts, folks might not know that I began exhibiting as a fine art photographer in the late 1980s. I haven't shared that part of my life here, but readers might like to see some of my work on InstagramEnjoy!

Dearest Emma
Darling Mrs. Peel
Dearest Emma
This is how we feel
We love all your kinky clothes
You dress fit to kill
We'd fight for the right to be
The guy with the bill.
Now since you have hit our lives
Our routine seems dull
Just throw us around to get us
Out of this lull
We go pale at the things you do
To red-blooded men
Now that just ain't right for us
But do it again.
We'd give up our Kingdom
To grab us a horse
To challenge this Steed you have
And take him by force.
And our love might be the thing
A good judo hold
We'd rather be rabbit-punched
Than out in the cold.
Though we faint at the things you do
The red-blooded men
Now that just ain't good for us
But do it again.
We'd take all that you can give
And come back for more
You'd find we look great piled up
In heaps on the floor.
The fun you could have with us
Would make laughters ring
We're fighting like angels
With each arm in a sling.
Yeah we'd like just to prove to you
We're red-blooded men
There's one thing that's wrong with that
We couldn't do it again.
Dearest Emma
Darling Mrs. Peel
Dearest Emma
That is how we feel
Dearest Emma
Dearest Emma
*Lyrics from the Dead Duck Avengers website here.

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