Peter’s fantastic, historic and educational vintage tape looping and Dr Who posts made me think of the BBC and theremins (yes, I’m fully aware that there were no theremins used for the Dr Who theme, but the myth is too strong), and the person who best combines the BBC and theremins: Bill Bailey.

If you’re not familiar with Bill Bailey, have I got a treat for you! I’ve never encountered anyone who combines music and comedy to such great effect (If you know of someone else with these skills, please tell us in the comments). Fortunately there is a huge volume of his stuff available on Youtube, so I can share some of his genius with you.

Tribute to Kraftwerk

There’s a little bit of theremin in that video, unfortunately his best theremin/electronic music bits aren’t included in any of the short clips I could find, so I’ve added some choice cuts, and if you feel the need for more theremin you can spend some quality time on Youtube or buy his DVDs: Bewilderness or Part Troll.

Catastophic Technical Failure at a U2 Gig

Foreign Police Sirens

The Power of Guitar Effects Pedals: Hillbilly Bowie and Stairway to Heaven

CBS and BBC News Themes: Apocalyptic Rave

By now you probably have an idea if you’re ready to waste the rest of your day watching this troll-like figure. If you are: Youtube is your buddy, and as a final prize for anyone who made it this far: he has been working on some medieval porn music.

Bill Bailey – Medieval Porn Music

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  • http://Yes.yes Robin

    Fantastic ! ! ! 😀

  • Manuel

    Hi, an Argentinian group Called Les luthiers ( ) are quite good too. check youtube's videos, maybe there are subtitled Videos.

  • manuel

    An argentinian group called Les luthiers are quite good. Check youtube for videos.

  • Niall

    Goddamn, Kevin Eldon is everywhere, you can't escape him!

    Bailey does everything so very well.

  • Niall

    Peter, do Chris Morris, or the boys from _Look Around You_ count?

  • Erk
  • Nicholas vegas

    What a Huge and Hilarious Rofl

  • Grum

    Bill Bailey is hilarious. Obviously a very good musician too.

  • _object.session

    that *totally* (almost) made up for the phone interview i bombed today. :-)

  • Peter Kirn

    I'd say he's continuing the grand tradition of Victor Borge.

    By the way, for my fellow non-Brits, his rendition of the BBC News theme is barely parody. It really IS that bizarre.….

    I dare you to sneak it into your next DJ set. Seriously.

  • Michael Moncur

    Wow, thank you.

    It's worth digging through Youtube to find all 10 parts of "Part Troll", it's incredibly entertaining and the reason i've had a completely unproductive evening.

  • Orbit

    Brilliant! Thanks for the laughs!

  • jason

    lame… i don't think the kraftwerk "parodie" is even remotely funny.

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  • susan

    Yes he is brilliant. Liz Cotton is also worth listening to (

    She has stuff on myspace

    Very funny

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