Not everything in life is simple. Red Smed, however, is. And to prove it this blog has been set up to take you deep into his deranged socialist utopia where Lenin was quite a nice bloke, , Bridgwater has been renamed Parretgrad , every home has to display a portrait of Jake Thackray and Leeds United are at the top of the premier league.

Tuesday 31 May 2011


In the dim distant past when nobody cared how fat you were or that you'd eaten yet another 3 pack of walnut whips when you'd promised you wouldn't, life was a lot simpler.

'Do the Washing Up' was written in either late 79 or early '80 and certainly featured on the Circus Records session which was done in February 81. In fact if I could be arsed to go over to the drawer i could probably pin the date down exactly.

Well, I did look and I have no record of it.

Needless to say. It's a waltz tempo . In Bb. In fact, Bb to F# if you want to play along, and like all Dangerous Brothers songs, tells the heart wrenching tale of life on the frontline in those crucial years when Thatcher first came to prominence. Mainly it was about my mum telling me to do the washing up .

Sunday 29 May 2011


Hardly new, apart from in the sense it's new to YOU TUBE, but 'Swedish Language Yeh Yeh Yeh' was originally recorded by the Dangerous Brothers for their 1981 Circus Records session.

Written by Brian Smedley, the original recording featured Smedlo on bass and vocals, Nervo on drums, Neal Heckford on keyboard and Alan Gadd on guitar and Dave Butland in a non vocal role -probably cowbell at a guess??

The recent recording is from the Hot Trot Smash The System Boogie Band album "Do The Washing Up" (also a Dangerous Brothers song from the same period) dating from 2002. This latest version, featured on YOU Tube includes Smed and Nervo again but joined this time by Dave Newton (the original Jim Rude from the Dangerous brothers) plus Matt Bartlett on bass.

To see other classic Red Smed videos click on any of the photos on the left hand list on this page.