Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
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- Michael Flanders' introduction on
At The Drop Of Another Hat:
- I must say, wandering around, [..] things have come to a pretty underpass
here in England
while we've been away.
It's small wonder to us that Satire squats
hoof-in-mouth under every bush. The purpose of Satire, it has been rightly said,
is to strip off the veneer of comforting illusion and cosy half-truth - and our
job, as I see it, is to put it back again.
- The combination of Michael Flanders (the words) and Donald Swann (the music) resulted
in many memorable comic songs and a few serious ones, broadly gently satirical and in sharp contrast to the
new wave of satire which followed them, led by Beyond The Fringe and David Frost.
- Their greatest hits were The Hippopotamus and The Gnu,
and their friend Ian Wallace had a lot of success performing their
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