How Python Took Over My Soul

So, as I said in my previous post, I had totally missed the point of what Python was all about, on account of being too young when I first saw the Flying Circussss in 1969, aged 9 (well, that's my excuse anyway).

But then, in 1973, I get bundled off to the posh public school (which is really a private school - I know, it doesn't make sense) called Cranleigh School, near Guildford (the city mentioned in the very first show funnily enough). It was almost identical to the school depicted in the 'Growth And Learning' section of Meaning of Life, although the sex education lessons weren't quite like that!

I suppose it was during that year that I get to meet Justin Hill, who used to play me the Python albums: The BBC's Foot in the Television album; Monty Python's Previous Record; Another Monty Python Record; Matching Tie & Handkerchief; Live at Drury Lane; and The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

In those days, we didn't have VCRs. Whenever Python was on TV at school, it was on a black & white set, the TV room was crowded so you couldn't see the screen and you missed all the best bits because people were talking. So the only way you could really savour every word, every sound, every nuance - was to listen to records. That's how I got really hooked. So you can blame Justin. Actually, I am really grateful to him!

I have so many memories of being speechless with laughter over the tiniest things: "Played by a-Pablo Cassals during his 400-foot plunge into a bucket of boiling fat"; the diarrhea noise in the 'Are You Embarrassed Easily?' sketch; Harry "Snapper" Organs of Q division; as well as the 'Poot' fart noise in a speech bubble in the MP Papperbok, coming out of a dog's arse!

In closing, I would like to say that if ever the Pythons were hiding anything under a bushel, it's their albums. I have met Python fans who have never listened to them! They are gems I tell you! If you have never listened to them, you have so many treats in store.

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kisch: What a beautiful post ! I love reading other people's stories about Pythons.
And yes, the albums are terrific:-) I'm seriously addicted to them. There are so many brilliant bits !!

johnalexwood at 12:10 pm July 04


Lemming_Of_The_BDA: What a heart warming tale!

Yes I LOVE their records we had most of them but they (like our Beatles records in MINT condition) floated away in a flood caused by a broken pipe.

Thank goodness for new fangled technology that I can still her them.
(in the form of a plastic "compact" disc...)
I don't see why it's so compact, I can't fit it in my pocket!

I brush my teeth everyday.
"Know what I mean? Wink wink. Nudge nudge. Say no more! Say no more!"

johnalexwood at 11:08 am July 04

Yes, and now some tracks can be heard on various websites like and