MORRIS MINOR AND THE MAJORS
"STUTTER RAP" (No Sleep Til Bedtime)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
"Stutter Rap" was an amusing parody of Beastie Boys hip hop/rap hit "No Sleep Till Brooklyn", performed by the novelty group Morris Minor and the Majors. The single became a one hit wonder in the UK. The rap itself is original, although, as it also makes fun of people with a stammer, I doubt this would ever be released today, given how easily offended everyone is these days.
The rap itself is original, although, as it also makes fun of people with a stammer, I doubt this would ever be released today, given how easily offended everyone is these days.
The video features the trio dressed as the Beastie Boys performing in a Morris Minor and also in a street market. My favourite moment is the brief appearance by Queen's bassist John Deacon, who performs a quirky but brief guitar solo, before being shot!
I'm not a big fan of novelty records, but this one is actually pretty decent and the lyrics are cleverly written.
The B-side parodied the actual creation of the A-side and was entitled "Another Boring B-side".
The single took just a month to reach the UK top 5, entering the charts at No.100 on 6th December 1987, and reaching No.4 for one week on 10th Jan 1988. However, it spent a further two weeks at No.5 before falling out of the top 10.
The group performed a more up-tempo live version on Saturday Live on Channel 4, which became Friday Night Live in 1988.
The band consisted of comedian Tony Hawks (Morris Minor), Paul Boross (Rusty Wing) and Phil Judge (Phil Errup). They actually released a second single "This is the Chorus", which parodied Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Now this quite brilliant (and even funnier, in my opinion!), although it was only a hit in Australia, reaching No.22. In the UK, the single reached No.95 for just one week, which is a great shame as I think it deserved to be No.1.