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December 14, 2015

‘Music’

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 9:25 am

As previously mentioned every few months a group of my friends meet up for an ‘under-appreciated music evening’. This weekend the theme was (partly) Christmas songs, and someone played this which is pretty much the worst thing I have ever seen or heard.

Although mostly forgotten now, Mr Blobby was briefly very popular in the mid 1990s. I remember when the Reading cinema complex on Courtney Place was being built there was a giant inflatable Mr Blobby doll trapped between two pre-cast slabs of concrete on the site. Mr Blobby’s wikipedia page notes:

Although popular, the character was not well received critically.

And:

A Sun article published the previous month had reported that Blobby reduced a young girl to tears after throwing her birthday cake onto the floor during a show, causing the girl’s father to mount the stage and assault Blobby. . . A trio of failed Mr Blobby theme parks also resulted in considerable negative press and scandal.

Update: via Nick R in the comments, a Daily Mail article with photos of an abandoned Mr Blobby theme park:

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12 Comments »

  1. If you click through one of the footnotes in the Wikipedia article you can see an article (warning: Daily Mail) with pictures an abandoned Mr Blobby theme park in England. It looks eerily like that scene in Jurassic World when the kids find the ruins of the original Jurassic Park, buried in the jungle. Only with more Mr Blobbies and fewer velociraptors, probably.

    Comment by Nick R — December 14, 2015 @ 9:38 am

  2. My first professional job out of university (2003-2006) was working in a team with the unfortunate acronym ‘BLOPI’. We had a Mr Blobby doll as our mascot. Fond memories…

    Comment by Phil — December 14, 2015 @ 11:10 am

  3. Behead those who insult MR BLOBBY.

    Comment by Trouble Man — December 14, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

  4. I’ve always found Mr Blobby very, very weird because I never once heard or saw the character until a decade after it’s supposed popularity – so have always felt it’s some kind of elaborate joke about a fictitious once famous character that I just don’t get.

    Comment by Fentex — December 14, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

  5. The ravers should have more respect for Mr Blobby. He was a hero to a lot of kids and the thought of them taking drugs and having all-night raves in his house is completely disrespectful.

    Ravers. Probably Gypsy Ravers. Islamic Gypsy Ravers from Eastern Europe, I wouldn’t wonder.

    Comment by richdrich — December 14, 2015 @ 3:16 pm

  6. Behead those who insult MR BLOBBY.

    For a moment there I thought that poor old Redbirther had recovered his mojo.

    Comment by Joe W — December 14, 2015 @ 7:49 pm

  7. ‘Defining the zeitgeistian meaning of Mr Blobby is a game everybody can play. For those of the Camille Paglia persuasion, Mr Blobby represents the return of Dionysian paganism which our Christian culture has repressed for centuries … For the Jean Baudrillard brigade, it’s more a case of hyperreality. For them, Mr Blobby is the first truly post-modern pop star, a simulacrum of stardom created to conceal the fact that there is no such thing as a real star anymore. As for the Neil Lyndon School of Male Paranoia, Mr Blobby is obviously a feminist plot to make the phallus look funny’ (Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times (UK), 12 December 1993).

    Comment by Ethan Tucker — December 14, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

  8. Is that Jeremy Clarkson driving the car?!

    Comment by Ian — December 14, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

  9. I am not sure if my life is better or worse for having watched that.

    Comment by RHT — December 15, 2015 @ 7:07 am

  10. If you want to further enrich your life, RHT, I recommend watching Mr Blobby’s meeting with Hudson and Halls shortly before Peter Hudson’s death in 1992 – a rare and strangely joyous meeting of television legends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSDwu8tPtow

    Comment by Higgs Boatswain — December 15, 2015 @ 2:27 pm

  11. If you attack a popular TV clown for grinning inanely and singing terrible Xmas songs, then you have Mr Blobby Derangement Syndrome.

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — December 16, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

  12. SIc transit gloria mundi I guess.

    Comment by Conrad — December 18, 2015 @ 9:15 am


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