Have Big Ones
Live in Newport 1977
1. Intro and Plot
2. Slaves to the System
3. Cigarette Advertisement and Plot
4. Potted History of Free Britain
5. Two Be or Not To Be I
6. Mrs Fanshaw
7. Natasha the Flasher
9. Bill the Mammoth Basher
11. Noah and his Chopper
13. Benzedrine - Suzie Grapevine and Pusher Joe Cartoon
15. The Ancient Briton
16. The Plot and To Be or Not To Be II
20. To Be or Not To Be III
21. Flasher Jack and Annabelle at the Seaside in Scarborough Cartoon
23. Lonesome the Hairy Cowpoke
All songs recorded live in Newport during 1977 and written, composed and arranged by Mike Absalom. Copyright Mike Absalom
Cover illustration by Cornelia Weinmann
She Must Have Big Ones (No Change Accepted)is one of a series of shows written and performed during the 70ís as a live entertainment for college students. These shows consisted of convoluted pun-filled plots interspersed with Mikeís songs and poems and featured lots of (primitive) technical gadgetry and fun of the fair, including pre-recorded sound effects and musical clips, the detonation on stage of ear-shattering, ceiling-cracking maroons, flash pans, bubble and fog machines, exploding speaker cabinets which flew open to reveal a rude (in the sense of not for the Mothersí Union) Punch and Judy stage, ventriloquism and tap-dancing, garish make-up, blood capsules and rubber skulls and handfuls of supposedly mind-altering cigarettes tossed liberally into the crowd.
Other shows were Drugula, The Adventures of Hieronymous (he was small and squat and always felt higher on a mouse) and Chomsky, The Amazing Icelandic Yum Yum Kippers Again War, Doctor Hoo-Ha and the Turdis, Joking to Death, The Great Grombolian Connection and many more, the titles of which have disappeared into the toilets of time and the onset of middle-age and respectability from which Mike suffered chronically for about twenty-five years.
Mark Watson recorded this live performance in Newport in 1977 and graciously passed it on to Mike. It now lives on to delight and amaze the straighter and narrower generations which came later, or as some might say: too late.