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James Stirling (6 Music) James Stirling (6 Music) | 12:00 UK time, Saturday, 22 August 2009

Phew - we're nearly there. The final week of Classic Song Wars allows the boys the luxury of picking their wild card tunes - those that defied categorising or were simply too powerful to be constrained by the format of Song Wars. As ever, the podcast has the tears of laughter and joy stories behind the making of these magical musical moments. And who wouldn't want to know how songs about flu and stumbling on the radio came about? Plus as a bonus there's a previously unreleased track from Dr Buckles as radio pirates meet the cuddly vermin in Ratatouille.


The Um And Er Song - Joe Cornish


Flu - Adam Buxton


Ratatouille - Adam Buxton


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  • Comment number 1.

    Man, I love that Ratatouille song. Good job Buxo.

  • Comment number 2.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 3.

    I can't get the Flu song out of my head!

    and drink a glass of

    VITAMIN C, Oh how happy I will be :D

    I like the Songwars sandwich we've got going on, with 3 songs :O

  • Comment number 4.

    thank you for posting the um and er song, when i was listening to the original podcast on my way home from work on the train it made me laugh so hard that the only other man in that carriage got off at one station (where there is a strange 10 minute stop after 9pm) and got back on the train in the next carriage along. which of course made me laugh even harder. i guess a tiny man shaking, sqeaking and weeping into his scarf could be a little unsettling. now i can have it pop up whenever i've got my songs on shuffle to make me startle more unsuspecting passengers

  • Comment number 5.

    Can you put all of the Song Wars downloads on one post/page so I can direct folks to the funny?

  • Comment number 6.

    Wow a surprise song wars sandwich sweet as!!!!

  • Comment number 7.

    Any chance of getting a copy of the Glastonbury (Festival) songs - or are they available elsewhere?

  • Comment number 8.

    *wonders what Liam the Iguana wrote*
    Not up to the quality of previous songwars songs peoples, This Week in Whatsit still wins by miles!

  • Comment number 9.

    Man, are these the last ones? I was really hoping we would get the Australia ones too. I loved those ones. It's what got my girlfriend listening to Adam and Joe.

  • Comment number 10.

    Don't worry, we will be making more Song Wars tracks available on a fairly regular basis, watch this space.

  • Comment number 11.


    Any chance of compiling them all into one awesome downloadable album, with cover art and everything? Song Wars Vol. 2 please...

  • Comment number 12.

    BLAT-BLAT-RAT-A-TAT indeed, Lord Dark Matter!

    Nice one, Jolyon!!

    Cheers, Mark (UK).

  • Comment number 13.

    .......not sure where to put this but does Adam know someone is faking him on Twitter?

  • Comment number 14.

    Yes, in the one of the older podcast Adam feebly attempted (in the nicest possible way) to become part of the twitter community , in the porcess of making a twitter account he realised someone was using his name, so he used a different one or stuck a one at the end. Anyway, at the end of the story Adam Buxton decided to give up and run away from the twitter community because he apparently made a bit of an idiothole of himself. I would expect that Adam doesn't really care if this guy is impersonating, and the more people who think Adam is still "Twittering", the less know he ran away.

  • Comment number 15.

    I should have said 'a new one' that started a couple of days ago. I think most people know it's fake because it only has a few followers. It's first tweet says something like 'I thought I'd try this twitter lark again' but follows the usual fakers format. Just thought Adam should know there's another one out there.

  • Comment number 16.

    they're back tomorrow!! yipee!!

  • Comment number 17.

    Boggins Rocks!!!!

  • Comment number 18.

    Anyone fancy emailing me no.4-7 of these? Ive been away for a month and missed the chance to snap up the MP3s. contact [at] FLIMEMA [dot] co [dot] uk


  • Comment number 19.

    Boggins. Nice re-braning skills guys.
    Um. Er. Um. Um. Er. Um. Duh. Er. Er. Yay the um and Er song!

  • Comment number 20.

    The CornGod may be interested to know that a band called 'Ex Lovers' have a singer who sounds just like him. Check out http://www.myspace.com/weareexlovers and the tracks 'Photobooth' or 'The Moon Has Spoken'.

    I'm supposed to be reviewing their efforts for the web site Die, Shellsuit, Die! but I can't get the fact that he sounds like Joe out of my head. Most disconcerting.

  • Comment number 21.

    Hello Adam and Joe - could we have a downloadable version of Dr Buckles' fantastic fish-fingers song? It would be a lovely addition to my iPod!

    Love the show and that. Many thanks!


  • Comment number 22.

    Pretty unrelated but a really good fun thing you can try with a mic, a computer and some recording software.

    - Record yourself saying something
    - Reverse it
    - Learn in backwards
    - Record backwards
    - Flip it back

    You get some very wonky voices. It's been done before of course I know but Id love to hear adam and joe having a go.

    You can also do the same sort of this with speaking SLLLOOOOWWLLY & LOWLEY and speeding it up or speaking REALLY FAST AND HIGH and slowing it down. This is a bit easier to do so start with this one.

    I like to hear a whole song done like this... song wars backwards.

    Or just SPEAKING WARS?! Who sounds the least wonk-o!

  • Comment number 23.

    I have lots of proper CDs full of wonderful music, but since I started listening to Adam and Joe, my head has been full of Bums and Binge-drinking and Ratatouille. Currently, my brain is endlessly repeating the words "A-wuzza wuzza".
    I am thrilled your fuller-length podcasts are back: Song Wars Ccqlassixques was great, but it's even more exciting to have them accompanied by other items, such as Boggins the Talking-Dog and your personal tales of pain and embarrassment.

  • Comment number 24.


    As I am a very sad individual I keep a ‘song of the day’ diary of whatever I’ve been listening to or had stuck in my head. I thought you might like to observe what has become of my personal playlist since I spent a day “studying” in early September when I also found time to discover your blog and song wars classics.


    Help me.

    01-Sep Crowded House - English trees / Arcade Fire - intervention
    02-Sep Crowded House - Nobody wants to / Arcade Fire - Intervention / Black Mirror
    03-Sep Fleet Foxes - he doesn't know why / Arcade Fire - Intervention
    04-Sep Fleet Foxes - he doesn't know why / Joe Cornish - The Um and Er Song
    05-Sep Um and Er Song
    06-Sep Um and Er Song / Dodos - Fables
    07-Sep Juliana Hatfield - every breath you take / Flu song / um and er song
    08-Sep Adam Buxton - Flu
    09-Sep Adam & Joe kate nash songs
    10-Sep Adam and Joe quantum of solace songs / kate nash songs
    11-Sep Juliana Hatfield - Fleur de Lys / dirty robots
    12-Sep Friendly Fires - Kiss of life / empire of the sun - walking on a dream / hot chip - over and over
    13-Sep Dusty Springfield - the look of love / the coming back from holiday blues
    14-Sep Dusty Springfield - the look of love / coming back from holiday blues
    15-Sep Dusty Springfield - the look of love / coming back from holiday blues
    16-Sep Friendly Fires - Kiss of life / Hot chip - over and over
    17-Sep Friendly Fires / um and er song / holiday blues
    18-Sep Juliana Hatfield - Table for 1 / Lopez by 808 state
    19-Sep Dr Buckles - Meatballs / Joe - T.A.L.L (man giraffe)
    20-Sep Meatballs / James Rohan Song / Juliana -Table For One
    21-Sep Southern Point – Grizzly Bear/ T.A.L.L
    22-Sep Dirty robots

  • Comment number 25.

    p.s. That is just the tip of the iceberg, there wans't room to include everything


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