That's a Nice Hat

by Big Block 454

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Big Block 454 are Colin Robinson & Pete Scullion (computers; electronic / acoustic / home-made instruments; found sounds; vocals) plus Les Howarth (digital media and graphics), Mark Joell (lead vocals on 3, backing vocals on 1) and Melissa Sinden Gray (vocals on 2).

Produced by Big Block 454
All tracks recorded in Big Block 454 Studios, Manchester, 2000.
Original graphic design by Real-Time Images

"We're all pretty much agreed here that that was genius... terrific stuff." - Stuart Maconie, after playing "I name this child Acker Bilk" on his BBC 6Music radio show.


released August 1, 2000



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Big Block 454 Hebden Bridge, UK

Since the late 80s, Big Block 454 has been making exploratory, highly individual music that encompasses rock, funk, electronica, folk music, Dadaist collage and much more besides.
Each band member is a multi-instrumentalist, but Big Block 454’s approach also encompasses the creation of sound on instruments they don’t know how to play, and those that hadn’t been invented before the band made them.
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Track Name: I name this child Acker Bilk
Warm water, cold milk
I name this child Acker Bilk

No food, no fun,
I want a knife to butter my bun
A King screams at a burning sun
“Give me a knife to butter my bun !”
Track Name: Eating soap alone
Did it ever happen?
Did it ever happen?
Eating soap alone,
Seated / overthrown
We cut off The Ear of The King

Did it ever happen?
Did it ever happen?
Mechanically penned,
You are dreaming my friend
The spoon is for eating…
Track Name: Canned food in combat
Don’t use the saw to cut the straw
A metaphor for nothing
Discarded claw by the seashore
The showman swore at nothing
The creaking door that you ignore
A promisor of nothing
Track Name: I was just about to yodel
Nothing was ever as it seemed
No-one was to blame
I was just about to yodel but I forgot my name

Bare hat and brain
I may have to wash my hands again

Such an accident is rare
Some men always laugh
I plotted his trajectory upon a graph

Bare hat and brain
I may have to wash my hands again

Stay in the shallow water
Don’t forget your comb
Is there a vacant bathing hut?
I wish I was at home