Yogi Bear – The Worst?

Tuesday, 23rd December, 1986

4.10pm: Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (BBC One)

“This Christmas special has Yogi, Boo Boo and all their friends causing chaos in the big city, but also bringing happiness to a lonely little rich girl and her father.”

I bet we can have them for at least one of those descriptions on the trade descriptions act.

The plot? Some of the less memorable Hanna-Barbera characters (Snagglehound, Hokey Wossname, Quick Draw Ian etc.) have come to Jellystone Park to spend Christmas with Yogi and Boo-Boo – only trouble is they’ve nicked off to the ‘Big City’ to visit them. The script by cartoon legend Mark Evanier is fun enough (one toy reads “Super-Duper Ray Demolisher – be the first kid on your block to level Detroit!”) but Yogi is such a hard character to find anything original to do with that the bear buddies end up evading men with nets whilst trying to cheer up a little girl whose father has GODDAMN BUSINESS to do.

Naturally this means Yogi dressing as Santa and becoming a suspected kidnapper before all the Hanna-Barbera lot meet up and bump into Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble whose appearance in the modern world is questioned (“a little far from Bedrock – like about three million years…”) but never answered.  Eventually lessons are learned, Christmases are merried and Yogi evades capture by the man for another day.

With all the characters – including a horse, a dog, some mice, a gorilla and whatever Snagglepuss is meant to be – all sharing space here, quite why some animals are free to walk around and have jobs whilst the bears are forbidden to leave the park is never addressed. 

More coming very soon….

Don’t Lets Chart 204 – Terr Yand Ju-Ne

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A special young person’s episode of Don’t Lets Chart in which…oh god, I’m so tired. I mean…YOUNG PEOPLE’S THINGS. WOO! SOME FORTNITE! EMOJIS! POPULAR CHART MUSIC! We’re all over those today. Now fetch me 20CCs of slippers stat. Dad needs his special time.If you would like to support our Patreon click here and get two bonus podcasts every month: https://www.patreon.com/dontletschart We’ve currently got three exclusive, Patreon-only episodes of “Don’t Lets Chart” available that will never be on the regular feed. For those wanting to give more than $3, it’s not very intuitive on the site sadly but you can change where the amount is to whatever you feel comfortable giving. It all helps hugely. Thank you.

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Don’t Lets Chart 203 – 65 Fabulous Years of Phil Catterall

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Your favourite facts ‘n’ fannying about podcast returns with an all star tribute to six decades of Phil Catterall (aged 39). There are messages from his friends – also Ben is there. Plus Phil’s top 20 things of all time ever (that arent giant fighting robots) including some nifty 90s shootouts, which comedy act he went to see instead of revising for his GCSEs, best Bonds, the best foot that can be barely considered a food, Greendale pride, perhaps the most stupid quiz yet and lots more. And because its a 40th celebration, the episode is a slightly longer almost 40 minutes in length. Happy all our birthdays! 

With huge thanks to Tim Worthington (@outonbluesix), Garreth F Hirons from @_Retrospecticus, @Hark87Podcast main man Paul Abbott, Christine Coulson (www.facebook.com/MadeWithYouInMindUK/) and Paul Gannon (@TheCheapShowPod) for their brilliant contributions. Go look at, listen on and enrobe yourself with their things today! 

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Don’t Lets Chart 202 – I’m So Tired, Why Are You Doing This?

Sexual swear words and adult situations ahoy this week as Ben and very under the weather Phil play a game of Birthday Top Trumps pitting unlikely duos born on the same day against each other, including a horror writer vs. a puppeteer, Johnny Marr‘s neck strength, Corbyn‘s collection of video nasties and Simon Bates in a battle you’ll be delighted never to know the answer to. And later Beatlemania is fully covered with items on unusual manias and also a Beatle. Plus Thatcher’s heroin crimes, what the R stands for in Kelly, moist Alans, Orville The Duck‘s audition for It Chapter Three, nose wars, Pliers gets rude, Larry the Cable Guy‘s jam making abilities are brought into question, standard polygamy and what Ringo Starr‘s childhood nickname almost certainly should’ve been. It’s a top one, trumpo! 

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Don’t Lets Chart 201 – Objectively Better, Morally Superior

Bigger, Better, Stronger, the other one. Yes, Dont Let’s Chart is back back BACK! And with the same great taste you remember – vinegar and tyres – mmm mmm, just like Uncle Grandma used to make. If you’re new to the show, its a crazy race against time as charts on the fun life of Michael Jackson, programmes that switched out everything between series and the things this very podcast has outlasted since we launched in April compete in go karts to collect tokens which translate to amazing prizes. Actually, no…that was Fun House. Christ knows what this is. 

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I Am What I Play

Did you know Frank Sidebottom played Wembley? How about two of Madness making a hip hop electro dance song about Judge Dredd? Or which alcoholic drink has featured in the titles of the most chart hits? All that and loads more can be found in my new book “Death Death Death Stereo Stereo Stereo” which mixes tales from my unhealthy relationship with the world of music and the daft trivia that springs up from it. Here’s a sample piece about my experiences of being a DJ. The full article can be found in the book, links at the bottom of the page.

When Madonna once sang “Hey Mister DJ! Put a record on! I want to dance with my baby” it really failed to capture for me the true experience of requests DJs get at organised events. For a start, at no point did Madge shout “Get this shit off” then drunkenly demand a particular tune, one in which you know full well from many years’ experience will not get anyone on the dance floor and evacuate those happily on it currently, with the caveat “I’m telling you everyone will get up and dance to it”. And if you do play said urgently demanded record, not only does nobody dance but the person who asked for it has completely vanished or, worse, is loudly talking with friends by the bar. It’s also missing that final verse where said person then returns some time later angry that you haven’t played said track and when pointed out the error of their ways says “Okay, well this time we definitely WILL get up and dance…”

I am in no way what you would call a DJ in the hip, arms aloft, glowstick-waving, beat-matching technical way that became big in the 90s. I was brought up with mobile discos at family parties in working men’s clubs. Where men (and it was ALWAYS men), dressed in pink ties and gaudy suits, stood behind flashing light boxes playing seven-inch singles and rotten ‘megamix’ twelve inchers when they needed a tod or wanted to chat up someone by the cigarette machine.

My parents had a pub and occasionally let me mess around with the music. It was here my Dad came to realise (a lot earlier than I did) that, whilst I was inexperienced and was interested in all this new loud music, I had a pretty good knack for reading a crowd and knowing what to play. That’s not to say I’ve never got it wrong, indeed about 90% of my party DJ-ing experiences were off beam for some reason or other.

One memorable night I’d been asked to fill in at a local rough pub on a Thursday, a gig I took despite my absolute terror at the thought due to it being a school night and the fact I was told I could play whatever. This was a few years before I had a laptop or Spotify was a thing so it involved me taking a lot of CDs in a carrier bag with me, figuring I’d go the School Disco cheese route which was popular at the time. It was about 40 minutes before I hit my first roadblock, a five foot lady with military hair and a salmon Ben Sherman shirt screeching at me for not playing a song the usual DJ played. I pointed out somewhat obviously that I wasn’t said disky jock to a bewildering response of “You’re shit; you’re not even playing what he always plays”. This was neither the first or last time this occurred that night. When I went to get paid at the end of the night somewhat shamefaced, the landlady gave me extra and asked if I could come back next week. Sadly I was dead that day so couldn’t take her up on this exciting opportunity.

My problem is that I take everything to heart. The most popular DJ in my hometown didn’t seem to have any such qualms and would play pretty much the same songs in the same order, peppered with the same jokes every time I was in the place. Pulsating Pete, for that is he, was already in his forties by the time I was going out and had his patter down solid – by which I mean it would fairly result in about fourteen legal suits a night in the modern #metoo climate. Even now whenever I have the misfortune to hear Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” I can still hear him fading down the music to bellow “OH / OHHH / SHAGGING ON A CHAIIIIRRRRRRRR” over the chorus. Pete still pulsates in 2019 but at a smaller pub slightly out of town, replaced by a new generation of charmless nerk playing much the same songs, now classified as oldies. Thankfully my days of being lured by three watermelon VKs for a fiver are behind me. Although I am a bit thirsty and do love a bargain….

These days I only play music in one venue, a lovely alternative club about ten minutes’ walk from my house, where I’ve licence to do what I want really. Most of the time this works a treat but there’s always that one show where the best planning can go nowhere. Earlier this year, I spent a long time putting together a set of fitting pre-Britpop indie tunes for a Smiths tribute band, only for all the older folk to go home immediately after the gig, leaving us with mostly twenty year olds bellowing for The Courteeners. As I acquiesced and played one of their tracks, a lad ripped open his shirt, jumped on a sofa and shouted “LETS GET FUCKED UP”. To which I thought “bollocks to that” and immediately queued up something abrasive by the Pixies, My Bloody Valentine and “Where’s Me Jumper?” by Sultans of Ping FC then went for a very long pee. From a business point of view it wasn’t the smartest move but by Christ, the look of terror in their eyes was worth it and the remaining thirty or so of us had a great night once they’d gone.

When it works though, playing records for people is like no feeling I can describe. The connection when you find that track that gets everybody, from the wallflowers to the slurring over-requesters, having a boogie and an amazing time. My favourite all time moments as a DJ have been the past few New Year’s Eve at the aforementioned local alternative venue The Exchange. My first was in 2012 when the owner didn’t think he’d need someone to play records then swiftly realised he did which lead to me jumping in at about ten to midnight to help (still haven’t been paid for that one) and most years have followed suit. It’s a crowd I more or less know, can read instantly and play off minute by minute. Even then you can never know what to expect and the ultimate highlight was several friends all simultaneously doing the Macarena to Andrew WK’s air-punching daft anthem “Party Hard”. And by Christ, it bloody fit perfectly too !

Last year I was booked to do the 31st but unfortunately got very sick a few days before (a time that just so happens to also include my birthday. Thanks illness!) and so couldn’t make it. Instead I sat home with a fever and built them some pre and post-midnight playlists with a big countdown in the middle. I’ve never had compliments like it before! It went down a storm and had people dancing for hours, which means I apparently did my best work when I wasn’t even in the building. AND I got paid after for doing it. And if that isn’t the real DJ’s dream I don’t know is.


Now what was it you’re after Madonna? “Seven Tears” by The Goombay Dance Band?? Oh boy…

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There’s articles on:

  • The biggest bands that never made the top ten;
  • Irish pop from a distinctly outside perspective;
  • The early days of Frank Sidebottom;
  • The UK’s top 25 drinking songs;
  • The best of Creation Records;
  • The mysterious majesty of Australian art rock lunatics TISM;
  • Suggs and Judge Dredd – a marriage made in the IsoCubes?;
  • Why Kenickie deserved better;
  • The least greatest Greatest Hits,
  • Bowie, The Beatles and Barry McGuigan!
  • Plus: Terrorvision, Zig and Zag, Foo Fighters, The Levellers, Fountains of Wayne, Smith and Jones, Feeder, Madness and even Welephant. And much more! So much more!

The Best of Don’t Lets Chart (Volume Two)

To whet your unwhetted areas for series 2 here’s a breezy run-through episodes 5 to 9 of “Don’t Lets Chart” in which we ran down the worst Hanna-Barbera jerks, despaired at On The Buses, steamed a good ham, tarted ourselves out for sponsorship, disagreed over the worst double acts of all time, took a trip to Nottingham, failed to see any ghosts, played “Robocop or Prick Up Your Ears?” and generally fannied about for 35 to 37 minutes on average. Y’know, for kids. 

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Don’t Lets Chart 120 – That’s A Good Point

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And so we reach the final destination of the Don’t Lets Chart Summer Roadshow and also the final episode of series one. We hope you’ve enjoyed the past five months of facts and nonsense and we’re going out with our biggest adventure yet. Yes, even bigger than the Nottingham Industrial Museum of Dust. And because its the end of term, Ben has kindly allowed Phil to finally talk about bloody Gobots or whatever he’s into, including our listeners’ own top ten most tedious robots of all time! Plus some very daft jokes, god-awful gimmicks, Autobot stand-up, terrible toys, Emu wrangling, BB-8 snaffling and T-Bob just generally getting on everyone’s nerves as usual.

We’ll be back in a bit. In the meantime, there’ll be extra material on Patreon in the gap for our supporters, including a new bonus episode soon: https://www.patreon.com/dontletschart

Ben’s new book “Death Death Death Stereo Stereo Stereo” is now out for Kindle and paperback. All the links can be found on here: https://benbakerbooks.org/2019/08/01/new-book-death-x3-stereo-x3/

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Don’t Lets Chart 119 – Do You Like Dickens?

Another jump on the increasingly stupid Don’t Lets Chart Summer Roadshow as Ben and Phil travel back in time to visit The Book Tower in order to promote Ben’s new book. If you dont know, its probably best not to ask. Just strap in for what the Mr Men did next, a celebration of good Dickens, Phil reading erotic fiction like in that nightamre you had and the best of Baker. But not Ben…

Ben’s new book “Death Death Death Stereo Stereo Stereo” is now out for Kindle and paperback. All the links can be found on here: https://benbakerbooks.org/2019/08/01/new-book-death-x3-stereo-x3/ 

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Don’t Lets Chart 118 – The Popular Humanoid Bear

A bit of a relativity jump on the Don’t Lets Chart Summer Roadshow this week as we visit Beanotown. Or Gotham. Or wherever Whizzer and Chips incorporating Scouse Mouse took place as its a comics special. Which were best – the good old British weekly or yer American “comical book”? Do we find an answer in this week’s edition? Well, we’ve a top ten featuring the biggest comic strip-themed chart hits of all time, we chew up a terrible Buzzfeed list and inevitably there’s another stupid quiz.  So….no. 

Ben’s new book “Death Death Death Stereo Stereo Stereo” is now out for Kindle and paperback. All the links can be found on here: https://benbakerbooks.org/2019/08/01/new-book-death-x3-stereo-x3/ 

Or if you just fancy throwing (the price of) a coffee in our faces: https://ko-fi.com/dontletschart

Visit the new Don’t Lets Chart Twitter feed: @dontletschart or visit us separately @benbakerbooks and @fil5000.