Novelty pop was nothing unusual in the 70s, with a raft of acts performing songs that somehow got to number one. My own personal theory is that life was so grim that people sought genuine escapism from their music, something enjoyable to listen to that made you smile or even laugh a little. But still, Lieutenant Pigeon took the mouldy old biscuit; a four piece from Coventry, their origins lay in the experimental music outfit, Stavely Makepeace. The line up was noteworthy for one major eccentric reason, because as well as Stephen Johnson on bass guitar and tin whistle, Nigel Fletcher on drums and Robert Woodward on keyboards, guitar and yet another tin whistle, there was also Woodward's old mum, Hilda, on piano!
Hilda's involvement came about because not only was she an accomplished pianist, she had loaned the boys - who were inspired by the Joe Meek home recording sound - her spare room in her semi detached for them to record their demo tracks. It was an inclusion to the group that certainly caught the eye!
I wonder if they ever got groupies with old Mamma Woodward around?!
Their biggest hit was of course the infuriatingly catchy Mouldy Old Dough from 1972