Boomkat Product Review:
In 2001 Jonny Trunk started working with Oliver Postgate and his Smallfilms archive. The first music issued was the unreleased music from all 26 episodes of The Clangers.
For so many people who grew up watching British kids TV, the ‘Clangers’ soundtrack has become short-hand for playfully dippy sounds and music. Jonny Trunk knows this as well as anyone, and issued the ‘Clangers’ soundtrack on vinyl as the 7th Trunk release way back in 2001, following issues of equally classic/nostalgic soundtracks such as ‘Kes’ and ‘The Wicker Man’. Out of print since that pressing, it has understandably become one of the label’s most sought-after releases today.
“Far away from the land of breaks, beats and modern music is the world of The Clangers Created by the genius team of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin (Bagpuss, Ivor The Engine, Pogle's Wood), The Clangers are now over 30 years old. Their name comes from the noise the dustbin lids covering their homes makes, and all the music and special effects played for both series are issued on this record. The music was played and composed by Vernon Elliot and a small quartet from the Philharmonia. Musical direction was guided and drawn by Oliver Postgate, and all the music was recorded in the village hall just up the road from Mr Postgate's home.
The LP had some raving reviews and 26 LPS came complete with a Clangers hand-knittied cover, now extremely collectible. NME played the music on their 24 th floor and watched the Sun go down, and consequently gave the CD ten out of ten. Mojo screamed for their wooly sleeves and there were rumours of a small fight breaking out in the boozer opposite Record Collector magazine over there in Acton. I'd stay clear of Acton if I were you. Time Out writers were with us as are Radio 3 who called it "Simply wonderful" and BBC Radio Devon who asked for a pair of CDs so they could run a competition. Oh and the real BBC Cult TV site featured the LP, and ran a competition (I like the people at Cult TV, they thought the Trunk Site featured too many naughty ladies for a link though). The cats at Minstry Magazine calmed down to the sound of Vernon, and Bizarre Magazine liked it lots. The even cooler news is that there was also a competition in Mother and Baby magazine if you read that on a monthly basis. Anyway, that's quite enough of that.”