No. 98: ‘Dick-A-Dum-Dum (King's Road)’ – Des O'Connor (1969)
Listen to ‘Dick-A-Dum-Dum (King's Road)’ by Des O'Connor
‘Dick-A-Dum-Dum (King's Road)’ – Des O'Connor (1969)
The ballad of swinging London’s peacocks
Written by the token dishy ‘Carry On’ star, Jim Dale, and made famous by permatanned grin machine O'Connor, this ode to the wheeler-dealer lifestyle of the swinging '60s, an era when West London was considered fashion-forward, is equal parts cynical skewring of hipster mores and unintelligible nonsense. Much like modern day ‘The Only Way Is Dalston’, then.