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You 'Orrible Lot - Music & Memories of the National Service Years

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You 'Orrible Lot - Music & Memories of the National Service Years
You 'Orrible Lot - Music & Memories of the National Service Years


Music played an enormous role in National Service and this CD celebrates those unique 15 years of conscription. Featuring 26 memorable songs that were written about - and formed the soundtrack to - National Service and barrack room life. Full of good humour, irony, fun and nostalgia 'You 'Orrible Lot' perfectly conveys the unforgettable experience with fondness... albeit occasionally bitter-sweet.

National Service, as peacetime conscription, was formalised by the National Service Act 1948. From January 1st 1949, healthy males aged 17 to 21 were expected to serve in the armed forces for 18 months, and remain on the reserve list for four years. Sharing the danger of the Regulars, they fought the country's enemies and defended its interests across the globe.

Drill, strict regimes, discipline and obedience were - literally - the order of every day, yet many of those that were conscripted were grateful for gaining a maturity that may have otherwise eluded them, learning the value of friendship and comradeship and ultimately became more resilient and better organised.


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  2. Elvis Presley - GI Blues
  3. The Goons - Major Bloodnok's Rock'n'Roll Call
  4. Michael Medwin, Bernard Bresslaw, Alfie Bass & Leslie Fyson - The Army Game
  5. Michael Medwin, Bernard Bresslaw, Alfie Bass & Leslie Fyson - What We Do In The Army
  6. Chris Barber's Jazz Band - Bugle Call Rag
  7. Johnny and The Hurricanes - Reveille Rock
  8. Anthony Newley - Idle On Parade
  9. Anthony Newley - Idle Rock-A-Boogie
  10. Vaughn Monroe - Sound Off!
  11. Frank Sinatra - Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)
  12. Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra - Waltzing Bugle Boy
  13. The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  14. Johnny Mercer - GI Jive
  15. Anne Shelton - Lay Down Your Arms
  16. George Formby - Cookhouse Serenade
  17. Arthur Askey - Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant-Major
  18. Ronald Brittain - RSM Brittain On Parade
  19. The RAOC Blue Rockets Dance Orchestra - Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie
  20. Irving Berlin - This Is The Army, Mr Jones
  21. Jack White and his Band - In The Quartermaster's Stores
  22. George Formby - Bless 'Em All
  23. Fred Emney & Leslie Henson - We're In The Army Now
  24. Peter Dawson - Boots
  25. George Formby - Our Sergeant Major
  26. Peter Dawson - When The Sergeant-Major's On Parade
  27. Norman Long - Our Nice Kind Sergeant-Major
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