Glossary entry for
Wall, Max (et al)

The majority of the names mentioned in these "lyrics" are those of British comedians past and present. Check out the supplied links for more details on specific references. Thanks to numerous members of the Van Morrison Mailing List for identifying and correcting these names.

Max Wall:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Wall
Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Michael Bentine, Harry Secombe:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goon_show
http://www.goonshow.org.uk/
Arthur Askey:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Askey
http://www.britishcomedy.org.uk/comedy/bandwagon.htm
Tommy Cooper:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Cooper
http://www.beebfun.com/tc.htm
http://justlikethat.homestead.com/Index.html
Norman Wisdom:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Wisdom
Frankie Howerd:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Howerd
http://www.frankiehowerd.com/
Norman Vaughan:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Vaughan_(comedian)
Dave Allen:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Allen_(comedian)
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle:
The (justly famous) members of Monty Python's Flying Circus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_python
Ministry of Silly Walks:
-- a character bit by John Cleese inspired by a Max Wall routine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ministry_of_Silly_Walks
Benny Hill:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Hill
Steve Davis, Alex Higgins, Jimmy White, Terry Griffith
-- professional snooker players
Brian Odgers, Dave Early, Bernie Holland, Richie Buckley
-- members of Van's band at the time (June 1989)
Harry Worth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Worth
"Just Like That!"
-- Tommy Cooper's catchphrase
Contributed by David Chance

Van references in:

  • "Max Wall" (an unreleased song performed at the Glastonbury Festival on June 17, 1989)

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