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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 1993

Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby
1993


"Mr Blobby" is a novelty song performed by character Mr Blobby, famous for appearing in the TV programme Noel's House Party. It was written by Philip Raxster and produced by Paul Shaw and David Rogers, was released as a single and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart on December 11, 1993, replacing Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", which had been in the No. 1 spot for seven weeks. A week later, "Babe" by Take That demoted Mr Blobby from the top spot for one week. Mr Blobby made a surprise return to the No. 1 spot on Christmas Day, and remained there for another two weeks.

Mr Blobby was a bulbous pink figure covered with yellow spots, a permanent toothy grin and jiggling eyes. Mr Blobby communicated only by saying the word "blobby" in an electronically altered voice, expressing his moods through tone of voice and repetition. He first appeared in the 'Gotcha' segment of the second series of Noel's House Party, in which celebrities were caught out in a "Candid Camera" style prank. Mr Blobby was presented to the celebrities as if he were a real and established children's television character, in order to record an episode centred around the guests' profession. In truth, there was no "Mr. Blobby" TV series, and he was created purely for the prank. Mr Blobby would clumsily take part in the activity, knocking over the set, causing mayhem, and saying "blobby blobby blobby." His childish and unprofessional behaviour was calculated to irritate the celebrities taking part. When the prank was finally revealed the Blobby costume would be opened, revealing Noel Edmonds inside.

Once the first 'Gotcha' segments had aired, Mr Blobby was no longer usable as part of the 'Gotcha' sequences but he continued to make appearances on Noel's House Party with various members of the production team donning the costume.

The song "Mr Blobby" is regarded by some critics as one of the worst songs ever written.

An MTV critic said that Blobby "tried to kill music...with what might be the worst song of all time". Rupert Hawksley of The Telegraph ranked the track as the worst Christmas number one in history, arguing that Blobby "set the bar so low with this bizarre single, it's hard to imagine that it could ever be usurped". Daily Record writer Euan McColm named it the third-worst Top 10 single of all time, while Gemma Wheatley of the Daily Star called it the third most-annoying track ever written. It placed first in an HMV public poll of the worst-ever festive songs, and second in a VH1 viewer survey of the worst number one singles of all time. The track also came sixth in a Channel 4 poll of the 100 worst pop songs in history

A music video was created for the single and was filmed in the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. It spoofed several music videos such as "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer, "Stay" by Shakespears Sister, Snap!'s "Rhythm Is a Dancer", and ZZ Top's 3-man arm swing-and-point, featured in many of their videos.



Tags: 1993, mr blobby, uk christmas no1s
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