The Fruity Organ

Taking its euphemistic-sounding name from an REM b-side, The Fruity Organ was the finest* radio show of the late 20th and early 21st century.  It was on BURN FM, the intermittently broadcasting student radio arm of the University of Birmingham.

If music be the food of love, do you fancy a banana?

Given the show's etymology, it was only appropriate that the Fruity Organ's finest feature was I Do Like To Be Beside The B-sides, which featured a theme tune sung as follows:

"Oh I do like to be beside the b-sides,
Oh I do like to be beside the bees,
Oh I do like to hear my favourite song, song, song,
As the cd plays tiddly-om-pom-pom**."

It was sung every week by the presenters of the show, who were me, Nerwyg Eel, T-Bray Walile, Jeff Herring, and sometimes through the magic of the ether, Dr Phil HallBallPhilipHall.

It will live long in the memory of all who heard it, especially those who managed to win themselves a Queen Mother calendar for the year 2000 and a Worlds Apart book, and those who managed to get themselves a job as a Kerrang news reader on the pretence that they'd once worked for us.

One day it might return...


*fine in the geological sense of being extremely small.
**Tiddly-Om-Pom-Pom is not only a lovely phrase, but also a lovely blog.
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