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Chap Hop Treats: Mr. B, Madam Misfit, and Sir Reginald Release Music Videos

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

If you’re a chap hop fan, Madam Misfit and Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer have treats for you in the form of new videos. We also note the return of Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire with a video released in June after a seven-year absence.

New from Mr. B is “Lessons Learned From Lockdowns One To Three,” a live version of a track from the compilation album CHBC: Uniquities Volume One. He recorded it on Aug. 8 from Niceolation Party, his weekly streaming broadcast on MixCloud.

“It’s splendid fun and I’m wearing a nightshirt, so who could resist such a happening?” he observed in a message to fans.

CHBC: Uniquities Volume One, released on April 2, features tracks from Mr. B and other artists on his label The Chap-Hop Business Concern. It’s available on Bandcamp.

Niceolation Party streams Tuesdays at 8 p.m. BST.

Meanwhile, Madam Misfit released a video of “The Wombling Song,” her cover version of the theme tune from The Wombles. The children’s TV show, which first aired in the UK in the 1970s, featured furry burrowing creatures who promoted collection and recycling of rubbish.

The video features Orinoco, one of the characters from the series, along with the voice of David Attenborough, known for his BBC nature documentaries. You’ll also see a procession of steampunks from a recent event at the Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottingham.

“Never before has there been such a focus on the damage our waste is doing to the world and who better to help me on this mission to ‘REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, REPEAT’ none other than Orinoco and the wise words of David Attenborough,” the Madam stated.

The single is available from Electro Swing Thing and was included in the label’s Summer Swing playlist.

Madam Misfit describes the song as “swing hop,” indicating that it has a slower tempo than other Electro Swing Thing tracks.

She broke through chap hop’s gender barrier with “Step Aside Boys,” a track from her 2020 debut album The Elixir of Swing. That led to a short-lived rap battle with Professor Elemental.

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Finally, here’s something that slipped under our radar. Back in June, Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire ended a seven-year absence from the aetherwaves with “If You’ve Only Got a Moustache,” his rendition of an 1862 song by Stephen Foster and George Cooper.

“In the words of Granny Weatherwax, ‘I aten’t dead yet!’” Sir Reginald remarked in a comment on the YouTube page.

Within the steampunk world, he’s best known for “Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk),” a music video released in 2011. It has drawn more than 1.1 million views on YouTube.

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