A question I'm often asked about my blog is, 'Why the name hotmilkydrink?' Well, I'm a huge fan of a comedian called John Shuttleworth, (that versatile singer/songwriter from Sheffield South Yorkshire) and one of the things he likes to have is a hot milky drink. You can even play a BBC John Shuttleworth game that has John's organ packed full of fun rhythms and samples, one of which is the phrase 'hotmilkydrink'.
John has just made a valiant attempt to reach the charts (number 96 in the national charts and number 29 in the indie charts) for the first time ever with the release of his EP, 4 Tasty Tracks. The songs are all superb:
- I can't go back to savoury now: John tells of a teatime dilemma when his daughter does not eat her steak and kidney pudding but as he has started his pudding he can't go back to her savoury dish!
- Tummy Trouble: A cautionary tale about eating too much
- Serial Cereal Eater: A homage to the breakfast cereal and the fact that John appears to be an expert on each one-including that new one Optivita!
- Two Margarines: The turmoil of the buy-one-get-one-free phenomenon in supermarkets comes home to roost at chez Shuttleworth when he finds two margarines open at the one time. Which one should he use to butter his scone?!
Marvel (which can be put in a hot milky drink) at the great performer here as he deliver's an emotional rendition of 'I can't go back to savoury now.'
Do yourself a favour and download these tracks from his site. With a bit of luck we might get John on a guest slot on Pebble Mill at one!