History Music / BillBailey

9th Jun '18 10:36:11 PM nombretomado
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied with his [[InTheStyleOf "Kraftwerk"]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Hokey Cokey]].

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Parodied with his [[InTheStyleOf "Kraftwerk"]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Hokey Cokey]].



* {{Theremin}}: Part of his standard keyboard setup, used in many of his musical routines. On the ''Part Troll'' DVD's Video Diary extra, Bill meets a fan who has built a theremin from a kit and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome installed it inside a garden gnome]]''.

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* {{Theremin}}: Part of his standard keyboard setup, used in many of his musical routines. On the ''Part Troll'' DVD's Video Diary extra, Bill meets a fan who has built a theremin from a kit and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome installed it inside a garden gnome]]''.
6th May '18 6:45:54 AM spydre
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* BilingualBonus: His "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGSNxkCIln0 French siren]" song is sung entirely in French, though it is still possible to get some of the jokes, it is much funnier if you speak French fluently.

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* BilingualBonus: His "[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGSNxkCIln0 French siren]" siren]]" song is sung entirely in French, though it is still possible to get some of the jokes, it is much funnier if you speak French fluently.
6th May '18 6:44:29 AM spydre
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* BilingualBonus: His "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGSNxkCIln0 French siren]" song is sung entirely in French, though it is still possible to get some of the jokes, it is much funnier if you speak French fluently.
30th Mar '18 8:43:50 AM Spindriver
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* {{Theremin}}: Part of his standard keyboard setup, used in many of his musical routines.
** On the ''Part Troll'' DVD's Video Diary extra, Bill meets a fan who has built a theremin from a kit and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome installed it inside a garden gnome]]''.

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* {{Theremin}}: Part of his standard keyboard setup, used in many of his musical routines.
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routines. On the ''Part Troll'' DVD's Video Diary extra, Bill meets a fan who has built a theremin from a kit and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome installed it inside a garden gnome]]''.
30th Mar '18 8:40:58 AM Spindriver
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Bailey is an incredibly talented musician, a very funny comedian [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} who launches into non-sequiturs a lot]], and he resembles an overgrown, hairy Klingon troll. But is lovable nonetheless.

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Bailey is an incredibly talented musician, musician and a very funny comedian [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} who launches into non-sequiturs a lot]], and he resembles an overgrown, hairy Klingon troll. But is lovable nonetheless.



* ArchEnemy: Music/ChrisDeBurgh.
** In the ''Part Troll'' show Bailey provides photographic proof that de Burgh is actually [[UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden Osama bin Laden]] without the beard.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: His "Scale of evil" included [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Stalin]] and Music/ChrisDeBurgh.

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* ArchEnemy: Music/ChrisDeBurgh.
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Music/ChrisDeBurgh. In the ''Part Troll'' show Bailey provides photographic proof that de Burgh is actually [[UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden Osama bin Laden]] without the beard.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: His "Scale of evil" Evil" included [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Stalin]] and Music/ChrisDeBurgh.



* AudienceParticipation: In ''Part Troll'', Bill has the audience produce a single clap all at the same time. He notes that it sounds like a giant breaking a piece of wood in half, and goes on to mime this.

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* AudienceParticipation: AudienceParticipation:
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In ''Part Troll'', Bill has the audience produce a single clap all at the same time. He notes that it sounds like a giant breaking a piece of wood in half, and goes on to mime this.



-->'''Bill''': "Are they singing 'ham/hamster'?... [[MilkingTheGiantCow WHY THAT BILL BAILEY!]]" Because that's how Brandon Flowers talks - like a [[DastardlyWhiplash 1950s villain]].

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-->'''Bill''': --->'''Bill''': "Are they singing 'ham/hamster'?... [[MilkingTheGiantCow WHY THAT BILL BAILEY!]]" Because that's how Brandon Flowers talks - like a [[DastardlyWhiplash 1950s villain]].



* BerserkButton: Yes, he's heard all of the "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" jokes.
** On one episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'', the song was the noise his buzzer made when he pressed it. He began to get frustrated by it near the middle of the episode and started to push Alan Davies' button instead of his to ring in.
** English footballers are starting to become something of a BerserkButton for him, by his rants about them in ''Tinselworm'' and ''Dandelion Mind.'' In the former, he contemptuously refers to them as "borderline rapists whose job it is to shepherd a bit of leather into an outdoor cupboard." And in the latter...
--> A bunch of useless, ''turf-kicking, knuckle-dragging, monobrowed... '''millionaire... ILLITERATES!!!'' '''

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Yes, he's heard all of the "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" jokes.
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jokes. On one episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'', the song was the noise his buzzer made when he pressed it. He began to get frustrated by it near the middle of the episode and started to push Alan Davies' button instead of his own to ring in.
** English footballers are starting to become something of a BerserkButton for him, judging by his rants about them in ''Tinselworm'' and ''Dandelion Mind.'' In the former, he contemptuously refers to them as "borderline rapists whose job it is to shepherd a bit of leather into an outdoor cupboard." And in the latter...
--> ---> A bunch of useless, ''turf-kicking, knuckle-dragging, monobrowed... '''millionaire... ILLITERATES!!!'' '''



* CatchPhrase: Whenever a show is going off the rails - especially when he's confused by attempts at audience participation or hecklers - Bill will claim that "we're crossing the International Punch Line."

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* CatchPhrase: Whenever a show is going off the rails - especially when he's confused by attempts at audience participation or hecklers - Bill will claim that "we're crossing the International Punch Line."



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}{{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Note the penchant for non-sequiturs.



* DescentIntoDarknessSong: An OTT ObsessionSong that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js4GepPNQro starts a bit depressed]]. Only a bit, mind you. Then it goes serenely upbeat and joyous, followed by being unbelievably angry and unhappy.
** Also, the 'hidden middle section' of the ''Series/MagicRoundabout'' theme.

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* DescentIntoDarknessSong: DescentIntoDarknessSong:
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An OTT ObsessionSong that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js4GepPNQro starts a bit depressed]]. Only a bit, mind you. Then it goes serenely upbeat and joyous, followed by being unbelievably angry and unhappy.
** Also, the 'hidden middle section' of the ''Series/MagicRoundabout'' ''Series/TheMagicRoundabout'' theme.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: In real life, Bill is a naturally gifted musician and highly intelligent. However, in his shows, he often portrays himself as awkward, disheveled, bumbling and somewhat dense, right before launching into a highly detailed parable about classical music and existential philosophy.
** Can cross over the lines of AbsentMindedProfessor cross DitzyGenius at sometimes, though. There are a few tangents that come from nowhere and go somewhere, but not somewhere within the orbital perimeter of Jupiter. They just take flight and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} keep on going...]]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: ObfuscatingStupidity:
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In real life, Bill is a naturally gifted musician and highly intelligent. However, in his shows, he often portrays himself as awkward, disheveled, bumbling and somewhat dense, right before launching into a highly detailed parable about classical music and existential philosophy.
** Can He can cross over the lines of from AbsentMindedProfessor cross to DitzyGenius at sometimes, times, though. There are a few tangents that come from nowhere and go somewhere, but not somewhere within the orbital perimeter of Jupiter. They just take flight and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} keep on going...]]



* SurrealHumor: very much the purveyor of surrealistic humor. A lot of his material wanders into {{Metaphorgotten}} territory, subsequently gets lost, and then decides to build a shack out of fern leaves in order to ponder the existential interpretation of the leprechaun.

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* SurrealHumor: Hes very much the a purveyor of surrealistic humor. A lot of his material wanders into {{Metaphorgotten}} territory, subsequently gets lost, and then decides to build a shack out of fern leaves in order to ponder the existential interpretation of the leprechaun.



* WithLyrics: He has done this for a number of instrumental TV theme tunes, perhaps most notably ''Series/{{Mastermind}}'': "You're ALL GOING TO DIEEEEEEEEE...DAH-DAH!"

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* WithLyrics: WithLyrics:
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He has done this for a number of instrumental TV theme tunes, perhaps most notably ''Series/{{Mastermind}}'': "You're ALL GOING TO DIEEEEEEEEE...DAH-DAH!"



* WordSaladLyrics: "The Leg of Time" has a few of these, such as "Ride a white pig to the edge of Lapland" and "Magical chanting is no crime/when you're suckled by a blind Alsatian".
** As does the "Dandelion Mind" song.

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* WordSaladLyrics: "The Leg of Time" has a few of these, such as "Ride a white pig to the edge of Lapland" and "Magical chanting is no crime/when you're suckled by a blind Alsatian". \n** As does the "Dandelion Mind" song.
1st Mar '18 7:19:20 PM PaulA
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* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: Bill is from Bath, Somerset. Every time the music of The Wurzels is played on ''Series/NevermindTheBuzzcocks'' (and when they appeared), he stands and salutes them as heroes.
1st Mar '18 7:16:22 PM PaulA
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* AffectionateParody: "Unisex Chip Shop" is a pitch-perfect parody and "tribute to the other BB", Music/BillyBragg, that Bragg calls his son's favourite Billy Bragg song. They've even played it together busking and at Glastonbury.
24th Feb '18 9:38:52 PM Exxolon
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->''"A lot of people say there's a fine line between genius and insanity. I don't think there's a fine line, I actually think there's a yawning gulf. You see some poor bugger scuffling up the road with balloons tied to his ears, he's not going home to invent a rocket, is he?"

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->''"A lot of people say there's a fine line between genius and insanity. I don't think there's a fine line, I actually think there's a yawning gulf. You see some poor bugger scuffling up the road with balloons tied to his ears, he's not going home to invent a rocket, is he?"
he?"''
24th Feb '18 9:38:43 PM Exxolon
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->''"A lot of people say there's a fine line between genius and insanity. I don't think there's a fine line, I actually think there's a yawning gulf. You see some poor bugger scuffling up the road with balloons tied to his ears, he's not going home to invent a rocket, is he?"
19th Feb '18 4:32:31 PM Maxiboy136
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** On the ''Larks In Transit'' tour, he recalls how his wife bungled a knock knock joke from a Christmas cracker by starting with "Who's there?" to which he replied "Knock knock?"
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