In 2001 Jonny Trunk started working with Oliver Postgate and his Smallfilms archive. The first music issued was the unreleased music from all 26 episodes of The Clangers. To create the soundtrack all music was originally “drawn” by Oliver Postgate – sketched out in graph form on the original scripts. This was then translated by his good friend and regular musical collaborator Vernon Elliott into the music we know and love. It was all recorded in a village hall in Kent in the late 1960s and released originally in 2001 by Jonny Trunk (cat number SOUP 001), garnering a mass of fine reviews including a full 5 stars from The NME!. Listening today these recordings have lost none of their naivety and charm, and the Clangers soundtrack remains a seminal work of both TV and intergalactic musical history.
SIDE ONE SERIES ONE
1: Episode One – Intro Music and Dialogue.
Xylophone: Here Tiny Clanger And Small Clanger fight over a piece of rope.
F1: Major Clanger’s new flying machine, that does not fly.
N4A: Poor Major Clanger, another flying disaster.
1.2.3: Go and get some soup…
G5: …and bring it back to Major Clanger.
K: Tiny Clanger and Small Clanger floating up and down with their new flying machine – a balloon.
G6: Let’s get Tiny back down.
2: From “Music”
N: This music is heard coming from the Iron Chicken’s egg.
P: Tiny Clanger plays with the notes form the egg.
G2: Take the notes outside and plant them…
5B: …get the cloud to rain on them…
Q1,2,3: …they grow
Q5: Tiny Clanger plays the first tune.
U: And then another.
3: From “Visiting Friends”
R4: Tiny Clanger makes a helicopter out of music notes and flies to the Iron Chicken for a cup of tea and a chat.
4: G2: Clangers running up and down. How can they rescue Tiny Clanger?
5: From “Fishing”
D1,2,3,4: A new flying machine – made from notes and a cheese plant. And it’s out of control!
G7: The Music Boat flies.
6: From “Treasure”
M: Naughty Baby Soup Dragon!
7: Miscellaneous Clangers Movements.
I1: Clangers general movement.
Q4: Music Trees.
T5: More Clangers movement.
R1: Even more Clangers movement.
8: From “Goods”.
W1: The plastic goods making machine goes out of control.
9: An End Title.
H1,2,3.: An End title
10: Ting Clanger’s Radio Hat
11: Oliver’s Special Effects
Oliver’s Special effects including Froglet noises.
SIDE TWO SERIES TWO
1: From “The Rock Collector”
An astronaut lands. Although The Clangers are friendly to him he is scared and runs around the planet, ending up getting covered in soup. And then floating in orbit.
Cues 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D.
2: From “Glowhoney”
Tiny Clanger wants to know how Glowbuzzers make Glowhoney. He follows them into their cave full of singing flowers, and gets lost. Only the Glowbuzzers and the wool from Granny Clanger’s knitting get him out.
Cues 3A, 3B
3: From “Teapot”
The planet is invaded by teapots.
Cues 4B, 4C.
4: From “Cloud”
The lonely cloud is invited to Mother Clanger’s party, He disappears into the Froglet’s magic hat.
Cues 5C, 5E, 5E (faster).
5: From “The Seed”.
A seed floats over the planet and lands. It grows quickly and invades the whole planet. Fear spreads throughout the Clanger community.
Cues: 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E.
- From “The Bags”
A magical singing Gladstone bag is on the planet. It causes all sorts of trouble. But the Clangers find him a lady bag, and they fly off together, handle in handle and very much in love.
Cues: 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D.
- From “Blow Fruit”
It’s amazing what new instruments you can make using the pipes from a blow fruit plant.
Cues: 11B, 11D, 11E, 11C
- From “The Pipe Organ”.
- From “Music Of The Spheres”
The final episode. Tiny Clanger plays his pipe organ and is accompanied by all the musical heavenly bodies.
Cues: 13C followed by 13D, the last ever end title.
Full Colour sleeve, great sleevenotes as is nearly always the case with Trunk Records. Album produced by Jonny Trunk