Buying the LPs sampled on Nice Enough to Eat (the last one!)
More from Adrian Whittaker’s liner notes for the “Halcyon Days” CD, and in particular the “Personae Dramatis” section.
Track 2 on Side 1 of the LP is “Dr Dim and Dr Strange”. This features a character referred to as “Projectionist Zhivago”, and contains the tuneful phrase: “…The film’s almost over, they’re only showing clips..”.
Zhivago’s was the first big disco in Dublin and a favourite feeding ground for the voracious Phil Lynott. Tim G was an aficionado of B-list horror films, watched late at night at the Carlton Cinema in Dublin where the (often) drunk projectionist would get the sequence of spools wrong to a chorus of disapproval from the audience, who assumed he was only showing edited highlights. “Clip, Clip!” they would shout.”
That verse of the song concludes:
“The projectionist’s Zhivago/ He promptly blows his cool/ He muddles up the spools/ There’s a pike in every pool/ And that’s for gospel.”