BAFFA

The British Association of Fans of Fascinating Aïda was founded in 1985 by their long-term fan, Nicholas Battle, who has been with the group almost as long as Adele, if you can imagine such a thing! If only he sang and looked good in a frock, we have cried on many an occasion.

Actually, he really should be an honorary member of the group because he has made a few unscheduled appearances on stage with us … most memorably at the Reading Hexagon back in the mists of time, when he appeared from the wings dressed as a Little Chef man … very funny! He was voted Life President of BAFFA some years ago, and there has been no reason for him to leave his post since that day.

Should you wish to send any mail to the trio, you can sent it through Nicholas who keeps tabs on the group’s movements at all times.

Nicholas Battle
Life President of BAFFA

3 Catherine Road
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 7NA
United Kingdom

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

ONLINE SONG BOOK

A Message from Dillie

Hi there!

Here is a small selection of the songs of Fascinating Aïda which we are making available in a new and revolutionary on-line form. More songs will be added and you will see that 13 more were made available from February 2012. Our global sensation CHEAP FLIGHTS is now added to the Songbook list. Last entry it may be, but definitely not least.

CHARGES / HOW TO ORDER

If you wish to purchase the sheet music to any of the songs listed, please contact BAFFA, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The songs cost £6 each and payment should be made using PayPal to the same email address. The songs will be sent to you as PDFs. If you don’t have access to PayPal then we accept cheques, payable to BAFFA and sent c/o Nick Battle, 3 Catherine Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7NA. I’m afraid we do not have card facilities here at the moment.

If you wish to sing the song in a professional venue, you must fill in the appropriate PRS form (Performing Rights Society) which you will receive from the theatre manager. All the songs are published by Sweet ‘n’ Sour Songs, and the appropriate writing credits are printed on each individual song. When you are given the PRS form to fill in, you must enter the name of the composer and the name of the publisher, as well as the correct name of the song.

**** WARNING! **** PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL THE SONGS ARE CALLED BY THE NAMES YOU MAY ASSUME! FOR INSTANCE, THE CORRECT TITLE OF THE SONG PEOPLE USUALLY CALL ‘THE GERMAN SONG’ is actually ‘LIEDER’.

If you wish to record any of the songs, you will be sent the appropriate forms by the MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society) and you can proceed from there. All the information you will need is on the first page of the songs.

Happy singing!

Cheers
Dillie

THE SONGS

Songs marked with an asterisk do not have the piano part written out in full; only the chord symbols are given. These are the only versions of the songs that are available for sale.

* ANOTHER MAN

Classic love song with a twist. Much requested by professionals, and much loved by audiences. Marilyn Cutts in particular made it her own. Through-composed, no repeats. Top line and chords.

CHEAP FLIGHTS

(CD ‘Cheap Flights’ and DVD ‘Charm Offensive 2014’)
Three-part unaccompanied song. If solo required, just sing the bottom line.

* COLLEAGUES FROM HELL

This music for this song is so frequently requested that I can’t help wondering if half the world ends up working with people they can’t stand… This song was inspired by my good friend, actor and director Gerard Murphy. I was bitching away to him one night, telling him that I couldn’t write another show, I had no inspiration, I didn’t want to do it anyhow, and generally letting of steam about how unenthusiastic I was about the prospect of yet another FA tour… Well, everyone has their blue periods, don’t they? Anyhow, he said “Why don’t you write about that then?” “What?”, I said, starting to laugh. “An ‘I hate my colleagues’ sort of song?” “Exactly”, he said. So I did. Here it is.

DEAR MR BROWNLOW (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

DOGGING (CD Silver Jubilee)

Full piano accompaniment

* ENEMY OF BEAUTY

* GETTING IT

Sometimes called THE VIAGRA SONG
Full chart, trio arrangement with chords, as sung by the group.

GO BACK TO SURABAYA JOHNNY (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

* GOODBYE OLD FRIENDS

* THE HERPES TANGO - CHART VERSION

No piano music, but full chart version, plus parts separated on different staves with chords. Suit professional pianist, or can be used to work in tandem with the piano version.

THE HERPES TANGO - FULL VERSION

One of the earliest and most enduring Fascinating Aïda songs. Full version with piano accompaniment plus trio parts. Trio parts written on one stave to minimise pages.

HER MAJESTY’S DREAMS (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

* HOT IN HERE

The classic song for women’s singing groups of an (un)certain age…

JEALOUSY (CD ‘A Load of Old Sequins’)

Full piano accompaniment

JOYCE (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

LET’S GO TO A HOTEL (‘Live at the Lyric’ – cassette only)

Full piano accompaniment

* LIEDER (THE GERMAN SONG)

* LOOK MUMMY NO HANDS

Words and music in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

LOVE LATE (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

* MUCH MORE MARRIED

Solo song. 27-bar intro to be sung colla voce, chord symbols have been given for this. Piano music, slightly simplified from Dillie’s original, provided for the first chorus as a guideline. Next three choruses and coda provided as if through-composed to accommodate slight differences in meter etc. This song was originally sung in the Key of F by Dillie, which is very low. It has therefore been transposed up to Bb, the total range being from G below middle C up to Bb. Since it’s a song that really needs to be sung in chest voice, this seems to be the most suitable key. Please contact if you want a different key.

MY AVERAGE MORNING (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

MY FLAT (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

OLD HOME (CD ‘It Wit’)

Full piano accompaniment

OUT OF PRACTICE (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

* PAINTING ON THE GLITZ

Three-part harmony, as sung by Fascinating Aïda, with a solo verse each. In the show, ‘BAREFACED CHIC’, the group slightly fore-shortened the ending of the song, and then sang a reprise of the proper final chorus at the end of Act 1. This is available to hear on the album, ‘BAREFACED CHIC’. However, the version provided here is the original song in its entirety which should prove more useful. Chord symbols throughout.

* RADIATING LOVE

A tuneful and unpleasant little song about love and the after effects of the Bomb, through written with full words, top line with chords. No harmonies given in this version. If there’s a loud clamouring for the harmonies, I’ll supply them, but the song doesn’t need them. Piano intro written out in full for guide only.

* SATURDAY NIGHT

Apparently, an all time favourite with FA audiences – song about how lonely it is to be stuck in by yourself on a Saturday night. Written out in key of C, rather than Ab as it is on the CD ‘SWEET FA’. (Ab is likely to be far too low for most singers). Full piano intro given, top line and chord symbols plus harmonies in chorus, written through with no repeats.

* SEMEL INSANIVIMUS OMNES

Song commissioned by Sandi Toksvig as the anthem for her LBC lunchtime show some years ago. Sing along with Sandi. Full professional chart, chord symbols and tune. A must for lovers of short daft anthems.

* SHATTERED ILLUSIONS

An old favourite. Full three-part harmony version, through composed, as sung by Fascinating Aïda themselves. Full chord symbols given throughout.

SINGLE AGAIN (CD ‘Back With You’)

Full piano accompaniment

* STICK YOUR HEAD BETWEEN YOUR LEGS

Adele and I were writing ‘Suddenly New Zealand’ which is a what-to-do-before-armageddon-strikes sort of song. I wondered if there was room for another Armageddon song, because it seemed to me that we in the West were hopelessly unprepared for the kind of 9/11 style of attack, and yet it seems infinitely possible that it might happen any time. However, the song was impossible to pin down for quite a while, because it’s not easy to be funny about death and destruction on the grand scale. While we were discussing the subject, we thought we would look up the old civil defence advice that was so beautifully lampooned in Raymond Briggs’ book, ‘When the Wind Blows’. Adele mentioned that there was a phrase “Stick your head between your legs and kiss your arse goodbye” that was occasionally quoted during the Cold War in the 60s. I didn’t know it, but I thought it summed up the futility of trying to prepare for an attack. We had a lot of fun writing it.

* YOU KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT

One of the most frequently requested songs from ONE LAST FLUTTER. Full professional chart, chord symbols and tune, no repeats – through written for extra clarity.