Spike's sad sharp edge

Spike’s sad sharp edge
Those who grew up on The Goon Show will see him as later generations saw Monty Python – as the one who made sense by failing to do so, the great anarch who gave form to a sense of all-encompassing absurdity. In fact, it makes more sense to see him as a culminator – the last of the great writers of a style of nonsense produced uniquely by the British, whose provenance died with the empire from which it sprang…
The Goons capped off a tradition that stretched from Lilliput to Edward Lear, and they more or less finished off Milligan as well.
http://www.theage.com.au | 18 October 2003

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