Jeux sans Frontiers

  

Hands up everyone who remembers ‘It’s a Knockout’ and the insane laughter of Stuart Hall, the now discredited presenter currently serving at Her Majesty’s pleasure for diddling young girls (but that’s a story for another day).

You likely also recall the international series (well, European) titled Jeux Sans Frontieres (games without frontiers).  For my ‘murican readers, It’s a Knockout / Jeux sans Frontieres was a slapstick style team game show. It was also the inspiration for the 1980s hit tune of the same name by Peter Gabriel. 

There are a lot of little known facts linked to this song. Whilst it takes inspiration from the game show and the Olympics, it is also an anti-war message (I sense an unplanned theme with my Imagine post). There is analysis aplenty all over the interwebs, some accurate, much likely not. I like to add my own little spin, as you may have gathered:

Jeux sans frontieres

Jeux sans frontieres

Jeux sans frontieres

Okay, yes, we get the title – although in the xenophobic ’80s most people thought Pete was singing ‘She’s so beautiful’

Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane

Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again

Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Britt

Sounds like my kind of party. If Willi is happy, so am I. Sui and Leo sound like the only straight couple at the party which must have made them a little uncomfortable. Maybe that’s why they stuck to themselves. Mostly, the girls all swing both ways, which adds a little je ne sais quoi.

Adolf builts a bonfire, Enrico plays with it

And there are always a couple of nerdy geeks in the kitchen who do their own thing. Unless Pete had another euphemism in mind for ‘bonfire’ in which case Adolfo and Enrico had no need of Lotte, Jane, Sacha or Britt!

Whistling tunes – we hid in the dunes by the seaside

Whistling tunes – we’re kissing baboons in the jungle

It’s a knockout

Peeping toms and ass kissing? Maybe the party headed out to the beach to take advantage of some warm summer sunshine and skinny dipping? Hiding in the dunes might make sense if the day trippers are still out. Kissing baboons? I’m thinking we are back with Adolfo and Enrico playing their little games. Methinks Adolfo took one of the sticks from his bonfire and whupped Enrico til he had a butt like a baboon. Must be it.

If looks could kill, they probably will

In games without frontiers – war without tears

If looks could kill, they probably will

In games without frontiers – war without tears

Games without frontiers – war without tears

It seems Leo didn’t only want to play with Suki. He got quite friendly with Sacha and Britt. The meat to their sandwich, so to speak. And it was Suki hiding in the dunes and spying on the trio as they were howling like a bunch of baboons (sorry Adolf and Enrico. I misjudged you. You are just a pair of nerdy geeks with not a jot of passion between you). Suki naturally took offence and gave a particularly nasty stare to the trio before becoming a sulking Suki.

Jeux sans frontieres

Jeux sans frontieres

Jeux sans frontieres 

In case you forgot ….

Andre has a red flag, Chiang Ching’s is blue

They all have hills to fly them on except for Lin Tai Yu

Dressing up in costumes, playing silly games

Hiding out in tree-tops shouting out rude names

Yeah, I don’t have a funny line for Andre, Chiangmai Ching or Lin Tai Yu. Sorry. As for the costumes, well clearly the party took a swing for the even better. And ‘silly’ is a matter of interpretation. Nothing wrong with roleplay – ask Sacha and Britt ( they are my ‘naughty nurses’). Adolf and Enrico are really getting to me though, peeking at the adults and shouting out every name for the body parts they see in action. 

Whistling tunes – we hide in the dunes by the seaside

Whistling tunes – we’re kissing baboons in the jungle

It’s a knockout

Definitely a knockout for Adolf and his little friend. At the very least they will be baboon-like if they don’t just disappear. Back in the days of It’s a Knockout, children were seen  and not heard – which is quite probably how Stuart Hall got away with this disgusting activity in the first place!

If looks could kill, they probably will

In games without frontiers – war without tears

If looks could kill, they probably will

In games without frontiers – war without tears

Games without frontiers – war without tears

I’ve got news for you Peter. Games without frontiers do not make for an absence of tears. It’s all fun and games until it isn’t. There’s poor Suki, nursing the loss of her true love to those hussies Sacha and Britt. Adolf and Enrico certainly ended the night in tears sporting very realistic baboon bottoms, and the rest of the debaucherous crew may well wake tomorrow with sore heads and itchy bits.

Jeux sans frontieres

Jeux sans frontieres… 

  

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And there’s your J. A day late, but better late than never. 

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