It’s Good News Week; Hedgehoppers Anonymous – Jonathan King Production

Posted on August 22, 2011

Hedgehoppers from Peterborough were renamed anonymous by Jonathan King, presumably because being popular in Peterborough was as good as being anonymous. Still they weren’t quite as anonymous once they had their 1965 hit ‘Good News Week’.

But there is a personal note to this post in that most of the band came from the RAF and one of them used to go out with my sister in law way back when in the 60’s. Bit odd that the record has a sort of anti-war theme then, and even odder that my sister-in-law turned down pop star fame for a regular RAF guy. That said some 40 plus years later they are still together and have recently become grandparents, so perhaps life isn’t all about fame after all 🙂

As for the Hedgehoppers, they split up within a year or so of releasing their 1965 hit and they all went their separate ways. Their name incidentally comes from the practice of Vulcan Bomber pilots flying at very low levels, effectively hedge hopping, which was done to avoid radar detection by the enemy. If you have ever seen a Vulcan, I have, you will probably realise that doing this was a highly skilled exercise and not for the feint hearted.

As you might imagine with a one hit wonder and a very short time as a group, Hedgehoppers Anonymous best of album is a little strapped for tracks i.e. they only have four. But the good news is, if you will excuse the pun, that they are all pretty good.So if you liked the video, there is a pretty good chance you will like The Best Of Hedgehoppers Anonymous. For me it was a toss up between ‘It’s Good News Week’ and ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’.

The Best of Hedgehoppers Anonymous

1. Stuck In The Middle With You 3:14
2. Breakin’ Up The House 2:46
3. It’s Good News Week 2:08
4. Runaway 3:28