Scouse the Mouse

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Scouse the Mouse
Studio album by Ringo Starr
Released 9 December 1977
Recorded July 1977
Length 50:51
Label Polydor
Producer Hugh Murphy
Ringo Starr chronology
Ringo the 4th
(1977)
Scouse the Mouse
(1977)
Bad Boy
(1978)

Scouse the Mouse is a children's album, released in the UK in 1977, that featured the vocals of Ringo Starr and others.

Story and recording[edit]

Starr appears as the album's main character, Scouse the Mouse, who emigrates from Liverpool to the United States. Scouse is a word for things from Liverpool. Other characters are played by Adam Faith (“Bonce the Mouse”) and Barbara Dickson (“Molly Jolly”). The album was written and directed by Donald Pleasence. Most of the songs performed on the album were composed by Roger Brown.

Starr's tracks ("I Know a Place", "S.O.S.", "A Mouse Like Me", "Living in a Pet Shop", "Scouse's Dream", "Running Free", "Boat Ride" and "Scouse the Mouse") were recorded in July 1977, produced by Hugh Murphy, at Berwick Street Studios.[1]

Release[edit]

An animated television version of the story was planned for airing on ITV, but it was delayed due to a strike and ultimately shelved.[2]

Scouse the Mouse was released on 9 December 1977 in the UK by Polydor.[nb 1][3] The album, which was the third and final release in Starr’s three-album deal with Polydor Records, was not issued in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Living in a Pet Shop" (Roger Brown) – 4:03
    • Lead vocals: Ringo Starr
  2. "Sing a Song for the Tragopan" (Brown/Donald Pleasence) – 3:16
    • Lead vocals: Barbara Dickson
  3. "Scouse's Dream" (Brown) – 3:38
    • Lead vocals: Ringo Starr
  4. "Snow Up Your Nose for Christmas" (Meira Pleasence/Donald Pleasence) – 3:47
    • Lead vocals: Ben Chatterly
  5. "Running Free" (Brown) – 3:21
    • Lead vocals: Ringo Starr
  6. "America (A Mouse's Dream)" (Brown) – 3:40
    • Lead vocals: Adam Faith
  7. "Scousey" (Brown) – 3:25
    • Lead vocals: Lucy Pleasence
  8. "Boat Ride" (Brown) – 3:56
    • Lead vocals: Ringo Starr
  9. "Scouse the Mouse" (Brown) – 2:50
    • Lead vocals: Ringo Starr
  10. "Passenger Pigeon" (Brown/Donald Pleasence) – 1:25
    • Lead vocals: Barbara Dickson
  11. "I Know a Place" (Brown/Ruan O'Lachlainn/Donald Pleasence) – 4:25
    • Lead vocals: Polly Pleasence With Ringo Starr
  12. "Caterwaul" (Jim Parker) – 2:04
    • Instrumental
  13. "S.O.S." (Brown) – 2:42
    • Lead vocals: Ringo Starr
  14. "Ask Louey" (Brown/Donald Pleasence) – 3:57
    • Lead vocals: Rick Jones
  15. "A Mouse Like Me" (O'Lochlainn) – 4:22
    • Lead vocals: Ringo Starr

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ UK Polydor Super 2480 429[3]
Citations
  1. ^ Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, ed. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  2. ^ Chip Madinger & Mark Easter, Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium (Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions, 2000), 514.
  3. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 184. ISBN 9780753508435.