Dick’s Picks: This week’s pick from our man Dick is this bizarro 1978 children’s LP entitled ‘Scouse The Mouse’ featuring Ringo with Donald Pleasance, Adam Faith and Barbara Dickson
Scouse The Mouse – What Is It?
Firstly, for any non-UK readers a ‘scouser’ is a slang term for a Liverpudlian. The story concerns a mouse who emigrates from Liverpool to the USA – no prizes for guessing that Ringo played the mouse!
This unassuming little children’s LP is also something of a Beatles rarity – what you mean very few people bought this kids LP with one ex-Beatle and Barbara Dickson on it that was only released in the UK – we can’t think why!
Beginning life as an illustrated children’s book written by British actor Donald Pleasance (who also narrated the album), the story concerns a young Liverpudlian mouse (hence the Scouse Mouse of the title) who starts his life in a pet shop before being adopted by a young family. Here’s where the magic happens, after spending time with the family the young mouse learns ‘human’ from watching TV, yearning for a better life and dreaming of being a star (all run-of-the-mill stuff for a mouse you know) he eventually escapes, hops on a cruise ship, nearly gets eaten by the ship’s cats, jumps overboard before being rescued by a friendly seagull who takes him onto to New York where Scouse eventually gets to live out his dream by appearing at the Carnegie Hall – as-you-err-do!
Here’s a clip of Ringo performing one of the songs from the album….