Wyngarde is most well-known for the two British spy TV series “Department S”, approved and “Jason King” (a show which provided a hefty amount of inspiration for Mike Myers’ “Austin Powers” character.) Given the opportunity by RCA in 1970, page at the height of his popularity, to record an album, Wyngarde chose not to go the easy listening/pop route, instead bizarrely delving into lurid and sometimes flat-out stupid spoken word interludes.

This album caused enough controversy upon its release to get it yanked by the label, quickly turning it into a massive collectors’ item throughout the ’70s and ’80s. The cause of the trouble? Oh, just a little three-minute ditty entitled “Rape”, in which Wyngarde not only seems to extolling the virtues of rape, but also executes a handful of wheedling barf-bag racial stereotypes that would make even Jerry Lewis blush. It must be heard to be believed — so believe it! Another highlight is “The Hippie And The Skinhead”, an inexplicable romp into the particulars of being a filthy free-love layabout.

Fun fact: predating George Michael’s Hollywood public toilet arrest by 23 years, Wyngarde was apprehended in 1975 at a bus station commode for an act of “gross indecency”. He was framed, I tell ya — FRAMED! Or not.

Peter Wyngarde – “When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head” aka self-titled (ZIP file)

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633 Responses to PETER WYNGARDE

  1. stingy says:

    i haven’t listened to this yet- but that description has me egg-creaming my pants!

  2. The only time I’ve ever seen Wyngarde was as the memorable Klytus in the unforgettable DeLaurentis production of “Flash Gordon!” The idea of his unfettered id unleashed on vinyl for all to hear is profoundly disturbing. But I have to be amazed that time and time again, the human animal will always divulge itself of its interior secrets, no matter how rank, against its better judgement.

  3. Vulvaverity says:

    Haha I have been in the actual cubicle!! Nottingham’s Victoria bus station U.K. !!!

  4. LaRondaBleu says:

    You’ve been on a roll here, I see. Downloaded it and gotta say, “Rape” is one of the strangest tracks ever. Loving this stuff.

  5. robin tomens says:

    Come into my parlour said the spider to the fly…creepy…

  6. caleb says:

    love the new banner.

  7. pinkie says:

    F***ing speechless..the track “Rape” is completely,staggeringly indefensible!! But a strangely compelling listen for the reasons you mention in your introduction.
    Happy to see you’re posting regularly again :)

  8. TripleT says:

    What an album! It was our featured album on our “Valentine’s special” (Episode 12 called Sonic love in the archive). Give it a listen, you may find more gems.