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86. Peas and Grease

March 11, 2004

Q: Was wondering which issue it was where the puppets were throwing up the peas and grease? I remember that the menu has something on it like, spam, spam, spam, peas, grease, and more spam?

A: Steve says: “It was from an article by Tony Hendra in the May 1976 (Foreigners) issue. The title was ‘EEC!'” More info in the Comments link.


Sounds a lot more like Monty Python than National Lampoon.

—Steve Orr

March 19, 2004 11:55 am

Okay, that was from an article by Tony Hendra in the May 1976 "Foreigners" issue. The title was "EEC!" and it described the different roles that each country could fill in the new European Union. The Germans were the police, the Irish were in charge of population control, and the Dutch were the official hostages. The role that the English had were the European cooks. There was a figure vomiting in the foreground and the menu in the background said, "Spam & Grease, Peas & Grease, Chips & Grease, and Grease & Grease." (Although I still think your memory was influenced by that Monty Python skit.)

—Steve Orr

March 22, 2004 3:24 pm

You're absolutely right, Steve. I'd forgotten about that. This piece was done by Luck and Flaw, the same guys responsible for the satirical British TV series "Spitting Images." Tony Hendra was also a writer on that show.


March 22, 2004 9:54 pm

Thanks very much for answering my question. I do remember the Monty Python skit, but also remembered the National Lampoon article with the puppets and the menu in the background with the spam, peas and grease. Now all I have to do is find a copy of that issue for sale.


March 30, 2004 10:24 pm

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