Thursday, May 14, 2009


The Hee Bee Gee Bees were a pop group formed initially to parody the Bee Gees towards the close of their sequence of high-pitched, disco-style hits in the late 1970s. The manufactured “band” consisted of three brothers; Dobbin, Garry and Norris Cribb (an obvious parody of Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb), performed by Angus Deayton (Garry), Michael Fenton Stevens (Norris), and Philip Pope (Dobbin).

Their big hit "Meaningless Songs" was released by Original Records in 1980; it is regarded as one of the best produced and keenly observed musical parodies. It reached number two in the Australian singles chart and has not been released officially on CD yet.


"Meaningless Songs" / "Posing in the Moonlight" (1980) #2 Australia.

"Too Depressed to Commit Suicide" - The PeeCees / "Up the Wall" - Jack Michaelson / "Meaningless Songs" -
This was a triple A-Side record release (1981).

"Boring Song" - Status Quid / "Dead Cicada" - The Beagles (1981).

"When Two Songs (Sound the Same)" - Frankie Goes to the Bank / "Purple Pants" - Ponce (1989).

This mp3 download of “Meaningless Songs” is from Michael Fenton Stevens who sent it to me in 2006 after I requested a copy for my own private collection. I met Michael when I was in London in 2006. He and I have corresponded for many years now and Michael is still trying hard to get the rights sorted to produce a best of CD. Their parody albums “439 Golden Greats” and “20 Big No.2’s” deserve an official release.

1 comment:

  1. Great site. I saw the Heebeegeebees Live at Salford University and having bought the first album was not aware of the follow up at the time. A few films have appeared on you tube but as yourself I would love a reissue. Surely there is enough for a complete package with original booklet etc. Good luck and keep pushing for a reissue. pmadamson