"Frivolous Tonight" is a song by Colin Moulding. It appeared on the 1999 album Apple Venus Volume 1.

The demo appeared on Apple Venus Volume 1's companion demo album, Homespun.

An instrumental version appeared on the Apple Venus Volume 1 instrumental album, Instruvenus.


Colin (on the demo): “Our ex-manager thought it reminded him of the theme from Steptoe and Son, a dangerous thing to say for a manager whose contract is coming up for renewal, but Steptoe's Theme is alright by me and I sort of see what he meant, Music Hall always lurking in my writing. Perhaps it's too many nights spent in working men's clubs watching my parents dance the gay Gordons, where usually at the end of the night my father was invited to get up and sing a melancholy ballad with too much vibrato, or just as bewildering, the family ritual of watching ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium’ on our 22 inch TV set, for me, usually in my pyjamas, viewed upside down, on the settee. It all sinks in and I am acutely aware of the songs' old fashioned-ness, so much so that I had a dream where I was doing a duet on ‘Michael Barrymore's Big Night Out’ exchanging the occasional line with Barrymore and both of us joining in on the chorus, kicking our legs out and clutching hat and cane. Rhythmically I was anxious to avoid the ‘Flanagan and Allen lope’ in favour of the ‘Good-day Sunshine tromp’ but usually turns out to be the very thing what people like about it, artists being too close to their art so to speak. But still Andy hasn't accused me of writing ‘Granny Music’ yet, at least not to my face and I won't ask him to put on the ‘Penguin Suit’ for our ‘routine’ in some future promotional film or video, but you never know it might simply be a case of ‘Gracie Fields Forever’.”


Let us talk about some trivial things we like

A bit of this and that

Let's chew the fat

Pour ourselves a glass of stout

And let our Rael Brook shirts hang out

Nothing makes us more content

To let us wallow in a bit of nonsense

We're all so frivolous tonight, tonight

Let's reveal our childlike nature

And leave our stocks and invoices to rot

Let's go to pot

Tell our jokes about mothers in law

But watch him jump when she comes through the door

Oh the party goes with a swing

When we talk about the trivial things

We're all so frivolous tonight

But there's always one

Who wants to talk shop

We'll drive him through the door

With a broom or a mop

Let us tell our favourite story

About some poor chap who put it on display

Hip hooray

And let the girls gather in their slacks

To talk about husbands hairy backs

Some might think we're a bit of a shower

But this could be our finest hour

We're all so frivolous tonight, tonight

We're all so ridiculous tonight

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