Blog: Dave LeggettEat a Renault 4

Dave Leggett | 28 January 2008

The trouble with the web is that you can find yourself going off at tangents finding connections that take you along way from your starting point. I'll start from the end and work back.

Red Dwarf' is a cult comedy programme on TV made a fair few years ago that I find quite amusing (a sci-fi based adventure of one bloke, a hologram, a cat - that evolves near-human - and a robotic domestic servant and their random journey around the universe). It was written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

Mr Grant and Mr Naylor did other things too, including writing The Chicken Song for another British TV series from the 1980s called Spitting Image (the satirical Fluck & Law puppets...). 

That song was a hit here. It uses the singalong tune of Agadoo by Paper Lace and The Chicken Song was notable for its creative use of wonderfully nonsensical lyrics. By way of demonstration, here's the chorus:

"Ho-old ... a ... chicken in the air;
Stick a deckchair up your nose;
Buy a jumbo jet
And then bury all your clothes!
Paint your left knee green
Then extract your wisdom teeth;
Form a string quartet
And pretend your name is Keith!

Skin... your-... self alive;
Learn to speak Arapaho;
Climb inside a dog
And behead an Eskimo!
Eat a Renault 4;
Wear salami in your ears;
Casserole your Gran;
Disembowel yourself with spears!"

Ok, we're there - 'Eat a Renault 4'. In the process of a quick look on the web for info on the Renault 4, I came across the slightly odd fact that it had featured in The Chicken Song. Before long I was checking the origins of Red Dwarf and wondering what Craig 'Dave Lister' Charles is doing now. That's enough! Ain't the information superhighway a truly wonderful thing?

Trivia/nostalgia trip over.

The Renault 4 was Renault's reaction to Citroen's 2CV and the simple design lasted decades. Some people in Japan with a taste for retro clearly like the design so much, they've copied it. The below link is from Edmunds.

Tuner Special: Japan's DAMD Milks French Nostalgia with Renault 4L Replica


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