Ben Elton - Motorvation
Children's, Blues
Label: Mercury ‎– 836 652-2, Phonogram ‎– 836 652-2
Type: CD, Album
Country: UK
Date of released: 1988
Category: Non-Music, Stage & Screen
Style: Comedy
Genre: Children's, Blues
Musician: Ben Elton
Album's name: Motorvation
ZIP archive size: 1405

Ben Elton - Motorvation

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Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Hammersmith Odeon
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Phonogram Ltd. (London)
  • Copyright (c) – Phonogram Ltd. (London)
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Made By – PDO, Germany


  • Edited By – Colin Goddard
  • Recorded By – Ian Day
  • Written-By – Ben Elton


Over one hour of the very best stand up comedy taken from the three hour show presented for five sell out nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon and on tour all over Britain and Eire in Autumn 1987.

This album was recorded late and live, therefore, almost inevitably, certain bits of it are very rude. Not cheap, or smutty, or politically unsound, but definitely very rude. if this type of thing offends, still buy it, just don't listen to it...

Starts with some stuff about the royals, but only in order to get onto Britain's true national disgrace, our scum press. This leads almost inevitably to a look at what lies at the bottom of hell and after that still on much the same lines there's a bit about why Normo Tebbs thinks people go to art galleries. Talk of the press and Normo Tebbs turns the subject to that of useless things which involves carpets, my fridge, its appalling contents, and why fridges wreck homes. Then comes one of the ruder bits, that you were warned about on the front cover, so if that worries you, turn off after fridges. Mind you, it's only a bit of liberation sexuality, a little chat about bad languages. I mean really, what is the term blow job supposed to mean? Couldn't it be better described? And is it a good idea anyway? That goes on for a while touching on things that are great fun to touch on, but not on the back cover of your album if you want to get stocked in Smiths and there's a discussion about why architecture is sexist. Bit of politics eh? Love it.
Then a quick look at the sporting achievements of the British drinker before returning to an old favourite subject, adverts. Adverts have changed a lot in both style and content since I first started taking the piss out of them and this routine deals with the more modern type. After that it's the stuff about humankind's greatest enemy, Captain Paranoia, followed by what must be the most comprehensively exhaustive monologue about the fears, trials and tribulations of using a public toilet ever recorded by a stand up comedian. No crevice is left un-plumbed. Finally there's a little chat about why comedians should have opinions, which culminates in one of mine.

Hope you enjoy it.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 42283 66522 4
  • Matrix / Runout: 836 652-2 01 #
  • Rights Society: BIEM / STEMRA
  • Label Code: LC 0268
  • Other (SPARS Code): AAD
  • Other (Distribution Code): PG 900

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
836 652-4 Ben Elton Motorvation ‎(Cass, Album) Mercury, Phonogram 836 652-4 UK 1988
836 652-1 Ben Elton Motorvation ‎(LP, Album) Mercury, Phonogram 836 652-1 UK 1988