A novelty song written by Hardcastle / Bremner / Langdon / Fuller, N-n-ninteeen Not Out was actually released into the wild at the same time that Hardcastle’s more celebrated 19 was still enjoying its 16 week run in the UK singles chart. Whilst not making quite the splash of 19, N-n-ninteen Not Out was probably the vehicle which first brought Rory Bremner to the attention of a wider audience.
The single is a parody with a relatively serious message of its own. During the 1984 home test series against the West Indies, England had been completely outplayed by the tourists, suffering a 5-0 series defeat. England Captain, David Gower’s average for the series was 19 and the average score per English batsman in the fifth test at The Oval was also 19. The track wove Bremner’s impressions of the likes of Richie Benaud, Brian Johnston, Freddie Trueman and Jim Laker giving their opinions on the 1984 series and the 1932-33 ‘Bodyline’ series in Australia when the England team had unleashed a similar bowling barrage on the Australian test team, winning that series 4-1.
I bought this single on 28 June 1985 assisting it to its highest char position of number 13. In total it spent 7 weeks on the UK singles chart. Hardcastle had been advised by his record company not to take part in N-n-nineteen, however not only did he co-write it, but he is also credited as producer on the record.