Gas-Bags & other pontificators — a new Single/EP series from Classical Gas
So what is a bloviator?
A wind bag. That’s given. A pompous, talkative bore. Yeah, for sure. A bloviator. Now that’s something different. So what is this inflated and vacuous thing? One who bloviates is constantly talking in a longwinded, pompous manner. Someone overly fond of the sound of their own voice and opinions. A wannabe Tristram Shandy, the bloviator has all the words but none of the style and elegance of the Lord of Shandy Hall. Such a portrait conjures up Dr Johnson’s Grubb Street hacks, whose attributes give you a pretty good idea of gas-bagging, not to mention the great orators of the ale house.
The archetypal bloviator is Eric Idle in the “Travel Agent” sketch in Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Ironically named “Mr Smoketoomuch”, he is completely inflated, bloated by cigarette smoke, opinion and the inability to not talk continuously about any topic. He can’t say C so says B (bolour supplement etc). So he can mistakenly be taken for actually saying cloviates. What a silly bunt.
There’s a lot of wind and bloating going on out there. “Lot of bloating”, as Donald Trump would say. “Lot of folks bloating”. And there’s just so much hyperventilating going on down here at Classical Gas that we are collecting some of the most pompous examples puffery and yabber that you will ever hear. And this “Family Favourite” says it all. Sets the tone. It’s an iconic image that gets you ready for a good old ear bashing.
You know you want it.