In 1980 the album Duke was intended to contain a 30 minute suite of music that would take the entire side of the album, telling the story of a fictional character "Albert." While the band separated these songs on the record to prevent comparisons to their most recognizable epic, "Supper's Ready," we present it to you as god and Banks intended...
This next piece of the show here is all about a friend of ours whose name is Albert, and Albert was a born loser.
He once fell in love - with a lady. Her name was Duchess, and she was really beautiful. The Duchess was into S&M...but poor old Albert didn't speak Spanish or Mexican so she kicked him out.
He went home that night very disappointed, very dejected. He sat down and turned on the television. Suddenly his life changed because Albert was in love again. Albert fell in love, unfortunately, with the television set (bit of a strange one was Albert.) It was a bit of a one-sided affair, and within two or three days Albert had to go into hospital and have the glass removed from his private parts.
So he went on a convalescing holiday abroad where tragedy struck again - because soon Albert was back in love - this time with his walking stick. (Yes, Albert was a bit of a weirdo) And I think you've guessed it - within two or three days he was back in hospital having the walking stick removed from his private parts.
Well, Albert decided to give up this holiday as a bad job. And he came back to England where he entered a home for unsuccessful young lovers. (It's a shame, i'nt it?) This was called Duke's End. But every cloud has a silver lining, and every silver lining has a cloud. And every bin has a liner. And it was within this bin that Albert wrote some of his easily forgettable books. He reckoned himself a literary genius (with a habit). But unfortunately he was a bit late on the boat because he wrote books like "Albert Through the Looking Glass," "Albert in Wonderland," and "Albertross." Then there was "Albert Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Albert the Space Odessy " (that was a big one). "Albert Tatlock." And a big hit for him came in a big sexual novel he wrote called "Danish Albert on the Job."
That was a very big one for Albert which leads us very nicely and smoothly to our next piece of music, which hasn't got much to do with Albert at all. It is in fact some music from the album called Duke which we have called for the purposes of tonight's performance, "Music from the Album Called Duke."