Fans of Hatfield and the North may recognize the post title as the title of one of the musical themes that make up the bands 20-minute long epic song Mumps from their second album The Rotters’ Club. That musical bit at the start and ending with that stunningly catchy riff. The title seems to be a reference to a Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit and seems to come from the Oscar Wilde sketch from the final episode of season three called Grandstand. In the sketch, Oscar Wilde tells the Prince of Wales “your Majesty is like a big jam doughnut with cream on top”.
As mentioned, the musical piece by Hatfield and the North is a part of their epic track Mumps from their second album. However, Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Donut has also made other appearances on record. In 1975, the song appeared on the Virgin sampler record V from 1975 alongside tracks by Robert Wyatt, Henry Cow, Slapp Happy and Steve Hillage among others. On that record, Your Majesty… segues seamlessly into Oh What A Lonely Lifetime, another beautiful song which appears in a few places outside the bands studio albums, such as version from John Peel’s show in 1974 which can be found on the archive release Hatwise Choice where it is named The Lonely Bubbling Song.
Anyways, before I digress too much, while this V sampler album may be hard to find today, that version of Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Donut incorporating Oh What A Lonely Lifetime can now be found on what I believe is still the latest rerelease of Hatfield and the North’s debut, a version from 2009 by Esoteric Recordings. This rerelease also contains the band’s Let’s Eat (Real Soon) single featuring Let’s Eat and a fine version of Fitter Stoke Has A Bath.
I consider Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Donut to be one of the more pleasing things the band ever put out and, while it is beautiful in Mumps, it works very well alongside the gorgeous Oh What A Lonely Lifetime. Very well indeed! If you’d like to hear it for yourself, someone on youtube has already uploaded the piece. So, for your listening pleasure, I give you ..
What do you think?