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Promo: Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek & Dave Philpott

“If you don’t like this book, then you’re no friend of mine.” Ivan Doroschuk, Men Without Hats

‘Team Philpott’s masterful oeuvre, with their infallibly astute and uncannily insightful interpretation of popular songs, has raised the world of pop-music criticism to the level of ‘high’ literary art! (Which is also the recommended state for fully appreciating their comic genius!) – Dean Friedman

Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek & Dave Philpott

20/09/2018 | £16.99

A collection of hilarious letters to iconic pop and rock stars with fantastic in-on-the-joke replies from the artists themselves: Eurythmics, Heaven 17, Deep Purple, Devo, Dr. Hook and many, many more…

For more than a decade, Derek Philpott and his son, Dave, have been writing deliberately deranged letters to pop stars from the 1960s to the 90s to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs. They miss the point as often as they hit it.

But then, to their great surprise, the pop stars started writing back…

Dear Mr Pop Star contains 100 of Derek and Dave’s greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Suzi Quatro, Devo, Deep Purple, Nik Kershaw, T’Pau, Human League, Eurythmics, Wang Chung, EMF, Mott the Hoople, Heaven 17, Jesus Jones, Johnny Hates Jazz, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chesney Hawkes and many, many more.

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Dear Middle Of The Road,
Re: ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’
I write pertaining to the sudden disappearance
of both this momma and papa on the very same
Sadly, not in the same sense as your June
1971 chart-topper, it would appear that they
have been the subjects of a ‘hit’, most likely
either gang or Mafia-related. That the now
orphaned infant is referred to as Little Baby
Don, implying an early initiation as the new
Godfather of a flourishing crime empire, only
serves to confirm that its parents are not far,
far away, but more likely sleeping with the
Furthermore, it is feared that ‘mama singing
a song’ could have been misinterpreted, unless
of course the panicked mole was singing like
a canary, to use the slang term for providing
valuable information to a non-allied third
Derek and Dave Philpott
Dear The Philpotts,
Our secret has been rumbled. No one was meant to know.
I Hope the ‘Fuzz’ do not read your epistle.
Since the ‘disappearance’ of our guardians, we have
been continually dominated by ‘Baby Don’ screaming for
immediate sweets, fizzy drinks & popcorn. He threatens
lots of terrible consequences if we do not appease him and
agree to his demands.
He even threatens to write a follow-up to ‘Chirpy’… what
a terrifying thought… sometimes it makes us want to lie
lengthways in the literal interpretation of our band name.
We have no option but to agree to his increasing
Ian ‘Tweedle Dum’ McCredie, MOTR

Derek and Dave Philpott are the noms de plume of two ordinary members of the public, working with help from a worldwide social networking community.
@DerekPhilpott   Twitter

4 responses »

  1. Oh Amy what a lovely piece of work and beautifully presented . Thank you!! It’s been a joy to exchange messages back and forth over the past few months and you have been a delight throughout. Much appreciate not just for diverting your valuable time and resources, but also for such a brilliant piece. Best and Highest, Dave and Dad Philpott

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi, Very good article
    Thank for the sharing, keep up the good work



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