After signing with Stiff Records in 1978, English musician and songwriter Mickey Jupp (6 March 1944 —) released his debut solo album Juppanese, only to be accused of racism for an album cover that showed him pulling at the corners of his eyes in front of a plate of oriental food.

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I had no idea political correctness stretched that far back!

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That same year, Jupp released a compilation album: Mickey Jupp’s Legend: a selection of songs from two eponymous albums released in 1969 and 1970 by Jupp’s band at the time, Legend.

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A highlight of the compilation is My typewriter, a track which begins slowly with a Monster Mash-style spoken intro …

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In my study
in the east wing
of my castle
on a dusty desk
sits my typewriter

and my typewriter
sits on my desk
every day and nighter
never makes a sound.

my typewriter
everything it does
it does it right
because I write it down.

my typewriter
it’s grammatically correct
it dots its i’s and crosses t’s
it does what it should do
each time I press the keys.

my typewriter
doesn’t hear the rain or feel the cold
doesn’t know these troubles of mine …

my typewriter
only tells me what I wanna be told
and it tells me in my time …

no matter how I’m feeling
if I’m happy or I’m blue
it says the words
I can’t say to you …

my typewriter
sits on my desk
every day and nighter
never makes a sound …

my typewriter
everything it does
it does it righter
because I write it down …

my typewriter
it’s grammatically correct
it dots its i’s and crosses t’s
it does what it should do
each time I press the keys …

my typewriter
my typewriter
my typewriter …

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