Pump Up The Bitter – Star Turn On 45 Pints (1988)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” novelty song featuring the  single, Pump Up The Bitter by Star Turn On 45 Pints. The record was released in 1988, on the Pacific record label and has been reworked into a beer tankard.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Star Turn on 45 Pints, Novelty Records, House Music, Beer, Bitter or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Pump Up The Bitter (Brutal Mix)
Media Artist/s: Star Turn On 45 Pints
Record Label: Pacific
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Pop / Novelty

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Star Turn On 45 Pints – The Artist

Star Turn on 45 (Pints) is an English novelty song musical ensemble, originally with Steve O’Donnell, Colin Horton Jennings and J. Vincent Edwards. They have recorded a number of singles since 1981, two of which appeared in the UK Singles Chart, and released two albums. Perhaps their most notable song is ‘Pump Up The Bitter”.

Pump Up The Bitter – The Song

“Pump Up The Bitter”  is a novelty song by English band, Star Turn on 45 (Pints) It parodied sample-laden tracks of the era, such as Bomb The Bass’s “Beat Dis” and M/A/R/R/S’s “Pump Up the Volume”, which had been a No. 1 hit single in the UK the previous year. The success of “Pump Up the Bitter” gave Star Turn on 45 (Pints) an appearance on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops. Pump Up The Bitter was the bands biggest commercial success reaching No. 12 in the UK Singles Chart.

The Pint Tankard – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a beer tankard. A tankard is a form of drink-ware consisting of a large, roughly cylindrical, drinking cup with a single handle. Tankards are usually made of silver, pewter, or glass.  A tankard may have a hinged lid, and tankards featuring glass bottoms are also fairly common. Tankards are now rarely used, except where made from glass, but historic tankards are often used as decorative items. Beer is now generally sold in pint and half-pint glasses (Half-pint glasses are generally smaller versions of pint glasses.). The common shape of pint  bitter glass was Jug glasses, Barrel glasses, or “dimple mugs”. These glasses are shaped more like a large mug with a handle. They are moulded with a grid pattern of thickened glass on the outside, somewhat resembling the segmentation of a WWII-era hand grenade. The dimples prevent the glass slipping out of the fingers in a washing-up bowl, and the design of the glass emphasises strength, also to withstand frequent manual washing. These design features became less important when manual washing was superseded by machine washing. from the 1960s onwards.

Bitter is the broad term applied to a well-hopped pale ale, from about 3.5% to 7% in strength and pale gold to dark mahogany in colour. British brewers have several loose names for variations in beer strength, such as best bitter, special bitter, extra special bitter, and premium bitter. 

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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