This item was sold at eBay to a customer in America for 102 GBP: thanks!
When Procol Harum toured the world in 2003, promoting their new album The
Well's on Fire, they gradually accumulated strange toys and crazy mementoes
– by the time the Union Chapel DVD was filmed, the stage was strewn with
seagulls, pigs, clockwork mice, models of George W Bush (a former president of
America), a singing M&M homunculus, a stately galleon, a Baby Dumpling, and a
fat old Buddha carved in gold.
Gary Brooker has invited 'Beyond the Pale' to auction a few of the surviving items at eBay, the proceeds to be divided between The BJ Wilson Fund (through which Gary is able to help BJ's family) and 'Beyond the Pale'.
So we're starting with this gaudy 'spokescandy' homunculus, whose little electronic voice was heard all over the world chanting 'So far behind' in certain gaps in the song of the same name. The joke trades on the homophonic similarity of 'M&Ms' (a brand of confectionery) and 'Eminem' (the rapping artist).
We think his battery has gone flat: only the lucky winner will know if Gary's voice is still inside, when the battery is replaced! He is signed on the behind by The Commander, for authenticity's sake, and is pictured at the foot of the page with Gary – in the control room of the studio in his barn in deepest Surrey, UK.
Complete with toy headphones and microphone, ready for onstage Procol duty
Rear view shewing clipboard
Signed in an appropriate place by Gary Brooker
Gary with singing homunculus, in his control room
Here's a rather muddled shot of M&M on stage with Procol Harum
(and Mighty Baby Dumpling,
who has also fallen over) at Islington's Union Chapel in December 2012
Features at 'Beyond the Pale' | Another stage item for sale