References in popular culture

Mainstream tunes

Bedsits are regularly connected with destitute individuals, and are referenced in this path in “Late Lament” by The Moody Blues: “bedsitter individuals think back and mourn/one more day’s futile energy spent”. Justin Hayward, the tune’s arranger and artist, composed this in his own bed-sit at 19 years old. The melody “Isolation” from The Members collection At the Chelsea Nightclub, illustrates life in a bedsit room, depicting the life of a maverick who has moved to the city, and invests all their energy at work or at home sitting in front of the TV, and “eat(s) out of tins”. The tune compares the hero’s presence to that of a detainee secured isolation. Scottish society rock artist Al Stewart’s introduction collection is named Bedsitter Images. In “I Fought in a War” by Scottish non mainstream band Belle and Sebastian, notice is made of the “bedsit notoriety of the decade gone previously”. The subject is likewise referred to for a comparative reason in “Legend in My Living Room” by Annie Lennox [“…Bright lights and prepares and bedsit stains”] just as the Soft Cell melody “Bedsitter”, about club life. David Bowie in “Tune for Bob Dylan” from Hunky Dory (1971) sings: “You gave your heart to each bedsit room”. The Clash melody “Legislative hall Radio” comments “telephone in from your bedsit room”.

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Harold Pinter’s play The Room (1957) is a “kitchen sink” show summoning the filthiness and social misery of the bed-parlor culture of the time.

English entertainer Tony Hancock was the entertainer of the sole character in “The Bedsitter” (Hancock 1961) by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson for the BBC, a portrayal of the fatigue of bedsit presence.

The Bed-Sitting Room (1963) is a mocking play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus about the fallout of World War III, later made into a film delivered in 1969. In it, one of the characters, Lord Fortnum, transforms into the previously mentioned humble dwelling subsequent to communicating trepidation of this surrealist outcome.

The 1970s British sitcom Rising Damp was set in a house changed over into bedsits, with the landowner Rupert Rigsby played by Leonard Rossiter.


Tracey Thorn, previous artist in the gathering Everything But The Girl, has composed a journal book named Bedsit Disco Queen distributed in February 2013.[5]

In “Miss Gee,” from W. H. Auden’s Another Time, the title character is said to have “lived in Clevedon Terrace in a little bed-sitting room”.[6]

In Spaced, a significant clash goes to a peak when Tim’s level is alluded to as a bedsit by his opponent, Duane Benzie.[7]

In Alastair Reynolds’ short story “Advanced to Analog”, the hero wonders about the chain of occasions that drove the radio outflows of pulsar PSR J1921+2153 to be portrayed on the pressing of vinyl records in “a large number of bedsits”.

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