Lavishly packaged, the album was recorded in London and Los Angeles, utilising loads of top orchestral session players, including some veterans who actually played with the most swingin' giants of the original post-war croonsome era, from Frank Sinatra to Count Basie.In contrast, Swing When You're Mingin' is released on the shoestring Scottish Bagatelle label.''At that time, my pals all liked androgynous glam-rock stuff like Roxy Music and David Bowie, and Sinatra was seen as geeky. It was always Bobby Darin, Brook Benton, Vic Damone, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra for me - and none of your sparkly eye-liner shenanigans.'' Mrs Kiernan's musical preferences also indirectly led to the album's recruitment of legendary arranger Adrian Drover, a man who's worked with Maynard Ferguson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Shirley Bassey.''My mum's a fan of the Harry Margolis Big Band, and I got them to play at my wedding six years ago - I sang Bewitched to my blushing bride, Lesley. ''Doing the album has fulfilled a fantasy, but I'm not going to divert my career into it.Swing When You're Mingin' and Swing When You're Winning. What's happened is that Frank's voice has been scrubbed from a couple of verses of Gordon Jennings's classic arrangement so Robbie can have a go behind Frank's back. Indeed, like everything Robbie Williams does, the whole effort's imperfectly Frank - not to mention imperfectly frank. ''I don't read music, so I had to sing the trumpet, trombone, and sax parts for our swing version of Bohemian Rhapsody at the two of them,'' says Kiernan.
Will becomes romantically involved with one of his aunt's students - but is alarmed to find out her schoolwork is suffering as a result.
It's a one-off for charity, although I will be back singing on BBC Scotland at the Bells again this year. With Greg Hemphill, I've also been making the fourth series of Chewin' the Fat, to be networked in January, preceded by a Hogmanay special.
On top of that, we're currently writing episode three of another commissioned series, Still Game, starring Chewin' the Fat's old men, Jack and Victor.'' But let's conclude with a re-statement of Ford Kiernan's supremacy in today's war of the swing albums.
I couldn't wait to leave school - in fact, I was working selling cars throughout most of the last year before I could officially leave.
I was annoyed at myself for a good few years afterwards for not sticking in - my earlier life would have been easier with proper qualifications.'' Ford Kiernan's CV also includes working in gents outfitters, pawn shops, and bars; owning a cafe, and supervising the creation of telephone chat-line systems. .'' One song on Swing When You're Mingin' caused a stooshie in the neighbourhood cafe that Kiernan used to patronise as a 16-year-old.