YouTube Transcription #53 Stella Street
Stella Street was a TV comedy broadcast in the 90s, in which all characters are famous people, and all are performed by two comedy actors Phil Cornwell (Mick, Nicholson, Cane) and John Sessions (Keith).
Michael Cane: Remember The Rolling Stones, the legends of rock n roll? One day they were touring American and Mick turns to Keith and says, “Keith, we are starting to look old and stupid. I think it’s time we went into the grocery trade.” So here it is – Mick & Keith’s Corner Shop in leafy 7.
Mick Jagger: Here, Keith. Have you seen the date on these marshmallows? They are well past their sell-by; they’re getting old.
Keith Richards: Then they’re like us, man, aren’t they?
Mick: Here, I could do without your stupid jokes. I’m trying to run a business here, mate.
Jack Nicholson: Hiya, fellas.
Mick: What you done with all them tins of cleaned peaches? What you done with them?
Keith: I don’t know, I give up. Where are they?
Mick: I said to Keith one day, you know, “Groceries is where it’s at,” you know, because I’ve always had this ambition because my Uncle Stanley used to run, like, a hardware store, and I was always, erm, messing around there as a child, putting on the brown overcoat.
Nicholson: Where are the ******* Shreddies, man?
Keith: They’re right down there.
Nicholson: You’re ******* our of it, man. Anything looks like a pack of ******* Shreddies at this time of day…
Mick, Keith and Michael Cane are all Londoners, so they use London dialects.
Michael changes from past tense to present tense when telling the story. This is quite common, especially in the south of England, but I have heard Americans do this also.
“Leafy” means that there are a lot of trees around.
In this case “7” refers to “W7”, or “West 7”, an area of west London.
“Selly-by” is the date printed on food packaging.
“I could do without…” means “I don’t want …”
“Mate” is common in the UK, meaning “man”, “guy”, or (popular in the US) “buddy”.
“Fellas” is common in the US, meaning the same as “mate”. It comes from “Fellow”, which is now considered very old.
“… is where it’s at,” means “… is very popular/successful at the moment.”
“Shreddies” is a breakfast cereal made by Nabisco.
“You’re out of it,” means “you don’t know what’s happening” usually dies to drink, drugs or extreme tiredness or injury.