As the character "Neil" from British sit-com "The Young Ones", Nigel Planer gained a number two hit single in 1984 in the form of "Hole in My Shoe", (originally a hit for sixties band Traffic). A cover of Tomorrow's "My White Bicycle" was a less successful follow up, only reaching number seventeen in the charts. After that, an album was produced, entitled "Neil's Heavy Concept Album." Nigel also took Neil's stage act on the road in that year as Neil in the "Bad Karma in The UK" tour. This culminated in a month long run at St.
Mary's Hall at the Edinburgh Fringe. The Young Ones also appeared on Cliff Richard's 1986 charity rerecording of 'Living Doll', which spent three weeks at number one in the UK. Neil Pye, the hippie, is a clinically depressed, suicidal pacifist, vegetarian and environmentalist working towards a "Peace Studies" degree. He is victimised by the other housemates (especially Rick and Vyvyan) and is forced to do all the housework, including shopping, cleaning and cooking.
He is never acknowledged for it unless it goes wrong. Neil is extremely pessimistic and believes everyone and everything hates him, a belief which is mostly true, though he does have some friends, two hippies, one also named Neil and one named "Warlock". He dislikes technology (except for videos) and speaks out for "Vegetable Rights and Peace". He is a chronic insomniac, believing that "sleep gives you cancer".Make Neil Playlist