The Bonzo Dog (Doo-Dah) Band: C or D?

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I generally get the impression that Comedy Music is considered a Bad Thing on ILM, but I think the Bonzos (Vivian Stanshall, less so Neil Innes) were something special. So I say: Classic. But it's jolly frightening out here.

Sam, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I like em but not at Much as The Rutles

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

But the Rutles Didn't Write Their Own Stuff. Eric Idle did it (with George Harrison's help). Now the Bonzos on the other hand, you've got very stupid lyrics ('Monster Mash', 'Ali Babar's Camel'), you've got social comment ('My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe', 'Rhinocratic Oaths'), you've got really good style parodies ('Big Shot', 'Do Blue Men Sing The Whites'), you've got anti-macho sentiment ('Mr. Apollo', 'Sport') and some good grooves ('Tent'). Or am I just being obsessive?

Sam, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

but Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band didn't write Ali Baba's Camel or the Monster Mash

MarkH, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

With most comedy records, the listener receives the impression that they only exist because the creators lack the intelligence or soul to make a non-comedy record - witness that whole horrible hybrid 'post-modernist' ironical indie pop craze that started with PWEI and continue through to this day with Beck and doubtless thousands of other names that I thankfully have never encountered.

With the Bonzos, it was the precise opposite. Vivian, Eric et al clearly had too much going on in their diseased imaginations to let out in a 'straighter' form... to call their music 'comedy' is like terming John Berger's 'Ways Of Seeing' an art criticism book. True, but kind of missing the point. Bonzos were parody primarily, and often cruel (the best kind). All human life is within those chuckles and miscues and bad puns and intros and outros and pisstakes of comic book adverts. And some cracking great tunes, and insightful lyrics too.

Jerry, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Here's my second promotion for Vivian Stanshall's "Sir Henry At Rawlinsworth End" on ILM. Now, that's pure, giddy genius!

X. Y. Zedd, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Mark, you make me sad. For years I have been telling people that "that monster song they had in the Simpson's" was actually by the Bonzos, actually, and now it turns out that I'm full of shit. Who did write it? And 'Ali Babar's Camel' too? C'mon! Surely only Sir Viv could be responsible for the way it blends into a Scottish reel near the end ("Give us a tune there, Jock!")?
XYZ, please please tell me where to get hold of 'Rawlinson End'. I read a transcript somewhere and giggled so much my face hurt. Especially the bit about the butler: "Old Scrotum, the wrinkled retainer."

Sam, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

who gives a fuck. Sinatra didnt wirte his songs

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sam, I just did a little Internet research and discovered that not only did "Rawlinson" spawn dramatic (film and theater) sequels in England, it's been reissued on EMI and is available through CD Now--though I suppose it's probably easily found elesewhere, as well. I can finally ditch the crummy tape I made from my scratchy used vinyl copy!

X. Y. Zedd, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh holy jeezum crow! The Bonzo Dog Band are farkin' CLASSIC! "Trouser Press", "The Intro & the Outro," "Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold," Rhinocratic Oaths".....unfettered genius!

alex in nyc, Tuesday, 31 July 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"...& over there, looking very relaxed, Adolf Hitler on vibes! mmm, nice!" CLASSIC.

duane (doorag), Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Their appearance in Magical Mystery Tour makes them a classic, not only on principle, but also because the film editing and the sudden donning of the masks adds an element of 'whoa, what?' to their performance. So does the stripper.

matthew m., Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

sam, are you referring to the monster mash?

ethan, Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sam, just to be pedantic, The Rutles songs were all written by Neil Innes. Eric Idle had no involvement in the music at all.

As for George's involvement, of course he was in the film but Innes also played the songs for John and George before they were released incase they were offended or were going to sue him. They thought they were fine although John advised him not to release Get Up And Go because it was rather too close to Get Back. As it turned out Allan Klein (I think it was him anyway) wasn't standing for it and Innes lost the rights to all the songs, so he's never made any money out of them at all.

As for the Bonzos, not all great but classic all the same. They would be classic even if all they had done was the Intro and the Outro and the guitar solo in Canyons Of Your Mind. Plus some of their 60s TV appearances are great with false arms and silly masks much in evidence.

MSmith, Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I didn't know that Neil Innes was the Rutles writer. I guess I assumed it was Eric Idle because he wrote Python music. I am begging your pardon. "Normally I pack a rod, in pyjamas I carry only scars from Normandy beach." - Big Shot = clARSic

Sam, Wednesday, 1 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
Actually, quite a few Python songs were done by Neil Innes too. Innes did a lot of work with Monty Python after the Bonzos broke up. You can see him as Sir Robin's Minstrel in The Holy Grail (he wrote that song), and "How Sweet to be an idiot" from several Python shows.

Gian Perrone, Thursday, 4 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"was there not too much gristle in the blancmange!!??"

mark s, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't know if Sam still reads ILM, but 'Monster Mash' was written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard Capizzi - it was originally a 1962 hit for Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers.

The Bonzos were GRATE. 'Sofa Head' is the best pro-getting pissed track ever.

Jeff W, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Thanks Jeff!

Sam (chirombo), Tuesday, 15 October 2002 09:58 (seventeen years ago) link

i had missed this thread!
the bonzo dog band is such a CLASSIC. i wouldn't say they're a comedy band, at all. of course they have a comedy side, but the tunes are great and the songs are crafted in a way that reminds me a lot of the kinks and the best bits on momus' discography ('i want you (but i don't need you)' could be a song by the bonzos, only grosser).

joan vich (joan vich), Wednesday, 16 October 2002 11:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
A couple of weeks ago, I found the Bonzos box set for £13 quid in HMV. Now, listening to it for the past two days, I realise this is the greatest bargain in musical history. I mean... "Look Out There's A Monster Coming"? What kinda class A white-boy reggae music hall robotic vocals mish-mash thang is this? A fucking great one, that's what.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 28 November 2002 19:04 (seventeen years ago) link

BOX SET?

*sound of feet galloping towards HMV*

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Thursday, 28 November 2002 19:25 (seventeen years ago) link

There once was a very famous man
On his famous horse he'd ride through the land
The people used to see him everywhere
When he died they put a statue in the square (hooray)

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Thursday, 28 November 2002 22:52 (seventeen years ago) link

weirdly i ALSO bought the bonzos box for £13 in t'HMV sale two saturdays ago 'cos i couldn't be bothered turning my garage upside down for the nine millionth time to find the vinyl origs. they need to be done on Church of Me, and i will do so over the weekend.

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 29 November 2002 08:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Ok whats on the box set 'cos I've about half or two thirds of their stuff already?

The earlier, more obviously comedic records are the ones that, for the most part, keep getting cited above but surely by the time they did Keynsham the Bonzos were doing so much more.

tigerclawskank, Friday, 29 November 2002 10:14 (seventeen years ago) link

the box set is all four original albums, "lets make up and be friendly" and a handful of early singles, some solo bonzo stuff ("labio dental fricative" and "recycled vinyl blues" from viv and neil, and "trouser freak" from roger) and the german version of "mr apollo". only doesn't have their final single "heigh ho (no matter who you vote for the government always gets in)"

oh and obviously so classic you could never believe. viv was a comic and musical genius, and neil one of the nicest blokes you could ever hope to meet

chris browning (commonswings), Friday, 29 November 2002 10:21 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
In some parallel British musical universe, Stanshall and Innes are as well-known and revered as Lennon and McCartney...
BDB; absolutely classic; everyone go out and get the *remarkable value* 'Cornology' box set, who hasn't got it... straight away dear sirs! :-)

Tom May (Tom May), Sunday, 2 March 2003 18:49 (seventeen years ago) link

Don't know how I missed this before. Classic of course. Viv Stanshall was the first live act I ever saw, in I think 1975.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 2 March 2003 19:05 (seventeen years ago) link

How i envy you there, Martin! I of course was seven years away from being born in 1975. ;-) Was that 'Men Opening Umbrellas' type time? (not that I've been able to hear that album as it's not out on CD...)

Tom May (Tom May), Monday, 3 March 2003 00:06 (seventeen years ago) link

also they invented Belle & Sebastian ("Quiet Talks & Summer Walks")

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Monday, 3 March 2003 00:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I only want to hear GOOD things about them, Daniel!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 3 March 2003 00:39 (seventeen years ago) link

No it's really interesting though, since the Bonzo Dog Band were a comedy band and all that, but if someone had released that track today everyone would just go "ew, ew, twee!" and stuff. So I suppose it's a sort of prophetic parody or something (except it isn't very funny and also it's really great)

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Monday, 3 March 2003 01:28 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
Daniel: but it isn't an intended parody...
There was no rule with the Bonzos that *all they did* had to be comedic parody of genre and convention. Granted, "Gorilla" and "Tadpoles" had a majority of such material (and very well achieved too), but frankly the other 3 records were straight*er* pop music (though that of course cannot sum up the scope entirely of records like "Keynsham"). Obviously they still included an element of satire at many stages... this was more pronounced with Stanshall's material ("My Pink Half...", "Bad Blood" etc.), but Innes is underrated and far from as conventional and parodic as he is perceived. Checking Marcello Carlin's CoM entry on the BDB illustrates a few things about Innes' importance.

They truly did move beyond parody, and were already beginning to do so from the debut album onwards.

Tom May (Tom May), Saturday, 14 June 2003 00:02 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
My pink half of the the drainpipe separates me from the incredibly boring story of your life in all its minute and tedious attention to detail, and "Was it a Thursday or a Wednesday .... ?" - Well I don't know if you are normal, but if you're normal then I intend to be a freak for the rest of my life and I will baffle you with cabbages and rhinoceroses and quotations from "Now we are Six" through the mouthpiece of Lord Snooty's giant poisoned electric head.

SO THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Bumfluff, Friday, 6 August 2004 20:03 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
http://www.iankitching.me.uk/music/bonzos/spaceman.jpg

REVIVE-O!

Through the exceptionally good, generous graces of fellow ILM'er Abbics Abbie, I have finally aquired the above album (after merely expressing that I'd wanted to finally hear "Eleven Moustachioed Daughters" after reading so much about it here on ILM). Very nicely, she ripped the whole shebang for me, and by gosh is it ever great. All I'd heard previously were compilations, but this album really is fucking fantastic. Moreover, the lyrics to "11 Moustachioed Daughters" are truly creepy in a decidedly occult-bothering sort've way. Witness....

Eleven moustachioed daughters, running in a field of fat
The moon is high, the mandrake screams,
Please come to our Sabbat.
The changeling children shiver, round the fire their mothers dance,
With strangely painted faces,
That smile but never laugh.
The crow-pecked gibbet's victim swings broken in his cage
His hands cut down to make a crown.
To wear as our homage.
Round & round the magic ring soft figures fastly rush
And wolf-like things & toads with wings whisper wetly
"Come with us".

The fresh-plucked eye of a favourite cat,
Pulped and mixed with a white hens fat,
A lapwings' wing and lions' gall,
And Belladonna to make your eyes
Like a beasts.
To anoint the body and make it shine,
To drink & make thyself divine,
To choose another's form and make it thine.

And now they gibber blasphemy & fill the fetid air
With ancient lies & leprous cries,
This night he will be there.
A madness has them, mouths gape wide
As one they sway and moan, & every brutish face is turned,
To see our Goat-King's Throne.

Anyway, thanks again Abbie and let's hear it for the Bonzos.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 6 October 2004 23:52 (fifteen years ago) link

I foolishly sold my original pressings of this and The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse when I was young. "I'm the Urban Spaceman," "Beautiful Zelda," "Rockaliser Baby" - CLASSIC!

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 7 October 2004 00:03 (fifteen years ago) link

"Beatufiul Zelda" reminds me a great deal of Robyn Hitchcock (who, I'd wager, was probably a big fan).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 7 October 2004 00:05 (fifteen years ago) link

The Keynsham album was maybe even better.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 7 October 2004 00:09 (fifteen years ago) link

"How long will it take to clean this shirt?"
"Three hours."
"But the sign says 59 minute clean!"
"That's just the name of the shop."

Sasha (sgh), Thursday, 7 October 2004 02:11 (fifteen years ago) link

"Randy turned in on himself. No mean feat for a 40-stone man."

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 7 October 2004 11:49 (fifteen years ago) link

I believe that Keynsham is the key album for them. Possibly their White Album? "The Bride Stripped Bare By Bachelors" has to be the greatest "rock band on tour" song ever. Bitter as hell. Plus, the title track is one of those Neil Innes songs that's just a joy to listen to. Anyone know who he's trying to parody? Musically, I'm thinking maybe Traffic. The lyrics are just classic nonsense.

"Lipstickgleam
Hexachloraphene
Cling cling a ring
Clang clang she sang
It's tragic magic
There are no coincidences
But sometimes the pattern is more obvious"

everything, Thursday, 7 October 2004 17:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Classic! Anyone can be funny using WORDS; but like Spike Jones (and unlike Frank Zappa), the Bonzos could be MUSICALLY funny too. Roger's solo on the electric shirt collar ("New horizons in sound!") can make me smile just by thinking about it like I am right now. And who could forget Eric Clapton on ukulele? The Count Basie Orchestra on triangle? and Roy Rogers on Trigger? It's just too bad that (aside from "The Intro And The Outro") Gorilla usually gets overlooked, probably because it's got several outside compositions. It's still a great one that makes me want to shout out, "Hurrah!"

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Thursday, 7 October 2004 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link

the funniest thing about "eric clapton on ukulele" is that it actually was eric clapton on ukulele!

also "eleven moustachioed daughters" has uncredited backing vocals by germaine greer.

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 8 October 2004 06:57 (fifteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
What year did "Mr. Apollo" come out and did the Bonzos invent glam rock?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 29 September 2005 05:11 (fourteen years ago) link

OK, August of '69 so maybe.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 29 September 2005 05:13 (fourteen years ago) link

hooray for the Bonzos! i was watching the DVDs of "Do Not Adjust Your Set" and the bits with them are awesome (well apart from the one where they are in blackface. oh dear.)

zappi (joni), Thursday, 29 September 2005 06:12 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
guys, guys:

2006

Saturday 28th January

Neil Innes and Friends
(The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band Revisited)
FEATURING
Rodney Slater
Roger Ruskin Spear
Legs Larry Smith
Vernon Dudley Bohay Nowell
plus special guests
THE ASTORIA
LONDON
Doors Open 1800hrs

Tickets are still available from

STARGREEN BOX OFFICE
Credit Card Hotline 020 7734 8932
www.Stargreen.com

hooooold me back!

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 11 December 2005 17:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh holy shit....someoe must go to this!!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 11 December 2005 17:55 (fourteen years ago) link

and let that someone be me.

i saw neil innes at the melbourne comedy festival in 2003 - he was every bit as wondrous as i'd hoped. (i was the youngest person there by about 20 years)

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 11 December 2005 18:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw Neil Innes a few years back, he does a good show. That Bonzo old boys line-up is something else.

Falling down the stairs again (noodle vague), Sunday, 11 December 2005 18:13 (fourteen years ago) link

innes was charming the other night at the library. he had everybody singing and stomping along, from curiosity seekers to the folks who'd brought stacks of bonzos albums for him to sign.

Thus Sang Freud, Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:46 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

Film with "Canyons Of Your Mind" in it. What was it???

A41 (admrl), Monday, 15 August 2011 01:12 (eight years ago) link

The Innes Book of Records was also wonderful, a TV prog that was just wall-to-wall musical parodies, all with a surreal flavour

Dr X O'Skeleton, Monday, 15 August 2011 21:46 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

So they boxed up the remasters as Dog's Life, which is basically a higher fidelity Cornology (it even has the extra cuts like "Labio-Dental Fricative"). Even as an import it was pretty cheap and sounds amazing. Big jump from my rips. Long story short, I ended up on youtube and found this great clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hcZ4s9cvpw

Viv, man. Viv.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 18 November 2011 03:36 (eight years ago) link

"looking very relaxed, Adolf Hitler on vibes" = classic.

the long ending "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" on 'My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe' = classic.

Trying to have a conversation with friends while under the influence while 'Noises For The Leg' plays in the background and failing miserably = classic.

Turrican, Friday, 18 November 2011 10:23 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Shocked, and Stunned, part 56: Seeing Neil Innes' last appearance on TOTP repeated, "Silver Jubilee" from 1977. Sex Pistols it aint.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiSflr2XsQI

Mark G, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:24 (eight years ago) link

Never knew such a thing existed

Tom D (Tom D.), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:28 (eight years ago) link

Me neither.

Mark G, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:38 (eight years ago) link

I was vaguely aware the track existed, but didn't realise it was so bad.

insert 2012 appropriate display name here (snoball), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:42 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

That Bilzen festival stuff is amazing.

My Elusive Memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 July 2012 20:57 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, finally got a decent quality version a few months ago. And now I have the Virgin TV, I now have a perfect version saved on the tivo.

Mark G, Friday, 13 July 2012 09:57 (eight years ago) link

"Hello Mabel," from DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUq6ktf19WE

Sig Sig Ruman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2012 12:16 (eight years ago) link

And "Hunting Tigers Out In India"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS4vUaNQKHk

Sig Sig Ruman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2012 12:19 (eight years ago) link

Urban Spaceman promo, with pre-Monster Mash mix, so no maniacal laughing at the beginning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=WGVwreJNWlk
It actually says "Paul McCartney .... Producer" in the video and not Apollo C. Vermouth

Sig Sig Ruman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2012 13:47 (eight years ago) link

Did that weird non-embedding time out thing. Will try again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=WGVwreJNWlk

Sig Sig Ruman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2012 13:48 (eight years ago) link

OK, forget it. Finally here's one I never heard "High School Hermit." sung in "King of Scurf" doo-wop falsetto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi4WEAOdvWU&feature=relmfu

Sig Sig Ruman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2012 13:50 (eight years ago) link

One more thing. The soundtrack (but not the visuals unfortunately) to an old BBC2 show called Colour Me Pop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BuG8f5QBCk&feature=relmfu

Sig Sig Ruman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:11 (eight years ago) link

Slightly off topic, but I stumbled across this while searching for Bonzo footage. Sweet, glad youngsters are discovering them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN_K685svsU

David Allan Cow (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:06 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Thanking you.

Cosmic Fopp (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:46 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

Nice find! I have the LP of "Gorilla" around somewhere, I need to dig it out. Forgot about this great Kinks pastiche.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 7 February 2016 18:26 (four years ago) link

are there any other bands names after the Bonzos apart from Death Cab For Cutie and Poisioned Electrick Head?

Yes.

http://www.fade2grey.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/R-990156-1263250581.jpeg

The Robustness of Captchas (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 February 2016 18:30 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrjzooEAWU0

Love this track, still have never been able to figure out what the pool ball/chainsaw loops were.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 4 June 2018 15:52 (two years ago) link

Got a mono "Gorilla" on Saturday!

Mark G, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 12:10 (two years ago) link

look out there's a monster coming

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 20:10 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Wow, what must it feel to have your legacy stolen from you.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 14 July 2019 10:10 (one year ago) link

It's getting there...

Mark G, Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:35 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

The Bonzos are so great. Absolute classic for anyone who loves The Beatles, The Kinks, or British whimsy. Also, The Incredible String Band.

If you love the Bonzos, you'll adore this album:

https://img.discogs.com/QTjnzGveKAyjo8jSU7Wt0RADyJw=/fit-in/480x480/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-709666-1275289286.jpeg.jpg

3×5, Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:46 (eleven months ago) link

Also Syd Barrett

3×5, Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:47 (eleven months ago) link

four months pass...

Neil Innes RIP

Alba, Monday, 30 December 2019 12:08 (seven months ago) link

Ouch! :(

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:18 (seven months ago) link

It's a blow, for sure.

Soup on my lanyard (Tom D.), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:30 (seven months ago) link

oh fuck really?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 30 December 2019 12:39 (seven months ago) link

"... and stunned!"

Mark G, Monday, 30 December 2019 13:19 (seven months ago) link

my daughter is 3 and likes the Beatles. As i generally can get sick of 'em fast, I thought it would be a good idea to play her the Rutles. Five months after doing so, she demands Rutles music more often that she does that of the Beatles or "let it Go" or "Barbie Girl" or "what does the Fox say?" I suppose I'm not unlike the dad that forces his kid to listen to Remain in Light, but I can't deny that I like that she's very likely the only child who loves the music of Neil Innes within 100 miles of where we live…

veronica moser, Monday, 30 December 2019 20:38 (seven months ago) link

Innes always struck me as a guy whose talent maybe went unnoted a bit because he was, at times, the straight guy in the Bonzos. But he was a great one; his Bonzos songs include some real proto-glam in things like "Beautiful Zelda," "Rockaliser Baby," and "Mr. Apollo" and I think he was one of the best at the old-timey stuff like "Hello Mabel," too. His songs on Keynsham would have fit right in on a Kinks record from the period.

timellison, Monday, 30 December 2019 20:59 (seven months ago) link

Story time, and yes it did happen!

Back when, our Alice came home from Brownie Camp. She said she'd had a great time etc, oh and she'd won the talent competition. I said ah fine, what did you sing? "The Equestrian Statue". I did wonder if I'd ruined her social outlook, but the rest you know! (well, some of you)

Anyway, just now we both caught the bus back from town together, and I mentioned I was going to share this tale. She said she didn't remember winning, but she did remember doing it and that "it was very untogether". Ah, I said, I would have expected so, to be quite honest...

Mark G, Monday, 30 December 2019 21:55 (seven months ago) link

Can we talk about how amazing this is?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eFk9bAXzkI

Or how beautiful this is?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-Uuvb3zctA

Or this? This is the weird prog sound of my childhood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzByBZs4c0A

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 30 December 2019 22:03 (seven months ago) link

That is great. I've never heard that 1972 album.

timellison, Tuesday, 31 December 2019 00:38 (seven months ago) link

Goodbye Nasty

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:29 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

icymi

Ira Kaplan joined Gaylord Fields on WFMU for a 2-hr tribute

http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/91049

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 27 January 2020 18:17 (six months ago) link

Imi, so thanks. Haven’t crossed paths with Gaylord in ages. Maybe last time was at LaLa Brooks show in Astoria at which Ira and Georgia were in attendance as well.

TS: Kirk/Spock vs. Marat/Sade (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 January 2020 18:31 (six months ago) link

Glad the playlist features the tune whose title derives from part of my screenname.

TS: Kirk/Spock vs. Marat/Sade (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 January 2020 18:34 (six months ago) link

if WFMU web pages still look like that, you should still be able to save the m3u, open it in notepad, copy the mp3 address and put that in getright. they're not playing fair imo.

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:48 (six months ago) link

ihonestly do not care what web pages look like

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 20:52 (six months ago) link

I'm 100% in favour of radio station playlist pages still being done with tables in Composer, I just want to be able to still take the audio away and listen to it while walking or doing the dishes

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:58 (six months ago) link


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