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Bio graphy: T he Bo nzo Do g Do o -Dah Band was fo rmed in 19 6 2 by students o f The Ro yal Co llege o f Art and Go ldsmiths Co llege. The co re line-up co nsisted o f Viv St anshall o n trumpet and lead vo cals; Ne il Inne s o n piano , guitar and lead vo cals; Ro dne y Slat e r o n saxo pho ne; Ro ge r Ruskin Spe ar o n teno r sax and o ther instruments and “Legs” Larry Sm it h o n drums. The o riginal name, T he Bo nzo Do g Dada Band, was inspired by carto o n Bo nzo t he Do g and ‘Dada’ fro m an early 20 th century abstract anti-art mo vement.

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The band gigged regularly in Lo ndo n pubs with their brand o f trad jazz and avant-garde hum o ur. T he Bo nzo s, as they were kno wn, secured a reco rd deal and in 19 6 7 they released their debut album ‘Go rilla’. The first track, ‘ Co o l Brit annia’, became a phrase ado pted in the late 19 9 0 s with the electio n o f a Labo ur go vernment after 18 years o f Co nservative rule. Also o n the album is ‘De at h Cab f o r Cut ie ’ which is a paro dy o n the teenage tragedy so ngs such as ‘Te e n Ange l’ and ‘Te ll Laura I Lo ve He r ’. The track appears in T he Be at le s film ‘Magical Myst e ry To ur ’ and its title has been ado pted as the name fo r an American indie ro ck band. The album’s o ther track o f no te is ‘T he Int ro and t he Out ro ’ with its sublimely absurd made-up co ntributo rs such as Ado lf Hitler o n vibes and Co unt Basie’s Orchestra o n triangle. Ho wever, amo ng the fake musicians playing their parts, Eric Clapt o n actually do es feature o n the track playing ukulele.

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Appearances o n children’s TV sho w ‘Do No t Adjust Yo ur Se t ’ between 19 6 7 and 19 6 9 gave the band greater no to riety, no t to mentio n a so lid co medy pedigree. Three members o f what wo uld co me to be the co medy gro up Mo nt y Pyt ho n – Eric Idle , Michae l Palin and Te rry J o ne s – wro te and perfo rmed o n the pro gramme. T he Bo nzo s appeared in a number o f sketches and Ne il Inne s has been referred to as the seventh Pyt ho n. T h e Paul McCart ne y-pro duced single ‘I’m T he Urban Space m an’ became a big success in 19 6 8 . It was at this time that the band started to abando n their jazz ro o ts and fo cus mo re o n psychedelic ro ck with a co medic twist. As well as being champio ned b y T he Be at le s, they also acco mpanied T he Who o n their US to ur and suppo rted T he Kinks at Fillmo re East in New Yo rk. Fo llo wing a two -year split, a few members o f the band reunited to release the album ‘Le t ’s Make Up and Be Frie ndly’. Viv St anshall passed away in 19 9 5, a year prio r to the band’s 40 th anniversary gig. St anshall was ‘replaced’ o n stage by co medians such as Phil J upit us and Paul Me rt o n. The album ‘Po ur L’Am o ur de s Chie ns ’ was released in 20 0 7 – 35 years after they reco rded their previo us studio album. Carly Page This information is provided as a brief overview and not as a definitive guide, there are other sources on the net for that. If however you have a story or information that is not

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