The Bonzo Dog Band
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The Bonzo Dog Band (also known as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, amongst several other names) are a satirical rock band which formed in 1962 in London, England. The band's original lineup consisted of Vivian Stanshall (1943–1995; vocals, trumpet), Neil Innes (vocals, guitar, piano), Rodney Desborough Slater (saxophone), Roger Ruskin Spear (multiple instruments) and 'Legs' Larry Smith (drums). The band became well-known in the United Kingdom as the house band for the ITV sketch comedy series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" and their appearance in The Beatles' 1967 film "Magical Mystery Tour".Read More...
The band's only appearance on the UK Singles Charts was "I'm the Urban Spaceman", which reached #5 in October 1968. The single was produced by Paul McCartney under the pseudonym "Apollo C. Vermouth". The band disbanded in 1970. The band reunited briefly in 1972 and again in 1988, before reuniting permanently in 2002.
After the initial split, Innes provided songs for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and the Monty Python troupe's subsequent films, and is often considered to be an "unofficial member" of the troupe. Stanshall died in a house fire in 1995.
The band's six albums are: "Gorilla" (1967), "The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse" (1968, released as "Urban Spaceman" in the US), "Tadpoles" (1969), "Keynsham" (1969), "Let's Make Up and Be Friendly" (1972) and "Pour l'Amour des Chiens" (2007).
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- I'm The Urban Spaceman - 64,032 plays
- LyricsThere's a farm called Misery, but of that we'll have none
Because we know of one
That's always lots of fun (Ha ha!)
And this one's name is Jollity; believe me, folks, it's great
For everything sings out to us as we go through the gate
- LyricsHi there, nice to be with you, glad you could stick around.
Like to introduce `Legs' Larry Smith, drums
And Sam Spoons, rhythm pole
And Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, bass guitar
And Neil Innes, piano.
- LyricsThat night Cutie called a cab
-Baby don't do it
She left her East Side drum so drab
-Baby don't do it
She went out on the town
This is the b-side of our platter, sports fans.
And I'm singing just for you, covered in sequins
In the canyons of your mind
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