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The Bonzo Dog Band

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London, England (1962 – 1970, 1972 – 1972, 1988 – 1988, 2002 – present)

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”.

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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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    одна из самых английских групп в хорошем (а не жлобско-бритпоповском) смысле этого слова, команда, повлиявшая и на кинкс, и на битлз. пысы. монти пайтон - лучший юмор всех времен и народов.

    26 Feb 3:28am Reply
  • williiewombat

    Ah - to think they were regulars on Crackerjack - "It's Friday, it's five o'clock..." those were the days :-)

    20 Jan 9:46am Reply
  • aenimauk

    "Yes, shirts" :D

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • aenimauk

    I'm going to bring a watermelon to my girl tonight! :D

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MotherofMersey

    They're hilarious, but certainly no joke. Musically, they're better than a lot of 'serious' musicians.

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    perfect.

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • daile

    truly legendary

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Been listening to Bonzo since 69 nice to see new fans even all these years later. Let's Make Up And Be Friendly well worth finding, my personal favorite

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Brumusicman

    Wrestle poodles and win!

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    "Rogers wah-wah rabbit...."

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • bgk90

    Way too many classic songs to name, and man they were good musicians, especially the bassist on the later albums

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Bandersnatched

    Five years ago I was a four-stone apology. Today I am two separate gorillas.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • _yolanda_

    too good for words. I also agree that it is more of an art form than plain comedy.

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • kurtkiller42

    This is my new favorite band! Fucking Awesome!

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • frijidblue

    these guys are fucking funny. love them to death

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mietpistole

    thrice that

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DaddyPobbin

    They're not a joke band. They're excellent musicians who know how to wield a fist-full of irony. [2]

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • JuliaAurea

    got me hooked right away!

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • HartmannvonAue

    awesome music, and surrealism, like the lyrics of this band and how it is presented in do not adjust your set is a kind of art and not just comedy.

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Pluginbarry

    They're not a joke band. They're excellent musicians who know how to wield a fist-full of irony.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
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