Ginger Geezer

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

The Bonzo Dogs have reunited. Has anyone managed to miss this?

The Bonzo Dog Dada Band started off as an art school band playing anarchistic versions of comedy and novelty songs from the first part of the 20th century. As the line up grew, shrunk, shifted, and metamorphosed, the band began to move into the other musical realms, incorporating everything from Elvis to Kong to Lounge Lizard to Raymond Chandler to contemporary Pop influences.

Their live performances included bizarre props, fabulous costumes, speech balloons, and onstage explosions. All of which was fronted by Vivian Stanshall.

The history of the Bonzos is better covered elsewhere on the net and to do it justice would really require a book, but for a brilliant, comprehensive, and long lost history of Vivian's involvement in the Bonzos and beyond (up until the making of the first Sir Henry album), please have a look at John Platt's work in the Comstock Lode.

And then there's this... And this.
Vivian always wondered who was listening. He'd have loved reading the Italians...

The Bonzo Dogs in 1966

For a comprehensive history check out The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Page

And for a jolly insight into DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET where the Bonzos met the Pythons - go here!

(Thank blot for Neil's site. If not for Bonnie & Laurie, think of all the work we'd have to do.)





... on page 104 in the hugely fat Mojo Collection of the Greatest Albums of All Time" (ed. by Jim Irvin, Mojo Books, 2000), one will find GORILLA, the "debut album from Britain's best comic-rock troupe".

Vivian in his famous gold lamé suit

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