Yesterday I posted on the Rutles and mentioned the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the Neil Innes link. In the 60s I met the Bonzos on Do not Adjust Your Set, a comedy with Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones, later of the Pythons and David Jason. One of the first albums I bought in the 70s when I acquired my own stereo was Gorilla by the Bonzos. Still have it. It was a better choice than album no. 1 (nope, not telling)
The lead singer, Vivian Stanshall was the epitome of wacky hippidom. Viv makes a cameo on Mike Oldfield’s iconic Tubular Bells album one of three every 1970s student had (alongside Simon and Garfunk’s Trudge over Bribbled Waters and Dark Side of the Moon by the Floyd).
There are many greats tracks off Gorilla: Intro-Outro, Jollity Farm and others. One was a hit single, Urban Spaceman and features Neil Innes, today’s link. Quite poignant really. It was produced by Paul McCartney – the Bonzos appeared in Magical Mystery tour performing Death Cab for Cutie. here’s their touching love homage Canyons of Your Mind. Or Big Shot… Love the very last line