Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: The Intro and the Outro (1967)

 |   |  1 min read

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: The Intro and the Outro (1967)

Few indie.rock followers would perhaps know the band Death Cab for Cutie took their name from a song by this group of musical surrealists, the song of that name appearing in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film in late '67 when the band were invited to sing it.

The Bonzos enjoyed some patronage from various Beatles -- McCartney produced their hit I'm the Urban Spaceman under the name Apollo C. Vermouth and Harrison, a big fan of Monty Python also, had a long association with various members.

And what members they had: Neil Innes went on to write and appear in The Rutles; founder Vivian Stanshall lent his voice to Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells but is best known for his eccentric Sir Henry at Rawlinson nd album and film; Legs Larry Smith was (improbably) a tap dancer-cum-singer and actor . . .

They were satirists (sometimes more gentle and whimsical than Zappa and the Pythons with whom they were closely associated) and did withering parodies, and their albums were shot full of humour, spoken word pieces, strange soundscapes, silly jazz, oldtime MOR and sharp barbs of pop.

They split up a few times and reformed with various new members (their live guests was parade of rock celebrities), but true aficionados prefer their early work which, admittedly, does sound a bit dated these days. Just as some Python sketches do.

But this track from their debut album Gorilla remains very amusing. Just silliness, in a very British way. 

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

Graham Dunster - Feb 13, 2014

Awesome band, don't forget their inclusion in the Magical Mystery Tour tv show. Disagree about the dated comment, still works extremely well. GRAHAM REPLIES: Yep, nailed that MMT in the first paragraph and the comment about "dated" didn't apply to this piece of inspired silliness, but to some of their other material which certainly doesn't have quite the same resonance today.

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Monkberry Moon Delight (1972)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Monkberry Moon Delight (1972)

With Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram album being given the reissue treatment -- and album critically derided on release in '71 but a longtime Essential Elsewhere album and now picking up highly... > Read more

Portia Faces Life and Dr Paul (from the Fifties)

Portia Faces Life and Dr Paul (from the Fifties)

It seems peculiar to state the obvious, but there is at least one generation which may not know this: before television people listened to radio. And not just for music and news, radio was the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Cheap Trick; Original Classic Album Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Cheap Trick; Original Classic Album Series

By the time Cheap Trick -- who played a note-perfect Daytripper live -- got to work with Beatles' producer George Martin in 1980, they were starting to run out of puff -- and songs. In... > Read more

NICK LOWE INTERVIEWED (2009): As times go by

NICK LOWE INTERVIEWED (2009): As times go by

It is one of the ironies of Nick Lowe’s life that -- despite producing the first three Elvis Costello albums, the success of his solo debut Jesus of Cool in ‘78 (retitled Pure Pop for... > Read more