The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (later shortened to the Bonzo Dog Band) was an English trad-jazz band formed by art students who were swept up in the early 60’s 1920’s sound spearheaded by the Temperance 7 and The Alberts. As they started to move thier sound into rock, they got two big breaks. First Paul McCartney asked them to appear in the Magical Mystery Tour where they performed “Death Cab For Cutie”. This is where the band of the same name got said name (pop culture tie in #1).
Second, around the same time, they got a gig on the TV for the children’s show Do Not Adjust Your Set in which they were the resident band. Along with David Jansen and Denise Coffey, the show also featured Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and the occasional cartoon by Terry Gilliam. Two writers from The Frost Report, John Cleese and Graham Chapman, were fans and from there, Monty Python was born. Bonzo’s Neil Innes also appeared on a few episodes as well as movies. (Pop Culture tie in #2).
This album is a collection of hits of sorts. It has some of my favorite tunes which showcase the British wit and humor that is the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Pretty good little album which if there is any complaint, is too short. If you want to learn more about the band and its members, well here is a link.
For samples, I went with three. First off, to start is the “Intro/Outro”. It should be noted that this track actually does contain a snipet of Eric Clapton playing ukulele. Also, if you are curious, the first seven or so members are actually in the band. The band plays an abridged version the very beginning of this episode complete with members of the show.
Second, I went with what is probably one of my favorite tracks and one that throws back to the group’s original sound, “Hello Mabel”.
Great little record.