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The New Vaudeville Band was a group created by songwriter Geoff Stephens born 1 OctoberNew Southgate, North London in to record his novelty composition "Winchester Cathedral", a song inspired by the dance bands of the s and a Rudy Vallee megaphone style vocal. One of the oddest one-hit wonders of the '60s, the New Vaudeville Band -- true to their name -- drew from the swinging vaudeville, trad jazz, and British music hall styles of the '20s and '30s to create a distinctively anachronistic brand of novelty pop.
Stephens suddenly needed a band for touring purposes and at first invited the similarly backward-looking Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band to serve as the living, breathing New Vaudeville Band. The band issued its debut album -- titled, naturally, Winchester Cathedral -- inand though they were one-hit wonders in the States in spite of their touring success therethey notched two more popular singles in the U.
Inthe group played a major role on the film soundtrack The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom, but their novelty was beginning to wear off with the record-buying public. The band retreated to the English cabaret circuit, where they eked out a profitable if lower-profile existence for some time to come; they also played Las Vegas on occasion and released U.
The Bonzos' act had been well received by the few audiences who witnessed it, but it was far from the triumphant adventure they had expected. Upon their return to the UK in May they parted company with Stratton-Smith, and it was now that Stanshall made the ultimately disastrous decision to take on the day-to-day management of the band himself.
By this point the band had also decided to drop the 'Doo-Dah' from their name and now became officially known as, simply, The Bonzo Dog Band. In June they released their new album Tadpoles. Most of the songs on this album had already been performed by the group on Do Not Adjust Your Setand indeed the album had originally been conceived as a kind of 'soundtrack album' for the recently ended TV show.
Little Mary Brown - Keith Nichols Cotton Club Orchestra With Claus Jacobi And Bent Persson - Syncopa a result, much of the material was something of a throwback to the "Gorilla" era musically, even though most of the songs with the exception of a few vintage tracks that dated as far back as the Parlophone sessions had been re-recorded especially for the LP.
Also included was a version of the band's latest single, the almost proto-metallic "Mr Apollo". Despite the album's rag-bag nature and the fact the band themselves didn't regard it as part of their discography proper, it would ironically prove to be their best-selling original LP. In August they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival where tap-dancing drummer "Legs" Larry Smith was an onstage hit with his lubricious footwork, camp 'showbiz superstar' persona and rapport with the audience.
This part of the act became so popular that guest drummers such as Keith MoonAynsley Dunbar or Jim Capaldi were often deputised to sit in for Smith during live performances.
It was at this point the stress of managing the group's affairs, while simultaneously writing half of their material and performing front of stage, began to take a serious toll on Stanshall's physical and mental health. Nevertheless, he and the others opted to embark upon a second American tour during September.
Innes said that when the band picked him up at his house to drive to the airport, Stanshall answered the door with his head completely shaved, which gave him a startled, almost frightened look. True to bad form, the Tap Dance Man - Bob Kerrs Whoopee Band - Hard Pressed was cut short after Roger Ruskin Spear suffered a personal family tragedy and shockingly no-one from the UK office saw fit to inform him or the others about it until well after the event.
An understandably enraged Spear immediately abandoned the tour and returned to the UK. Initially the band attempted to fulfill the remaining dates without him, but the tour really began to derail after a rancorous press interview where Stanshall and Innes complained about recent events and the general lack of support Tap Dance Man - Bob Kerrs Whoopee Band - Hard Pressed promotion from their record company.
Their candour only led to the band and Liberty Records becoming further alienated from each other. When Stanshall also began displaying signs of a complete nervous collapse under the strain of his duties as front man and manager, he and the band quickly decided to cut the tour short at great expense to their future ambitions.
As a collective, they would never return to America. It was a chastened Bonzo Dog Band who returned to the UK, and with Spear rejoining them they regrouped to complete work on their fourth album Keynsham. The titular Keynsham is a small town near Bristol in south-west England. According to Neil Innes', the name of the album derived from an oft-repeated advertisement played on Radio Luxembourg in the s and early s, which promoted a method of forecasting results for football matches and using these results in football pools.
As for the Tap Dance Man - Bob Kerrs Whoopee Band - Hard Pressed album itself, it is an intense, surreal, but near-impenetrable conceptual piece that depicts the town of Keynsham as an enclosed psychiatric hospital, populated by anxious and disturbed characters in search of meaning or enlightenment.
However this only becomes even slightly apparent to the listener once they have read Vivian Stanshall's original liner notes which unfortunately are usually omitted from reissues of the albumTap Dance Man - Bob Kerrs Whoopee Band - Hard Pressed there are a few clues to the theme in the short linking passages between songs.
Despite the vagueness of the concept, "Keynsham" remains for the most part a strong musical collection. Innes' songwriting in particular had developed in subtlety and maturity, to a point that equalled many 'serious' artists of the era. Stanshall's songs, such as "Tent", while still overtly humorous had now taken on a much darker aspect, or, as with "Sport The Odd Boy " a new and urgent poignancy. Even "Mr Slater's Parrot", Stanshall's sole concession to The Bonzos sound a-ha - The Living Daylights old, had an unsettlingly manic edge to it.
Although the band considered "Keynsham" their creative zenith, unfortunately their artistic satisfaction didn't translate into healthy record sales on its release in November. This perceived lack of success, exacerbated by Stanshall's continuing problems and the rapidly-deteriorating relationship with Liberty Records, effectively destroyed the group's morale for good. Disheartened and at a creative impasse, the core members elected to go their separate ways while they were still on good terms with the notable exception of founder member Rodney Slater, who claims not to have even known the band were breaking up until Stanshall announced it on stage.
In January they summoned the collective will to go out on a high by embarking on a lengthy farewell tour of the UK. As popular as ever in a live setting and with the creative pressure finally off them, the tour went surprisingly well and The Bonzos played their final gig at Loughborough University in March.
While the group formally disbanded intheir record company compelled them to reunite in late to fulfil a contractual obligation and record a final album. Right Up On - Oliver Lake Featuring FLUX Quartet - Right Up On Slater is also listed as appearing "in spirit" in the album's credits.
The recording was meant to tie in with a current British election, but was not released at the time; instead, the single came out just prior to the next British general election in It was also Stanshall's final recording with the band; he died in a house fire in One of the Bonzos' song titles, " Cool Britannia ", was revived as a media label for the Culture of the United Kingdom throughout most of the s, inspired by s pop culture and associated with the Labour government of Tony Blair.
On 28 January most of the surviving members of the band played a concert at the London Astoriato celebrate the band's official 40th anniversary.
There were also a number of special guests attempting with various degrees of success to be Vivian Stanshallone of two members of the band not still living the other being bass player Dennis Cowan. The classic Bonzo stage antics were in evidence, including performances on the Theremin Leg and Trouser Press.
And Win! On 10 Decemberthe band released their first new studio album in 35 years, a track album titled Pour l'Amour des Chiens. The shows were later played in An ultimatum with Innes around this time forced his hand and he stepped down as band leader, leaving the rest of the Bonzos 'in charge'.
Three Bonzos and a Piano launched a new CD Hair of the Dog at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London on 6 Februaryfeaturing new numbers from all band members and some re-workings of older favourites. Larry and Vernon were at the Bloomsbury gig. In they released another CD, Bum Notes. Innes toured the United States in andhaving performed a number of shows in in the UK.
They played a mixture of original comedy songs and covers, including some Mean Mean Blues - Big Jay McNeely And The Rocket 88s - AZ Bootin numbers.
InAngry Penguin Ltd Jesus Fucking Christ - Unalive From Golgotha the first history of the band, Jollity Farmwritten by Bob Carruthers and edited by David Christie, with comprehensive interviews with all the core members of the group.
The first release also included a limited edition DVD featuring the band's reunion performance at the Shepherds Bush Empire, which included several performances from that show which had not been previously released. Spoons died on September 27, following a long illness. In the members of the band became embroiled in a legal battle with "Anglo Atlantic Media Limited" which had trademarked their name, two years previously, without their permission. The very first lineup of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band consisted of members of the unnamed jazz band formed, firstly, by members of the St.
Once Vivian Stanshall was added as vocalist in Septembertwo other members joined the band:. Cunningham was replaced by Claude Abbo in early December, and at the end ofthe band split, with only Stanshall, Slater and Wilkes remaining.
The band's onstage line-up varied, sometimes on a weekly basis, and they also invited a number of guest musicians into the recording studio. Keith Moonwho became great friends with both Stanshall and Smith, played drums for part of The Bonzo's set at the Plumpton Festival The Who were headlining that night. Stanshall and Innes were the band's principal songwriters, with occasional contributions from Spear and Smith.
Martin Ash, alias Sam Spoons, died aged 76 on 27 September Innes on the Dutch TV show Fenklup Tap Dance Man - Bob Kerrs Whoopee Band - Hard Pressed Stanshall on the Dutch TV show Fenklup Also, cult s UK Indie band Sofa Head took their name from the Bonzo's song of the same name which itself Tap Dance Man - Bob Kerrs Whoopee Band - Hard Pressed not receive an official release until Recordings of most of their performances still exist, with the first series having been released on DVD.
As well as famous songs, A Wound That Wont Heal - A.C.T. - Silence last episode of that series featured the still unreleased track "Metaphorically Speaking".
Apollo", shot by a fan at home with a 8mm cine camera pointed at the screen. As well as their appearance in the Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tourthe band made a short "silent" film The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage in with a soundtrack of only music.
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