Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Keynsham – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band [#652]

Keynsham….Tell me more about Keynsham

Having had the band’s infamous I’m the Urban Spaceman as a 7″ single since I was a Frisco Disco owning child, the Best of and Cornology since CD days and being fortunate enough to see the surviving band members perform at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in the noughties, in the it made sense to obtain the band’s re-released-re-mastered original albums which I did via Apple Music.

Keynsham was the band’s fourth album, arriving long after Gorrilla, Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse and Tadpoles, and stylistically it shows. While the humour and quirkiness of the earlier albums are still evident, there is a certain maturity and definate shift toward a more contemporary sound akin to the Beatles and similar acts in some songs.

The album contains a number of my favourite Bonzo songs and often has me singing along. Particular favourites include: Mr Slater’s Parrot, Busted and semi biographical The Bride Stripped Bare (by the Batchelors).

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Electric Shocks – Roger Ruskin Spear [#420]

R-2236186-1271590213.jpegFormer Bonzo Ruskin Spear, with his first solo LP.

Clearly audible are the influences of the Bonzos, Python, Milligan and the era’s dadaist comedy mixed with the familiar popular big band songs of a hauntalogical pre-war era such as All by Yourself in the Moonlight and Make Yourself a Happiness Pie.

This is another album that, had there been no music download free-for-all in the noughties, I would never have known existed. I was already a fan of Bonzo, but it would have been unlikely I’d have been standing in Church Street’s HMV  flicking through the R section looking for this gem.

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Cornology – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band [#311]

Chronology - Bonzo dog doo dah band

Seeing Bonzo Dog live in the noughties was one of those defining “closure” moments in life for me.

I was living in Barnsley at the time and I drove over the Pennines to see them especially in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. For the entire duration of the gig I sat grinning, amused and yet saddened that I was watching one of the last concerts for the band, two of whom had died and most of the remaining members were on their last legs.

Still it was an amazing night. But before then I had only this album to remind me of their greatness. Cornology is a three volume album consisting of the bands 5 albums and some of their solo work.

Divided into Intro (formed of Gorilla and  The Doughnut In Granny’s Greenhouse), Outro (Tadpoles and Keynsham) and Dog Ends (solo bits and Let’s Make Up and Be Friendly)  the album carried me through my first stint in university and beyond. Bizarre humour of the British kind often lost on the youth of today. Skilfully crafted music derived from old gramophone whimsies brought kicking and screaming back into modern music times for all to hear.

It was this album that began my obsession with rights free Gramophone recordings and introduced me to music that most people would find offensive today. But more of that later. Probably.

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The Bestiality of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band [#177]

The Bestiality of the Bonzo Dog Band - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah BandThe Bestiality of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

Madness. This is a compilation of an eccentric British nonsensical band. The band that invented Steampunk. The band that invented Hipsterism. The band that sits down with a nice cup of tea and tidy waxed moustache in the middle of a battlefield.

If you are unfamiliar with Bonzo Dog you should be. Deliciously silly. Scrumptiously British. With a nice tang of the absurd and a rich saucy aftertaste of the chaotic.

I had the good fortune to see B3DB a few years ago, sans Viv Stanshall of course, but it was a memorable show and still timeless.

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