Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Bonzo Dog Band – BBC Sessions
A band that defied description, but achieved major cult status over their relatively short period of existence. Originally put together as a take-off on the 20’s craze in the 60’s, and known as the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, they quickly morphed into more of an art=school band run amok and replaced the Doo-Dah with Da-Da and eventually just became known as The Bonzo Dog Band.
Though they may not be familiar to some today, you might hear aspects of them via Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which shared the involvement of Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall, the Bonzo’s co-founders and musical brains behind the Pythons.
Tonight it’s some of the sessions the band did for the BBC during the 1968 and 1969 period. Because they were so popular in England they appeared often on some of the major BBC Radio programs, so a lot of their live material has survived in one form or another.
Here’s what’s on the player:
1. Tent – (Top Gear – July 29, 1969)
2. Hello Mabel (Saturday Club – October 29, 1968)
3. Look Out There’s A Monster Coming – (Symonds On Sunday – March 1969)
4. Canyons Of Your Mind (Colour Me Pop – December 21, 1968)
There’s a lot more where that came from.