Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Bonzo Dog Band
Artist:Bonzo Dog Band
Song:Canyons Of Your Mind
Album:Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse
Very few groups have combined humour with pop music. The British group Bonzo Dog Band may not be as well known as the Mothers Of Invention but are just as beloved to fans. The group had various members but the main writers were Viv Stanshall (born Mar. 21, 1943 in Shillingford, England) & Neil Innes (born Dec. 9, 1944 in Essex, England). Stanshall started the group when he was in art college in the 60s. They started out spoofing traditional jazz and vaudeville but when Innes joined later he steered them into pop music. They made an appearance in the film Magical Mystery Tour and Paul McCartney produced their best known song Urban Spaceman. Canyons Of Your Mind is a doo wop spoof that was actually on their 1969 album Tadpoles but is a bonus track on thie 2007 reissue of Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse. The Bonzos split up in 1969 but continue to have a cult following today. Neil Innes went on to work with Monty Python and along with Eric Idle was behind the Beatles spoof band The Rutles. Viv Stanshall did various things after the Bonzos and died in a house fire on Mar. 5, 1995. Here's the Bonzo Dog Band performing Canyons Of Your Mind in 1969. That's Viv Stanshall singing lead and Neil Innes playing the guitar solo.