I have loved the Bonzo Dog Band (a/k/a The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) forever. I’d heard them mentioned a bunch of times, so one day in high school I went down to the Tower Records, back when Tower Recordses still existed, and bought a copy of Urban Spaceman (which was the Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse album re-titled for the US with their hit single “I’m The Urban Spaceman” stapled to the beginning) and ended up loving it. Though, as good as that album is, my favorite is Keynsham. Continue reading
It was probably a given that I’d review this new book on Chris Morris; he’s one of my all-time comedy heroes, and I tend to write a lot about him anyway. That said, I didn’t know a whole lot about him; stands to reason, though — not only am I in the wrong country to really get the influx of Chris Morris information that could be out there, he’s also pretty secretive about himself. I basically knew the big hits — he got his start in radio, he got a degree in Zoology, the Daily Mail hates him — but then they seem to hate anything pure and good, so there you go. But not a whole lot else, outside of his work.
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Here’s another hypothetical mix CD, this one called “Jeff Bridges… I Don’t Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!” The title’s taken from one of my favorite Tom Goes To The Mayor episodes (though, really, they’re all pretty dang great), and the main idea of this mix is to expose people to bands or songs they might not know otherwise. None of the songs were chosen for ironic value; I tend to find all these songs very listenable, and hope others do as well. The songs worked themselves out into “sides” like an LP, although, length-wise, each “side” here would probably be about 2 sides of a real record, but since this is hypothetical, no one will mind.