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Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

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Brie1648

it was...and such a long time ago...and the Ball was great, long dresses, black tie and being escorted home by my handsome fellow in his dinner jacket and scarlet lined cloak as the sun was coming up...aaaahhh

ladycharnley

Ah Brie, the summer of 69 - I bet that was great fun.

MajorDon guessed this one in 0 seconds flat. I published and by the time I had flicked to the puzzle he had already named them. LoL

Brie1648

Ha!! I might have guessed this one!!! They played at my college's Going Down Ball in summer 1969!!!

RetiredJan

Fabulous! Thanks so much for that, Lady C. By the way, my very first record was Neil Sedaka singing Sweet Sixteen (which my elder brother bought for my 16th birthday).

ladycharnley

Here you go Jan
Nipper - was a stray dog found in 1884 by Mark Barraud in Bristol, UK. When Mark died three years later, nipper (so named because of his tendency to nip the backs of visitors' legs) was taken to Liverpool by Mark's younger brother Francis, who was a painter. Nipper discovered the phonograph (a cylinder recording and playing machine) and Francis Barraud often noticed how puzzled he was to make out where the voice came from. This scene must have been indelibly printed in Barraud's brain, for it was three years after nipper died (in September 1895) that he committed it to canvas.

ladycharnley

My first record was The Push Bike Song by The Mixtures :)))

ladycharnley

Hi everyone. RetiredJan, marvellous, I loved George Formby when I was little and my favourite was leaning on a lamp post and that was my fave by Andy Stewart too. Eeee happy days.
Morning Aggie, thanks for kind words.
Starlord !! you are back. Yes it was a rapid solve by the Major, I published it and flicked to the puzzle and there was their name. Must be a record. The Major, the fastest namer in the world :o)

RetiredJan

I've had a few chuckles this evening! Ah, those were the days! My grandparents had an old gramaphone player that you wound up - Nan used to love George Formby, especially singing that classic When I'm Cleaning Winders', and the little Scot Andy Stewart who sang 'Donald, Where's Me Troosers'. My favourite was that little faithful dog sitting beneath the 'horn' on His Master's Voice logos - where is he today?

starlord

Right Don, a cilinder it was and I played it on a gramophone that had the name 'Edison' on the side.
Still have it: Au clair de la lune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znKNQXo58pE

aggie

Good morning ladyc and DYRer's. Quite an interesting looking group we have here ladyc. Congrats to MajorD on the quick solve this a.m.. Thanks ladyc for stepping up to the plate in Starlord's absence.

MajorDon

it was a cylinder I think, and twenty years later they brought out 78s for your wind up gramophone.
enjoy your holiday :)

starlord

Afternoon all... Thanks for being my aide-de-camps, Lady C :-)
That was one quick solve, Major D. I think there was less than a minute between posting and solving. You must have been in stand by all night long.
I can't even remember what the first record I bought was... was a long long time ago, I remember that much.

ulangariver

We actually had two of these square records, from 1958. But cannot for the life of me think what the other one was. What a pain in the bum to get started!!

ulangariver

Imagine what a steam engine, a coal wagon, and three passenger carriages would be worth these days, Major. A bit more than six-and-eightpence, rest assured.....

MajorDon

Square records - why didn't they catch on?

ulangariver

It does indeed lady c. The first record my parents ever bought was the hit by Sheb Wooley, called Purple People Eater. It wasn't a round disc, it was a square one with a picture of a Purple People Eater on it. One had to be careful to place the needle in the grooves, and this wasn't all that easy with a square record. [By the way, Sheb went on to become an actor, and was a permanent in the western series Rawhide, with Clint Eastwood.]

MajorDon

it's all relative Neville re: Dad being cross about 6/8d.
We know of someone who was widowed and she was asked what do you want to do with the engine? What engine? Your late husband owned a steam engine, coal wagon and 3 passenger carriages!

ladycharnley

You see - where would we be without music? It evokes such memories ....

ulangariver

You've just reminded me, MajorDon, of a Rolling Stones single I bought when I was young, called "Off The Hook". When I discovered "Little Red Rooster" on the B-side, I liked that more, and thrashed it to death on our old radiogram (record-player). My Mother, for years after, never forgave me for that. "That damn little red rooster" she would say "isn't he dead yet?".

ulangariver

Gawd, Major, a whole six-and-eightpence. No wonder your Dad was cross.

MajorDon

...in the wardrobe of your soul, in the section labelled shirts'
Too anarchic for the 60s apparently was the reason for the lack of total success :)
Bonkers - my dad wasn't pleased I spent 6s 8d on the record!

ladycharnley

In Starlord's immortal words "indeed neville" :))

ulangariver

Canyons Of Your Mind: fascinating. Never seen it before. Nor have I heard the lyric "your sweet perfume, essence of giraffe..."either. I must have led a terribly sheltered life.

MajorDon

love it - Stanshall had several weeks to write songs for the new professional Bonzo Dog Band. When people arrived at his studio, they found he had not written a single thing, instead building a variety of rabbit hutches.

ulangariver

Good evening, RetiredJan - yes, they were good fun, weren't they, and were totally accepted by us. But I wonder, in today's world, would Generation Y accept them like we did, or just ignore them?

ladycharnley

Perfect, sounds like my kind of chap :o)

MajorDon

I love this quote - the band was so successful that they were booked for another US tour soon after. Neil Innes remembers that the band were reportedly stopped by a local U.S. sheriff and asked if they were carrying any firearms or drugs. When they denied both, the officer asked how they were going to defend themselves. Vivian piped up from the back of the minibus, "With good manners!"

ladycharnley

I don't remember the Rutles Major but I did come across it this morning now you mention it :))

ladycharnley

Hi RetiredJan - yep crazy especially at the time, but yes, good fun :o)

MajorDon

Did you ever see the Rutles? The Monty Python take off of the Beatles - all the songs cleverly written by Neil innes

RetiredJan

Good morning/evening your lordships and ladyship - crazy bunch these were! But all good fun!

MajorDon

he died in a fire in his flat in London - he is the lead singer on the second music link below

ladycharnley

Well thank you Neville, yes wacky for sure, and there was MajorDon purchasing their record at the tender age of 14 :)))

ulangariver

"And Stanshall, a national institution, died a shocking and premature death in 1995." But I know nothing about that.

ulangariver

Some info from one of my Bibles:
"They were a major live attraction, a carnival of visual and musical mayhem with frequent changes of costume and mass instrument swapping."
"Vivian Stanshall led an outrageous bunch of English eccentrics. Roger Ruskin Spear seemed most intent on setting off explosions and programming robots. Legs Larry Smith was a cross-dressing tap dancer. Neil Innes looked most comfortable when wearing a duck on his head. As well, there was Rodney Slater, Sam Spoons, and Vernon Dudley Bohey-Nowell."

ladycharnley

Good morning Neville, sorry good evening :)))

MajorDon

I bought this record when I was 14. Neil Innes was in the Monty Python Crowd

ulangariver

Good morning to our beautiful emcee, lady c, congratulations to MajorDon for scoring an "express" and correct selection, and hello to all other starlord fans during his absence. I'm The Urban Spaceman got to No.10 here in Oz, in Jan. '69, but I cannot find it listed on Billboard. They were a weird & whacky group, that's for sure.

MajorDon

thank you Lady C and thanks for covering for Starlord while he is in another galaxy

ladycharnley

Thank you MajorDon and a very good Sunday morning to you too :)))

MajorDon

and this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hcZ4s9cvpw

ladycharnley

Here you are - catchy little number
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbLDI5lNdRQ

ladycharnley

You are absolutely correct - take a bow Major while I find the music for you

ladycharnley

I think you should be in the Guiness Book of Records Major Don :))

MajorDon

they did I'm the Urban spaceman and Neil Innes was in the group - he had a music show called the Innes Book of Records

MajorDon

Bonzo dog doo dah band - good morning lady c

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