The Bonzos - What's New Oct-96 to Jun-97
Sunday 27th April
Sunday 20th April
- BBC2's Travels with Pevsner: Dorset (29-Mar-1997, producer Roger Parsons),
presented by author Patrick Wright, featured a number of Bonzos pieces as incidental music.
I think they were Turkeys and the piano intro to Rawlinson End
on Let's Make Up And Be Friendly and
Music for the Head Ballet from Gorilla.
He started by reminiscing about his time at public school in Dorset in 1967.
Saturday 22nd March
Thursday 27th February
- Neil Innes trivia (spotted on Teletext):
There's a debate tonight at the Oxford Union on Oasis v. The Beatles.
Guest speakers include Paul Gallagher & Lee Henshaw v. Neil Innes and Phil Sachs.
See Britcomedy Digest:
Vol. III Number 5 for the result.
Saturday 15th February
- Generally caught up with snippets from loads of people - thanks!
- Thanks to Bob Kruse yet again for supplying details for
Shangri-La and Bob + Alex Melnick for
- Thanks to Steve Benson for providing loads of info
about Vivian's Radio Flashes.
Monday 3rd February
- Contributed by Tom Strickland: Fresh Air Innes Interview.
On January 15th, Fresh Air on National Public Radio originating
from WHYY, Philadelphia, Terry Gross interviewed Neil on the subjects of the
new Rutles CD and the Bonzo Dog Band. Neil discusses how the Bonzo's started
in Art school and when he first met Vivian. They played excerpts of Bonzo and
Rutle songs. A tape can be ordered from Fresh Air, for $15.45; refer to:
A friend had the wherewithall to tape it for me. It was a well done interview and production.
Saturday 25th January
- Rutles trivia
VH-1 (UK) showed an edition of Ten of the Best earlier this
week featuring The Rutles as the choosers of 10 videos. It'll presumably
be repeated over the next few weeks. I don't know the extent to which the
featured artist(s) have freedom of choice over the selection - they may
receive a playlist or have a completely free hand (provided a video exists).
Anyway, in case anyone's interested, here's what they chose.
They were filmed on a canal-side bench. I suspect there was a nearby pub!
[It was repeated in late June 1997.]
- Rutles/Shangri-La [the first one is usually one of the chooser's]
- John Halsey: Cliff Richard/Daddy's Home
- Rikki Fataar: Lene Lovich/Lucky Number
- Neil Innes: James Brown/I Feel Good
- JH: Arethra Franklin/Respect
- RF: Paul Simon/Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
- NI: Freddie Mercury & Monserrat Caballe/Barcelona
- JH: Cyndi Lauper/What's Going On
- NI: Hootie & The Blowfish/Hold My Hand
- NI: George Harrison/Got My Mind Set On You
Sunday 5th January 1997
Friday 1st November
- There's a review of Archaeology in tonight's
Cambridge Evening News
- the connection being that Barry Wom (John Halsey) is landlord of the
Castle Inn here.
The article includes an interview with him.
Sunday 27th October
Saturday 26th October
- The Rutles' Archaeology was released this week.
Giles Booth reports:
it was reviewed in the NME
on 23rd October 1996: they gave it 6/10.
Tracks include Easy Listening,
Unfinished Works, Knicker Elastic Song,
Shangri-La, Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik
and I Don't Know Why,
the last two of which are described as being more regular Neil
Innes songs than Beatles parodies.
Tuesday 8th October