Bonzo Dog Band - Tracks
Dedicated to Kong who must have been a great bloke
The Bonzos and post-Bonzos singles and album tracks from the
Discography, in approximate chronological order,
with links to the lyrics where available.
Vivian's record sleeve comments are included,
as are the appearances
of the Rawlinsons and Maynards.
[ Early Days
| Peel Sessions
| The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse
| Let's Make Up And Be Friendly
| Post-Bonzos Singles
| Lucky Planet
| Electric Shocks
| How Sweet To Be An Idiot
| Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
| The Rutland Times
| Taking Off
| Sir Henry At Rawlinson End
| The Innes Book of Records
| Teddy Boys Don't Knit
| Off The Record
| By Jingo, It's British Rubbish
- The early days of 1920s-1930s novelty songs
- My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies (Amberg/Raymond/Bernauer)
- I'm Going To Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight (Conrad)
- Typical of the 1920s era of risqué songs trying to evade the censorship of the times.
- Used as the tune for Spike Jones and His City Slickers's Der Fuehrer's Face.
- Alley Oop (Frazier)
- Button Up Your Overcoat (De-Sylva/Brown/Henderson)
- Cool Britannia (Trad., arr. V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Very Carnaby Street
- The Equestrian Statue (N. Innes)
- Guaranteed to brighten up your day if it's grey
- Jollity Farm (L. Sarony)
- Stuff It Up Your Jumper
- I Left My Heart In San Fransicso (D. Cross)
- Vivian's impression of a certain crooner
- Look Out, There's A Monster Coming (V. Stanshall)
- Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold
- The Bonzos' comment on the Trad Jazz revival in the early 60s
- The tune is based on the Morse Code Melody (D. & A. Gray), as performed on
By Jingo, It's British Rubbish
- Death Cab For Cutie (V. Stanshall)
- Elvis-cum-pulp-detective parody
- Narcissus (Nevin)
- Hey, you have the same trouble with your trousers as I do
- The Intro And The Outro (V. Stanshall)
- The Band is introduced (including the first reference to the Rawlinsons).
- Mickey's Son And Daughter (Lisbona/Connor)
- The stork has brought a son and daughter for Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Mouse
- Big Shot (V. Stanshall)
- Very Mickey Spillane - very cool.
- Music For The Head Ballet (N. Innes)
- Piggy Bank Love (N. Innes)
- I'm Bored (V. Stanshall)
- I'm tired of Art - drawing bored
- The Sound Of Music (Rogers & Hammerstein)
- Peel Sessions
- We're Going To Bring It On Home
- Sofa Head
- The Craig Torso Show
- A parody of Wonderful Radio 1 and its DJs, including a jingle using
the Monster Mash tune.
Also contains a parody of With A Little Help From My Friends
and the Bonzos' I Left My Heart In San Fransicso.
- Craig to studio guest: "Tell me, are you a regular listener?"
- Tarzan Stripes: "Yes, thanks, I'm quite regular."
- Give Booze A Chance
- Hilarious parody of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and their
Give Peace A Chance - a peace-take.
- The Beatles hit performed in the manner of Bob Dylan
- The Doughnut In Granny's
- We Are Normal (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Vivian: But we are not BAD people. A breezy opener.
- The music is very like the contemporary
- The vox pop bits are reminiscent of the bits on
Dark Side of The Moon.
Between the two there is a hint of the theme from the contemporary BBC TV
early evening regional/national current affairs programme - very normal.
- Postcard (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- The captain says he's going to heave too... (bleah)
- Vivian: 88 two fat ladies, 22 two little ducks, 26 bed & breakfast, 69....
- Beautiful Zelda (N. Innes)
- Vivian: Smudgy goes through a phase. Introducing: "The Rasstones".
- Can Blue Men Sing The Whites? (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: The sea-wind ruffled the sheer silken fabric of my turban.
I cupped your face in my lovely hands....
our lips stretched closer and closer....
I swept your face with my eyes....
I remembered a rice-pudding I'd left in the oven.
Just packed with protest & truth.
- A parody of British Blues
- Hello Mabel (N. Innes)
- Vivian: A stuffed pig makes an attractive lampshade.
- In the style of 1920s Jazz novelty songs
- Kama Sutra (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- In position 72 you were me and I was you
- Vivian: Suit Single Businessman. Sorry no Irish. Oh Really? No.. O'Reilly
- Humanoid Boogie (N. Innes)
- It's a wow, a gas, a Wall Street Crash. Like cigar ash.
- Vivian: Will Flash reach the zone of blood in time to
save Hulk as he battles the Mekon in the Twilight Galaxy?
Will Brainiac really stop the Belcher of Britain metamorphosing
the Brain-Wife? Who is Muscular Orange?
Learn all... See all... Rockall... next week in
"he forgot to say Pardon"...
- Trouser Press (R.R. Spear)
- It's much better than the prefabricated concrete coal bunker
- Vivian: Roger's vocal dèbut.
Starring Riff Cliché & the Rebel Trouser.
(A reference to Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers?)
- My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Vivian: I am disabled.
I play Mozart & Paganini. Please help me.
- Rockaliser Baby (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Vivian: A trenchant butchers at teenage trouble spots. You know what I mean?
- Opens with a snatch of the theme tune to BBC TV's 50s/60s police series Dixon of Dock Green.
- Rhinocratic Oaths (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Vivian: Poème bruitiste. Concerto & Warsaw Gâteau
- Featuring Percy Rawlinson.
- 11 Mustachioed Daughters (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: "You've sent my wife home wiv an headache & Auntie
Doris has spilt blackcurrant all over her trouser-suit"
- Hunting Tigers Out In "Indiah"
- Tigers don't go out on rainy nights - they've no need to whet their appetites
- Shirt (R.R. Spear)
- Featuring another vox pop, a Pythonesque mini-sketch
and Roger's solo on the electric shirt collar.
- Tubas In The Moonlight (R.R. Spear)
- Dr. Jazz (Oliver/Melrose)
- Monster Mash (Pickett/Capizzi)
- I'm The Urban Spaceman (N. Innes)
- Produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon
- Ali Baba's Camel (Gay)
- It's horrible to walk for miles with sand between your toes
- Featuring a cameo by Sir Henry Rawlinson.
- Laughing Blues (Bradley)
- By A Waterfall (Kahal/Fain)
- Performance reminiscent of Spike Jones and His City Slickers
- Mr. Apollo (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Five years ago I was a four-stone apology - today I am two separate gorillas
- Canyons Of Your Mind (V. Stanshall)
- Elvis again.
- (sleeve notes)
Hysterics: Mrs. Slater
Aggro, trucking & handling: `Borneo' Fred Munt & Chalky Chalkley
Theremin Leg: Roger Ruskin Spear
Perfumed parlour snake: `Legs' Larry Smith
Hair-styles for the above: Maison Poov, New York
Functions of the body arranged by: R Slater
- You Done My Brain In (N. Innes)
- Let me crawl away and die
- Vivian: An affirmation of madness.
- Keynsham (N. Innes) (aka Tragic Magic)
- Vivian: "We" are introduced.
- Quiet Talks And Summer Walks (N. Innes)
- Vivian: All the romance of the novel.
- Tent (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: A penetrating inquiry & some recreations.
- We Were Wrong (V. Stanshall)
- The wind blew my skirt up and it frightened the horses
- Vivian: Nostalgic routine. Spot the deliberate fag.
- Joke Shop Man (N. Innes)
- Vivian: The Armoury of Deception.
- The Bride Stripped Bare By "Bachelors"
(V. Stanshall/N. Innes) [see Marcel Duchamps]
- Vivian: Welcome t'Club Foot
- A description of the Band's experiences touring around the Northern club circuit
- Look At Me I'm Wonderful (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: A warning.
- Another transatlantic crooner parody.
- What Do You Do? (N. Innes)
- Vivian: Nihilist chant before deciding, decoding, decanting, n'chanting,
N'baku, disgorging, dat's gorging piglets!
- Mr. Slater's Parrot (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: Own-Up Time. A paradox.
Homely fun. demands for the right to live like a civilised human-bean.
- Sport (The Odd Boy) (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: Unusual flash-back.
Rehearsals for the Rape of the Mind.
- Presumably suggested by Vivian's childhood
(as described in The Early Years).
Featuring Mrs. Nellie Maynard and Harry Maynard.
- I Want To Be With You (N. Innes)
- Vivian: Sounds reasonable.
- Noises For The Leg? (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: Procession of the Freaks.
A horrid dream.
- Busted (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Vivian: finale & extravaganza. Paté & Putty.
The "ballet" of the streets & an astounding wind-up.
- Let's Make Up And Be Friendly
- The Strain (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: Suggestress of Suicides, Mother of lunacies: Save me
from shadows &......... The firm dimension of created things.
Push, push. The 1st Movement from the Abbott of Unreason.
- Turkeys (N. Innes)
- Vivian: Music to cross London Bridge by.
In documentaries: they disappear down their own Oxford Circus.
- King Of Scurf (N. Innes)
- Vivian: My scalp is squamous and.....
I sport a beard to hide my spots, I s'pose. Although, Sometimes when the
sounds grab me: I jump right up &... Pose & mime before a glass
gold-edged & flecked with age.
But for these trifling imperfections... hey... I look...
pretty good. Uh huh.....
- Makes you want to scratch...
- Waiting For The Wardrobe (R.R. Spear)
- Vivian: from stone, to mounds of steel, they howl.
from fathomless infinities. Wardrobe. Stuff'd spawn of
Celebes private ears. Arise. Monolith Wardrobe, rise!
We wait & Soon, soon: We'll see.
- Straight From The Heart (N. Innes/V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: Cardio-paranoid-paroxysm.
"Oh, you can get pills for that?" Pills? I've swallowed that many,
I walk around like a blinkin' maracca.
You name it. T'other day the quack lays a new one on me: Red, green & yeller.
"What's this gonna do?" I arsks... "Oooh, nothing much" he quips
quick as a cobra... "It just directs the traffic". A love song.
- Rusty (Champion Thrust) (T. Kaye/L.L. Smith)
- Vivian: Two chaps of like persuasion, outlawed by society,
in my pompous swelling opinion, carry out their clandestine
correspondences, in public before an audience of dissenting adults.
"I don't care what they do, so long as it doesn't frighten the horses".
True romance. A Weepie.
- Rawlinson End (N. Innes/V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: A thoroughly engrossing yarn written from the
woman's point of view. Serialised that he would never be close
enough to O to take command, Ian though he was tall enough & the
men obviously respected him. Due for leave, he decides to return
immediately to Rawlinson End, little suspecting that Paula is pregnant.
Now read on....
- The first mention of Rawlinson End.
- Don't Get Me Wrong (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
- Vivian: How could you? Sometimes I think you're
so shallow. You don't care about my body, you just care for me.
- Fresh Wound (N. Innes)
- Vivian: Up Memory Lane.
"Yeah, that's right. records are mortal, too, y'know.
Together: I don't know how to put this but...
(Effect: Thunder) All: I've decided to leave the group.
You can't do that... what about the tax man. All on account, dear
boy, no matter. No grey matter. I'm not sticking around to hear
all this filth... we'll continue this in public, you sod. Oh yeah, &
world peace off the lot of yer".
- Sounds like the early Beatles, Neil imitating John Lennon
- Bad Blood (V. Stanshall)
- Vivian: Rick O'Shea the popular young criminal sings
before a corrected audience. Recorded `dead' at the Bordstiff Training Centre
for Boys & Terrestrial Scum. They spat at Oscar Wilde (C.II) on the
way to Reading Jail. A little tent of blues. (O'Shea served 7 years
- A spoof of revenge Westerns
- Slush (N. Innes)
- Vivian: Surgical appliance officer played by Jacques Tati
encounters vivacious but suicidal young actress Charlene, who
is hopelessly in love with cheerful truncated Tom Straightenough
played by Audie Murphy. What follows is everyone's guess.
Horror comedy. Repeat. Zzzz. Fin. "That means `The End' but not for us, eh,
darling? Here let me help you with your mantle of madness.
Whatsay a large last one; then on to my place for the full-strength stuff.....
or, or, yours if it's nearer. Oh, this time I'm really going to..... but
sweet thing..... why do you weep? Fin.
- Post-Bonzos Singles
- Witchi Tai To
- A commercialised mantra chant popularised by Harpers Bizarre
and Brewer and Shipley
- A psychedelic classic, with paisley-patterned tongue firmly in cheek
- Ready Mades (V. Stanshall/N. Innes)
[see Marcel Duchamps]
- Labio-Dental Fricative (V. Stanshall)
- Featuring Eric Clapton
- Paper Round
- Trouser Freak (R.R. Spear)
- Suspicion (V. Stanshall)
- Blind Date (V. Stanshall)
- Written for Matt Monro (but not accepted!)
- We met at Waterloo/She smelt of alke-hol
- It was no surprise to find you were a pygmy
- Re-cycled Vinyl Blues (various)
- Angelina (N. Innes)
- Come Out Into The Open (N. Innes)
- Never Swat A Fly
- Lie Down And Be Counted (N. Innes)
- Age of Desperation (N. Innes)
- Topless-A-Go-Go (N. Innes)
- Feel No Shame (N. Innes)
- Fluff On The Needle (N. Innes)
- Bandwagon (N. Innes)
- What Noise Annoys a Noisy Oyster
- The Young Ones (Tepper - Bennett)
- Are You Havin' Any Fun (Fain - Yellin)
- The Question (V. Stanshall)
- Why can't I be different and original... like everybody else?
- The clarinet part of the tune resurfaced in the main theme for
Sir Henry At Rawlinson End
two years later.
- Silver Jubilee
- Drama on a Saturday Night
- I Must Be In Love
- Spring Time for Hitler (M. Brookes)
- I've got a Braun New Girl (In God We Rust) (L.L. Smith)
- Protest Song
- The Hard to Get
- Lady Mine
- Crystal Balls
- Amoeba Boogie
- Kenny and Liza
- Human Race
- Dear Father Christmas
- City of the Angels
- No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In
- Lucky Planet
- Not the First Time
- Sail Away
- 9-5 Pollution Blues (N. Innes)
- Lead Us
- Things I Could Have Said
- Come Into The Open
- Godzilla's Return
- Electric Shocks
- All by Yourself in the Moonlight
- I'm a Fly
- Mattress Man
- Blue Baboon
- The Liberty Laughing Song
- Doctor Rock
- Patrick Moore
- Make Yourself a Happiness Pie
- Living Doll
- How Sweet To Be An Idiot
- Prologue (N. Innes)
- Momma Bee (N. Innes)
- Immortal Invisible (N. Innes)
- Topless A-Go-Go (N. Innes)
- Feel No Shame (N. Innes)
- How Sweet To Be An Idiot (N. Innes)
- Dream On (N. Innes)
- L'Amour Perdu (N. Innes)
- Song for Yvonne (N. Innes)
- This Love Of Ours (N. Innes)
- Singing A Song Is Easy (N. Innes)
- Pinball Wizard
- On Her Doorstep Last Night
- Trouble With My Trousers
- Shove-off Shostakovich
- I Love to Bumpity-Bump
- When Yuba Plays The Rumba on the Tuba down in Cuba
- Frank the Ripper
- Morecambe and Wise
- Heartbreak Hotel
- My Goodness How (Or The Revolutionary New Concrete Mixer)
- Men Opening Umbrellas
- Afoju Ti Ole Riran (Dead-Eyes)
- Yelp, Bellow, Rasp et cetera
- How the Zebra Got His Spots
- Featuring another cameo by Sir Henry Rawlinson.
- Dwarf Succulents
- Bout of Sobriety
- Prong and Toots Go Steady
- Strange Tongues
- Lakonga/Baba Tunda
- Single recorded at the same time as MOUA (? - same year anyway), also featuring
African rythms - 6 years before Peter Gabriel's use of them (on Peter Gabriel)
and 12 years before Paul Simon's much-hyped "discovery" of them (on Graceland).
- The Rutland Times
- L'Amour Perdu
- Front Loader
- Say Sorry Again
- I Must Be In Love
- 24 Hours In Tunbridge Wells
- The Fabulous Bingo Brothers
- Concrete Jungle Boy
- The Children of Rock and Roll
- Stoop Solo
- Song o' the Insurance Men
- I Give Myself To You
- Communist Cooking
- Johnny Cash
- Protest Song
- Accountancy Shanty
- L'Amour Perdu Cha Cha Cha
- The Hard To Get
- The Song o' the Continuity Announcers
- Taking Off
- Crystal Balls
- Catch Phrase
- God is Love
- Randy Raquel
- Drama On a Saturday Night
- Dreams Shine Through
- Busy Day
- Three Piece Suite
- La Vie En Rose
- Sir Henry At Rawlinson
- Aunt Florrie's Waltz
- The Rub
- Nice 'N' Tidy
- Pigs 'Ere Purse
- 6/8 Hoodoo
- Fool & Bladder
- The Beasht Inshide
- Rawlinsons & Maynards
- The Innes Book of Records
- Here We Go Again
- Montana Cafe
- All In the Name of Love
- Kenny and Liza
- Ameoba Boogie
- Human Race
- Love Is Getting Deeper
- Teddy Boys Don't Knit
- King Kripple (V. Stanshall)
- Slave Valse (V. Stanshall)
- Gums (V. Stanshall)
- Humbert Rawlinson's toy dog.
- Bewilderbeeste (V. Stanshall)
- Calypso to Colapso (V. Stanshall)
- the Tube (V. Stanshall)
- Ginger Geezer (V. Stanshall)
- The Cracks Are Showing (V. Stanshall)
- This track occurs at the end of the film of
- Flung a Dummy (V. Stanshall)
- Possibly An Armchair (V. Stanshall)
- Fresh-Faced Boys (V. Stanshall)
- Terry Keeps his Clips On (V. Stanshall)
- Cumberpatch Senior (the former gardner, who also kept his bicycle clips on to
keep wasps out) is, like all Rawlinsons and favoured servants,
buried upright in the Victory Garden to help feed the vegetables.
- Bass Macaw & Broken Bottles (V. Stanshall)
- Nose Hymn (V. Stanshall)
- Everyday, I Have the Blows (V. Stanshall)
- Smoke Signals at Night (V. Stanshall)
- Nouveau Riffe (V. Stanshall)
- Off The Record
- City of the Angels
- Time To Kill
- Rock of Ages
- One Thing On Your Mind
- The Worm and the Angel
- Not Getting Any Younger
- Happy Ending
- Stoned On Rock
- Knicker Elastic King
- Spaghetti Western
- Mr. Eurovision
- Godfrey Daniel
- Fortune Teller
- That Road
- And 3 / 4 (Innes)
- National Beer (Innes)
- A Wonderful Day Like Today
- Mr Hyde in Me (Stanshall)
- Vivian in lounge crooner mode again
- Boiled Ham Rhumba (Innes)
- Little Sir Echo
- By Jingo, It's British Rubbish
- On Her Doorstep Last Night