Thursday, February 18, 2010

1081 - Mojo 90. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Gorilla (1967)

Track Listing

1. Cool Britannia
2. Equestrian Statue
3. Jollity Farm
4. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
5. Look Out There's A Monster Coming
6. Jazz Delicious Hot Disgusting Cold
7. Death Cab For Cutie
8. Narcissus
9. Intro And The Outro
10. Mickey's Son And Daughter
11. Big Shot
12. Music For Head Ballet
13. Piggy Bank Love
14. I'm Bored
15. Sound Of Music


The UK has a long and mostly unfortunate history of novelty music, if you look through the UK charts from the 60s up until now you will of course have plenty of the things that made the UK one of the biggest musical superpowers in the world, clearly beating the US in sheer production of excellent music per capita. But you will also get loads of stuff you never heard about, be it the cheeky girls or Agadoo.

Of course the US has the same phenomena... like Who Let The Dogs Outor Because I Got High just to mention two classics of the genre. The difference is that usually these novelty tracks in the UK are of such low production values that it is clear they are never actually seen as anything but crap music people will listen to in the south of Spain during the summer.

So what about this album? It is essentially extremely high quality novelty music. The band has both writing and musical chops, but it is used for a mix of vaudeville/music hall/calypso/puns. And yes, it manages to be fun, because it is smartly done, and it can be extremely amusing at times. Of course it loses its novelty after a while and after you know all the jokes it loses much of its purpose... but it is excellent for what it is. This is also the album which gave us the expression Cool Brittania and Death Cab for Cutie.

Track Highlights

1. Look Out There's a Monster Coming
2. Intro and the Outro
3. Equestrian Statue
4. Piggy Bank Love

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Sleeve Notes:

"Dedicated to Kong who must have been a great bloke"

Look Out There's a Monster Coming:

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