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Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Sep 06, '21

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (also known as The Bonzo Dog Band or "The Bonzos”) was created by a group of British art-school students in the 1960s. Combining elements of music hall, trad jazz and psychedelic pop with surreal humour and avant-garde art, the Bonzos came to public attention through a 1968 ITV comedy show, Do Not Adjust Your Set.

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band "I'm the Urban Spaceman"

I'm the Urban Spaceman, baby

I've got speed

I've got everything I need

I'm the Urban Spaceman, baby

I can fly

I'm a supersonic guy

I don't need pleasure

I don't feel pain

If you were to knock me down

I'd just get up again

I'm the Urban Spaceman, baby

I'm making out

I'm all about

I wake up every morning with a smile upon my face

My natural exuberance spills out all over the place

I'm the Urban Spaceman

I'm intelligent and clean

Know what I mean?

I'm the Urban Spaceman

As a lover, second to none

It's a lot of fun

I never let my friends down

I've never made a boob

I'm a glossy magazine, an advert in the tube

I'm the Urban Spaceman, baby, here comes the twist

I don't exist

Songwriters: Neil James Innes

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - Canyons Of Your Mind (1968)

This is the b-side of our platter, sports fans.

And I'm singing just for you, covered in sequins

In the canyons of your mind

I will wander through your brain

To the ventricles of your heart, my dear

I'm in love with you again!

'Cross the mountains of your chest

I will sticker in jam

To the forest of your cheek

Through the holes in your string vest

My darling, in my cardboard-coloured dreams

(Ooh, cardboard-coloured dreams)

Once again I hear your love

(Ooh, ooh, ooh)

And I kiss, yes I kiss your perfumed hair

(But she's not there)

The sweet essence of giraffe

And each time I hear your name

(Frying pan, frying pan)

Oh! How it hurts

(He's in pain)

In the wardrobe of my soul

(Oh, my soul)

In the section labelled "shirts"


Ah! Oh!

Songwriters: Vivian Stanshall

Jollity Farm (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) Colorized

There's a farm called Misery, but of that we'll have none

Because we know of one

That's always lots of fun (Ha ha!)

And this one's name is Jollity; believe me, folks, it's great

For everything sings out to us as we go through the gate

All the little pigs, they grunt and howl

The cats mee-yow

The dogs bow-wow

Everybody makes a row

Down on Jollity Farm

All the little pigs, they grunt and howl

(Grunt, howl, grunt, howl)

The cats mee-yow

(Mee-yow, mee-yow)

The dogs bow-wow

(Ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff)

Everybody makes a row

Down on Jollity Farm

All the little birds go tweet, tweet, tweet

(birdsong, piano noodle)

The lambs all bleat


And shake their feet


Everything's a perfect treat

Down on Jollity Farm

Regular as habit

The ★★★★★ begin to crow

Can the old buck rabbit

Sing "Stuff it up your jumper"


All the little ducks go quack quack quack

(quack quack quack)

The cows go Moo


The bull does, too


Everyone says how do you do

Down on Jollity Farm

Songwriters: Leslie Sarony


Frequency and Resonance

I loved the Bonzo’s! It appeals to sense of anarchy and chaos on this absurd little planet Sol III. They were originally going to be called the Bonzo Dog Dada Band after the famous art movement of the early 1920s.

Whilst at University I had the good fortune to see Viv and Roger Ruskin Spear ”do their thing!”

At one point Viv treated us to a reading from Sir Henry At Rawlinson End. It was most memorable.

Vivian Stanshall

Vivian Stanshall (born Victor Anthony Stanshall; 21 March 1943 – 5 March 1995) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and wit, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, for his exploration of the British upper classes in Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (as a radio series for John Peel, as an audio recording, as a book and as a film), and for acting as Master of Ceremonies on Mike Oldfield's album Tubular Bells.

Sir Henry At Rawlinson End 1980

Sir Henry at Rawlinson End is a 1980 British film based on the eponymous character created by Vivian Stanshall (see Rawlinson End, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (recording)). It stars Trevor Howard as Sir Henry and Stanshall himself as Henry's brother Hubert. Unusually, the film was released in sepia-toned monochrome. After a long wait, while the film obtained cult status, it was finally released on DVD in 2006. The bonuses include a commentary track with the director, Steve Roberts, as well as Sheila Reid (Aunt Florrie) and Jeremy Child (Peregrine Maynard), as well as a picture gallery, synopsis, the script of unfilmed scenes, and actor biographies.


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