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Bonzo's Laid a Dog Egg
on 11 January 2011
Poor. Very, very poor.
This, at best, is Bonzo's Light. The Bonzo Dog Band in their time were genuinely eccentric (largely but not entirely due to the wonderful Mr Stanshall). This version of the band seems, rather like the current Dr Who, to be going all-out to be desperately 'zany'. They appear to be earnestly working at being a little odd or 'quirky'. Unfortunately, it all comes across as rather schoolboyish and obvious. The Bonzos have gone from being the band that one could worry about to a bunch of people who might wear an "I'm Mad, me" badge or display a poster that proclaims "You don't have to be crazy to work here but it helps". It's all so very, very unfortunate.
Rather like Mike Heron foolishly trying to breathe life into a Robin Williamson-free Incredible String Band, it cannot work. Viv is gone and, without Viv, the Bonzo's are a very different band.
The sad thing is that Neil Innes is a quite wonderful 'straight' song-writer and the others are good at what they do. They simply don't need to sing these dismally unfunny pastiches.