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Pour L'amour Des Chiens [VINYL] 2DISC
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2007
I have to confess I approached this album with some trepidation. I have treasured the Bonzos for years. But could they ever approach the heights of silliness without Viv? I saw them in concert last year and found that, yes they could, albeit with the spectre of Viv behind them.

But a new recording? Could that work?

Most definitely yes! This made me laugh out loud all the way through. It will embarrass me when I listen to it on my iPod and chortle amongst the repressed silence that is the commuter train. It will make me look foolish when laughing at the lights in the car.

Thanks to Neil and the team. You have honoured the memory of Viv and given the world a fine extension to the Bonzos catalogue.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2007
I have often wondered when did it become out of fashion to smile because of music, (let alone - laugh)- and now I know the answer - it went out of fashion when the Bonzos called it quits the first time around, in '71.

The Bonzo Doo-Dah Dog band are back to say that the "rules" have changed - they're not competing with anything else out there - they're in their own universe. This big album (28 tracks - near 72 minutes) says less of "This is what the public wants, so let's make our mint" but instead says more of "screw you - we're having a good time wether you like it or not!" (an attitude that is arguably missing from the vast majority of modern music heard on the airwaves.)

Who knew that the real heart and soul of rock and roll would still be very much alive and kicking in this group of mostly gray-hairs who, for one thing, still have a great penchant for playing a healthy helping of prohibition-era jazz (think early black and white Mickey Mouse - you are FORCED to tap feet cause it's so happy) as well as the usual Bonzo sprinkling of narrations, a few beautiful ballads (some with beautifully unexpected twists), nods to Gary Numan, Bob Dylan, bluegrass music, country, the military, bad puns, surf-rock, commercials and of course, modern rock.

All the players have plenty of room to take turns, and it's nice to hear them all with their unique inclusions; the usuals (Neil, Larry, Roger) the unusual (Rodney takes a rare turn), the newbies (Phil, Adrian and Stephen) and the oldies (Sam, Vernon, Bob).

It's that attitude of everybody joining in and having a damn good time that I hope spreads like a massive virus.

I've often had a special place in my heart for 1st albums, as they seem to be from genuinely enthused folks who really have a first time to finally let it all out, rather than looking to make their masterwork- no worries of topping their last hit, or trying to beat the curse of the "sophomore slump". In many ways this album IS a 1st album, a sort of "Bonzos 2.0" - and I certainly hope it's far from the last.

Although I certainly long for the elements that made the old albums and sounds possible (Vivian, of course, as well as the influences and technical limitations of the times), but as that is not to be, I look very much forward to possibilities lie ahead for the Bonzos; what they evolve into. What better way than this to have the Bonzo spirit live on and to inspire others, and to wake us all up, than to let it grow and see what happens. I can't wait!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2008
This album is great primarily because it is all NEW material and also with some new members ( temporary or otherwise ). Ade Edmonson in particular seems a natural and his comments on the bonus DVD indicate his pride in being in the group....and this also comes out in the few tracks that he sings on.

As an earlier reviewer said...music can and should be fun... give it a try...you won't be disappointed !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The title sums it up. I agree with Ca Marsh even if others don't. That said, there are some funny songs here and I have to say it is in part due to the new members of the group. Ade Edmondson's "Wire People" and his contribution to Neil Innes' "Early Mornign Train" are both disturbing and funny. It is that dark element that takes the Bonzo's from being plain silly to very funny and what they miss, in part, from Vivan Stanshall. Ade Emdondson's darkest contribution is "Let's Kill All the Beautiful People". I still have trouble explaining to my wife why that is a funny song but funny it is for me.

Phil Jupitus is excellent in the old Jim Reeves hit, "Tige", managing to thoroughly undermine the sentimentality of it.

Otherwise there is too much attempting to sound silly, mull over old hits and make sentimental references to their past. The truth is, many listeners to the Bonzos will yearn for that too but it seems a little self indulgent to me. If I said I loved all of it I'd only be giving away my age.

Don't get me wrong; there's plenty to enjoy and I still like to play it often enough but you can't replace Vivan Stanshall: adding Stephen Fry to fill that gap only goes to show how original he really was.

I'm grateful for the new albmum and it is a real bonus to have the DVD but it reminds me too much about what has passed. Recommended anyway!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2008
Being Humourless is the new Rock'N'Roll. Todays music scene takes itself more seriously than it deserves too and certainly more serious than it should... today's music is made up of, boring guitar bands who can't write decent lyrics, silly little rich girls who rail against consumerism whilst presenting there own clothing range, TV talent show winners and women who have made Soul music Un-Sexy(Travesty)...

Luckily this is not the new Rock'N'Roll, it's the Bonzos... Vivian may be there no longer, but there is still a lot of fun, great music and appropriate targets being mocked in a good humoured way...

Excellent album... You have been missed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As a long time fan since the days of 'Please Do Not Adjust Your Set' (check out the old videos on youtube ! ) , I also approached this album with trepidation. Having all the other Bonzos output, it's noticeable how more sophisticated the music and arrangements became, and I used to play the three CD Cornology box set and experience a real sense of loss for how good the Bonzos and Viv Stanshall used to be.

This CD yields a real mixture of all the styles the Bonzos used to do , from the straight traditional 1920s "Let's all go to Mary's House", through to Neil's 'rather soppy' ballad of 'Early Morning Train' (with great vocal interjections from Ade Edmondson).

In fact, Ade Edmondson is a worthy addition to the group, and having seen a clip of Stephen Fry doing Rhinocratic Oaths, I wondered if it might have been good to have a bit more of him on the CD - doing new stuff of course, because this CD is very much Bonzos 2.0
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
You might buy this CD thinking that it will contain trademark Bonzo silliness - and there is much of that here - but you will be very surprised and pleased by some very nice playing and songwriting, and some admirable absurdist humor that is up to date and quite in step with the 21st Century.

These guys are not recreating what they did in the 60s and 70s, they are doing things that fit right into our current time and are just as enjoyable and amusing as what we enjoyed from their earlier days. Yes, Vivian Stanshall is missed, but increased contributions from Sam Spoons and Leggs Larry Smith help to fill the gap.

Also, "The Morning Train" reminds me of some of Jimmy Webb's great compositions, which makes perfect sense because Neil Innes is one of our most underrated songwriters. Great stuff, highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2007
I laughed till I teared up. How's that for the power of these old dogs? Nevertheless, I get the distinct impression--more from the DVD than the CD--that Bonzo version 2 is in essence, trying to recreate the Bonzo 1 experience, rather than create anew. This is a notable and EXTREMELY welcome effort but it is still not the same wild anarchy of the original group. It is impossible to recreate that. Also, these ears are 40 years older and have that much more cynicism shielding them. Back then, everything was heading towards heaviness--witness the verso of the sliding insert in the original UK "Tadpoles" that announces "HEAVY : Music from Liberty/UA Limited." In that climate, the scent of "the sweet essence of giraffe" was a breath of fresh air. They take on today's musical blandness with the absurdity of "Hawkeye the Gnu" and "Old Tige"--almost, if not quite, as refreshing. Buy this disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2009
This is the first studio album by the Bonzos for 35 Years and it was well worth the wait ! A double LP on lovely white vinyl with a fantastic sleeve which has been lovingly produced .Get it while you can .You won't be disappointed it's fab .
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on 16 November 2014
I love the bonzo's and this is their best album by far. A little patchy, but a lot of absolute gems on here. An immense shame that they did not make more albums after this. My favourite album of the noughties.
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