The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #85


The Bonzo Dog Band

4 comments :

sleepybomb said...

we are normal ... the bonzos still grace the player on a steady rotation. with songs like 'tent', 'mr slater's parrot', and 'i'm the urban spaceman', these guys were the best at what they did. god save the bonzo dog doo dah band!

swac said...

I recently got the DVD of the pre-Python British comedy Do Not Adjust Your Set (with a young Michael Palin and Terry Jones) and discovered that every show features at least one musical interlude by the Bonzos. Nice surprise, although their rendition of Look Out, There's A Monster Coming in blackface kinda threw me for a loop.

Hans said...

Your blog is like a museum.

Richard Gibson said...

Actually I heard an interview on BBC Radio 2 about a month ago, I think with Neil Innes who was talking about this show and the forthcoming DVD release....

Amazing to think this was kids TV show!