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Album of the Day 8/9/10

Every day, we count down the 1000 best albums of all time all the way to #1. Monday’s album is #904:

The Bonzo Dog Band – The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse

Verrrrrry British stoner humor from 1968. This album gets the nod over the others in the Bonzos’ frequently hilarious catalog, as it’s more song-oriented than skit-oriented – which ironically means that there are more jokes here. They’re also especially biting, even for these guys, right down to the album title (“granny’s greenhouse” is 60s-era British slang for “outhouse”). It doesn’t have anything as hysterically funny as The Intro and the Outro (that one’s on their first album, Gorilla, from 1967), but it’s solid all the way through. It’s also their hardest-rocking album: Vivian Stanshall, Neil Innes and the rest of the crew are quick to lampoon anything and everything, especially 60s psychedelic rock excess, with the distorto organ rocker We Are Normal (which nicks an Arthur Lee trope), Beautiful Zelda and 11 Mustachioed Daughters. The snide Can Blue Men Sing the Whites? throws a jab in the direction of Cream; Rockaliser Baby mixes woozy, smoky one-liners into what sounds like a parody of the Move. The satire turns absolutely caustic on Trouser Press, a spoof of dance-craze songs introduced by a creepy Misterogers-type emcee. The jokes run the gamut from completely over-the-top – Stanshall mixing a drink and then slurping it on the intro to the phony ragtime ballad Hello Mabel – to clever and deadpan, best exemplified by the status-grubbing neighbors of My Pink Half of the Drainpipe. Pretty much everything the Bonzos did is worth owning, and it’s all up in the cloud online.

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August 9, 2010 - Posted by | lists, Music, music, concert, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Is there any way I could get some names of the sources that are ‘up in the clouds’? I love this series you are doing.

    Comment by adamannette | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks for asking – I thought this one would be easier to find than it actually was. Here’s the link from the second google page after searching “Bonzo Dog Band” + “doughnut in granny’s greenhouse”: http://www.filestube.com/ffcbe6c32c27a0b703e9/go.html
    If you’re looking for torrents for the rest of the albums here (so far we haven’t gotten to any of the super obscure stuff), just google “album title” + “torrent” and you’ll almost always get a variety of torrents. Or just sign into limewire and then search.
    Maybe we should include links to all of these – the reason we haven’t is that they go out of date fast (people put these up, forget about them, and the links eventually expire)

    Comment by the boss here | August 9, 2010 | Reply


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