NEIL INNES R.I.P. 1944 - 2019

January 1, 2020 – 1:53 pm


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NEIL INNES R.I.P. 1944 - 2019

English writer, comedian and musician Neil Innes had collaborated with Monty Python and played in The Rutles and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Innes died of a heart attack on December 29, 2019 near Toulouse, where he had lived for several years. He was 75. Fellow entertainers, including John Cleese, Stephen Fry and Diane Morgan, paid tribute to Innes, with Cleese posting on Twitter that he was “utterly dismayed about Neil Innes. Right out of the blue…” and adding “Lovely writer and performer… When he worked with Python on our stage show, I listened every night to ‘How Sweet To Be An Idiot’ on the Tannoy. Very sad.” - wikipedia

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Chicago 2004 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Martyr’s, Chicago, IL; April 21, 2004. Very good soundboard (?).

Thanks to da9veS for sharing the shows at Dime.

Recorded to DAT by Aadam Jacobs. Live sound mixing and stereo audio feed by Ted Dunham.
CD produced by Ken Thornton and Pink Bob. Edited and mastered by Pink Bob; additional engineering by Ken Thornton.

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Disc 1
Neil Innes & Ken Thornton
Track 101. intro 1:04
Track 102. How Sweet To Be An Idiot 3:13
Track 103. I’m the Urban Spaceman 0:45
Track 104. Comedy - Pathos - Short Blues 1:44
Track 105. Love is Getting Deeper 4:00
Track 106. intro 1:50
Track 107. Evening Sun 4:01
Track 108. Godfrey Daniel 3:02
Track 109. Protest Song 4:01
Track 110. Introducing Rutling Ken 1:18
Track 111. Friends at the End 5:08
Track 112. You’re Never Alone 5:05
Track 113. intro 0:47
Track 114. Ego Warriors 5:12
42 mins

Neil Innes - acoustic guitar, keyboard, harmonica, Martin backpacker, vocals
Ken Thornton - electric guitar, tracks 11, 12 and 14

Disc 2
Neil Innes & Friends (full band set)
Track 201. Introduction 0:56
Track 202. One of Those People 4:27
Track 203. Equestrian Statue 3:10
Track 204. Randy Racquel 3:02
Track 205. Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik 4:43
Track 206. With a Girl Like You 2:03
Track 207. Hey Mister 3:48
Track 208. Doubleback Alley 2:59
Track 209. Good Times Roll 2:04
Track 210. Another Day 0:54
Track 211. Cheese and Onions 2:25
Track 212. Introduction 0:44
Track 213. I Want to Be With You 2:22
Track 214. Bruce’s Philosopher’s Song 1:44
Track 215. Feel No Shame 6:11
Track 216. Ballad of Sir Robin 1:15
Track 217. Goose-Step Mama 2:35
Track 218. I Must Be In Love 2:30
Track 219. Introduction 1:03
Track 220. Ouch! 2:09
Track 221. Questionnaire 3:19
Track 222. Piggy in the Middle 4:02
Track 223. Joe Public 4:39
Track 224. Get Up and Go 4:11
Track 225. Introduction 0:52
Track 226. I’m the Urban Spaceman 3:14
72 mins

Neil Innes - electro-acoustic guitar, keyboard, vocals
Ken Thornton - electric guitar, guitar-synth, backing vocals
Ken Simpson - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
“Pink Bob” Harper - keyboards, claves, ukelele, underwater trumpet
Clay Thompson - bass guitar, backing vocals
John Ganser - drums
Tom Sparrow - percussion

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  1. 15 Responses to “NEIL INNES R.I.P. 1944 - 2019”

  2. Thanks Big O - appreciated. Lifelong fan of Neil’s from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band to Grimms, The Rutles, Rutland Weekend Television and Monty Python he was always part of the soundtrack growing up.
    He will be missed and the world has a lot less giggling in it today

    By swappers on Jan 1, 2020

  3. Thank you very much!

    By IDC on Jan 1, 2020

  4. thanks bigo sad loss

    By Leigh Palfrey on Jan 1, 2020

  5. Thank you for these. It’s the net best thing to a Rutles tour.

    By Blair Frodelius on Jan 1, 2020

  6. Thank you BigO. This will make a great listen today and one I didn’t have in the collection.

    By sking on Jan 2, 2020

  7. RIP…but I never got Neil Innes.

    In my book he was a so-so Beatles impersonator with some lame humour thrown in.

    Not for me - but thank you, BigO.

    By Brian Griffin on Jan 2, 2020

  8. thanks

    By Steven on Jan 2, 2020

  9. Ah, back in the days of Monty Python and the Rutles and Marty Feldman had his own funny summer show on that thing called a TV. Back when Berkeley believed passionately in free speech, but not anymore. Back when our President JFK was assassinated by a Soviet (Russian) Stooge named Oswald, who lived for years in Russia, and had a Russian wife.

    By ScarRad on Jan 2, 2020

  10. I bought the double album “History of the Bonzo Dog Band” on Liberty/Capitol in 1976 when it was a gatefold with several pages of liner notes. I was a kid, and I bought it because the guy who owned the record store told me it was related to Monty Python. the other double LP I bought that year was the white vinyl Beatles White album. I still have them both.

    It’s a little cliche, but I thought Neil Innes was Paul McCartney to Vivian Stanshall’s John Lennon. Not an exact parallel, but Innes was the more musically adventurous, but Stanshall was funnier and more original.

    The Beatles liked the Bonzo Dog Band enough to invite them to perform “Death Cab for Cutie” in their “Magical Mystery Tour” movie, and Pual McCartney produced the single “I’m the Urban Spaceman” (a Neil Innes composition) under the psuedonym Apollo C. Vermouth.

    The Bonzos made fun of Eric Clapton as well as the Beatles, (”Can Blue Men Sing the Whites?) and he played guitar for one of Vivian Stanshall’s solo singles (”Labio Dental Fricative/Paper Round”). George Harrison wrote a lightweigh tribute to the band (”Doing the Bonzo Dog; unreleased”) and a tribute song to their drummer “Legs” Larry Smith (”They Call Him Legs,” on “Extra Texture”) And of course Innes wrote and performed with Monty Python, reunited the Bonzos from time to time, and made some fine solo albums (”Recycled Vinyl Blues,” for instance).

    Paul and George both said that The Beatles should have made a Bonzo Dog Band/Python sort of comedy album as their last record. In my pantheon of bands and musicians, The Beatles and the Bonzos are on the same level.

    Imitating The Beatles was a lucrative part-time gig for Innes -The Rutles TV special and albums were good for him- but as a Bonzo, Python, and solo artist, he was a lot more than that.

    By Eric on Jan 3, 2020

  11. Rumor has it this fella had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Jan 3, 2020

  12. “Mmm…That’s nice, Max…..”

    By harmon on Jan 3, 2020

  13. I was very sad to hear that he died. He was great.
    Thanks for this

    By Edward on Jan 3, 2020

  14. Amen. Meet Neil at a Sam Ash in Manhattan at a signing event for the Monty Python Live at City Centre Album (having been lucky enough to have seen the Opening Night where he performed How Sweet To Be An Idiot!). After the Pythons (and Neil) had signed my Vinyl, I said to him that I was a Big Fan of The Bonzos. He had a pleasant smile on his face and simply sad: “Thanks.”
    He will be greatly missed. R.I.P, Urban Spaceman!

    By Britinvdon on Jan 9, 2020

  15. Thanks for posting this. Neil was incredible. Possibly as a result of his association with Monty Python and The Rutles, his solo career was seriously overlooked. Amazing solo stuff, not including the Bonzos.

    PS Brian Griffin-helpful comment-please post more of your insight!

    By Ken Simpson on Feb 1, 2020

  16. Thank you BigO. I didn’t have any of his shows. This will be a nice addition.

    By Matt on Feb 21, 2020

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