Bonzo stuff

In the late 1960s and 70s I was a big fan of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, later just the Bonzo Dog Band, or even The Bonzos.

They started as a group doing trad jazz comedy stuff, but this evolved into more rock based material with a definite surreal/funny edge.

The Bonzos were well known. They were in the ITV comedy series Do Not Adjust Your Set with some other famous people, and sang a song in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. They had one big hit single, I’m The Urban Spaceman, produced by Paul McCartney.

Michael Brook

I know there are very many people who like the same music that I do, and I like to pass on suggestions for others you may like in a similar vein, others perhaps a bit more obscure, not because I make anything from it but because I want to share great music with you.

Years ago I had the pleasure of seeing David Sylvian and Robert Fripp live at the Royal Albert Hall. Opening the show and also playing with the band was Michael Brook.


It’s my opinion that Britain lead the world with progressive rock (“prog rock”) music. Think of the most famous of bands from the 1970s, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, ELP, even late Beatles.

There were plenty of other UK bands who never quite hit the biggest time, but were just as good and had their fans, such as Gentle Giant, Barclay James Harvest, Yes and more.

One such band I was a big fan of was, and still am is Renaissance.


It’s been several months since I saw anyone to chat to for more than a few minutes, and not since March that I have had any external culture.

So I was really delighted to see that one of my favourite local venues, Union Chapel, has events on its calendar from some time in September, and good things too.

I have booked for three: Graham Gouldman, Faust and Caravan.

Give them your support, if you are local.