Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, 'Gorilla'
Founded by Vivian Stanshall and featuring Monty Python collaborator and future Rutles mastermind Neil Innes, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band perfectly blended British Invasion hooks and psychedelic riffs with satirical lyrics and avant-garde elements. Originally the Bonzo Dog Dada Band, the group tired of explaining the Dada movement to people (after Gorilla, they further simplified it to Bonzo Dog Band). Though a great document of Sixties free-spirited weirdness, Gorilla is probably most notable for the Stanshall/Innes composition "Death Cab for Cutie," which the Bonzo Dog Band performed in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film and inspired an indie rock band you've probably heard of.
What We Said Then: "…But now this album comes along to forcefully remind us that there are still things, good things, that the British are into and we aren't. The American listener must have a very open mind to perceive Gorilla for the very good album it is… The whole album is lightweight, but very together, very hip, and excellent technically. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for the broadminded listener it can be really incredible escape music." By Barret Hansen, May 11th, 1968