Musical Comedy at Tribute Island

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by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 4 April, 2008

Commemorative Bar, Friday, 1–4pm SLT

Friday rolls around again and it’s time for the latest in our series of presentations at the Commemorative Bar, Tribute Island, 1–4pm SLT / 9pm-midnight BST. Join us in Second Life at Tribute Island (SLURL: — and don’t forget that Tribute Island is a wonderful place to visit and remember those we’ve loved and lost, with a great deal to see and do all the time.

This week the theme is musical comedy, in which we celebrate the lives of two comic masters who are no longer with us, but are linked by a common thread in the form of someone who still is. With us, that is.

The two are the late Graham Chapman (left) and the Monty Python team; and Vivian Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band; the link between them being Neil Innes, who is thankfully in the Not At All Dead category.

Tonight we’ll be celebrating the music of the Python troupe – much of which is down to Innes, often regarded as the “Seventh Python” – in the form of tracks from the movies and TV shows, and songs from the smash hit musical Spamalot, which bears a slight resemblance to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

We will enjoy, too, the fun and frolics of the Pre-Fab Four: The Rutles, brought to life by Python Eric Idle and Neil Innes, who made the 1978 movie All You Need Is Cash (which occupies a genre of about two films only, along with This Is Spinal Tap), with the help of the late George Harrison (who appears briefly in the movie, as do a number of rock greats in cameo roles) and his Hand Made Films company. Idle was given access to a then-unreleased Beatles documentary and in some senses Cash is a parody of a documentary that at the time nobody had seen (though parts of it surfaced later in the Beatles Anthology series). A soundtrack album ensued and ultimately a second album.

And then, there’s the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (which dropped the Doo-Dah somewhere along the way), a motley collection of musical fools and jesters founded on 25 September 1962 by Vivian Stanshall (d. 1995) and Rodney Slater. The band went on to include Neil Innes, the inimitable Roger Ruskin Spear and others, and at one time became resident band on the British TV show Do Not Adjust Your Set, which included future Pythons Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam in the cast. Though they only had one major hit (I’m The Urban Spaceman), The Bonzos produced several memorable, whacky and beautifully-recorded albums. Stanshall also explored satire on the British upper classes with his Rawlinson End material and narrated Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.

Please come down for an evening of musical fun — and don’t forget to explore Tribute Island while you’re there.


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