Musical Comedy at Tribute Island

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: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tribute%20Island/230/96/0) — 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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