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Neil Innes

Neil Innes in 1968
Background information
Birth name Neil James Innes
Born December 9, 1944 (1944-12-09) (age 62)
Origin Danbury, England
Associated
acts
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles
Notable instrument(s)
piano, guitar

Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1206x918, 360 KB) Summary Picture is photograph taken by the uploader, User:Bodnotbod, of television displaying DVD release of Do Not Adjust Your Set and constitutes Fair Use. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Danbury is a village in Essex, England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band) was the brainchild of the British art-school set of the 1960s. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Danbury is a village in Essex, England. ... This article is about the county of Essex in England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... Comedy is the use of humor in the form of theater, where it simply referred to a play with a happy ending, in contrast to a tragedy. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band or to fans simply the Bonzos) were the brainchild of a British art-school set of the 1960s. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ...

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Career

Innes studied at the Norwich School of Fine Art, from which he was thrown out around 1963, allegedly for "spending all day playing music, instead of making things".


In the period 1962 to 1965, Innes and several other art school students started a band which was originally named The Bonzo Dog Dada Band after their interest in the art movement Dada, but which was soon renamed the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (often shortened to The Bonzo Dog Band). Innes, with Vivian Stanshall, wrote most of the band's songs, including "I'm the Urban Spaceman", their sole hit, (produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the collective pseudonym Apollo C. Vermouth) and "Death Cab for Cutie" (which inspired an American musical group of the same name), which was featured in the Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour. Cover of the first edition of the publication, Dada. ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band or to fans simply the Bonzos) were the brainchild of a British art-school set of the 1960s. ... Lifes like that sometimes, isnt it? — Stanshall prepares to sing The Sound of Music with the Bonzo Dog Band on Do Not Adjust Your Set. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Gus Dudgeon (1942 - 2002) was a British record producer, and the inventor of audio sampling as a musical device. ... Death Cab for Cutie is a song composed by Vivian Stanshall and performed by himself and his Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, which was included on their 1967 album Gorilla. ... Death Cab for Cutie is an American band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Magical Mystery Tour is an album by British rock band The Beatles, first released in late November 1967. ...

Ron Nasty (played by Innes) meets Chastity in The Rutles not-so-subtle-sendup of John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono in 1966 at Indica Gallery in London.
Ron Nasty (played by Innes) meets Chastity in The Rutles not-so-subtle-sendup of John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono in 1966 at Indica Gallery in London.

In the late 60s, Innes appeared with the Bonzo Dog Band on both seasons of the UK children's television series Do Not Adjust Your Set which also featured future members of the Monty Python comedy team. Image File history File links Scene from The Rutles - Sendup of John and Yoko Bed-in for peace. ... Image File history File links Scene from The Rutles - Sendup of John and Yoko Bed-in for peace. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko (ONO Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ... The Indician art gallery is located in London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... From left to right: David Jason, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ...


After the breakup of Bonzo Dog Band, Innes joined with former Dog Band bassist Dennis Cowan, drummer Ian Wallace and guitarist Roger McKew to form The World, a band hoping for "more commercial" success with music ranging from rock to pure pop, yet still retaining some Doo-Dah flavor and even a bit of the humor. Unfortunately for them, by the time their sole album Lucky Planet was released in 1970, the members had already disbanded and were moving on to other projects.


In 1973 Neil worked with Andy Roberts, Adrian Henri, Mike McGear, Brian Patten, John Gorman, David Richards, John Megginson, Ollie Halsall, and Gerry Conway in the band GRIMMS, who released their self titled album and Rocking Duck in 1973 followed by their last album Sleepers in 1976.[1] Adrian Henri (April 10, 1932 – December 21, 2000) was a British poet and painter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brian Patten (photo by Hugo Glendinning) Brian Patten (born 7 February 1946, Liverpool) is a British poet, born in a working-class neighbourhood near the docks. ...


In the mid-70s, Innes became closely associated with the TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus, and played a major role in performing and writing songs and sketches for the final series in 1974 (after John Cleese had left). He wrote a squib of a song called "George III" (sung by a pastiche black American girl group) which appears in the episode "The Golden Age Of Ballooning". He also wrote the song "Where Does A Dream Begin?" (included in the episode "Anything Goes: The Light Entertainment War") and he co-wrote the "Most Awful Family In Britain" sketch in the last episode, "Party Political Broadcast". He is one of only two non-Pythons to ever be credited writers for the TV series, the other one being Douglas Adams (who co-wrote another sketch in "Party Political Broadcast". This article discusses the series itself. ... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ...


Innes wrote the songs for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and appeared in the film as a head-bashing monk, the serf crushed by the giant wooden rabbit, and the leader of Sir Robin's minstrels. He also had a small role in Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky, and performed with the Pythons on stage, including at their legendary Hollywood Bowl concert. Because of these long-standing connections, Innes is often referred to as "the Seventh Python". Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (426x685, 154 KB) Summary Pic taken by the uploader User:Bodnotbod of telly displaying DVD release of Do Not Adjust Your Set constituting Fair Use. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (426x685, 154 KB) Summary Pic taken by the uploader User:Bodnotbod of telly displaying DVD release of Do Not Adjust Your Set constituting Fair Use. ... The Bonzo Dog Band (also known as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Bonzo Dog Dada Band and, colloquially, as The Bonzos) was a band created by a group of British art-school denizens of the 1960s. ... From left to right: David Jason, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Costumes of Slaves or Serfs, from the Sixth to the Twelfth Centuries, collected by H. de Vielcastel, from original Documents in the great Libraries of Europe. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Jabberwocky (1977) is a comic medieval film by Monty Pythons resident animator, Terry Gilliam. ... Hollywood Bowl in 2005. ...


He appeared on stage with the Pythons in New York City in 1975, performing the Bob Dylanesque song "Rain on a Tin Roof" (complete with overblown harmonica) on the album Monty Python Live at City Center. He was introduced as Raymond Scum. After his introduction he told the audience "I've suffered for my music. Now it's your turn." In 1982 he traveled to the States with the Pythons again, appearing in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. He performed the songs "How Sweet to Be an Idiot" and "I'm the Urban Spaceman." New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Monty Python Live at City Center is an album released by Monty Python. ... Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl is a 1982 film in which the Monty Python team perform many of their greatest sketches and skits in the Hollywood Bowl, including a couple of pre-Python ones. ...


After Python finished its original run on UK television, Innes joined with Python's Eric Idle on the series Rutland Weekend Television. This was a Python-esque sketch show based in in fictional low-budget regional television station. It ran for two series in 1975-76. Songs and sketches from the series appeared on a 1976 BBC LP, the Rutland Weekend Songbook. This show spawned The Rutles (the "prefab four"), a Beatles parody band, in which Innes played the character of Ron Nasty, who was loosely based on John Lennon. Innes played Nasty in an American-made spin-off TV movie, All You Need Is Cash, with Idle. The film also had a spin-off LP on Warner Brothers. Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... RWT logo. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... RWT logo. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ... Warner Bros. ...



After Rutland Weekend Television, Idle relocated to the USA, and Innes went on to make a solo series on BBC television, The Innes Book of Records(punning on the Guinness Book of Records). RWT logo. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Suresh Joachim, minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World, Brampton. ...


During the 1980s, Innes found a new, younger audience, when he played the role of the Wizard in the children's television series Puddle Lane. Puddle Lane was a British pre-school childrens television program written by Rick Vanes with animated stories written by Sheila McCullough. ...

Innes plays a very nervous herald in Jabberwocky (1977)
Innes plays a very nervous herald in Jabberwocky (1977)

He also voiced the 1980s children's cartoon adventures of The Raggy Dolls, a motley collection of "rejects" from a toy factory. The 65 episodes for Yorkshire television included the characters Sad Sack, Hi-Fi, Lucy, Dotty, Back-to-Front and Princess. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1050x536, 50 KB) Actor: Neil Innes Film: Jabberwocky (1977) Director: Terry Gilliam This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and possibly also by... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1050x536, 50 KB) Actor: Neil Innes Film: Jabberwocky (1977) Director: Terry Gilliam This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio which produced the film, and possibly also by... Jabberwocky (1977) is a comic medieval film by Monty Pythons resident animator, Terry Gilliam. ... Grimes Soft Toys factory in The Raggy Dolls The Raggy Dolls was a 1980s British cartoon series for children, following the adventures of a motley collection of rejects from a toy factory, who lived in the reject bin. ...



At the time of The Beatles Anthology CDs, there was a revival of interest in The Rutles and a new album was released entitled Archaeology. An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems. ... The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ...


Innes can occasionally be heard (often as the butt of jokes) standing in as the pianist for the BBC Radio 4 panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, sometimes abbreviated to ISIHAC or simply Clue, is a BBC radio comedy which has run since 11 April 1972. ...


Innes toured the UK in November 2006 as part of the Bonzo Dog Band's 40th Anniversary tour.


Solo albums

  • How Sweet to be an Idiot (1973)
  • Taking Off (1977)
  • The Innes Book of Records (1979)
  • Off the Record (1982)
  • Re-Cycled Vinyl Blues (1994)
  • Recollections 1 (2000)
  • Recollections 2 (2001)
  • Recollections 3 (2001)
  • Works in Progress (2005)

The World

  • Lucky Planet (1970)

GRIMMS

  • GRIMMS (1973)
  • Rocking Duck (1973)
  • Sleepers (1976)

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Neil Innes (348 words)
Neil Innes (born December 9, 1944) is a British writer and performer of comic songs, best known for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles.
Innes was born in Essex, and studied at the Norwich School of Fine Art[?], from which he was thrown out around 1963, allegedly for "spending all day playing music, instead of making things".
Innes, with Vivian Stanshall, wrote most of the band's songs, including "I'm the Urban Spaceman", their sole hit, and "Death Cab for Cutie" (which inspired a Group of the same name), which was featured in the Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour.
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