Saturday, August 14, 2010
A Record a Week: The Alberts/The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, The Temperance Seven
Released in 1971, this is a compilation of singles by the three bands listed in the title.
YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY - The Temperance Seven
CHARLEY MY BOY - The Temperance Seven
THANKS FOR THE MELODY - The Temperance Seven
P.C.Q. (Please Charleston Quietly) - The Temperance Seven
BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT - The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
MY BROTHER MAKES THE NOISES FOR THE TALKIES - The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
MORSE CODE MELODY - The Alberts
PASADENA - The Temperance Seven
SUGAR - The Temperance Seven
EASY MONEY - The Temperance Seven
THE SHAKE - The Temperance Seven
I'M GONNA BRING A WATERMELON TO MY GIRL TONIGHT - The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
ALLEY OOP - The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
SLEEP VALLEY - The Alberts
Despite being released in 1971 and the songs being mostly from the 1960s, this album is straight up 1920's flapper music. It sounds mostly like a soundtrack to an early Chaplin comedy film, which I think is sort of what they're going for. Each of the bands model themselves after that bopping dance style with stacatto horns and plenty of trombone slides.
The Alberts were a comedy/jazz fusion that only released songs on two albums including this one.
The Temperance Seven were formed in 1955 and played in that lineup through the early 1960s. They have played in various formations over the years and still play shows from time to time.
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band has had several different names and different lineups. They made a slide towards rock music in the later 60s. They performed weekly on the hit children's show 'Do Not Adjust Your Set'. In the film 'Magical Mystery Tour', they performed their song Death Cab For Cutie (where the band that bears no resemblance to this band goot their name).
This music is WAY before my time. The music itself is way before the time in which it was written, but I suppose every other music style has recycled itself in time. I couldn't really get into it, but I enjoy the fashion style from that era, so I can live with it.
Plus, Nickleback is famous now and anything is better than that.