Rock n Roll is supposed to be fun. It’s even better when it’s funny. I have always been drawn to bands with a sense of humor. Whether its cleverly disguised like The Kinks and the Ramones or when it’s outright obvious like Frank Zappa.
My favorite funny guys of rock n roll are British. The Beatles loved to show off their sense of humor and this opened the door for other British zanies to take the reigns.
Monty Python were mostly a comedy troupe, but there was a musical side to their existence. For instance, George Harrison was not only a fan, but a contributor to the Pythonic way.
Another band that fit in with Monty Python have a rich catalog worth mining for.
The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
I love The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Find one of their anthologies and just buy it. Amazing stuff. Clever, catchy and creative songs. Members included Viv Stanshell, Roger Ruskin Spear, and Neil Innes. Neil did a lot of work with Monty Python. Wrote most of the music, along with Eric Idle. Loyalists of Monty Python and The Holy Grail will find Neil as one fo the wandering minstrels in Brave Sir Robin’s posse. He shows up everywhere.
I have always been a fan of Neil. He has a ton of solo albums. More importantly, Neil Innes, along with Eric Idle, created one fo the greatest parodies of music. The Rutles. A parody of the Beatles. To this day, one of my favorite fake bands, since Spinal Tap, or before Spinal Tap. They are the pre-fab four. The Rutles starred in an autobiographical film called “All you need Is Cash”, featuring such hits as “Ouch”, “Piggie In The Middle”, “Cheese And Onions”. It’s silly, it’s hilarious and it’s all very clever. Every Beatle fan needs to know about The Rutles. Brilliant stuff.
So have some fun and check this stuff out.
Here are some of my favorites: