Monday, July 11, 2016

The adventures of the son of exploding sausage


The Bonzo Dog Band, seen here in their rock-iconoclast heyday, take a splendidly surreal trip to the countryside in this endearingly odd, semi-improvised psychedelic music short. After a strange-sounding supper with local kids, the Bonzos set up their instruments in a farmyard, where they perform outlandish instrumental versions of their weird theatrical rock songs to an appreciative audience of cattle.
The band line-up featured here is Vivian Stanshall, Neil Innes, Rodney Slater, 'Legs' Larry Smith, Roger Ruskin Spear and Dennis Cowan. Unusually, Viv doesn't sing here. Instead he toys with some radishes, before playing some serious electric guitar, his brow appealingly adorned by a laurel wreath. Meanwhile, Neil expresses himself in clown trousers and Roger attends to his robots.
Possibly one for completists only.

The YouTube version above may well be moody in copyright terms and liable to disappear, but the BFI version at http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-adventures-of-the-son-of-exploding-sausage-1969/ will be on the level.
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