Bonzo films

Bonzo films
Originally uploaded by fred pipes.

Lots of celeb spotting recently. At the (Argus award-winning) Count Arthur Strong - 'The Musical' at Komedia on Sunday, guess who was in the audience (apart from the usual Brighton luvvies)? None other than Michael Aspel of Antiques Road Show! Last night, up in the Big Smoke for 'A night with the Bonzos' at the National Film Theatre, I was excited to see Paul Weller of The Jam in the bar, looking more like Rod Stewart every day! When Nick arrived he pointed out that the chap with him was Graham Coxon of Blur! There was another chap with ukulele who looked a bit like a young Ray Davies, but noone could ID him. At the Bonzos film show, Sam Spoons and Roger Slater were there in person and it was good to see lots of clips on the silver screen, including some never released songs: 'Love is a cylindrical piano', 'High School Hermit' and a backwards version of 'How much is that doggy in the window'! Climax was going to be 'Adventures of the son of the exploding sausage', which I'd never seen in its entirity. It was dreadfully disappointing! With a cast of Viv and the Bonzos, to make such an awful film is some achievement! No words, no script, just the lads mucking about on a farm with some kids, their low-budget version of 'Magical Mystery Tour' (a clip of which was also shown). Back outside in the bar, Paul's gang was joined by part-time Bonzo Phill Jupitus. Nick wondered if Paul might include some Bonzos covers on his next album! Off to The Hole in the Wall (as mentioned in 'Blind Date') for a couple of pints of Adnams Explorer, then the tedious train journey back to the seaside.


Nick said...

Would have been good to have seen a few Bonzo rarities last night. An entertaining evening, nevertheless.

I wonder if Weller and the Jam ever recorded radio sessions for John Peel? Graham Coxon and the Bonzos appeared on John's show a few times.


Fred said...

Apparently radio DJ Gary Crowley was there too


Nick said...

Another southbank Graham Coxon experiennce tonight at the QEH...

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Games For May Robyn Hitchcock
featuring Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon

Saturday 26 May 2007, 7:30 P.M.

Special guest artists including Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon unite to pay tribute Pink Floyd on the 40th anniversary of their legendary performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall