Sir Viv Stanshall Day

by Harry on August 24, 2017

Depending on how you count, this is the first Sir [1] Viv Stanshall Day of 2018, or the 216th Sir Viv Stanshall Day of the new Presidential era. Time to enjoy these lovely videos, and help me with a suggestion.

Now the suggestion. My football-mad 10-year-old is a not-bad singer, and needs a song for his next recital which has a 60s theme (his sister is performing Monkees songs, unsurprisingly). So… A Bonzo song that a 10-year old boy can sing?

[1] Sir? Well if Mr Trump can be President, surely Viv can be a mere knight. I conferred on behalf of the CT collective. I probably should have consulted with them, now I think of it. I am convinced that if the Queen Mother had ever met Viv he’d have been knighted properly, anyway.



dave heasman 08.24.17 at 6:23 pm

Probably not Rhinocratic Oaths, or Humanoid Boogie (though that was Neil). How about Mr Slater’s Parrot?


Lee A. Arnold 08.24.17 at 6:55 pm

Sir Henry at Rawlinson End can now be seen in the entirety of its disjointed lunacy and brilliance:


dave heasman 08.24.17 at 7:25 pm

Or “You Done My Brain In”. Will you be accompanying on the spoons?


Stephen Johnson 08.24.17 at 7:58 pm

Hunting Tigers, I should think.


Icastico 08.25.17 at 12:16 am

I was gonna say “Skin Flowers 🌺 ” but that is The Fugs. :)


Nick Fryer 08.25.17 at 3:51 am

I don’t recall the Bonzos doing it, but Neil Innes’s Idiot Song is lovely.


Jim Buck 08.25.17 at 12:22 pm


Dave Heasman 08.25.17 at 2:29 pm

The Bonzos did do Idiot. It’s on one of the reissues. So did Oasis, they just changed a couple of words.


Mike Schilling 08.27.17 at 4:11 am

Urban Spaceman.


chris y 08.28.17 at 12:14 pm

Yes, Urban Spaceman.


harry b 08.28.17 at 1:07 pm

Oasis did Idiot?? You’re joking?

I wondered about The Scaffold’s Thank You Very Much. The teacher prefers a Beatles song, but it seems she’s willing to work with him on You Done My Brain In (which fits the feel of the recital better than Idiot or Urban Spaceman). So, we’ll see…


Dave Heasman 08.28.17 at 2:03 pm


dave heasman 08.29.17 at 9:30 am

Oh and the “Idiot” is a bonus track on the 2007 remaster of “Keynsham” but it’s attributed just to Neil.

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