1996 is already shaping up to be a good year for the Bonzos. Due any day now are the band's first four albums - Gorilla, The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse, Tadpoles and Keynsham - newly remastered and housed together in one competitively-priced box, with a booklet.
On Wednesday 13 March, the National Film Theatre hosts another Bonzos evening as a tribute to Vivian Stanshall who died in March last year. Material largely unseen since the Sixties is promised, some offering work that's never been released on disc.
The event kicks off at 6.30pm. Contact the NFT box office on 0171 928 3232.
Another Bonzo-related release is EMI's forthcoming trad jazz collection, By Jingo, It's British Rubbish. Alongside the Bonzo's own memorable tributes to the genre are selections from The Alberts, Temperence Seven plus guest appearances from Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers." [This is probably a revamped form of The Alberts/The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band/The Temperance Seven.]
A fab new tribute to the beastly Bonzo Boys, featuring contributions from an internationally diverse and perverse grouping of musicians, artists, actors and writers, is currently `in the hopper'! Several major labels are currently vying to release Bonzo from the leash, and the word in the kennel is that this CD will be the biggest thing to hit the shops since "Bowie Did I Get A Wrong Number: A Tribute to Bob Hope!" The CD is tentatively entitled "We Are Normal: A Tribute To The Bonzo Dog Band" ... or something like that.
In response to The Beatles Free As A Bird, Neil Innes has put out a new Rutles tune called I Don't Know Why, which was premiered on the final episode of the TV show Rory Bremner Who Else? in December 1995.