Bonzo Dog Band, Let’s Make Up and Be Friendly – Originally released in 1972, this was a contractual obligation record put together after the band had broken up. While the songs aren’t as immediately fun as much of their work, it’s still entertaining. “King of Scurf” is a fifties-style rock number about a guy with really bad dandruff. “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Fresh Wound” both pay homage to the Beatles, the former featuring wah-wah guitar and an admission from Vivian Stanshall that his ideal woman would have “big knockers and skin like a seal,” and the latter full of delightfully nonsensical lyrics. “Bad Blood” is a western revenge story with a comedic twist ending and the repeated refrain “Bad blood is like an egg stain on your chin/You can lick it, but it still won’t go away.” The official ending for the song is “Slush,” a melancholy tune with a looped laugh over it. The bonus tracks on this release include Roger Ruskin Spear’s cheerful “I Love to Bumpity Bump,” Neil Innes’ hippie-ish ode to apathy “Lie Down and Be Counted,” an early take on “The Bride Stripped Bare,” and Innes and Stanshall’s last collaboration “No Matter Who You Vote for, the Government Always Gets In.”
Banjo & Sullivan, The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978 – Like the Rutles or the Monkees, this band was invented for a media project, in this case the Rob Zombie film The Devil’s Rejects. The Firefly family hides out in the same motel as this country band, and sadistically murders all of its members. Brian Posehn puts in an appearance as their roadie, who aspires to be a rodeo clown. The liner notes for this album give a fictional biography for the band, with the record being presented as a retrospective greatest hits collection. Country musician Jesse Dayton was the main talent behind it. The songs are largely honky-tonk in style with heavy use of wordplay and innuendo, at least where the lyrics aren’t just blatantly explicit. The last track is a cover of “Freebird,” which was played near the end of the movie (the Lynyrd Skynyd version, that is, not the cover).
Erikka Innes, Sex with Nerds and Smells Like Nerd Spirit – I bought an album by this comedian I follow on Twitter, and she ended up sending me both of her records, plus a DVD of Sex with Nerds and a joke book. That was very generous of her, I must say. I don’t know if her last name is actually Innes, but I suspect that’s in honor of Neil, as I know she’s a fan. I guess that gives a common theme to the albums I’m reviewing, too. The two records contain much the same material, albeit in a different order and with a few different bits. Erikka covers such topics as the breast size of female superheroes, why “Trojan” is a terrible name for condoms (something I’ve thought about before), names for drinks, and how growing up Christian takes the pressure off masturbating in front of people. A lot of it is based on the meanings of words, so I guess it’s no wonder I’d enjoy it. There’s also quite a bit of raunchiness to it, and people seem to love it when a cute, awkward-seeming girl has a vulgar mouth. I’m not saying I don’t agree, just that I’m not entirely sure WHY it’s the case.