My idea of Halloween music.
Sometimes a song you’ve known for years jumps up out of nowhere and knocks you down to your knees.
The Mothers of Invention?
I thought about Frank & Co., but as much as I like them there is too much control and/or cynicism in even their silliest stuff. Except for Cruising With Reuben And The Jets (which seems so full of honest love for doo-wop), I can’t help but hear the sneer toward the pop audience as a whole or the knowing nod for their fans who are in on the charade. I think that’s why I’ve stopped listening to those original Mothers albums, or anything else before The Grand Wazoo.
But then again, maybe that cynicism is what makes their genre-hopping pop absurdity a distinctly American analog to the Bonzos. Something for me to ponder.
Thanks Jonathan, and to all who answer!
Kind of a stretch, but maybe The United States of America?
Hmmm… not bad! Better by far than anything I’ve thought. I was stuck on The Holy Modal Rounders, because some of their demented Americana reminds me a bit of the Bonzo’s demented take on British music hall. A bit of The Fugs irreverence too.
Thanks for the answer Rob!
This’ll be gone before you know it, so enjoy the interpolation of Time classics into the kinda mediocre “Trendin” while you can.
Is there an American counterpart to The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band?