I was very shocked and saddened to hear about Neil's death but there's something very special about a person if the thought of them can make you smile and Neil is one of those special people.
If Neil had been known only for The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band he'd be a legend. 'I'm the Urban Spaceman' is always better than you imagined. It's the song you think is a bit of a throwaway until you hear it again and realise it's a masterpiece. Actually, perhaps most of what Neil created might have been on the surface just a throwaway song to be heard once or twice as part of a joke or a funny TV show but in reality they are very clever and well-thought out pieces with depth.
The Rutles songs are astonishingly good. They weren't just funny imitations as most comedy Beatles impersonators might attempt or blatant copies in the Oasis style. They were clever and sincere and gave more than they took from the Beatles legend. 'Cheese and Onions' is my favourite and I think of it more as a companion to the Beatles, a song in itself rather than a pastiche. It makes me think of Jeff and ELO and how he used what the Beatles started to create his own take on their style.
Horacewimp: I did, it sounds interesting
Aug 30, 2020 7:27:36 GMT
Horacewimp: Hi elophile good to see you, hope you are keeping well.
Aug 31, 2020 20:25:03 GMT
elophile: Hey-hey! Horacewimp Livin' the dream here in crazytown, er, I mean America! How goes it with you? ::c0112::
Sept 2, 2020 18:11:21 GMT
Horacewimp: We are all good thanks, just wishing I could go on a foreign holiday, it’s just not worth the risk with Covid and the possibility of a 14 day quarantine, we may do some short breaks in the U.K.
Sept 2, 2020 20:30:46 GMT
BSJ: *sniff* no meet up in Detroit's airport. *sniff*
Sept 2, 2020 21:56:17 GMT