Neil Innes

Neil InnesNeil Innes is an English comedian, musician, writer and game show panelist.  He was born in Essex. He was interested in music since early age. He started learning piano from the age of 7. He studied in Thorpe Grammar School and Norwich School of Art. He graduated in Arts from Goldsmiths in 1966. He created a band known as The Bonzo Dog Band in association with other art school students. Later he worked with the World Band and GRIMMS. He has also worked as an actor and is mainly known for his work in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and All You Need Is Cash (1978). He has also produced Keynsham , Cornology, Let's Make Up and Be Friendly, The Best of the Bonzos.
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Birth name:  Neil James Innes
Born: 9 December 1944 
Origin: Danbury, Essex, England
Nationality: British, English
Genres:  Parody, satire, comedy rock
Occupation(s): Musician, actor, comedian, game show panelist, TV Presenter
Associated acts:  The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles, Monty Python, The World, Fatso, Grimms, The Secret Policeman's Balls for Amnesty International
Music groups: Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (1965 – 1970), GRIMMS (1973 – 1976)

I suppose we all loved those kind of sci-fi movies where terrible things came out of swamps and came to Mars. And there's usually some poor girl. All the guys are trying to desperately handle levers and saying, go to something or other.

We then took a shortened version of what we'd been doing in the pubs, with the best gags and things like that, out to cabaret clubs and things in the north of England for six weeks. And we became a big success.

As I said, when we needed to move over to rock'n'roll, Sam and Vernon couldn't quite make the shift. So that's when Larry took over on drums, and we needed a bass player.

So we used to look for funny songs, and learn them and play them. And we used to play them in pubs.

Larry only ever wrote one song, and he wrote that with Tony Kaye, I think it was, from Yes.

I used to help Viv with the chords and melodies sometimes.

But I remember we sold nearly 18,000 records in one day.

But I mean, again, Zappa's far more musical than the Bonzos ever were.

But Dennis was a really solid musician, and we really needed somebody who could play bass like him.


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