As the "countercultural" elements began to work their way into modern music this opened the doors for more than just drug references and sweeping changes in fashion. While an obvious influx of politics flooded popular music, there were also many that attacked the staunch social norms set by the lingering 50's. Here the social satire of those like Frank Zappa, Firesign Theater and in Britain The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band eased in right alongside the more overt theater of groups like the Merry Pranksters and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

G.T.O.'s - Permanent Damage
This Zappa affiliated and released project was constructed from a collection of groupies who's mission was often stated as "being to bed as many rock and pop stars as possible" which in the face of social sexual norms of the time may have
seemed much more outrageous than they would have today. The acronym in fact stood for Girl's Together Outrageously. The album itself is rooted in a musical/satirical nature but the music is definitely secondary to the button pushing that's at the core of the project. Though the couple of spoken word pieces that center around pickup lines and perverts are an interesting peek into the time period. While it was probably born out of good intentions from Zappa and crew, and even sports quite a few cameo contributions from the likes of The Monkees' Davy Jones among others, there are times that it becomes obvious that it's a bit unfocused and somewhat of a vanity project. All in all more of a curiosity than an essential release but there are a few songs that make for good mixtape inclusions and it's definitely worth a listen or two.

[MP3] G.T.O.'s - I Have a Paintbrush in My Hand to Color a Triangle
[MP3] G.T.O.'s - The Ghost Chained to the Past, Present, and Future (Shock Treatment)

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The Bonzo Dog Band - The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse
The British equivalant of Zappa's Mother's had to be the Bonzo Dog Band (originally the Bonzo Dog Dada Band, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, etc.) whose ability to fuse comedy, social satire and music influenced
many Brits to come. Their sketches are often cited as a precursor to many elements present in Monty Python and members went on to form the Rutles, in fact the band gained a bit more notoriety after a brief appearance in the Magical Mystery Tour film. They originally started as a vaudeville style stage act and their first album showcases a more whimsical jazz style. It's on this, their second album though, that the band began to pick up a bit of influence from the British Psychedelic trends and fused them much in the way the Mother's had, finding a perfect balance between satire and the experimentalism of psychedelia. These psychedelic touches add greatly to the impact of this album with much of this album being written by key BDB members Viv Stanshall and Neil Innes, who would later scale back their role in the band, making this a favorite among fans and critics alike.

[MP3] The Bonzo Dog Band - Humanoid Boogie
[MP3] The Bonzo Dog Band - My Pink Half of the Drainpipe

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay!!! welcome back ...hope the move went well.

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