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Neil Innes
December 9, 1944 -
Nationality: British
Category: Writer
Subcategory: British Writer

Because Larry, by then, was a drummer, who would sort of get bored and tired, and rather stand up and blow kisses to people. So we needed the bass to sort of drive along.


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.


I mean in recent years, I think you've only got to sell thirty or forty thousand to get a #1.


I suppose Roger had the license to do anything that fitted the venue.


I wasn't aware that Track Records were interested in the Bonzos.


And Roger was crazy with his robots and everything.


We weren't going to play the show-biz game, and be obsequious.


It was just us lampooning our own peer group, saying, well hey, where did this stuff come from? And where does British guys get to be so good at it suddenly?


In many ways, Viv and I were the only ones who were really songwriters.


When we did Top of the Pops for the third time, we decided to do it as a television program here called Come Dancing, which is not as rude as it sounds.


But mostly, I wrote songs and Viv wrote songs.


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


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


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


Ladies and gentleman, I've suffered for my music, now it's your turn.


Eric Clapton always wanted to come out onstage with a stuffed parrot on his shoulder.


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.


Viv had this kind of stage presence where you couldn't ignore it. He walked onstage, he looked dangerous. You just didn't know what he was going to do.


We weren't by any means like the Grateful Dead or something, who could just roll on and on and on.


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


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