Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Vivian Stanshall - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead




Vivian Stanshall was an eccentric pioneer that pushed boundaries in music, comedy, poetry and art and won a legion of fans, including John Peel in the process.
In the mid-1960s he led the group Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, who caused a stir on the college rock circuit and had a Top 10 hit in 1968 with 'I'm the Urban Spaceman'. The Bozo band split in 1970. With the encouragement of John Peel, Vivian developed the idea of the eccentric English aristocrat Sir Henry Rawlinson, who was later to achieve a full flowering in the 1980 film, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End. Sir Henry's philosophy was, "If I had all the money I'd spent on drink I'd spend it all on drink."
When Peel went on holidays he asked Vivian to stand in for him. Vivian launched his alter-ego character, Sir Henry on Peel's Top Gear show and it was so successful with listeners that he was asked to continue the skit when Peel returned from holidays.
John said of Vivian: "I could never really think of anything to say when I'd played one of his pieces on the radio, and would end up, rather feebly, with something along the lines of 'I fear that a single one of Viv's thoughts would blow my damn brains out.'"

6 comments:

marram62 said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/245765552/Viv_Stanshall-_Men_Opening_Umbrellas_Ahead.rar

MCantoneArt said...

Several years ago, I started an internet petition to get Warner Brothers to reissue MEN OPENING UMBRELLAS AHEAD. Now, I mentioned theis album to two reissue labels: Sundazed Records and Light in the Attic Records. Both of these labels have connections with Warner Brothers and if you want this album reissued, these two labels would do the job right. Please contact them ath the following websites:

http://www.sundazed.com

http://www.lightintheattic.net

Please do everything in your power to get this lost classic the exposure and respect it deserves.

DADA for now....

Mick Cantone

Private Beach said...

Vivian's widow Ki has also been trying for years to get this record reissued, but it is rumoured that the master tapes have gone missing.

HytekFred said...

Released in Europe 2010 on Harkit Records HRKCD 8336 with 2 bonus tracks 11) Baba Tunde 12) Lakonga, don't know how many were pressed!! To be enjoyed!! Long live the Bonzos, RIP Viv. http://lasgalletasdemaria.blogspot.com/2010/08/vivian-stanshall-men-opening-umbrellas.html

[uzine] said...

Yes indeed it has been reissued so applause for Harkit and go buy the album instead of downloading it ... Full set of Stanshall links via http://uzine.posterous.com/vivian-stanshall-umbrellas-ahead-of-his-eh

Brian McNeill said...

the harkit records CD is UNAUTHORISED, the Stanshall family make NOTHING from this issue. It shall be re-issued very soon though remastered and on Vinyl with the full co=operation of Ki and Silky Stanshall on the Scottish label Poppydisc.