Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry at Ndidi's Kraal (1984)



Former Bonzo Dog leader Stanshall continued his Sir Henry "epic" with Sir Henry at Ndidi's Kraal, a record that probably raised hackles on its release in 1983, and maybe even more so now, with its portrayal of the white Englishmen and his superior attitude toward the black South Africans working for him -- at one point, he even paints letters of the alphabet on them (in white gloss) because he can't pronounce their names. But the thing to be remembered is that it's meant to be funny, a parody of those colonials who trampled unwittingly all over native customs in the name of Empire and civilization. On that level, it certainly succeeds, although following the narrative (assuming that's actually possible) is like finding your way out of the labyrinth; after so many twists and turns, it becomes almost impossible. Apart from one song, it's all spoken word, a vehicle for Stanshall's remarkable stream-of-consciousness wit and wordplay, while the musicians (including future Mekon Suzi Honeymoon) remain generally unobtrusive -- which is just as well, since the tale and its telling are quite mesmerizing without any accompaniment. So long as you don't ask what it's about, and take it as a gleeful exercise in the surrealism of the English language, you'll love this disc by the late Stanshall. - AMG

01 N'Didid's Kraal - Part One
02 N'Didi's Kraal - Part Two
03 N'Didi's Kraal - Part Three

5 comments:

marram62 said...

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Private Beach said...

While any Stanshall recording has great moments, it's only fair to point out that Vivian apparently regarded this work as unfinished and wasn't too happy that his record company released it.

marram62 said...

and it's also only fair to point out that people who like vivian are glad to have it anyways....

Anonymous said...

I think, in all honesty, it's fair to point out that this was a steaming pile of dog shit and, even free, it's just not worth the bandwidth. Thanks for nothing, stay away useless garbage.

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