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Neil Innes

"Neil Innes" (born December 9, 1944) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles.

Neil James Innes was born in Danbury, Essex, and studied at the Norwich School of Fine Art, from which he was thrown out around 1963, allegedly for "spending all day playing music, instead of making things".

In the period 1962 to 1965, Innes and several other art school students started a band which was originally named The Bonzo Dog Dada Band after their interest in the art movement Dada, but which was soon renamed the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (Often shortened to ''The Bonzo Dog Band''). Innes, with Vivian Stanshall, wrote most of the band's songs, including "I'm the Urban Spaceman", their sole hit, (produced by Paul McCartney under the pseudonym Apollo C. Vermouth) and "Death Cab for Cutie" (which inspired an American musical group of the same name), which was featured in the Beatles' film ''Magical Mystery Tour''.

Underneath the permissive, 1960s drug-influenced culture was a clear affection for a politically incorrect, earlier era of Empire and Gilbert and Sullivan word-play: "tigers don't go out on...

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