Neil Innes Talks about Music Songwriting Comedy and the Ukulele

Neil Innes Talks about Music Songwriting Comedy and the Ukulele

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As a schoolboy I remember the luxury of being allowed to watch  a new programme on ITV called ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’. Thereafter down every lavendar  polished school corridor  could be heard the refrain .. Hunting Tigers Out In India. Many of the  ‘Mont Python’ team were in the show and of course ‘The Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band’. My father said you can’t possibly go wrong with a name like that. Little did I know that one day I would have the pleasure of interviewing Neil Innes, the writer of ‘The Urban Spaceman’, a star of ‘Rutland Weekend Televison’, a member of the ‘The Rutles’, a member of the cast of ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ and ‘The Life of Brian’ and of course the author of ‘The Innes Book of Records’. Research had told me he played the ukulele but although he only started to play one in the late 80’s he fell in love with it.

In this exclusive interview at his home, Neil tells us about :-

  • His introduction to music and songwriting
  • Playing ukulele with George Harrison
  • Working and observing some of the great comics and rock stars of our time
  • German piano teachers
  • An alternative string tuning
  • The original studio production of ‘Urban Spaceman’
  • The music industry
  • Plays live ‘Democracy’ and ‘Old Age Becomes Me’

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