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This Day in Goofery

December 9
1944: Birth of Neil Innes

Neil Innes is a British singer/songwriter, philosopher/poet, actor/writer and goof, separated at birth from Canadian goof Scott Thompson.

A man who not only imagined what his tinned cat food might say if it could talk, but filmed a song and dance about it.

Cut meat, cut meat,
In your tin
Did you once walk around like me?
If you could only speak
What would you say anyway?
“I was a sheep’s head”
“And I was its lung”
“And I was the liver in a horse”

Let’s do the Cat Meat Conga!


Source: brooklandsboys

Innes has been a professional goof since the early sixties, writing and performing songs with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, the GRIMMS, and The Beatles parody band The Rutles.

The Rutles are a legend. A living legend. A legend that will live long after other living legends have died….A legend that will last a lunchtime.”
All You Need is Cash, The Rutles Documentary

Terry Gilliam called him “The Seventh Python.” Innes wrote the soundtrack to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and appeared in the film as a head-bashing monk, the serf crushed by the wooden rabbit, the leader of Sir Robin’s minstrels, and page #4. He tells audiences, “I’ve suffered for my music; now it’s your turn.” He’s currently touring with the Idiot Bastard Band.

Like many a goof, Innes is by turns poignant and profound, poetic and political.

Oh I don’t know why
True love turns out to be the stuff
Between hello and goodbye

‘Tis the season, so I’ll leave you with this holiday food for thought:

Dear Father Christmas
with your white, fluffy whiskers
instead of just a letter I am writing you a song this year

Its not for the money
I’m not being funny
It’s for something else to do with what we call the season of good cheer

Dear Father Christmas
Can I ask for this much?
How about some love and understanding in this world?

Peace between each nation
An end to all starvation
If only for the sake of every boy and every girl

Dear Father Christmas
I know it’s good for business
But haven’t we enough atomic bombs to kill us all?

A thousand time over
The world could be in clover
If only greedy people didn’t think so goddamn small

ps: Father Christmas
For my brothers and my sisters
Give them all a happy time, and teach them how to get along

Though it’s just a Christmas single
With lots of bells that jingle
I hope someday the world will never have to hear this kind of song

Dear Father Christmas
With your white, fluffy whiskers
here’s lots of love and kisses.

Source: Don’t Know Why/Dear Father Christmas

Here’s lots of love and kisses from the goofs at Goof City, Neil Innes; we’re glad you were born–you goof for all seasons and reasons.

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This Day in Goofery

June 6
1955: Birth of Sandra Bernhard

Shortly after your Mayor was born, so was Sandra Bernhard. And like your Mayor, Sandra is a wicked combination of intelligence, wit, and goofery.

I have chosen to feature this particular video for the oddity of msnbc’s having displayed a picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the first minute of Rachel Maddow’s interview with her. Finally, at 1:21 they cut away to plug her CD and surreptitiously got their act together with pictures of her. Apparently Ahmadinejad was featured in a prior segment, entitled Empire-State-Gate, as he appears on a large screen and monitor behind the desk with a graphic that remained on display over Sandra’s interview.

I’m always interested in news concerning Ahmadinejad because he says things like “Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury,” and it comes out of this face:

The interview also features a clip of something I would not otherwise have seen: Tom DeLay making a fool of himself on “Dancing with the Stars.” And I can’t un-see it. I’m afraid this is beyond the pale of goofiness and has entered the realm of the pathetic. I cannot laugh at this, only cringe.

Anyway happy birthday to a distinguished goof who, like the Mayor, has a gap between her front teeth, a sign of queenly beauty in Ghana.

Source: Sandra!

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