|The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||Morgan Studios, London|
|Genre||Comedy rock, psychedelic pop, avant-garde|
|Label||Liberty (UK) |
|Producer||Gus Dudgeon |
|Bonzo Dog Band chronology|
|The Village Voice||B|
The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse is the second album by the British comedy rock group Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. In the United States, it was released as Urban Spaceman and added their U.K. hit single "I'm the Urban Spaceman" to the track listing.
The group's sound had also expanded beyond their music hall and jazz roots, drawing inspiration from the blues and psychedelic rock movements that had grown in popularity at the time. The phrase "the doughnut in granny's greenhouse" is obscure British slang for the lavatory. The band first heard it when Michael Palin told them a joke featuring it.
The chorus of "We Are Normal" features the lyric "We are normal and we want our freedom", a reference to a line from the 1963 play The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade or Marat/Sade a line also quoted in "The Red Telephone", a song by the American band Love from their 1967 album Forever Changes.
The track 11 Moustachioed Daughters is a darkly comic (and remarkably detailed) evocation of the traditional Witches' Sabbath  and features lyrics referencing the traditional hallucinogenic flying ointment prepared from Atropa belladonna (and other Solanaceous plants - including the fabled mandrake, said to shriek when uprooted). Stylistically, the track is also a heartfelt homage to the original 1963 recording "The Feast Of The Mau-Mau", by one of Vivian Stanshall's favourite musical artists Screamin' Jay Hawkins ("Feast Of The Mau Mau" is a number which Hawkins himself would later re-release in a more widely known 'live' version on his 1969 LP "...What That Is!").
In 2007 the U.K. version of "Doughnut" was re-issued by EMI on CD with 5 bonus rare and/or unreleased tracks.
The instruction that "The noises of your bodies are a part of this record." can be found on the booklet that came with the gatefold edition.
|1.||"We Are Normal"||Innes, Stanshall||4:49|
|4.||"Can Blue Men Sing the Whites"||Stanshall||2:49|
|6.||"Kama Sutra"||Innes, Stanshall||0:40|
|9.||"My Pink Half of the Drainpipe"||Stanshall||3:34|
|10.||"Rockaliser Baby"||Innes, Stanshall||3:32|
|11.||"Rhinocratic Oaths"||Innes, Stanshall||3:22|
|12.||"11 Moustachioed Daughters"||Stanshall||4:49|
|13.||"Blue Suede Shoes" (previously unreleased)||Carl Perkins||1:38|
|14.||"Bang Bang" (previously unreleased)||Sonny Bono||2:40|
|15.||"Alley Oop" (Girls version)||Dallas Frazier||2:32|
|16.||"Canyons Of Your Mind" (Single version)||Vivian Stanshall||3:02|
|17.||"Mr. Apollo" (German version)||Neil Innes, Vivian Stanshall||4:10|
- The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse at AllMusic
- Winner, Langdon (26 July 1969). "Urban Spaceman". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (38): 34–35.
- Village Voice review
- Grillot de Givry, Émile-Jules, Musée des sorciers, mages et alchimistes, Imp. De Compiègne, Librairie de France, 1929, 1st edition, English translation by J. Courtenay Locke published by Causeway Books New York 1973 under the title Illustrated Anthology of Sorcery, Magic and Alchemy ISBN 0-88356-018-6. Book 1 Sorcerers Chapter VI The Sabbath (pps. 72-89).
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