The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse

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The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse
Studio album by Bonzo Dog Band
Released November, 1968
Genre Comedy rock
Psychedelic pop
Label Liberty Records (UK)
Imperial Records (US)
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Gerry Bron
Bonzo Dog Band chronology
The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B[1]

The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse is the second album by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. By this time the band had changed their name to "The Bonzo Dog Band", dropping out the "Doo-Dah". The American version of this album was retitled Urban Spaceman and added their U.K. hit single "I'm the Urban Spaceman". 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 said euphemism.

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 American band, Love, on their 1967 album "Forever Changes".

In 2007 the U.K. version was re-issued by EMI on CD with 5 bonus tracks.

Sleeve notes[edit]

The instruction that "The noises of your body are a part of this record." can be found on the booklet that came with the gatefold edition.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Are Normal"   Innes, Stanshall 4:49
2. "Postcard"   Innes, Stanshall 4:23
3. "Beautiful Zelda"   Innes 2:25
4. "Can Blue Men Sing the Whites"   Stanshall 2:49
5. "Hello Mabel"   Innes 2:46
6. "Kama Sutra"   Innes, Stanshall 0:40
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Humanoid Boogie"   Innes 3:03
8. "Trouser Press"   Spear 2:18
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
Bonus tracks on 2007 re-issue CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Blue Suede Shoes" (previously unreleased)   1:38
14. "Bang Bang" (previously unreleased)   2:40
15. "Alley Oop" (Girls version)   2:32
16. "Canyons Of Your Mind" (Single version)   3:02
17. "Mr. Apollo" (German version)   4:10


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