I'm the Urban Spaceman

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"I'm the Urban Spaceman"
Single by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
from the album Tadpoles
B-side "The Canyons of Your Mind" (Stanshall)
Released 11 October 1968 (UK)
18 December 1968 (US)
Recorded March 1968
Genre Comedy rock, psychedelic pop
Length 2:23
Label Liberty Records (UK)
Imperial Records (US)
Writer(s) Neil Innes
Producer(s) Apollo C. Vermouth (alias of Paul McCartney)
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band singles chronology
"Equestrian Statue"
(1967)
"I'm the Urban Spaceman"
(1968)
"Mr. Apollo"
(1969)

"I'm the Urban Spaceman" was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's most successful single, released in 1968. It reached #5 in the UK charts. The song was written by Neil Innes and produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the pseudonym "Apollo C. Vermouth".[1][2] The B-side was written by Vivian Stanshall. Innes won an Ivor Novello Award in 1968 for writing "I'm the Urban Spaceman".

A well-known staging of the song involves Innes performing solo while a female tap dancer performs an enthusiastic but apparently under-rehearsed routine around him. This skit originally appeared in a 1975 edition of Rutland Weekend Television, with Lyn Ashley as the dancer, and was more famously revived in the 1982 film Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl with Carol Cleveland taking over the role.

Leeds indie rock band Cud performed an extremely fast version (1:07 long) for a 1989 Peel Session. The recording appears on their albums Elvis Belt and BB Cudn't C.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I'm the Urban Spaceman - release information". Jpgr.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  2. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1968 – And God Created Apple". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 68. ISBN 0-345-25680-8. 

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