Let's Make Up and Be Friendly

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Let's Make Up and Be Friendly
200px-Bonzo Friendly UK.jpg
Studio album by Bonzo Dog Band
Released 1972
Recorded November, 1971
Genre Comedy rock
Psychedelic pop
Avant-garde
Length 50:46
Label United Artists UAS 29288
Producer Neil Innes, Vivian Stanshall
Bonzo Dog Band chronology
Keynsham (1969) Let's Make Up and Be Friendly (1972) Pour l'Amour des Chiens
(2007)
British reissue
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Sunset SLS 50418

Let's Make Up And Be Friendly was the fifth and, until 2007, final original album by the Bonzo Dog Band. The group had already disbanded when United Artists Records (which absorbed the Bonzos' label Liberty Records) informed band members that the group owed the label one more album. This farewell album was the result. In 2007 the album was re-issued on CD by EMI with six bonus tracks. Some of these bonus tracks were not performed by the Bonzos, but were actually solo recordings by the members of the group.

"Rawlinson End", the longest track (at 9:07) on any Bonzos album, features the first appearance of Vivian Stanshall's character Sir Henry Rawlinson, whose exploits would later be expanded as a series of BBC Radio 1 sessions for the John Peel show as Rawlinson End Radio Flashes; a Sir Henry at Rawlinson End LP in 1978; and in 1984 a semi-sequel, Sir Henry at N'didi’s Kraal; a film, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980), and accompanying book; and a final cameo appearance in a 1994 commercial for Ruddles Real Ale with Dawn French.

This was their last album of new material featuring all original members until the band's reunion in 2006, by which time Vivian Stanshall was deceased. A new studio album, Pour l'Amour des Chiens (French for For the Love of Dogs), was released in December 2007. The album is today controlled by the Parlophone unit of Warner Music Group.[1]

The album was originally issued in vinyl and in 8-track format.

There are a few differences between British and American versions:

  • "Rusty"
    • UK: fades out at end
    • US: does not fade out and continues on past where UK's ends
  • Track gaps
    • The UK album has a longer time gap between "Waiting for the Wardrobe" and "Straight from My Heart", and between "Bad Blood" and "Slush", than does the US one.

Sleeve notes[edit]

Friendly is the only Bonzo Dog Band album to feature an image of the eponymous "Bonzo Dog", other than the compilation The History of the Bonzos.

Track listing (LP)[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Strain" Vivian Stanshall 3:20
2. "Turkeys" Neil Innes 2:11
3. "King Of Scurf" Innes 4:56
4. "Waiting For The Wardrobe" Roger Ruskin Spear 2:50
5. "Straight From My Heart" Innes, Stanshall 3:05
6. "Rusty (Champion Thrust)" Tony Kaye, Legs Larry Smith 8:07
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Rawlinson End" Innes, Stanshall 9:31
8. "Don't Get Me Wrong" Stanshall, Innes 4:51
9. "Fresh Wound" Innes 4:25
10. "Bad Blood" Stanshall 5:10
11. "Slush" Innes 2:20

Track listing (8TK)[edit]

program 1
No. Title Length
1. "The Strain"  
2. "Rawlinson End"  
program 2
No. Title Length
1. "Don't Get Me Wrong"  
2. "Bad Blood"  
3. "Turkeys"  
program 3
No. Title Length
1. "Waiting For The Wardrobe"  
2. "Rusty (Champion Thrust)"  
3. "Slush"  
program 4
No. Title Length
1. "Fresh Wound"  
2. "King Of Scurf"  
3. "Straight From My Heart"  

Track listing (CD)[edit]

Bonus tracks on 2007 re-issue CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Sofa Head" Stanshall  
13. "Jam" (by Topo D Bil) Tom E. Cross 3:12
14. "I Love To Bumpity Bump" (by Roger Ruskin Spear) Spear 2:36
15. "Lie Down & Be Counted" (by Neil Innes) Innes 3:10
16. "Bride Stripped Bare By 'Bachelors'" (early version) Innes, Stanshall 6:47
17. "No Matter Who You Vote For The Government Always Gets In" (demo) Innes, Stanshall 4:09

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