Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band: Talking Pictures Redux

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Re: Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band: Talking Pictures Redux

Post: # 10417Post Garrett Gilchrist
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:33 am

Neil Innes' family writes: "We have lost a beautiful, kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all."

This hurts worse than any celebrity death I can recall. They say never meet your heroes, but in person, Neil Innes was pleasant and charming, and had a lot of time for his fans, who loved his musical work with The Rutles, The Innes Book of Records, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Rutland Weekend Television, GRIMMS, The World and so on. His music was consistently funny and clever in a long career, and if Michael Palin was "the nice one from Monty Python" so was Neil. Neil was always an inspiration.

Neil Innes told me once, whatever you do, it's got to come from here (the heart), not from out there. If it comes from in here you'll be ok.

There was no indication he was ill; indeed he just released a new album. He lived a quiet life with his wife Yvonne Catherine Hilton Innes. They married on 3 March 1966. The couple had three sons.

Around 1998 or 1999 I helped two friends Bonnie Rose (now passed) and Laurie Wieland as they started a website dedicated to Neil and his work, which became his official website for a decade or so. In 2003 Neil came to Los Angeles for a couple of concerts at their request, and with their involvement, one of many times he spent time with his fans. He often appeared at Beatlefest and The Fest For Beatle Fans.

A documentary feature was filmed at the time, The Seventh Python, which was never officially released. Neil was also nice enough to film a few quick scenes for my no-budget feature film "Gods of Los Angeles" (2002-5), although the scenes were deleted for unrelated reasons.

When I was struggling in temporary housing in 2018, Neil Innes paid my rent one month, to help out. When his former webmaster Bonnie Rose passed away, he recorded a heartfelt tribute.

I personally collected and restored rare video material related to Neil Innes, the late Vivian Stanshall, and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band for decades.

Neil's work with Eric Idle of Monty Python was rightly famous, contributing with John Altman to "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life," and creating Beatles pastiche The Rutles (for the 1978 Saturday Night Live film All You Need Is Cash), as well as songs for Eric's rarely-seen post-Python series Rutland Weekend Television.

Idle wasn't happy to share credit, and the two had a low-key feud for decades.

Most of his fans have stories about having some personal meeting with Neil. He was always humble and seemed to really enjoy what he did. He was a legend of both comedy and music.

There was a gentle, old-fashioned rainy-day tone to Neil Innes' work quite unlike anything else. His own TV series, The Innes Book of Records, is a perfect example. He was brilliant, his work was brilliant, and the world was better for him having been in it. ... 23151.html

Here is a video from the Cambridge Folk Festival. ... 577667847/ ... 5413978112 ... 1944-2019/

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Re: Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band: Talking Pictures Redux

Post: # 10437Post Garrett Gilchrist
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:03 pm

Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band "Metaphorically Speaking" Colorized (Neil Innes, Vivian Stanshall)

Colorized by Garrett Gilchrist (Photoshop, EBSynth, Deepremaster, RemoveBG, Premiere, AfterEffects)
First pass AI colorization by Jason Antic, creator of DeOldify, with many thanks.

Thanks also to Alex Douglas for his help with Deepremaster etc. ... 277122847/

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band "Mr Apollo"
Colour Me Pop (Late Night Line-Up) 1968
Restored by Garrett Gilchrist ... 254112847/

I had asked for a less compressed copy that retained the interlacing and frame size, but did not receive one. Here is a restoration based on what I already had. I've color corrected it to look more "normal," removed color glitches and instability, and noise reduced it generally. There's more that can be done but this is a (compressed) proof of concept on how the performance could look more normal. ... an-idiot-7

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