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When we did Top of the Pops for the third time, we decided to do it as a television program here called Come Dancing, which is not as rude as it sounds.
We weren't going to play the show-biz game, and be obsequious.
We weren't by any means like the Grateful Dead or something, who could just roll on and on and on.
We then took a shortened version of what we'd been doing in the pubs, with the best gags and things like that, out to cabaret clubs and things in the north of England for six weeks. And we became a big success.
Viv had this kind of stage presence where you couldn't ignore it. He walked onstage, he looked dangerous. You just didn't know what he was going to do.
So we used to look for funny songs, and learn them and play them. And we used to play them in pubs.
Larry only ever wrote one song, and he wrote that with Tony Kaye, I think it was, from Yes.
Ladies and gentleman, I've suffered for my music, now it's your turn.
It was just us lampooning our own peer group, saying, well hey, where did this stuff come from? And where does British guys get to be so good at it suddenly?
In many ways, Viv and I were the only ones who were really songwriters.
In fact, Moon came on tour with us for a bit just before a big festival in Brighton, I think.
I wasn't aware that Track Records were interested in the Bonzos.
I used to help Viv with the chords and melodies sometimes.
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