As the frontman with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Vivian' s surreal comedic wit had attracted kinship with The Who' s manic drummer Keith Moon. When the Bonzos split up Vivian formed Big Grunt and with Moon in tow and recorded a single. Blind Date was rumoured to have been written for Matt Munro - nigh impossible to imagine. Moon brought along bass' n' brassist John Entwistle to the session possibly as an antidote to The Who's yearlong promotion of rock opera Tommy, backing Stanshall on a jovial romp through Suspicion. Embellished with a quintessential Stanshall middle eight, it sounds closer to Presley clone Terry Stafford's version than the King' s own relatively insipid version. Surprisingly radio friendly, it was cursed with wholly inappropriate promotional tomfoolery and a ludicrous Christmas release date which even Good King Wenceslas could not avert its trajectory into oblivion. An almost instant rarity, it remains the only known recording by the Gargantuan Chums as well as Keith Moon's only record production.
Label: Fly Records (3)
Catalogue numbers: BUG 104
Phonographic Copyright (p)-Onward Music Ltd.
Copyright (c)-Bucks Records Limited
Licensed From-Onward Music Ltd.
Barcodes & Identifiers:
Barcode-5 016959 005930
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)