Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Comedic contemporary folk/pop
Most recent release, The Monster in the Closet / Go to Sleep (children's book + CD, 2013); most recent release of non-children's music, The Grim Parade (2010)
The Official Uncle Bonsai page
The aptest comparisons come to mind are much of the material on Liz Phair's first album, and the collected works of that unfortunately forgotten folk act of the '60s, The Fugs. (email@example.com)
Their albums were imaginative, funny, and great fun to listen to. Uncle Bonsai were from Seattle, a mixed-gender band in the early to mid '80s, when those probably were less common than they are today. Their type of music can best be described as satirical folk. Much, but not all, of their satire was directed at male/female relationships.
Comments about live performanace:
They were definitely in their element in live performance. Anyone who enjoys humorous harmonic music should check them out! They're wacky and the sound is fun, too. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
Whatever you can find, though A Lonely Grain of Corn is by far my favourite. (Neile)
A Lonely Grain of Corn
1984—Freckle Records (U.S.A.)—FR 01908
Newly rereleased on cd
Highly recommended for fans of amusing folk/pop
Arni Adler—vocals, percussion, tin can solo
Uncle Bonsai and Lary Nefzger
This album was my introduction to the group, and is a great collection of witty and touching songs, including the classic, "Penis Envy". Songs that will entertain you for a long time. (Neile)
Boys Want Sex In The Morning
Freckle Records (U.S.A.)
Can be found in Seattle
Recommended for fans of amusing folk/pop
While this album has some great moments, it seems just a notch less impressive than A Lonely Grain of Corn. (Neile)
Myn Ynd Wymyn
1992—Yellow Tail Records—10003
Can easily be ordered in the U.S.
Recommended if Uncle Bonsai sounds like something you might like.
A collection of 23 songs, some off previous releases and some that were only available on this release. It was originally released as a cassette to their mailing list after the band broke up as a kind of thank you for the support of their fans. It has never caught me as much as the previous two releases. (Neile)
The Inessential Uncle Bonsai
Yellow Tail Records—Yellow Tail 10002
Can easily be ordered in the U.S.
Highly recommended if this sounds like music you'd like to hear
This is a "best of" collection but has live versions of the songs and not the original versions that were available on their vinyl albums. They truly were at their best live, though I found this a little jarring at first as I was more familiar with the album versions. Unless you're lucky enough to find one of their earlier recordings, this is your best bet—and it's fun, and does contain most of their best songs. (Neile)
Thanks to Jens P. Tagore Brage and Mitch Pravatiner for work on this entry.
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