The Idiot Bastard Band

The Idiot B*stard Band is a band dedicated to the comic song. A veritable supergroup of comic musical talent, they see themselves in the same tradition as people like The Bonzos, They Might Be Giants, Flight of the Conchords, and even George Formby.

The Idiot B*stard Band are…

Young Ones, Comic Strip, Bad News, Bottom, etc
Guitar, mandolin, trumpet, coconuts

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Monty Python, The Rutles, Innes Book Of Records, etc
Keyboards, guitar, ukulele, harmonica

Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Radio 6 DJ, etc
Guitar, bass, kazoo, stylophone

Raw Sex, Fat Les, Jools Holland Big Band, Blue Peter (aged 15), etc
Drums, congas, bongos, rude shouting

They play a changing set of songs (they never play the same set twice):
Half of them are new self-penned compositions, like Phill’s comic ballad about a disastrous support slot on a tour with Madness, Neil’s new Mexicana take on the classic love triangle, Ade’s song about what it’s like to be completely p*ssed waiting for your wife to open the door at four in the morning, and Rowland’s ridiculous tribute to the drummer Sandy Nelson.

…and half of them are forgotten gems like She Got A Nose Job (A floppy vinyl release that came free with Mad Magazine in the 60’s), Isabel Makes Love Upon National Monuments by Jake Thackeray, and even the not so forgotten There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards by Ian Dury.

The Idiot Bastard Band

History of TIBB
During the winter of 2010/2011 they held a raucous 8-week residency at The Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell. Famously advertised as ‘Live Rehearsals’ the packed shows were a heady mixture of excitement and catastrophe, at once fabulously warm, surprising and hilarious.

They did a similar residency earlier this year at The Water Rats in Kings Cross, where again they went down exceedingly well. So they’re taking the show out on the road to have some fun…

November-December 2012

Thu 1 Nov Buxton Buxton Opera House 0845 127 2190
Fri 2 Nov Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800
Sat 3 Nov Birmingham Town Hall 0121 345 0603
Sun 4 Nov Cardiff Coal Exchange 02920 230 130

Thu 8 Nov Skegness Embassy Theatre 0845 674 0505
Fri 9 Nov Gateshead The Sage 0191 443 4661
Sat 10 Nov Edinburgh The HMV Picture House 0843 221 0100
Sun 11 Nov Glasgow The Old Fruit Market 0141 353 8000

Thu 15 Nov New Brighton Floral Pavilion 0151 666 0000
Fri 16 Nov Swindon Wyvern Theatre 01793 524 481
Sat 17 Nov Llandudno Venue Cymru 01492 872 000
Sun 18 Nov Leeds City Varieties 0113 243 0808

Thu 29 Nov Stroud Subscription Rooms 01453 760 900
Fri 30 Nov St Albans The Alban Arena 01727 844488
Sat 1 Dec Norwich LCR UEA 01603 508050
Sun 2 Dec London Union Chapel 08444 771 000

Thu 6 Dec Bristol Fleece 0117 929 9008
Fri 7 Dec Liskeard Carnglaze Caverns 01579 320 251
Sat 8 Dec Bridport Electric Palace 01308 424 901
Sun 9 Dec Southampton The Brook 023 8055 5366

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