Sunday, February 14, 2016

Vivian Stanshall: Labio-Dental Fricative / Paper-Round

In the UK this single was credited to the Sean Head Showband; in the USA it's just credited to Viv Stanshall. It's an utterly charming pair of tunes by Viv, who was on the rebound from the recently-defunct Bonzo Dog Band, but this eclectic group of collaborators (Viv, Eric Clapton, bassist Dennis Cowan, and percussionist Remi "Mr. Magic" Kabaka) never produced any other material. The A-side of this 1970 single survives on CD in many Bonzo collections, but "Paper-Round" has never been officially reissued.

Labio-Dental Fricative

Record audio & artwork

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.


  1. OK, by now I'm making the connections between Vivian Stanshall, Neil Innes, the Pythons, the genre (Firesign Theater), etc.
    After the realization of all those bulbs going off at once, these records suggest wry, esoteric delights for the daring, intrepid listener!
    Thank you for broadening my comedic horizons!!

  2. I went sniffing around for a really good dub of Paper Round, which I traded away so many years ago, and here it is. Many thanks.