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Uncle Bonsai

Bizarre and outrageous, Uncle Bonsai were formed in Seattle in 1981 by three former Bennington College students: Andrew Ratshin, Ashley Kristin, and Arni Adler. Uncle Bonsai were a guitar and three-part vocal outfit who specialized in singing the weirdest songs -- "Penis Envy," "Cheerleaders on Drugs" -- with sublimely angelic voices. During their initial eight-year existence, Uncle Bonsai released three albums, A Lonely Grain of Corn, Boys Wants Sex in the Morning, and Myn Ynd Wymyn, the last two albums being live recordings. During their years together, the bandmembers developed a strong grassroots base in Seattle and in 1988 began negotiations for a major recording deal. When the deal fell through, the bandmembers decided that they had had enough and temporarily split up. Ratshin subsequently went on to pursue a solo career under the name Electric Bonsai Band and released I Am Joe's Eyes in 1990 and But I'm Happy Now in 1993. In 2000 Uncle Bonsai reunited and recorded a live set, released as Apology the following year. The bandmembers came together again a decade later, issuing The Grim Parade, a collection of live and studio recordings, in November 2010. ~ Leon Jackson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Grim Parade

1. The Grim Parade

2. The Fish Is In The Freezer

3. Loving Tommy

4. Theme Song (Live)

5. Anne (Live)

6. I Would Come Back (Live)

7. The Baby's Head (Live)

8. Precious Mime (Live)

9. Skin Deep (Live)

10. The Devil You Know

11. Half Of The People

12. Where’s My Puppy? (Doug’s Resurrection: Part One)

13. Heaven On Earth (Doug’s Resurrection: Part Two)

14. Doug's Greatest Christimas Ever (From "The Grim Parade")

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Track List: Apology

1. 20th Century Man

2. The Reunion Song

3. I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, I'm Trying To Read

4. The Letter

5. Doug's Divorce

6. Just One Angel

7. You Call That A Hat

8. I Awoke In Iowa

9. Doug's Birthday Song

10. Iowa Apology Song

11. I Owe You An Apology

12. Mother To Mother

13. Doug's Divorce: Part 2 (Doug & The TV)

14. Mr. Nice

15. Where's The Milk

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Track List: Plain Brown Wrapper

1. Olivia Newton John

2. Don't Put It In Your Mouth

3. Man For The 80's

4. Meet Me Under The Table (A Drinking Song)

5. Kill The Competition (A Love Song)

6. Parcel Post

7. In The Suburbs

8. To Market, To Market (Pigs)

9. Too Many Creeps

10. Boys In Heat

11. They're At It Again

12. Splitting The Genes

13. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik

14. Chubby Wanna Sundae?

15. Ashley's Little Blues

16. There Is A Line

17. I Like Girls

18. Rich Kids

19. The Star Spangled Banner

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Track List: Myn Ynd Wymyn

1. The Voice of God

2. Men and Women

3. Doug At His Mom's

4. Womb For Rent

5. K-Mart

6. Bedroom Eyes

7. Midas Touch

8. Folk Song

9. Family Restaurant

10. Julie Andrews

11. Another Fat Song

12. Takin' the Kids to Disney World

13. Then God Made Malls

14. Me and Mrs. Middle America

15. Big Chihuahua

16. Women With a "Y" (Womyn)

17. Making Fun of Foreigners

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Track List: The Inessential Uncle Bonsai

1. Send My Body Home

2. Isaac's Lament

3. In It For The Children

4. Suzy

5. I Want A Man

6. Fat Boys

7. One In A Million

8. Heartache

9. Johnny, It's Downhill From Here

10. He Must Have Been A Genius

11. A Lonely Grain Of Corn

12. Boys Want Sex In The Morning

13. Lois Lane

14. Silent Night

15. Enterprising Young Man

16. Billboard Love

17. Cheerleaders On Drugs

18. Penis Envy

19. Charlie And Me

20. Untitled

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Track List: Boys Want Sex In The Morning

1. Send My Body Home (Live)

2. Issac's Lament (Live)

3. In It For The Children (Live)

4. I Want A Man (Live)

5. Fat Boys (Live)

6. Silent Night (Live)

7. Don't Put It In Your Mouth (Live)

8. Boys Want Sex In The Morning (Live)

9. Heartache (Live)

10. Billboard Love (Live)

11. Lois Lane (Live)

12. Cheerleaders On Drugs (Live)

13. The Star-Spangled Banner (Live)

14. Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (Studio Version)

15. Heartache (Studio Version)

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Track List: A Lonely Grain Of Corn

1. Suzy

2. Billboard Love

3. One In A Million

4. Day Old Whale

5. Charlie & Me

6. Johnny, It's Downhill From Here

7. He Must Have Been A Genius

8. A Lonely Grain Of Corn

9. Fat Boys (A Love Song)

10. Penis Envy

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imxstatic
No way!! I was in Seattle and Bellingham, WA in the early 80's and saw Uncle Bonsai as much as possible. LOVE them. What fun to find them again. (my cassette tape broke long ago) I have to tell my brother now, he'll be stoked!
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arniadler
Uncle Bonsai will release "The Grim Parade," in October, 2010. The band had indeed split in '89, then reunited in '97 for a couple of shows a year, then two years ago, reformed with a new singer.

New songs include "Loving Tommy," about replacing your lover with likely substitution , based on your noted preferences; biting back at xenophobia with "Half of the People" ("think that their god, can take your god, two out of three times or three out of five"), and more. see unclebonsai. c o m
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"Boys Want Sex In The Morning" is one of the coolest live recordings ever made. There, I said it.
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what a hoot!
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However, we can now raise our mugs with joy as Uncle Bonsai is now recording & performing together again!!!

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