A year in the making, there’s now a huuuuge new section on Innes Book of Records, including interviews with just about everybody who created it, and behind-the-scenes pictures & video and anecdotes and just a whole lotta wow things. http://neilinnes.org/ibor/
Finally I’ve begun to create the neilinnes.org we could only wish were possible in 1999,and then never bothered to make when it became possible around 2005 because I didn’t care anymore then.
In a fog of (at least) creative frenzy that started when I made a Neil-related animation to crack up Laurie, I’ve been having the best time over the past few weeks working on a massive overhaul of the letter pages, that is the actual lyrics pages themselves.
Lyrics: I put up the lyrics to all the songs from the recent Bonzo CD and a few more we never bothered to put up when they came into existence. Thanks to Neil for helping us out with those.
Audio: Under most of the song lyrics you can either listen to that song right on the page or find a link to Neil’s site innesbookofrecords.com or Amazon.com to buy the CD or MP3 download. You have to disable any ad blocker to see the links to the MP3 downloads on Amazon. But those are the only “ads” we have and even that stirred a bit of an ethical crisis in us since we swore we’d never have ads on the site, but I think people would appreciate it since fans do want to help give back to Neil for the music by actually buying it if and when they can, especially since for so many years it wasn’t possible. The NISA section is still up but I’ve gotten rid of the main big MP3 audio page all together since they’re all on the letter pages now.
Pictures: 99% of the pictures on the site were snapped from 10 year old 20th generation VHS tapes. Laurie bought a PAL to VHS video machine and that served us well back in the day. But now video is so much clearer, so I’ve replaced many of the pictures on the lyrics page. And many more embiggen, and don’t have to open up a new browser window to do so anymore! I’ve also put up some mini photo galleries and animations and all kinds of stuff. It probably looks like it was made by a crazy person.
I’m hopefully going to keep going, and get to all the other pages, but I won’t bother to say “suchandsuch.htm is updated” every time. Maybe I’ll put up a “Warning: Ancient” sign on all the pages til I get to them! And for those of you still on dial-up, please forgive me for how much longer these pages will take to load now.
HUGE thanks to NellyM and Daryl for their HUGE video and audio contributions to this effort!
And just because it was the spark that set me off doing all this work on the site, the spotlight video is the animation I mentioned, made a couple months ago to a 10-year-old recording of me and Laurie playing the Rutland Weekend Television theme (or L’Amour Perdu) on piano and violin. To appreciate it first you have to see the good version by Neil himself and the real Dribbleshire Ladies Calisthenics Society. (okay I made that up but I’ll bet I’m not far off)
Put up some new stuff; the NISA CD Live in Tokyo, one of our favorite live shows we ever heard and wished we were there to see. Also added a few kinda weird and obscure things on our YouTube Channel.
For today’s Spotlight video, Behold! Russian Slaves of Freedom by Roman Shebalin. Or at least that’s what Google translator tells me his name is. Check out the other videos on his channel where he performs Neil songs in Russian very beautifully. Search “neil innes” in the search box to find them unless you read Russian.
I’ve just updated the tour dates page with a lot of UK tour dates going into 2011.
And we got some really special pictures! A fan in the Netherlands scanned his scrapbook of photos & ticket stub & newspaper clipping from a 1984 show Neil did in Amsterdam. Thank you Harry for this wonderful addition to the site!
And finally a very special picture: Emo Philips & Neil performing live last month in England. I read some online rave reviews of Emo’s tour and it really made me wish I could go! He’s currently playing in Edinburgh so go see him if you can. And click on “Back in 64″ in the player to your right to hear his Back in 64 clarinet intro from our 2003 Neil show in L.A.! –>
And for the Video of the day/week/whatever, here is a pretty darn good Rawlinson’s End performed by Ian Tanner. Brilliant!!
Today is neilinnes.org’s 12th anniversary, and we got a great anniversary gift: Our own interview with Neil & Yvonne! They talk about how they met, their early years together, and lots and lots of stuff we never knew before. Really interesting!
VIDEO! We’ve been digging through the VHS tapes we’ve collected over the years and launched a neilinnes.org YouTube channel. Some of the videos might already be on YouTube but they were put up back when YouTube ruined videos by compressing them to death, so here they are again nice and clear.
AUDIO! For a long time we’ve had broken links to ancient Real Audio files that wouldn’t play on today’s computers even if the links did work. After years of this criminal neglect, they’ve all been replaced with MP3s. I revamped the Main MP3 page and the page of Neil’s kiddie show songs.
And… AND…I’ve gathered up all my old NISA disks that I have all over the house and I’ve made a new NISA audio page where you can listen to songs and download them. I start with a concert by Neil & Vivian Stanshall from 1972 where Neil sings really weird early versions of some songs I had no idea were that old. The audio quality’s not that great, but the history makes up for it!
We’ve started a neilinnes.org Twitter account. We’ll only rarely Tweet about new stuff on the website or significant Neil news. We promise not to Tweet what we had for breakfast that day or that work is boring.
The audio links on the letter pages work now!! I’m still checking them so there might be some I haven’t caught yet. I’ve also added YouTube links for as many songs as there were YouTube videos, which surprisingly was most of them!
Neil just finished up his big North American Tour. I meant to include a recap with this update, but didn’t get to it yet so that’ll be done for the next update. We’ve also got to update the links page and we’re working on a “history of us doing the website” story. The Python Extravaganza is probably 50% broken links so I’ll get to that soon. I’ll also be putting new videos on our YouTube channel. So lots more to come in the next 12 years!
And now our new New feature: YouTube Vid ‘o the day! (or week or however long it takes to update the site again) We’re going to mostly feature Neil songs not done by Neil. Neil called YouTube “the people’s channel” so here are some of the people doing Neil songs on YouTube. The first one is this beautiful one-man rendition of the Rutles Let’s Be Natural.
5 years of not having a "what's new" page, here's a what's new
page! It was
spawned by the fact we got a REALLY COOL new thing for the site: an interview
with Neil and his wife Yvonne, together in an interview for the first time that
we know of. We could pretty much
ask them anything and learned a lot we never knew before. We also took questions from the folks on our message
board so those are in there too. Then I became possessed with the desire to work on the website so a whole lot has been updated & fixed & changed! The audio links all work now, and the ancient Real Audio & Video and AVIs have been sent to live on a farm upstate. We now have a YouTube channel and a Twitter account to keep people updated on Neil Innes & neilinnes.org goin's on.
Neil's emerged a little bit from
under the e-blanket and joined Twitter.
You can @ reply him and the actual real him will actually really see it and
has even been known to respond! You can see his latest tweets below.
Neil's got a new website, InnesBookofRecords.com
(which he was very careful to stress to us does not compete with this one--he's
so sweet!) where you can get CDs and tour merchandise. He's also currently working
on a podcast that will be there sometime in the future.
So hopefully we'll stay on top of
this and not flake out keeping this site current like we have for the last several