Australian charts: 1969
The Bonzos’ began to be featured more regularly on television and radio during 1968. The group achieved a Top Five hit single with Neil Innes’ “I’m the Urban Spaceman”, produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the collective pseudonym “Apollo C. Vermouth”.
Writing on Music:
Neil Innes’ inspiration for the song came from two sources. One was the “urban spaces” of post-war rebuilding in Manchester: “They call them ‘brownfield sites’ nowadays. I just thought ‘well, if there’s urban space, why isn’t there an urban spaceman?’” The other was the vacuous consumerism of ‘60s advertising: “shiny, smiley-faced people eating happy meals and things like this. And so the ‘Urban Spaceman’ was a composite of the sort of an ideal figure in an advert. He doesn’t exist in real life.”
I’m the Urban Spaceman peaked at no 15 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in February 1969.
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