366 Songs 200: Cool Britannia

This song is, of course, just a detournment of the more familiar British standard, “Rule Britannia,” but it’s all in the way the joke is told; the jazzy horns, the louche delivery of the vocals (The offhand “take a trip!” just kills me, every time) and the way that the whole thing just skewers the idea of “hip” Britain as a brand or a meme, decades before Britpop revived the notion entirely devoid of irony. There are many reasons to love the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, but I’m not sure any of them are stronger than this one.

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