The two fans behind the Doo Dah Diaries

David Christie

David discovered the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band in 1967 on the television show ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’. Sadly by the time David was old enough to start attending gigs, the Bonzos had broken-up. But his love of their music continued, albeit mainly through his vinyl and CD collection. That was until January 2006 when he found himself sitting in the front row of the Astoria in London to witness a magical performance by the surviving Bonzos. That show not only inspired him to start a mission to try and attend every possible show that contained a Bonzo, but also to start the Doo Dah Diaries. When he shared his Diaries with the Bonzos, they were impressed with his detailed research of their history. They also appreciated David’s dedication to helping promote their current activities, along with selling merchandise for them at shows, acting as a roadie and providing photographs for promotional use. His reputation as the ‘go-to man’ on the history of the Bonzos has provided David with a number of opportunities, being asked to write or speak about the band for various promotions as well as being invited to contribute to a book about the Bonzos called ‘Jollity Farm’. He has had his photographs used for CD / vinyl releases and is the main consultant for a special box set of early Bonzos recordings due for release in 2021.

Martin Storkmann

Growing up with three elder brothers in Hagen, Germany, Martin was exposed to lots of pop music from an early age. The limited repertoire of German radio stations led him to discovering music on Radio Luxemburg and also the BFBS Germany radio station. It was ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’ and ‘Mr Apollo’ (especially both B-sides) that caught his attention, purely as a pop group, being unaware of the comedy aspect of the band. It was only by reading the weekly NME that Martin discovered the comedy background and it took trips to Amsterdam to buy their records. Whilst having an eclectic taste in music, the Bonzos have always been a part of the soundtrack to his life. His enjoyment of Bonzo performances was limited to his record collection until that reunion show in January 2006, when he and three like-minded friends flew to London to see the ‘boys’ perform live at the Astoria in London.

Martin Storkmann

Growing up with three elder brothers in Hagen, Germany, Martin was exposed to lots of pop music from an early age. The limited repertoire of German radio stations led him to discovering music on Radio Luxemburg and also the BFBS Germany radio station. It was ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’ and ‘Mr Apollo’ (especially both B-sides) that caught his attention, purely as a pop group, being unaware of the comedy aspect of the band. It was only by reading the weekly NME that Martin discovered the comedy background and it took trips to Amsterdam to buy their records. Whilst having an eclectic taste in music, the Bonzos have always been a part of the soundtrack to his life. His enjoyment of Bonzo performances was limited to his record collection until that reunion show in January 2006, when he and three like-minded friends flew to London to see the ‘boys’ perform live at the Astoria in London.