Uncle Bonsai

Uncle Bonsai

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Uncle Bonsai is an American contemporary folk trio of Bennington College graduates living in Seattle, Washington. They announced they had disbanded in 1989, but have continued to perform and record occasionally. Their better-known songs during the 1980s included "Suzy", "Charlie and Me", "Penis Envy", and "Boys Want Sex in the Morning", some of which occasionally resulted in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) problems when played on the radio. Twenty-odd songs recount the life experiences of a character named "Doug" ("Doug's First Date", "Doug at His Mom's", "Doug's First Job", "Doug Engaged", "Doug Gets Married", etc.) They are also known for their doo-wop version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" which caused controversy when performed at a baseball game in Tacoma.

Uncle Bonsai has opened for various artists, including Bonnie Raitt, TOTO, Suzanne Vega, Christine Lavin, Loudon Wainwright III, and The Bobs. The members were Andrew Ratshin, Arni Adler, and Ashley Kristen O'Keeffe. In March 2008 they announced that they planned to begin performing more frequently, with O'Keeffe replaced "for the foreseeable future" by Patrice O'Neill. Most of the satirical songs were written by Ratshin, but Adler revealed her own brand of absurdist wit in several songs, including fan favorite "Penis Envy". The band's...
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