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Top Bananas Stilt Band

Top Bananas Stilt Band

The Top Bananas play music on stilts and are based in Brighton, England. This band on stilts features a leaping monkey on bouncy stilts who plays an oil-can guitar, harmony vocals, a horn section, and a rhythm section.

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Biography

The Top Bananas play music on stilts and are based in Brighton, England. This band on stilts features a leaping monkey on bouncy stilts who plays an oil-can guitar, harmony vocals, a horn section, and a rhythm section.

The band is all about fun and plays a selection of Jazz, Funk, Disco and Ska classics. Besides the Jungle Band there are also Western, Sporty, 70’s Disco, Hippy Flower children, Floppy Toppers and of course Black Tie versions available.

Jazz, Funk, Disco & Ska Classics all get The Top Banana treatment and their musicians have many years of professional and international live music and stilt experience at all kinds of festivals, events and openings.

They perform as a five-piece band of harmony vocals, oil-can guitar, horns, bass instrument & percussion with smaller groupings available. They also have a Jungle-themed band features “Jumping Monkey” on spring-loaded stilts!

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Repertoire

We always strive to keep our set-list fresh by adding songs that people request or suggest. If you are interested in having us play any songs (whether they’re on this list or not), just let us know in advance. Below are songs we do or have done, divided into basic categories.

Jazz
Jungle Book – Bare Necessities
Jungle Book – I Wan’na Be Like You
Jungle Book – Trust In Me
Nina Simone – Love Me Or Leave Me
Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
Andrew Sisters – Bie Mir Bist Du Shoen
Louis Armstrong – Dream A Little Dream
Dave Brubeck – Take Five
Showtune – Summertime
Soundtrack – Mission Impossible
Soundtrack – James Bond
Coltrane – Favourite Things
Jobim – Girl From Ipanema
Louis Jordan – Is You Is
Herbie Hancock – Cantaloupe Island
Herbie Hancock – Chameleon
Traditional – Happy Birthday
Count Basie – Minnie The Moocher
The Champs – Tequila
Sonny Rollins – St. Thomas
Louis Prima – Just A Gigolo

Reggae/Ska
Specials – Enjoy Yourself
The Tokens – Lion Sleeps Tonight
Toots & The Maytalls – Monkey Man
Toots & The Maytalls – Funky Kingston
Toots & The Maytalls – 54-46
Bob Marley – Soul Shakedown Party
Madness – One Step Beyond
Toots & The Maytalls – Pressure Drop
Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
Dandy Livingstone – Message To You Rudy
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Police – Walking On The Moon
Richard Berry – Louie Louie
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Guns’n’Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
Manu Chao – King Of The Bongo

Disco/Funk
Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie
Village People – YMCA
James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
Rod Stewart – Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way I Like It
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
The Trammps – Disco Inferno
Ohio Players – Love Rollercoaster
Dusty Springfield – Spooky
Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
Stevie Wonder – Superstition

Rock’n’Roll
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders
Mudd – Tiger Feet
Dick Dale – Misirlou
Surfaris- Wipeout
Gene Vincent – Bebopalula
Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day
Bill Haley – Rock Around The Clock
Elvis – Hound Dog
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
Elvis – Jailhouse Rock
Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly
Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut
Eddie Cochrane – Summertime Blues
Little Richard – Tutti Frutti
Beatles – Taxman
T Rex – Bang A Gong
Elvis – Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis – Suspicious Minds

Christmas
Wham – Last Christmas
Wizzard – I wish it could be Christmas everyday
Slade – Merry Christmas Everyone
Gene Autry – Frosty the snowman
Traditional – Jingle Bells
George Hall – Santa Claus is comin’ to town
Peggy Lee – Winter Wonderland
Elvis – Blue Christmas
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree
Mudd – Lonely this Christmas
Traditional – Deck The Halls
Traditional – We wish you a merry Christmas
Gene Autry – Rudulph the Red Nosed Reindeer

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Previous Clients

Virgin Media
UKTV
Big Chill Festival
Dubai Summer Surprises Festival
Qatar Football Association
Brighton & Hove Council
First Cut Films, Brighton
Chelsea Physic Garden, London
ESK Plants, Eastbourne
Oban Multilingual, Brighton
Thomson Snell & Passmore, Kent
Observatory Shopping Centre, Slough
Comm:Unity, Brighton
Neptune, Hove
Cromwells At Golding Barn, Sussex
Jandy Spurway, Oxford
Richard Rogers Architects, London
T Khalfa, London
Gaspard Bowen, Surrey
Agencies we’ve worked with include:
EMC3
Big Hand People
CMArt, Slovakia
Live Music Management
Q20 Theatre
Red Sarah Burlesque
Mindblowers UK

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Testimonials

“…the band went down a storm – they were fab and it would be great to work together again.”
Julia Restall, UKTV (re: Edinburgh event)

“Thank you SO much for yesterday – you were fantastic! Really looking forward to seeing you again.”
Zoë Clapp, UKTV (re: London event)

“Thanks for being a part of people’s day, it was great having you tall guys wandering around playing your tunes, really added to the feel of the day!”
Tessa Brechin, Brighton & Hove Council

“Everyone I spoke to said both that the band was just the perfect choice for the party and thoroughly enjoyed the performances. I will certainly recommend the band for other events. Thanks to you and all members of the band for helping to make the event so memorable.”
Martin Varley, Partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore Solicitors

“They are absolutely brilliant and I recommend them highly”
Lucy Yallop, Brighton and Hove Council

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