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The Rutles
(l-r):Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar,Neil Innes
(l-r):Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar,
Neil Innes
Background information
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Parody, Comedy
Years active 1975 – 1978, 1996 – 1997, 2002
Label(s) Warner Bros.
Associated
acts
The Beatles, Monty Python,
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Website Rutles.org
Former members
Eric Idle
Neil Innes
Ricky Fataar
John Halsey
Ollie Halsall
David Battley
Mark Griffiths
Mickey Simmonds
Ken Thornton
J.J. Jones

The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. The fictional group is best known for the 1978 mockumentary film about them, entitled All You Need Is Cash (often referred to as just The Rutles). Its tagline is: 'The musical legend which will last a lunchtime.' The film was written by Idle, who also co-directed with Gary Weis, and featured 20 songs (many of them prominently) written by Innes. Image File history File links The Rutles Promotional image File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Ricky Fataar (born 5 September 1952 in Durban, South Africa) is a South African musician who is primarily a drummer. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Parody of Star Wars: Episode 1 Parody music, or musical parody, involves changing or recycling existing musical ideas or lyrics - or copying the peculiar style of a composer or artist, or even a general style of music. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Warner Bros. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... The Bonzo Dog Band (also known as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Bonzo Dog Dada Band and, colloquially, as The Bonzos) was a band created by a group of British art-school denizens of the 1960s. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... Ricky Fataar (born 5 September 1952 in Durban, South Africa) is a South African musician who is primarily a drummer. ... Ollie may not have been the best guitarist in the world, but he was certainly among the top two John Halsey, 1997 Peter Ollie Halsall was born in Southport, England in 1949. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ...


A follow-up, The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, was made in 2002, but was not released for over a year. It is still unavailable in Britain. Both films are seen fairly regularly on the VH1 "Classics" cable channel.

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The band

The Rutles members in All You Need Is Cash were:

  • Ron Nasty (John Lennon) -- played by Neil Innes;
  • Dirk McQuickly (Paul McCartney) -- played by Eric Idle (singing voice was Ollie Halsall);
  • Stig O'Hara (George Harrison) -- played by Ricky Fataar;
  • Barry Wom (born Barrington Womble) (Ringo Starr) -- played by John Halsey (the character's truncated last name was an affectionate play on how Ringo had changed his real surname of 'Starkey' to 'Starr');
  • (Hamburg only) 'Leppo, The Fifth Rutle' (Stu Sutcliffe) -- seen only in a still photograph in the film - the photo showed Ollie Halsall, who actually played and sang on the soundtrack. (Halsall, in real life, was one of the four musicians who performed all The Rutles' music, the others being Innes, Halsey and Fataar. Idle did not actually play or sing on the soundtrack, as he was recuperating from an appendectomy.)

The Rutles members seen in the original skit on Rutland Weekend Television, which subsequently aired on Saturday Night Live, were: John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Ollie may not have been the best guitarist in the world, but he was certainly among the top two John Halsey, 1997 Peter Ollie Halsall was born in Southport, England in 1949. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Ricky Fataar (born 5 September 1952 in Durban, South Africa) is a South African musician who is primarily a drummer. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a British musician and artist who, until his early death, worked in a style related to Abstract Expressionism. ... Ollie may not have been the best guitarist in the world, but he was certainly among the top two John Halsey, 1997 Peter Ollie Halsall was born in Southport, England in 1949. ... An appendicectomy (or appendectomy) is the surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. ... RWT logo. ... This article is about the American television series. ...

There is some confusion over the names and actors; Kevin was supposedly the name of the drummer, yet the SNL version calls him Barry. Also, Eric Idle was labelled as Dirk in the SNL version, while his memoirs identify him as playing Stig. Also, on the album Archaeology (1996), Neil, John and Rikki used their real names. The late Ollie Halsall also appeared, as some songs were outtakes from the 1978 sessions. Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... “Peter Best” redirects here. ... John Halsey (d. ...


Over the years, The Rutles have evolved from a fictitious band into a true band in their own right, playing Rutles favourites and songs from Neil Innes' solo albums. The current touring line-up consists of:

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Their history (actual)

Rutland Weekend Television (1975-76)

The Rutles began life in 1975 as a sketch on Eric Idle's BBC television series Rutland Weekend Television. The initial sketch presented musician Neil Innes (ex-Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) fronting The Rutles singing "I Must Be In Love", a masterly pastiche of a 1964-era Lennon-McCartney tune. The band name was coined as a continuation of the premise of the TV show on which the skit originated. Look up Sketch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is a British comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... RWT logo. ... Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944, in Danbury, Essex) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band) was the brainchild of the British art-school set of the 1960s. ... The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic genre. ...


The show was presented as a programme produced by a fictional TV network based in the County of Rutland which is the smallest county in England. One of the running jokes was that it was a network run on a very tight shoestring. If the show parodied a topic - it would sometimes use names that were derivative of the word "Rutland". When Idle and Innes created a parody of the Beatles - it was natural word-play for them to devise a band name that sounded like a cross between the Beatles and Rutland. Innes credits Idle with suggesting "Rutles". Oakham Castle Rutland is traditionally Englands smallest county and is bounded on the west and north by Leicestershire, northeast by Lincolnshire, and southeast by Northamptonshire. ...


Innes was the resident musician/composer for the series, and would create songs with ideas on how they could be presented visually.


It was Innes who came up with the idea of a short skit spoofing the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night, he had originally written "I Must Be In Love" which he realised sounded very "Beatley" and thought of the Rutles skit. He passed the idea to Idle, who had a separate idea for a sketch about a boring TV documentary maker. Idle and Innes decided to connect the two ideas into one extended filmed sequence - and this was shot for the TV show. Sketch comedy consists of a series of short comedy scenes, or sketches, commonly between one and ten minutes long. ... A Hard Days Night (1964) is a British comedy film originally released by United Artists, written by Alun Owen and starring The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. ...

The Rutles - I Must Be In Love excerpt
An excerpt from "I Must Be In Love"
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What made The Rutles particularly fascinating for music fans were the numerous connections between The Beatles, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the Monty Python team. The Beatles were great fans of the Bonzos: they featured them in their 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour and Paul McCartney (working with Gus Dudgeon under the collective alias Apollo C. Vermouth) had produced their 1968 hit single "I'm The Urban Spaceman". The Bonzos and members of the Python team had worked together in the late 1960s on the cult TV comedy show Do Not Adjust Your Set. The Beatles guitarist George Harrison was a dedicated Python fan - as well as being involved in The Rutles film (see below); his company Handmade Films later took over production of the Pythons' film Life Of Brian after the original backers pulled out, fearing that its subject matter was too controversial, as well as financing the two first solo films of ex-Python Terry Gilliam, Jabberwocky and Time Bandits. Image File history File links Rutles_-_I_Must_Be_In_Love_excerpt. ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band or to fans simply the Bonzos) were the brainchild of a British art-school set of the 1960s. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Magical Mystery Tour, starring The Beatles, is an hour-long television film that initially aired on BBC1 on Boxing Day in 1967. ... Gus Dudgeon (1942 - 2002) was a British record producer, and the inventor of audio sampling as a musical device. ... From left to right: David Jason, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. ... Handmade Films was a British film production company set up by the Beatle George Harrison and his business partner Denis OBrian in 1979, originally to finance the Monty Python film Life of Brian after the original financers pulled out. ... Monty Pythons Life of Brian is a 1979 comedy written and performed by the Monty Python comedy team. ... Terrence Vance Gilliam (born November 22, 1940) is an American-born British filmmaker, animator, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. ... Jabberwocky (1977) is a comic medieval film by Monty Pythons resident animator, Terry Gilliam. ... Time Bandits (first released on July 13, 1981) is a fantasy film, produced and directed by Terry Gilliam (who created animations for Monty Pythons Flying Circus). ...


In the merchandising produced for the TV series, references were made to a Rutles album (Finchley Road) and a single ("Ticket To Rut"). In 1976 BBC Records produced The Rutland Weekend Songbook, an album containing 23 tracks including two Rutles songs "I Must Be In Love" and "The Children Of Rock And Roll" (later reworked as "Good Times Roll"). Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Saturday Night Live (1977)

Two years later, when Eric Idle was asked to appear on the American NBC show Saturday Night (later to become Saturday Night Live), he took several video tape extracts from Rutland Weekend Television with him to screen on the show - including the Rutles clip. The latter generated a very positive audience response and led to a suggestion by SNL Executive Producer Lorne Michaels that the idea should be extended from a brief skit into a one-hour mock documentary. This proposal led to the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash primarily directed by SNL film director Gary Weis (responsible for the programme's acclaimed short films), though Eric Idle was given co-director credit. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This article is about the American television series. ... Lorne Michaels (born Lorne Michael Lipowitz on November 17, 1944) is an Emmy-winning Canadian-born television producer, writer and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and producing the various film and TV projects that spun off from it. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ...


"All You Need Is Cash" (1978)

Main article: All You Need Is Cash

All You Need Is Cash purported to be a documentary on the rise and fall of The Rutles, paralleling much of the history of The Beatles. All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a British rock group called The Rutles. ...


Innes was charged with writing and producing all the music for the film. He deliberately avoided listening to Beatles music during the compositional phase, so as not to directly lift any musical ideas. Innes then assembled a band (himself, Ollie Halsall, Andy Brown, Rikki Fataar and John Halsey) and the group played a two-week residency in a London-area pub in order to gel as a performing unit. During Rutles live performances and the subsequent studio recordings, Innes generally took lead vocals on the songs that most resembled John Lennon's or George Harrison's; Halsall was the vocalist on the most McCartney-esque tunes; and Halsey sang the Ringo Starr-type songs. Idle did not play or sing on any Rutles track, but mimed to Halsall's singing and Brown's bass playing in the completed film. (Halsall appeared in the finished film as "Leppo", the so-called fifth Rutle who in the earliest years of the band "mainly stood in the back". Brown did not appear in the film.)

George Harrison makes a cameo appearance in The Rutles, interviewing the band's press spokesman 'Eric Manchester' - a character based on Beatles press agent Derek Taylor, played by Michael Palin.
George Harrison makes a cameo appearance in The Rutles, interviewing the band's press spokesman 'Eric Manchester' - a character based on Beatles press agent Derek Taylor, played by Michael Palin.

All You Need Is Cash was one of the first films of its kind, and an inspiration for the successful Rob Reiner cult comedy film This Is Spinal Tap which followed in 1984 and was dubbed a 'mockumentary'. Image File history File links Scene from The Rutles - George Harrison cameo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Scene from The Rutles - George Harrison cameo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1945) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, childrens advocate and political activist. ... This Is Spin̈al Tap (which is officially spelled with a non-functional umlaut symbol over the N) is a 1984 mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner and starring members of the semi-fictional heavy-metal glam rock band Spinal Tap. ...


All You Need Is Cash is primarily a series of skits and gags that each illustrate a different part of the fictional Rutles story, closely following the chronology of The Beatles' own story. The cohesive glue of the film is the acclaimed soundtrack by Neil Innes, who created 19 more songs for the film, each an affectionate pastiche of a different Beatles song or genre of songs. 14 of the songs were released on a soundtrack album with elaborate packaging (The CD version subsequently added the six songs omitted from the original vinyl album.) The album was both critically and commercially successful and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Comedy Recording of the year. The orchestrations and arrangements for the Rutles recordings were made by noted film composer John Altman. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... John Altman John Altman (born March 2, 1952 in Reading, Berkshire, England) is an English actor best known as Nasty Nick Cotton in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. ...


Ironically, in view of its later cult status, All You Need Is Cash was not a success on its American television debut and actually finished in bottom place of all programs screened that week (a source of wry pride to Neil Innes). The program fared better on its British debut on BBC television. The film's cult status grew from the success of the soundtrack album, and after the release of the film on the comparatively new medium of home video. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ...


A 66-minute version (edited for TV) was released on video and DVD but it has since been superseded by the restored 72-minute version.


Later history

After the special aired, the Rutles went into abeyance for a number of years. Eric Idle and Rikki Fataar issued one single as 'Dirk and Stig' in 1979 (Idle's only appearance on a Rutles-related disc), but throughout the 1980s The Rutles did not exist as an actual performing entity.


Innes, with session musicians, performed as "Ron Nasty and The New Rutles" at a convention honoring the 25th anniversary of the Monty Python comedy troupe in 1994. This eventually led to a Rutles reunion album in 1996, featuring Innes, Fataar and Halsey. Halsall had died in 1992, but the reunion album, entitled Archaeology (a play on the Beatles' Anthology series), featured several tracks recorded in 1978 that included contributions from Halsall.


In 2002, Eric Idle made a follow up film, The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, but it remained unreleased for over a year. The film features the band on a reunion tour and includes an even bigger number of celebrity interviewees discussing the bands' influence on them. This was met with mixed reactions from fans of the original film, especially since it used outtake material culled from the original. The DVD has yet to be released in the UK.


In 2007, a reissue of Archaeology included at least one newly-recorded Rutles track, the Spamalot parody "Rut-a-lot". Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ...


Their history (fictional)

Ron Nasty first met Dirk McQuickly in January 1959, at the now-historical address of 43 Egg Lane, Liverpool. Having joined up with Stig O'Hara (a guitarist of no fixed hairstyle), they started playing as a trio. After 18 months, they discovered drummer Barrington Womble (whom they persuaded to change his name to Barry Wom to save time, and his hairstyle to save Brylcreem) hiding in their van, and the classic line-up was complete. For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... Original Brylcreem Brylcreem (pronounced brill-cream) is a brand name of mens hair groom. ...


In 1960, at the suggestion of then-manager Arthur Scouse, the group went to Hamburg where, with fifth member Leppo, they played all the clubs on the Reeperbahn. It was there that Leppo crawled inside a trunk with a small German fräulein and was never heard from again. Luckily, he couldn't play anyway. Location Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE6 First Mayor Ole von Beust (CDU) Governing party CDU Votes in Bundesrat 3 (from 69) Basic statistics Area  755 km² (292 sq mi) Population 1,754,317 (11/2006)[1]  - Density 2,324 /km² (6,018... A sexshop on the Reeperbahn The Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburgs St. ... Fräulein vom Amt Chris Howland: Fräulein In German, ( ) Fräulein (literally, little woman or little Mrs. ...


In October 1961, fate intervened in the shape and other attributes of one-legged retail chemist from Bolton, Leggy Mountbatten (a parody of Brian Epstein), who, after falling into "The Cavern" one night, decided he hated the boys' music but liked the cut of their jib (and especially, the cut of their tight trousers). He became their manager, cleaned up their image, and touted them around the major record companies. Eventually, they signed to Parlourphone, and their debut album, recorded in 20 minutes (their second took even longer), became an enormous success. By December 1963, they were the biggest thing ever to hit the music business, with nineteen out of the top twenty singles in the UK. Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ...


1964 saw Rutlemania go worldwide, and then some. The group swiftly conquered the U.S., while Nasty's book of comic prose, Out Of Me Head, dominated the best-seller lists. In July of that year, the group's first film, A Hard Day's Rut, was released. This was followed in 1965 by Ouch!. By this time, Rutlemania had reached such a fever pitch that crowd control was a serious problem. In August 1965, the Prefab Four played a sell-out concert at New York's Ché Stadium (named after Cuban guerrilla leader Ché Guevara), arriving a day early in order to get away before the audience arrived. The Beatles arrival at Americas JFK Airport in 1964 has proved a particularly enduring image of Beatlemania. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... In His Own Write is a book from 1964 by John Lennon. ... A Hard Days Night (1964) is a British comedy film originally released by United Artists, written by Alun Owen and starring The Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. ... Help! is a 1965 film starring the The Beatles and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal and Roy Kinnear. ... Prefabricated building is a type of building that consists of several factory-built units that are assembled on-site to complete the unit. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... Che Guevara - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

The Rutles not-so-subtle-sendup of John meeting Yoko in 1966 at Indica Gallery in London.
The Rutles not-so-subtle-sendup of John meeting Yoko in 1966 at Indica Gallery in London.

In 1966, controversy hit the Rutles when Nasty was quoted as saying that the group were 'bigger than God'. Nasty, however, insisted that he had been misquoted by a slightly deaf journalist, and had actually said they were bigger than Rod, referring to Rod Stewart, then a relative unknown. The band bounced back with their 1967 masterpiece Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band, though this too was misted over in controversy when the group claimed they wrote it under the influence of tea, which they had been introduced to by Bob Dylan. When Nasty was arrested for possession of it, there was a national outcry and a full-page ad in The Times calling for it to be legalised. (All five members of The Rolling Stones had been arrested already, and a British MP had been caught nude with a teapot). Image File history File links Scene from The Rutles - Sendup of John and Yoko Bed-in for peace. ... Image File history File links Scene from The Rutles - Sendup of John and Yoko Bed-in for peace. ... The Indician art gallery is located in London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a Scottish singer and songwriter born and raised in London. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... Tea leaves in a Chinese gaiwan. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1788. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


More bad news followed for the group. While staying with the mystic Arthur Sultan at his retreat in Bognor Regis, the band heard that Mountbatten had tragically left them, emigrating to Australia, where he accepted a teaching post. Some critics argue that the band lost their direction at this point. Tragical History Tour, their self-indulgent TV movie about four Oxford history professors on a tour around Rutland tea-shops, was regarded as a failure, despite the success of the soundtrack, which included the classic songs "W.C. Fields Forever" and "I Am The Waitress". Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (b. ... , Bognor Regis is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. ... Magical Mystery Tour, starring The Beatles, is an hour-long television film that initially aired on BBC1 on Boxing Day in 1967. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... BRILLIANT SONG! Music sample Strawberry Fields Forever ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Music sample I Am the Walrus ( file info) Problems? See media help. ...


In April 1968, the group launched their new record company, Rutle Corps. Despite signing up some promising talent (notably: Arthur Hodgson and the Kneecaps, a parody of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and the 'French Beach Boys', Les Garçons de la Plage), poor financial management (mainly on the part of Stig O'Hara's financial planner, Ron Decline) finally led to the label's ultimate failure. Around this time, a 'Stig is Dead' rumour, prompted by both many obscure clues within the band's songs and album covers (including a track which, when played backwards, reportedly said 'Stig has been dead for ages, honestly') and the fact that Stig hadn't spoken publicly in five years began to circulate, prompting Barry to stay in bed for a year (either as a tax dodge or as an attempt to start his own 'Barry is Also Dead' rumour). Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... Billy J. Kramer (born August 19, 1943) was a British Invasion merseybeat singer. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Taxes” redirects here. ...


It was in this atmosphere that the group's final release, Let It Rot, was recorded. Soon afterwards, the band fell apart amid much legal wrangling, with McQuickly suing Nasty and O'Hara, Wom suing McQuickly, Nasty suing O'Hara and Wom, and in all the confusion, O'Hara accidentally suing himself. Wom had some success with his solo LP, When You Find The Girl Of Your Dreams In The Arms Of Some Scotsmen From Hull, but like the other members, soon drifted into obscurity, punctuated only by the making of a 1978 retrospective documentary, All You Need Is Cash. McQuickly formed the punk rock group Punk Floyd with his French wife, Martini (he sings; she doesn't); Nasty turned his back on the world; Wom became two hairdressers; and O'Hara is working for Air India as an air hostess. A persons emotional mood is a measurable affective state, which can consist of a combination of emotions. ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Air India (formerly Air-India, Hindi: ) is the national flag carrier of India with a worldwide network of passenger and cargo services. ...


It is rumored that The Rutles acquired all their music from others. Many people said that they stole it from New Orleans blues legend Blind Lemon Pye, but he said that the Rutles music came from his next-door neighbor Ruttling Orange Peel. Ruttling claimed that he DID write the music, but his wife clams that he is always lying. She said that he also claimed to have started the Everly Brothers, Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Welk. There is a smalltime group named The Beatles who patterned their career after the legendary Rutles. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... Lawrence Welk during a taping of The Lawrence Welk Show Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, bandleader, and television impresario. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


Rutles albums (real)

The Rutles Weekend Songbook, 1976
The Rutles Weekend Songbook, 1976

A soundtrack album entitled The Rutles containing 14 tongue-in-cheek pastiches of Beatles' songs was also released. Image File history File links The Rutles Promotional Album Image This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... Image File history File links The Rutles Promotional Album Image This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... The Rutles were a fictional band, and parody of The Beatles. ...


The cover art of the album suggested the existence of a number of other Rutles albums including Tragical History Tour and Let It Rot.


The album contains some obvious send-ups of Beatles numbers such as "Ouch!" ("Help!"), "Love Life" ("All You Need is Love"), "Piggy in the Middle" ("I Am the Walrus"), "Doubleback Alley" ("Penny Lane") and "Get Up And Go" (CD reissue only -- "Get Back"). However, its real tribute is in its subtly layered blending of elements from many classic Lennon-McCartney tunes.


Multiple listenings are required to discern all the sources referenced in titles, lyrics, melodies, and song structures. The primary creative force of the Rutles music was Neil Innes, the sole composer and arranger of the songs. Innes had been the 'seventh' member of Monty Python, as well as one of the main artists behind the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band in the late 1960s, who had been featured in the real Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour performing "Death Cab For Cutie". Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band) was the brainchild of the British art-school set of the 1960s. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Magical Mystery Tour is an album by British rock band The Beatles, first released in late November 1967. ... Death Cab for Cutie is a song composed by Vivian Stanshall and performed by himself and his Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, which was included on their 1967 album Gorilla. ...


Innes himself credits the three musicians he recruited to assist him on the project as having been enormously important in helping him capture the feel of the Beatles. Guitarist/singer Ollie Halsall and drummer John Halsey had played together in the groups Timebox and Patto. Multi-instrumentalist Rikki Fataar had played with The Flame before joining the Beach Boys in the early 1970s. Ollie may not have been the best guitarist in the world, but he was certainly among the top two John Halsey, 1997 Peter Ollie Halsall was born in Southport, England in 1949. ... Ricky Fataar (born 5 September 1952 in Durban, South Africa) is a South African musician who is primarily a drummer. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of...


Not commonly known is that Eric Idle is not heard at all on the music soundtrack of the film. He did not play or sing on any of the recordings. He is skillful at lip-syncing the 'Dirk' vocals that were in fact sung by Ollie Halsall. Innes says that Idle, who had recently had an appendectomy, offered to help but was encouraged to recuperate. Were it not for the inherently ironic lyrics, it might be difficult to distinguish the songs from true Beatles numbers (indeed, the 1978 Beatles bootleg Indian Rope Trick included The Rutles' "Cheese and Onions", incorrectly — and perhaps jokingly — attributing it to John Lennon). In the early 1980s, Innes was accused by one American Beatle fan of stealing unreleased Beatles tracks to use in the film; this was based on a recording of "Cheese And Onions" obtained by the fan which he believed to be by John Lennon. When the recording was played to Innes, he was amused to discover that it was actually his own demo of the song - a tribute to his skills as a parodist. Ollie may not have been the best guitarist in the world, but he was certainly among the top two John Halsey, 1997 Peter Ollie Halsall was born in Southport, England in 1949. ... Irony is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is a gap or incongruity between what a speaker or a writer says and what is generally understood (either at the time, or in the later context of history). ... The Indian rope trick, now vanished from the realm of oriental magic, and sometimes described as the world’s greatest illusion, involved a magician and generally his one or more boy assistants. ...


The songs written by Innes so cleverly parodied the original source material that he was taken to court by the owners of The Beatles catalogue. Innes had to testify under oath that he had not listened to the songs at all while composing The Rutles songs, but had created them completely originally based on what he remembered various Beatles songs sounding like at different times.


The original LP album omitted several songs which were restored on the 1990 CD reissue.

The Rutles
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Soundtrack by The Rutles
Released 1978
Genre Comedy
Length 50:27
Label Rhino
Professional reviews

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The Rutles (1978)

  1. "Goose-Step Mama" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:18 (not on LP)
  2. "Number One" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:52
  3. "Baby Let Me Be" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 1:57 (not on LP)
  4. "Hold My Hand" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:11 (shorter than LP version, which has an "airplane" sound intro - actually the sound sounds like an aeroplane to begin with (like "Back In The USSR") but you then realise it is the sound of the recording studio being vacuumed)
  5. "Blue Suede Schubert" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:13 (not on LP)
  6. "I Must Be In Love" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:06
  7. "With A Girl Like You" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 1:53
  8. "Between Us" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:03 (not on LP)
  9. "Living In Hope" (Womble) - 2:39
  10. "Ouch!" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 1:52
  11. "It's Looking Good" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:02 (not on LP)
  12. "Doubleback Alley" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:57
  13. "Good Times Roll" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 3:05
  14. "Nevertheless" (O'Hara) - 1:29
  15. "Love Life" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:52
  16. "Piggy In The Middle" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 4:11
  17. "Another Day" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:13
  18. "Cheese And Onions" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 2:42
  19. "Get Up And Go" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 3:19 (not on LP)
  20. "Let's Be Natural" (Nasty/McQuickly) - 3:22

[The above songs were all actually written by Neil Innes. The songwriter attributions above are the 'fictional' writing credits listed as they would have been in the 'Rutles universe.' Reflecting the balance of songwriting credits on most Beatles albums, the vast majority of the songs are credited to Ron Nasty and Dirk McQuickly (the 'John and Paul' of The Rutles), with one composition each credited to the rivals for 'George' (Stig O'Hara) and 'Ringo' (Barry Wom)] This article is about the marching step. ...


The only song from the film that did not end up on the soundtrack is "You Need Feet." It was not included because it was not actually a Rutles piece, but an existing song written & performed by Bernard Bresslaw. Bernard Bresslaw (born Stepney, London, February 25, 1934 - Enfield, June 11, 1993) was an English actor who was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. ...


The Rutles 12" EP (1978)

Promotional Warner Bros. faux-Beatles Rutles five-song 33 1/3 RPM 12-inch (PRO-E-723) complete with recreated Lads-in-Nehru-suits portrait in the same fashion and pose as the real Beatles' portrait released on the sleeve of the Capitol 45 rpm release "I Want to Hold Your Hand" b/w "I Saw Her Standing There" (Capitol 5112). The unnamed Rutle Corps Records label (peeled banana in the center) boasted five tracks and was pressed in translucent yellow vinyl: Music sample I Want to Hold Your Hand ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... It has been suggested that I Saw Him Standing There be merged into this article or section. ...


Side 1

  1. "I Must Be In Love" - 2:04
  2. "Doubleback Alley" - 2:54
  3. "With A Girl Like You" - 1:50

Side 2

  1. "Another Day" - 2:09
  2. "Let's Be Natural" - 3:23

Three of the four musicians who had created the soundtrack for the 1978 film — Innes, Halsey and Fataar — reunited in 1996 and recorded a second album, Archaeology, an affectionate send-up of The Beatles Anthology albums. The fourth 'real' Rutle, Ollie Halsall, died in Spain in 1992. Eric Idle was invited to participate, but declined. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ...


Like the Anthology project that it lampooned, it featured tracks ostensibly from all periods of the Rutles career, sequenced to reflect the fictional band's chronology. (Several of the songs were actually old Innes standards that were dusted off and masterfully given the 'Rutle' treatment.) The reunion was blessed by George Harrison who encouraged The Pre-Fab Four to proceed. (When approached, he told Innes, 'Sure. It's all part of the "soup"...', an encounter that Innes related in interviews in 1996.)


The reunion was triggered by Innes' appearance at the Los Angeles festival "Monty Python: Lust For Glory!", celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Monty Python troupe produced by Martin Lewis for the American Cinematheque. Innes performed two sold-out gigs at L.A.'s Troubadour Club under the name "Ron Nasty & The New Rutles", using a local tribute Beatles band as the notional backing band that a sole member of a defunct vintage band hires in such circumstance. (A previous example is "Eric Burdon & The New Animals", a band name used by Burdon in 1968 to take advantage of the public's familiarity with the brand name of The Animals, even though there were no other members of the original Animals in the line-up.) Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Martin Lewis. ... The American Cinematheque is an independent, non-profit cultural organization in Los Angeles dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the Moving Picture in all its forms. ... The US edition of The Animals self-titled debut album. ...


Following the success of the shows, Lewis and Innes collaborated on the project that became Archaeology.

The Rutles Archaeology, 1996
The Rutles Archaeology, 1996

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The Rutles Archaeology (1996)

  1. "Major Happy's Up-And-Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band"
  2. "Rendezvous"
  3. "Questionnaire"
  4. "We've Arrived! (And To Prove It We're Here)" (recorded in 1978 with Halsall)
  5. "Lonely-Phobia"
  6. "Unfinished Words" (backing track was recorded in 1978 with Halsall; new vocals)
  7. "Hey Mister!"
  8. "Easy Listening"
  9. "Now She's Left You" (recorded in 1978 with Halsall)
  10. "The Knicker Elastic King"
  11. "I Love You"
  12. "Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik"
  13. "Joe Public"
  14. "Shangri-La"
  15. "Don't Know Why"
  16. "Back In '64"

All songs were credited solely to Neil Innes.


The Japanese release of Archaeology includes 4 bonus tracks: "Lullaby", "Baby S'il Vous Plait", "It's Looking Good" (rehearsal), and "My Little Ukulele". "Baby S'il Vous Plait" and "It's Looking Good" were also issued (along with the LP version of "Joe Public") on a UK CD single and 10" of "Shangri-La."


"Baby S'il Vous Plait" was a crude French-language version of an earlier Rutles song "Baby Let Me Be", from the 1978 soundtrack. The song was recorded as a pastiche of the Beatles' two German-language recordings of "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - with suitably poor translation and even poorer foreign accents.


On February 19, 2007, EMI Gold (UK) released a budget reissue of Archaeology with new cover artwork and five bonus tracks: The aforementioned "Lullaby," "My Little Ukelele," and "Baby S'il Vous Plait" surfaced again, and two previously unreleased numbers - "Under My Skin" and "Rut-A-Lot" (the latter rumored to be a jab at Idle's recently successful "Spamalot") - made their first appearances.


Rutles Highway Revisited (A tribute to The Rutles)

A twenty-track album of Rutles covers released by Shimmy Disc Europe (SDE 9028/CD), liner notes include interview with Ron Nasty.

  1. "Cheese & Onions" - Galaxie 500
  2. "Hold My Hand" - The Pussywillows
  3. "Number One" - Bongos, Bass & Bob
  4. "Good Times Roll" - Lida Husik
  5. "Another Day" - Dogbowl
  6. "Piggy In The Middle" - Das Damen
  7. "I Must Be In Love" - Syd Straw & Marc Ribot
  8. "Nevertheless" - Joey Arias
  9. "Let's Be Natural" - When People Were Shorter & Lived Near The Water
  10. "Between Us" - Unrest
  11. "Ouch!" - Peter Stampfel & The Bottlecaps
  12. "Blue Suede Schubert" - The Timelers
  13. "Living In Hope" - Tuli Kupferberg
  14. "Baby Let Me Be" - Daniel Johnston
  15. "It's Looking Good" - Uncle Wiggly
  16. "Goose Step Mama" - Shonen Knife
  17. "Get Up And Go" - Jellyfish Kiss
  18. "Doubleback Alley" - King Missile
  19. "With A Girl Like You" - Paleface
  20. "Love Life" - Bongwater

Bootlegs

Bootlegs include Hard Days Rut, Rehearsal, Sweet Rutle Tracks, Rutles To Let, Sgt. Rutters Only Darts Club Band, and Rutland's Rare Rutles Revisited.


Miscellaneous

The Rutles Corps logo is a half-peeled banana.


It should be noted that The Rutles came before the age of tribute bands.


Amusingly, the structure of The Rutles (1978) closely mirrors that of The Compleat Beatles (1984). It seems as if this were the one case where the documentary imitated the parody. The Compleat Beatles [sic] was a 1982 two-hour documentary, chronicling the career of the Fab Four. Though it has since been supplanted by the more extensive five-hour 1996 Beatles Anthology, The Compleat Beatles was for many years largely regarded as the definitive source of information on the Beatles. ...


Despite the bonus tracks, the CD issue of The Rutles has one song edited: "Hold My Hand", which opened the LP, originally began with several seconds of synthesized airplane sounds and guitar tuning, and then Nasty counting in. This was removed from the remastered version, for reasons unknown (in the film, the aircraft noise and count-in are at the start of "Get Up and Go", a parody of The Beatles' "Get Back". The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Music sample Get Back ( file info) Problems? See media help. ...


Shortly after the Rutles film and LP were released, Eric Idle and Rikki Fataar released a novelty single, "Ging Gang Goolie"/"Mister Sheene", under the name Dirk & Stig. This stood as the only musical recording where Idle actually sings for the Dirk character until the release of Idle's "Eric Idle Sings Monty Python" CD, which featured performances from his 1999 "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python" tour. The tour and CD featured Idle singing "I Must Be In Love" as Sir Dirk McQuickley. Ging Gang Goolie or Ging Gang Gooli is a gibberish scouting song written by Robert Baden-Powell. ...


Nasty went on to form a post-Rutles band as well: the Plastic Ono Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (this is a parody of Innes' real band, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band). They have only been mentioned once: in a 1996 article about Archaeology in Goldmine magazine. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band or to fans simply the Bonzos) were the brainchild of a British art-school set of the 1960s. ...


The 1978 rehearsals have been bootlegged, and feature several interesting oddities, including "Piggy In The Middle" with the lyrics that appear in the LP's liners, "Love Life" with a Python intro, and a never-released track called "Plenty Of Time" (a cover of a song by the Grimms, a band which had Neil Innes amongst its members and released one LP). "Now She's Left You," which appeared on Archaeology, appears here untrimmed.


In settlement of a lawsuit,[citation needed] some Rutles songs are now listed as being co-authored by Lennon and McCartney. As of early 2006, these six songs from the first Rutles CD (which were not on the original LP release) are credited solely to Neil Innes, according to the official BMI web site: "Baby Let Me Be", "Between Us", "Blue Suede Schubert", "Get Up And Go", "Goose Step Mama", "It's Looking Good". The other 14 songs from the CD (that is, all of the songs from the original LP release) have all had John Lennon and Paul McCartney added to the songwriting credits along with Neil Innes.


Trivia

  • In the office of Rutles music publisher Dick Jaws (played by Barry Cryer), sales awards for the albums Red Rose Speedway by Paul McCartney and Wings and Ringo Starr's Ringo are clearly seen over his left shoulder in the original film.
  • The backward message in the middle of "Piggy In The Middle" says: 'This little piggie went to ma-a-arket'.
  • As Stig, the 'quiet Rutle', in All You Need Is Cash, Fataar does not have a single spoken line.
  • In the graphic novel Superman: True Brit, Ron Nasty & Dirk McQuickly are trapped in an almost-crashing limo, and are rescued by the British Superman in his first ever public appearance. The graphic novel was co-written by John Cleese, who is a Monty Python member with Eric Idle.
  • At the start of the original film, the vehicles used by The Rutles in the getaway sequence appear to date from the late sixties/early seventies according to the registration plates that are visible.
  • Rutles drummer John Halsey ("Barry Wom") is landlord of The Castle Inn, a gastro-pub on Castle Mound in Cambridge, England.[1]

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References

  1. ^ http://maxwelledison.blogspot.com/2005/05/rutles-launch-feud.html

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