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Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

Get Up And Go

I must have been living under a stone for the past 28 years to have not been exposed to the majesty of The Rutles before now. Words can’t describe the shame I feel for waiting so long to discover their musical genius, their–

Ah fuck it, perpetuating the joke is too much work. The Rutles were the subject of a ‘mockumentary’ in 1978, the brainchild of Monty Pyton‘s Eric Idle and Saturday Night Live‘s Gary Weis. They made a film – The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash – which chronicled the career of a fictional Liverpudlian band called The Rutles. Naturally, any similarities between The Rutles and The Beatles were purely intentional. The satire was all in good fun (George Harrison makes a cameo in the film) but still pretty damn funny. High points were the movie shoot for The Tragical History Tour, John Lennon figure Ron Nasty’s marriage to a neo-Nazi fetishist (three guesses who that’s a shot at, the first two don’t count). I, myself, want to do some Rutles covers – Galaxie 500 do a cover of “Cheese And Onions” from the Yellow Submarine Sandwich record. You can probably expect that one as cover of the week next week. They made a second Rutles movie last year – The Rutles: Can’t Buy Me Lunch – and there’ve been a few albums – even a tribute album, Rutles Highway Revisited.

The San Francisco Chronicle has managed to conduct the most inane Ryan Adams interview ever. Special appearance by Parker Posey!

Apparently it’s nice and warm out today, at least for late November. I think I should get out of my little Hobbit-hole and enjoy it while it lasts.

Update: To Shawn Doyle – I saw your email in my Hotmail junk mail box right AFTER I hit delete all… If you need to contact me, try the Yahoo address. Sorry.

np – Chappaquiddick Skyline / Chappaquiddick Skyline

By : Frank Yang at 2:10 pm
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