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.
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