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Six years before This Is Spinal Tap, Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band stuck it to the Beatles. What started out as a fictional band for a mockumentary became a short-lived phenomenon known by fans as the Prefab Four. They toured, recorded and even landed a couple of UK hits. This collection boasts 20 songs that helped make the 1978 comedy All You Need Is Cash a cult film. Like Spinal Tap, each of the Rutles played their own instruments and sang. But members Ron Nasty, Barry Wom, Stig O'Hara and Dirk McQuickly were not only influential to other rock mockumentaries, as evidenced by 1990s Rutles Highway Revisited (A Tribute to the Rutles) comprising artists such as Galaxie 500, Shonen Knife, Daniel Johnston and others. The opening “Goose-Step Mama” perfectly parodies the early incarnation of the Beatles when they mixed Merseybeat with skiffle folk, while “Blue Suede Schubert” rips on the pre-moptop Teddy Boy era when back-beat was added to rockabilly. “Piggy In the Middle” nails “I Am the Walrus,” replete with warbly Mellotron.

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32 years later and I am still blown away by the Rutles!!This is one of the greatest Beatle influenced records ever.The production is amazing and the way the band merges several Beatle tracks together on each individual track to make a new original track is true magic. Stand outs are "Number one" "Hold my hand" "I must be in love" and "Blue suede Schubert" I dare any Beatle fan to listen to this and not agree with me The Rutles are true genius

I Must Be In Love... or something

Rutland's own!! The Rutles!! Every song on this album is a loving tribute/parody of the Beatles. They are equally as beautifully crafted as the original Beatle songs that they emulate. In my opinion "Let's Be Natural" could stand on its own as a classic, but don't let my opinion take anything away from the other tracks. Enjoy them all. A musical legend that will last a lunch time. The Rutles. Thank you for getting them finally iTunes.


Will this open the door for others like The Originals, The New Originals, the Johnny Goodshow Review, the Thamesmen, the Matchstick Men, Bossy Marmalade and Tootsie Childs?


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '90s, '00s

Originally broadcast on network TV in 1978, ex-Monty Python member Eric Idle's satire of the Beatles' legend was one of the very few successful rock parodies; only Spinal Tap, perhaps, has outdone it. One of the key elements of this mock rockumentary was the brilliantly executed soundtrack by Python associate and ex-Bonzo Dog Band member Neil Innes (he also played the character loosely based upon John Lennon in the film itself). As an actual peer of the group in the '60s (the Bonzos even appeared...
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