Here’s the deal, I almost didn’t include the Rutles because I grew up in a household deficient in vitamin Beatles and I’m pretty undeveloped in my Beatles knowledge BUT this is about the Rutles, not the Beatles! Right? Right.
Okay, so the Rutles are best known for the 1978 mockumentary All You Need is Cash but appeared two years prior in Rutland Weekend Television, Eric Idle’s sketch comedy show. Later that year, when Idle hosted Saturday Night Live, he brought the original sketch with him. When he hosted the show again, the following year, there was another Rutles sketch and song. In 2002, Idle wrote and produced a sequel titled ‘Can’t Buy Me Lunch’ and I haven’t watched it yet so I can’t say too much about it.
The Rutles are Dirk McQuickly (Idle), Ron Nasty (Neil Innes - who composed the songs AND one of them, Cheese and Onions later appeared on a Beatles bootleg!), Stig O’Hara (Rikki Fataar), and Barry Wom - real name Barringtom Womble (John Halsey). There was also a ‘fifth Rutle’ named Leppo. Hehe!
Today’s song is Doubleback Alley since everyone unanimously requested it. Pretty much every Rutles song on the All You Need is Cash soundtrack is great and I love them bunches. Some of the parodies are closer than others and some are SO CLOSE that ATV Music sued Innes for copyright infringement, which is why John Lennon and Paul McCartney share songwriting credits. But only on some releases? I don’t know, music is weird.
Anyway, enjoy! There are only a few days left and I’m looking forward to every single one!
I see your “Cups And Cakes” I’m Hit (nice one!), and raise you… “Doubleback Alley”!!
Fun fact: I got and (obsessively) listened to “The Rutles” before I had heard a lot of the actual Beatles songs that inspired them. So y’know, first time I heard “A Day In The Life” I was like, “Damn, they ripped off “Cheese And Onions”!!” So thanks Rutles for makin’ me a post-modern kinda kid.
30 day comedy challenge day 15: Favourite comedy song
Oooh, some real strong contenders in this category. Runners up were "Pure Awkward" by Rubberbandits (a dope 90s hip hop jam about getting slightly too intimate with Ice Cube), "Gallows Man" by Merriman Weir (a terrific murder ballad), "Pregnant Women Are Smug" by Garfunkel and Oates (funny cos it’s true) and "The Apprentice" by Adam Buxton (he’s a stupid moron, she’s a stupid moron, I’m going to win cos I am a genius, for goodness’ sake sir Alan, don’t employ a moron… ugh that’s going to be in my head for the rest of the day) but in the end you can’t mess with the Tap. I would strongly rec getting their album because the songs are as catchy as they are funny, particularly this sixties chamberpop gem from before they found their true calling as gods of heavy metal.
This new shoegaze record comes from Dee Dee, of the Dum Dum Girls, and her husband Brandon Welchez, under the name Haunted Hearts. It immediately brings you in with the catchy grooves underneath the thick wall of guitar.
They claim they wrote the tunes in the winter of 2012 while holed up listening to Motown and Krautrock. Pretty awesome combination I’d say. “House of Lords" is a single from the record, and it sets the tone of the record pretty well… with a solid, grooving backbeat that continues to spiral around while noisy guitars fly around. Great sounding debut.