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Title: The Rutles
Post by: Jane on July 13, 2008, 09:04:59 PM
Can anyone tell me what The Rutles really is and what relation it has to The Beatles. Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Mr. Mustard on July 13, 2008, 10:35:19 PM
The Rutles was a 1978 TV movie originally titled "All You Need is Cash."  It is a spoof documentary of the Beatles' story.  It was made by and stars Eric Idle from Monty Python.  He plays the narrator/interviewer of the story, as well as one of the Rutles.  Neil Innis also plays a Rutle and I think wrote most of the songs.

Not only is the movie funny as f-k, it is thorough in that it leaves no Beatle legend unspoofed.  For instance, the John Lennon character causes a scandal when he declares that the Rutles are "Bigger than God."  But it turns out he was misquoted -- he said "bigger than Rod" -- Rod Stewart, who wouldn't be famous for several more years.  The songs are parodied perfectly too -- "Get Back" is "Get Up and Go Back Home," etc.

Think Monty Python combined with Saturday Night Live with some Spinal Tap elements.  Besides Idle, there are numerous cameos -- Michael Palin, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Dan Ackroyd, Mick Jagger plays himself (commenting on the influence of the Rutles), and George Harrison appears in there somewhere as well.

By all means buy/rent/download this movie.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: aspinall_lover on July 13, 2008, 11:28:22 PM
Oh yeah................great movie!!!!  I have it on DVD.  I need to watch this again.  And George Harrison plays a reporter in the movie...........funny stuff............ ;D
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: freakchic9 on July 13, 2008, 11:33:36 PM
Wasn't there a second movie? If so, I think I watched it. It was called Can't Buy Me Lunch, or something.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Sondra on July 14, 2008, 01:20:04 AM
I loved Belushi's Allen Klein. Genius. And George's cameo was hysterical. I love that film! Wasn't it broadcast on SNL over here originally? That's where I saw it anyway. I loved it when they crossed the Pythons with the original SNL cast. Or Eric Idle anyway. And I think Michael Palin at some point? Nothing was funnier.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on July 14, 2008, 01:57:58 AM
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I loved Belushi's Allen Klein. Genius. And George's cameo was hysterical. I love that film! Wasn't it broadcast on SNL over here originally? That's where I saw it anyway. I loved it when they crossed the Pythons with the original SNL cast. Or Eric Idle anyway. And I think Michael Palin at some point? Nothing was funnier.

Sandra,

You have a good memory.  It's all detailed in the Rutlemania website:

http://www.rutlemania.org/rutles1.html


(http://www.rutlemania.org/snl_graphics/snleandj.jpg)

(http://www.rutlemania.org/snl_graphics/innes1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Bobber on July 14, 2008, 07:31:58 AM
Quote from: 1393
Can anyone tell me what The Rutles really is and what relation it has to The Beatles. Thanks in advance!


Check here: http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/m-1205713909/
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Jane on July 14, 2008, 10:37:23 AM
Oh, thank you all very much! I have heard of the Rutles and my impression was it was a kind of a band that made a parody of the Beatles, and that`s it, not worth talking about. I am so impressed and interested, especially by your recommendations to see it, which i will do without delay.  :)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Andy Smith on July 14, 2008, 07:18:02 PM
"if you want to know about the Beatles, watch the Rutles!" - George Harrison   ;D
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on July 14, 2008, 07:51:21 PM
Quote from: 1393
I have heard of the Rutles and my impression was it was a kind of a band that made a parody of the Beatles, and that`s it, not worth talking about.

No, Jane.  The Rutles are a legend.  A living legend.  A legend that will live long after other living legends have died.

(http://i44.tinypic.com/2zqs8lj.jpg)


http://www.rutles.org/rmain.html (http://www.rutles.org/rmain.html)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: aspinall_lover on July 14, 2008, 08:10:07 PM
^^^^^^^I like that picture.  Tooooo funny!!!!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: cubanheel on July 14, 2008, 09:17:12 PM
I watch my Rutles dvd slightly more often than my Beatles ones!! The music is just so good, and as George H says, if you want to know about the Beatles, it's all in there!
My fave bit is when they ask the 2 experts about the Rutles, oh and the bit where they talk about tea, oh and all of it.
I like the way that even people who don't know much about the Beatles can roar with laughter!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Jane on July 14, 2008, 09:24:26 PM
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No, Jane.  The Rutles are a legend.  A living legend.  A legend that will live long after other living legends have died.

([url]http://home.att.net/~thorobred7/The_Rutles.jpg[/url])


[url]http://www.rutles.org/rmain.html[/url]


It`s so strange, mysterious and unexpected that I am not just interested greatly, I am fascinated, and even more, I am intrigued...
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: fan numero uno on July 15, 2008, 01:43:03 AM
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Wasn't there a second movie? If so, I think I watched it. It was called Can't Buy Me Lunch, or something.

i didnt watch it yet, but i saw that it on youtube. will watch it soon........................
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: HeatherBoo on July 15, 2008, 03:24:48 AM
Cool, I'll have to check it out.  I also was under the impression it was like a cover band or something.  This sounds like something I would enjoy!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Bobber on July 15, 2008, 07:57:48 AM
There was a second film, I have it on the shelf somewhere. But it isn't half as good as the first one.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Jane on July 15, 2008, 03:10:15 PM
I am happy cause I still have to see so many films related to my Favourites!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Andy Smith on July 15, 2008, 08:22:20 PM
i did see the second one & it was just embarrasing to watch. the best stuff was the extra bits they filmed that they didn't show in the first one, but the interviews with people were pretty ridicolous. :-/
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Bobber on July 17, 2008, 08:09:25 AM
Some info on Can't Buy Me Lunch:
http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/m-1103639791/
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: on September 24, 2008, 02:48:37 PM
All You Need Is Cash will be rereleased on dvd shortly.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: freakchic9 on September 24, 2008, 07:47:16 PM
^Yes! I think I see a movie night in my future.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on September 25, 2008, 11:30:49 PM
They are good... but they didnt win me yet....  :-/
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Andy Smith on September 26, 2008, 10:56:22 PM
yep, the All You Need is Cash movie will be released in a 30th Anniversary Edition on
17th Novemeber!  here's what it will look like:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4129WDaCtkL._SS500_.jpg)

and after all these years, it was the trousers! ;D :P
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Geoff on September 26, 2008, 11:10:07 PM
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yep, the All You Need is Cash movie will be released in a 30th Anniversary Edition on
17th Novemeber!


Thanks for the heads up.  :)

Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: LSD on August 18, 2009, 06:45:47 PM
The Ruttles! I love them( not as much as the beatles). The parody was funny and not in bad taste at all.And hey George approved so by that alone you should know its really ood. I think my fav Charcter would have to "nasty" haha. Loved it! :P
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 08, 2014, 04:32:29 AM
I recently found this bootleg LP...


(http://i39.tinypic.com/2u60k8p.jpg)




The Rutles - "Yesterday's Leftovers" (Bootleg) [Full Album] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drpmQnFmiNU#)



The Rutles - "Yesterday's Leftovers" (Bootleg) [Full Album]

01. 00:00 "I Must Be In Love [1]"
02. 02:39 "The Children of Rock and Roll"
03. 03:26 "I Must Be In Love [2]"
04. 05:46 "Cheese and Onions"
05. 07:12 "Shangri-La"
06. 10:35 "Hold My Hand"
07. 13:06 "Brian Thigh Interview"
08. 14:31 "You Need Feet" (Bernard Bresslaw)
09. 15:40 "Dirk's Love Song" (De, De, De, De, De , De)
10. 16:29 "Lullaby"
11. 16:58 "Baby S'il Vous Plait" ("Baby Let Me Be" - French Version)
12. 18:52 "My Little Ukelele"
13. 20:53 "Under My Skin"
14. 24:23 "Rut-a-Lot"
15. 30:18 "I Must Be In Love [3]"
16. 32:36 "Not Letting It Be"

Track Info:

Tracks 1, 2, 3: "The Rutland Weekend Songbook" 1976. "I Must Be in Love"[1] includes intro and fans. "I Must Be in Love"[2] clear mix minus screaming fans.
Tracks 4, 5: Saturday Night Live 1977.
Track 6: "Hold My Hand" with "tuning-up intro" from 1978 "The Rutles" vinyl record. The "tuning-up intro" was cut from the Rhino CD re-issue.
Track 7: Brian Thigh Interview, originally heard on the "All You Need Is Cash" TV special 1978. It was edited for DVD release.
Track 8: From "A Thousand Feet Of Film", originally heard on the "All You Need Is Cash" TV special 1978. Not a Rutles song - 1959's "You Need Feet" was originally recorded and released in England by Bernard Bresslaw.
Track 9: Originally heard on the "All You Need Is Cash" TV special 1978.
Tracks 10, 11, 12 : "Archaeology" 1996 Japan bonus tracks. "Lullaby" is a brief musical gag from Innes. "Baby S'il Vous Plait" was a crude French-language version of an earlier Rutles song "Baby Let Me Be", from the 1978 soundtrack. "My Little Ukelele" is a George Formby-esque novelty number.
Tracks 13, 14: "Archaeology" 2007 reissue bonus tracks. "Under My Skin" is a cover of Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin" - According to Nasty, "It was taped at the Leicestershire Hunt Ball, where everybody is talking all the way through it." "Rut-A-Lot" is a medley of Rutles songs performed live by Innes.
Track 15: "I Must Be in Love"[3] acoustic/group mix of "Not Letting it Be" with "The Rutland Weekend Songbook"
Track 16: "Not Letting it Be" 2009 BBC radio show with Neil Innes's tales of Rutle-mania.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 08, 2014, 04:33:13 AM
I noticed the paper on the cover of my LP was curling up a bit at one corner.  When I peeled it off completely, I found this underneath...



(http://i41.tinypic.com/14nipet.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: In My Life on January 08, 2014, 06:35:18 AM
^^^

Isn't it great when you find new Rutles material?  ;)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Bobber on January 08, 2014, 01:28:45 PM
I noticed the paper on the cover of my LP was curling up a bit at one corner.  When I peeled it off completely, I found this underneath...


You shouldn't have peeled it off! Now it's worth less!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 09, 2014, 03:53:02 AM
You shouldn't have peeled it off! Now it's worth less!

But then how would I know what's underneath?
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 09, 2014, 04:29:15 AM
Isn't it great when you find new Rutles material?  ;)

It's a thrill that will last a lunchtime!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: In My Life on January 09, 2014, 03:34:50 PM
It's a thrill that will last a lunchtime!

 :)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: nimrod on January 09, 2014, 10:53:55 PM
I noticed the paper on the cover of my LP was curling up a bit at one corner.  When I peeled it off completely, I found this underneath...



([url]http://i41.tinypic.com/14nipet.jpg[/url])


That guy looks more like Ringo than Ringo :D
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 11, 2014, 05:33:47 AM
That guy looks more like Ringo than Ringo :D


Barry Wom (né Barrington Womble)

Today, he's a hairdresser in the Reading area with two fully-equipped salons of his own...


(http://i40.tinypic.com/339plyv.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: nimrod on January 11, 2014, 11:56:08 PM
 ha2ha
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 12, 2014, 12:24:25 AM
Barry realized his ambition...


The Rutles All You Need Is Cash: Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rLdwglbMqo#)
3:38
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Klang on January 12, 2014, 10:51:10 AM
 
Interesting that this thread got reactivated recently. I was watching an old SNL the other day with Eric Idle hosting and Neil was on doing 'Cheese And Onions.'

 :)

Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 27, 2014, 02:48:45 AM

Interesting that this thread got reactivated recently. I was watching an old SNL the other day with Eric Idle hosting and Neil was on doing 'Cheese And Onions.'

 :)





(http://hotoffpress.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/ronnasty.jpg)



The Rutles - Cheese And Onions (Saturday Night Live) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfs8uKsyDHc#ws)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Fab4Fan on January 27, 2014, 02:54:31 AM
I noticed the paper on the cover of my LP was curling up a bit at one corner.  When I peeled it off completely, I found this underneath...



([url]http://i41.tinypic.com/14nipet.jpg[/url])


ROTFL!!!  Brilliant!
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: nimrod on January 27, 2014, 03:02:18 AM
Love Cheese & Onion  :D
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: tkitna on January 27, 2014, 04:31:18 AM
I just heard 'Ouch' on the radio today.  ha2ha

The Rutles - Ouch! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVFRgoQe86U#)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 27, 2014, 04:43:38 AM
Yes, that was from The Rutles' second film which was in color.  Their first was in black and white.

Here's Ron Nasty performing Ouch! a few months ago...


The Rutles - Ouch! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGdjZz9eUfw#)
28 August 2013
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 27, 2014, 04:47:20 AM
Love Cheese & Onion  :D


The Rutles - Cheese and Onions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JVK5ill6Ho#)
28 August 2013
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 27, 2014, 04:55:34 AM
Piggy In The Middle


rutles - piggy in the middle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKezWLZqRik#)
1967



Piggy in the Middle The Rutles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZirFZMw9Wn4#ws)
21 August 2013
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on January 27, 2014, 05:07:55 AM
That was a clue at 1:12 in the 1967 video.

Playing it backwards reveals the hidden message...


The Rutles - Piggy In The Middle Backwards (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHa0EViuIEg#)
1:45
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: tkitna on January 27, 2014, 10:16:49 AM
I actually like Archaeology better then the original album.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on June 15, 2016, 02:17:52 AM
Often imitated...


http://youtu.be/-JTy_YkoJi8 (http://youtu.be/-JTy_YkoJi8)
The Fab four




But  never equaled...


http://youtu.be/1NHeKX0w_n8 (http://youtu.be/1NHeKX0w_n8)
The Rutles
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: In My Life on June 15, 2016, 02:28:38 AM
I just heard 'Ouch' on the radio today.  ha2ha

I can honestly say that I've never heard The Rutles on the radio. But I really hope to some day.  ;D
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Moogmodule on April 21, 2017, 09:29:05 PM
I bought The Rutles anthology on bluray as I've never seen the full All You Need is Cash.

Loved it of course although I wonder if anyone who wasn't a pretty knowledgeable Beatle fan would find it that funny.

I was disappointed also that the second Can't Buy Me Lunch feature is just an edited, shorter  version of the original movie. I'm not sure why they bothered putting it on a second disc and publicising it on the cover  as if it were something different to the original.

Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: In My Life on April 28, 2017, 03:04:36 AM
I bought The Rutles anthology on bluray as I've never seen the full All You Need is Cash.

Loved it of course although I wonder if anyone who wasn't a pretty knowledgeable Beatle fan would find it that funny.

I was 13 when I saw the film of The Rutles performing "I Must Be in Love" on Saturday Night Live. I got a big kick out of the running gag with Loren Michaels and the $300 but I thought the film was dumb and even blasphemous. It wasn't too common to see old footage of the real thing in those days and that was all I cared about. But when I first came here six years ago and and commenced with my Beatles education I was re-introduced to The Rutles, encouraged to watch "All You Need is Cash" and found it hilarious. A casual fan might find it funny but to really understand why it's brilliant you have to be schooled.  :)
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Moogmodule on April 28, 2017, 03:33:50 AM
I was 13 when I saw the film of The Rutles performing "I Must Be in Love" on Saturday Night Live. I got a big kick out of the running gag with Loren Michaels and the $300 but I thought the film was dumb and even blasphemous. It wasn't too common to see old footage of the real thing in those days and that was all I cared about. But when I first came here six years ago and and commenced with my Beatles education I was re-introduced to The Rutles, encouraged to watch "All You Need is Cash" and found it hilarious. A casual fan might find it funny but to really understand why it's brilliant you have to be schooled.  :)

It is great fun. And some of the songs (the ones that aren't straight rip offs) are clever in their own right. I found Jagger a bit hit and miss though. He sometimes played it straight quite well but other times couldn't stop smiling at the joke.

The experimental Feet film had me in stitches



Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: In My Life on April 28, 2017, 05:00:36 AM
I had the soundtrack on my iPod for a while. I never knew, but just read, that poor Neil Innes was sued by Northern Songs for copyright infringement. Warner Brothers wouldn't back him up and he lost a lot of the money he made from the film. It sadly proved the validity of the film's title, I guess.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: nimrod on April 28, 2017, 05:49:11 AM
It is great fun. And some of the songs (the ones that aren't straight rip offs) are clever in their own right. I found Jagger a bit hit and miss though. He sometimes played it straight quite well but other times couldn't stop smiling at the joke.

The experimental Feet film had me in stitches
I wrote one for a laugh


The long and winding toad..
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Moogmodule on April 28, 2017, 07:04:13 AM
I had the soundtrack on my iPod for a while. I never knew, but just read, that poor Neil Innes was sued by Northern Songs for copyright infringement. Warner Brothers wouldn't back him up and he lost a lot of the money he made from the film. It sadly proved the validity of the film's title, I guess.

I heard that John Lennon loved it but thought that "Get Up and Go" was a bit too close to the original (the If I Fell parody is also pretty much a note for note take-off) and that they added Lennon and McCartney to the credits. But most of the others I didn't think were direct lifts. They more captured the mood and style very well.  I suppose the music companies want to use all those lawyers for something.
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Moogmodule on April 28, 2017, 07:05:13 AM
I wrote one for a laugh


The long and winding toad..

Is that about a cane toad you've run over and is stuck on your tyre?
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: nimrod on April 28, 2017, 09:36:59 PM
Is that about a cane toad you've run over and is stuck on your tyre?

 ;D
Title: Re: The Rutles
Post by: Hello Goodbye on September 18, 2017, 10:42:28 PM
You know it's good news!  The Rutles are together again...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amiBTezWKqQ# (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amiBTezWKqQ#)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O55koDOrjE0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O55koDOrjE0#)


Well, all except for Dirk McQuickly.  Dirk is dead now...miss him...miss him...miss him.