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March 25, 2008


sid bators

Neil Aspinall is dead! does this mean there's one less FAKE PAUL ?!


So happy to hear you did this TV taping thing too! I wish I still had some of those cassettes I made - to this day, I can't hear "Go Ask Alice" without remembering the place I dropped the recorder when my dad startled me by coming in the room.


The only successful Beatles spoof, IMHO. The "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" episode of THE SIMPSONS and Utopia's DEFACE THE MUSIC don't compare.

"Cheese and Onions" HAS appeared on Beatles' bootlegs, some Fab Four fans mistaking it for an actual Lennon composition...


As an additional trivia point, Neil also recorded his own version of "Shangri-la" on his solo album Taking Off (1977), before rerecording it for The Rutles Archaeology.

Video evidence here:


My favorite Rutles story is about how Neil Innes vetted the Rutles songs through either George or John. After playing each track, Innes was advised on whether or not he had to make changes because "Our lawyers will sue on that one"

Rory Murray

VH1 Classic will be airing both "All You Need Is Cash" and the sequel "Can't Buy Me Lunch". Despite unnecessary editing and those STUPID POP-UP ADs, these "mockumentarys" are a rare treat, especially the first one. Besides George Harrison, look for appearances by Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Michael Palin, Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi and Gilda Radner.
Now if VH1 Classic would dredge up another cult masterpeice from that era..."Mr. Mike's MONDO VIDEO", I would be a happy man indeed.
Goo Goo Ga Joob, you Groovy Freaks!

Brian C.

Gaylord, thanks for posting this! Just last week I was on a youtube bender, and started watching all the Rutles videos.

I remember watching and loving "all you need is cash" on TV in western NY as a Beatles-obsessed 8th grader. My similarly obsessed friend had caught it on a toronto station the night before, and freaked out -- Sacreligious! Somehow, out in the hinterlands in that ancient era, I had read about the flick in advance, and was able to explain that it was a parody. Lucky for him it ran the next night on NBC and we watched it together. Then my bro got the soundtrack LP and I played it to death.


Thanks for the mention!!

OUCH! A Tribute to The Rutles

John Hubbard

Great article! I was a television/radio recorder, too! I still have my cassette recording of All You Need is Cash and hours of Dr. Demento shows circa 1976-1979. Nerd. And I still have all the vinyl. A few weeks ago I finally made my dream mix, The Rutles vs. The Beatles, comparing and contrasting these two great bands. I can't stop listeing to it!

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