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Saturday 24th May

An Evening With... The Rutles
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On: Saturday 24th May
At: The Electric Palace [map]

From: 18.30 - 23.00
Cost: £21
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It all began 35 years ago when Eric Idle of Monty Python persuaded Neil Innes, of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, to join him in a comedy series for BBC 2 called Rutland Weekend Television – all about a spoof TV station, the smallest in Britain, churning out really cheap programmes on a shoestring. Low budget? More like No Budget!

Innes suggested to Idle that they could do a send-up of A Hard Day’s Night, the Beatles first movie. "It’s in Black and White, it’s speeded up, and we could wear wigs and tight trousers and run around a field somewhere…" "Great!" Exclaimed Idle. "I’ve got a sketch about a man making a documentary who’s so boring, the camera runs away from him…"

And so the name "Rutles" was born. But no one could have expected what happened next. A year later, such was the enormous pressure on the Beatles to get back together again, the one-off clip was shown in the USA – on NBC’s flagship satire programme: "Saturday Night Live".


It was a sensation. Thousands of people wrote in. Mailbags were bulging. So were the trousers! Everyone got the joke. Lorne Michaels, the producer, believed the whole Beatles story could now be told – as "The Rutles". NBC agreed and gave him the money.

Eric Idle quickly came up with the title: "All You Need Is Cash – the story of the Pre-Fab Four". Bill Murray, John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd got involved – so did George Harrison, who brought in Mick Jagger and Paul Simon.

"Last time was just the last time. This time it really is the last time."

Innes recalls: "I can clearly remember it all. I was sitting to one side, on a window sill in an executive office, high up in the Rockefeller Centre in New York, listening to all this when suddenly everyone started looking at me. Lorne asked if I could write 20 more Rutles songs by next Thursday lunchtime. I said I would try!"

Artist: The Rutles

Category: Live Music | Gig
Region: SW England
Music: House.
DJ's: n/a

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