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The Rutles is a group from London, England. A spoof of the massively popular and influential rock group The Beatles, The Rutles was the brainchild of Neil Innes, former member of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and ex-Monty Python member Eric Idle. The four official members of The Rutles were Dirk McQuickly (Eric Idle), Ron Nasty (Neil Innes), Stig O’Hara (Ricky Fataar) and Barry Wom (John Halsey), parodies of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, respectively. However, Eric Idle did not contribute to the actual musical recordings. The “Paul” vocals were performed by Ollie Halsall, who was glimpsed shortly in the mockumentary The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash as “Leppo,” the “fifth Rutle.” Idle lipsynced to the music skits featured in the film.

The Rutles originated as a sketch filmed for Idle’s Rutland Weekend Television in the mid-1970’s, albeit with a different cast of characters: Idle, for instance, portrayed the character “Dirk,” which was at that time the parody equivalent of George Harrison, not Paul McCartney. The sketch was originally aired on Saturday Night Live; producer Lorne Michaels enjoyed the sketch so much that he produced a TV movie that became known as The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, a mockumentary which is regarded as a precursor to such films as This Is Spinal Tap. The film parodied all aspects of The Beatles’ career, such as the Yellow Submarine animated film and the “Paul is Dead” rumors. Ex-Beatle George Harrison, a fan of Monty Python (and later executive producer for Monty Python’s Life of Brian) appeared as a reporter interviewing the press manager for The Rutles, played by Idle’s Monty Python colleague Michael Palin.


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  • zykoveddy

    satan_88_level, удивишься, но этот "пиздец" продюсировал твой любимый Харрисон ;3

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • zykoveddy

    Aside from parody, the songs by themselves are great

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ultimate60s

    Brilliant night in York - they still have it!

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • climbing--down

    I think it was the trousers [2] they are so fucking GREAT. This is one of the best mockumentaries ever made

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    лучшие из всего юимористическо-эксцентричного рока. пысы. монти пайтон - лучший юмор за всю историю человечества.

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • satan_88_level

    что за пиздец пытающийся пародировать битлов?

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    This is not only a great parody but great pop music in its own right. Honestly, if I didn't know the Beatles' catalogue back to front, I'd swear some of these had to be lost Beatles recordings.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • iagomelo2

    meu amigo mim recomendo vo ouvir

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ItsAllintheMind

    I think it was the trousers :'D

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • platonsnesar

    Who are these "The Beatles"? [4]

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • x4errybomb

    "Вы, конечно, помните этот легендарный лозунт The Rutles? "Все, что тебе нужно - это ПОЖРАТЬ!"

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • x4errybomb

    Who are these "The Beatles"? [3] :D nice parody, indeed.

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ganzaev

    шо ето за хрень?

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bgk90

    A legacy that'll last a lunchtime

    23 Jul 2012 Reply

    The Beatless

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Problem___Child

    Who are these "The Beatles"? [2]

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • SkorchedPhoenix

    In 1970, Dirk sued Stig, Nasty, and Barry; Barry sued Dirk, Nasty, and Stig; Nasty sued Barry, Dirk, and Stig; and Stig sued himself, accidentally.

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • LSBumblebee

    Spot on Mr. Monsoon!

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • Edward_Monsoon

    You could see everything, outlines, - nothing left to the imagination.

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • LSBumblebee

    I think it was the trousers...

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
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