Widely known as the “Pre-Fab Four”, The Rutles have also been called a “Beatles parody group”, a charge which has been strenuously denied.
The Rutles were originally formed as a spoof by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band songwriter and musical genius Neil Innes and Monty Python’s Eric Idle for a sketch in the cult TV show Rutland Weekend Television. The Rutles went on to star in the film All You Need Is Cash (The Rutles), which also features cameos from George Harrison, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, and Bill Murray.
Their best-known songs include I Must Be In Love, Cheese And Onions, Piggy in the Middle, and With A Girl Like You.
They will be bringing their own unique brand of musical “Pork Pies” to the beleaguered and bewildered British Isles. No other “Tribute” band distributes joy or writes their own songs or tops the charts of “Make Believe” quite like these jolly foot-tapping Economists of Truth. By “Popular Demand”, these Grandees of Delusion will be Taking Back Control of Bare-Faced Fibbing, saluting the Sovereignty of Silliness and ceremoniously reinstating the Obvious.
The Rutles are:
NEIL INNES [AKA “RON NASTY’] - VOCALS, GUITAR, KEYBOARDS
JOHN HALSEY [AKA “BARRY WOM”] - VOCALS, DRUMS
“RUTLING” KEN THORNTON – VOCALS, LEAD GUITAR
PHIL JACKSON – VOCALS, KEYBOARDS
JAY GOODRICH – VOCALS, BASS GUITAR
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