When it comes to parodies no one can hold a candle to “The Rutles,” the All-time Greatest Band That Never Happened. The Rutles is the best parody of the Beatles I have ever heard. Weird Al Yankovic, a master of parodies, doesn’t come close. This fictional band, The Rutles was created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes from British comedy fans of Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch comedy show. Eric and Neil wrote a Mockumentary; the title of the 1978 TV special was called, All You Need is Cash. The parody mocks the music and even the appearance of The Beatles.
Instead of John, Paul, George, and Ringo it was Dirk, Stig, Nasty, and Barry. Honestly, when you saw them on screen or heard the music you would think the real Beatles would sue the pants of the writers. However, the truth is George Harrison actually loved The Rutles! He even helped financially with some of The Rustles’ projects. The mockumentary film is a series of funny skits and gags that tell the Rutles story, following the history of the Beatles. From the Liverpool, cavern days, to even a rooftop concert to finish the TV special.
Hold My Hand – The Rutles is a dead ringer to the Beatles,” I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The Music and structure of all the songs are incredible. Every Rutles song is so close to classic Beatles that it’s scary fun.
The Rutles I Must Be In Love. Absolute genius. The best song Lennon & McCartney ever wrote
The Rutles – Get up and Go Almost Note for note rip off of Get Back by The Beatles.
If you loved the original cast of Saturday Night Live, there were cameos of all your favorites in the special which included Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray , and Gilda Radner. Real Beatles member, George Harrison, was a TV reporter; Mick Jagger and Paul Simon as themselves… The movie is available to stream and is still on DVD. I recommend it for fun if you are into classic music. You will love, “The RUTLES,” The All-time Greatest Band That Never Happened.