Saturday, May 2, 2009

All My Friends Are Pirates (And We Sail the BBC)

If Neil Innes had done nothing in his life besides the Rutles, he'd deserve shrines on half the world's continents.

But, as it happened, he did a lot more -- from almost all the Monty Python music to the music-oriented Innes Book of Records and Rutland Weekend Television on the BBC. (I'll leave it to you to decide if that warrants shrines on the other half of the world's continents.)

Rutland Weekend Television is sadly unavailable on video or DVD thanks to clearance issues, but is a great outlet for Innes songs (and the comedy of Eric Idle, who was then at his peak).

The spoof of Tommy alone is reason enough to issue this on DVD:

And another one from Rutland.

And what's a TV show without famous guest stars?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Pirate Song is great -- hadn't heard that before! Thanks.