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The Rutles

The Rutles were a rock band that performed visual and aural pastiches and parodies of the Beatles. ( )

The Rutles were origionally a fictional band created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes for a sketch in Eric Idle's mid-70s BBC television comedy series Rutland Weekend Television. The Rutles later toured and recorded and they released two albums that included two UK chart hits. 

The Rutles toured again from 2002 until Neil Innes' death in 2019.

Eric Idle wrote the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash (AKA The Rutles) after being encouraged by the public's positive reaction to the sketch. It was co-directed with Gary Weis and featured 20 Beatles' music pastiches that were written by Innes which he performed with three musicians as the Rutles. 

Archaeology, a 1996 spoof of the then-recent Beatles Anthology, followed after a soundtrack album in 1978. A second film, The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, was made in 2002 and released in the US on DVD in 2003. It was modelled on the 2000 TV special The Beatles Revolution. 


Do You Remember The Rutles?

Do You Remember The Rutles?