“The Rutles were essentially imperical malengistes of a rhythmically radical yet verbally passé and temporally transcended lyrically content welded with historically innovative melodical material transposed and transmogrified by the angst of the Rutland ethic experience which elevated them from essentially alpha exponents of in essence merely beta potential harmonic material into the prime cultural exponents of Aeolian cadencic comic stanza form ” - Stanley Krammerhead
I am a little under the weather today, so please read this review by my old friend and music history expert, Bill “The Brain” Worthington. - With Love Willem Gonzalez
If you were to ask random people on the street, “Who do you think is the most influential band of all time?”, I’d assume the majority of those people would say The Beatles, and those people would be dead wrong, and by answering The Beatles would end up looking like empty brained buffoons.
If you were to ask a music history expert like myself, I’d clear my throat, fix my glasses, stare you right in the face, into your inquisitive eyes and say The Rutles, and I’d be correct. Because, I know music history, have a brain and am the farthest thing from a buffoon.
If you are sitting there, in front of your computer, thinking “Wait I am positive I have a brain, I have check on multiple occasion”, and “I still have never heard of The Rutles.” Well, I hope you are under the age of 10. Because if you are not, you are an ignorant buffoon and should toss your music collection into a raging fire, yes even your newfangled MP3 player.
Fortunately for you, today I review The Rutles definitive documentary All You Need Is Cash and since you youngins are so used to everything being spoon feed to you, I also list the Top Five Rutles Songs. Use them to impress your brainless, buffoonish friends.
I am not Willem and damn me if I am going to be your personal regurgitator. Watch the documentary yourself, it is on that thingy you spend all day on, YouTube.
Spanish subtitles por mi amigos.
Top Five Rutels Songs
Now let us discuss the important stuff, you buffoons. Since you have seen the above documentary, you now know The Rutles are composed of Ron Nasty, Dirk McQuickly, Stig O’Hara and Barry Wom. They were the greatest rock band to come out of the 60s music scene, and the greatest bad ever to exist.
The Rutles resealed countless groundbreaking and sonically enlightening songs throughout their illustrious and immeasurably influential career, but these five song are unquestionably and objectively their best. I should know, I am a music expert.
1. Get Up And Go
Released in 1969, before the bands eventual and highly litigious break up, “Get Up And Go”, contains highly prophetic lyrics sung in those beautiful harmonies that made The Rutles so famous. Their performance atop the roof, surrounded by police and devoted fans, will go down as one of the greatest musical performances of all time.
You can definitely see the influences on The Beatles song Get Back.
Without a doubt, “Ouch” is the most ear infecting song in the whole Rutles catalog, and that is saying a lot. The song stays in your head like the brain damage you would receive from taking a cart full of apples to the skull. The expertly crafted lyrics speak to the heartbreak we will all experience in life.
“Ouch!/You’re breaking my heart/Ouch!/I’m falling apart/Ouch!/Ow-ow-ouch!”
Truer words were never written.
3. With A Girl Like You
This performance of “With A Girl Like You” taken from the Rutlemania documentary, captures The Rutles at the peak of their fame. The song itself has been said to have caused over 200,000 immaculate conceptions. I am no doctor, but I have listed to every Rutles song and you won’t find one more romantic, so I have no reason to question this claim.
4. Cheese and Onions
“Cheese and Onions”, a song from the Rutles animated film Yellow Submarine Sandwich, uses abstracts lyrics to match the animated film’s abstract illustrations. The result, is a trippy yet beautiful song about cheese and onions.
5. I Must Be In Love
Maybe the happiest sounding and most playful song ever recorded by The Rutles. Perfectly capturing their youthful optimism right before their ascent into international stardom. The video to “I Must Be In Love” presents the band at a time when they were not only in love with performing music but also in love with each other. Baby faced boys, joyously singing together in their tight slacks, polished leather shoes, and button turtlenecks. When I fall asleep at night, with a Rutles record playing in my earphones, this is the way I prefer to imagine them.
Bonus Track: Baby Let Me Be
Off The Rutles first EP, Twist And Rut, “Baby Let Me Be” is an electric 50s rock influenced triumph, that captures the raw exuberance and angst, that helped launch The Rutles into the music world.
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash documents the rise, and further rise, then abrupt fall of the greatest group of men to ever pick up instruments. The musical influence of the pre-fab four can be felt in every band to pick up an instrument after they so abruptly put down theirs. All You Need Is Cash is an encompassing documentary that is as informative as it is dance inducing.
In a sentence
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash is the definitive documentary about the most influential band in the world, and if anyone says differently they are a buffoon.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
My Rating: 5.0 Ouches Out Of 5
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This has been day 11 of 30 VHS In 30 DAYS. My journey to the center of VHS Hell. Special thanks to I Luv Video in Austin, The World’s Largest Video Store, for being my spiritual and literal guide through VHS purgatory.