Me and Tel are really chuffed that Neil Innes has agreed to come on our Friday Breakfast Show to talk about his concert in Woodbridge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Neil has had a long and varied career in films, TV and music. He was in Monty Python, was a member of the Rutles and much, much more!
Here is a song from Neil's days as a Rutle. I love this song which is very apt because it's called "I Love You". Me and Tel played it on the last Friday Breakfast Show.
The Rutles (also known as the Prefab Four) are a band that are known for their parody of The Beatles. And John Lennon loved The Rutles!
Initially created for a short sketch in Idle's UK television comedy series Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles gained international fame after being the focus of the 1978 television film, All You Need Is Cash (often referred to as just The Rutles). Having been encouraged by the reaction to the sketch, featuring Beatles' music pastiches by Neil Innes, the film was written by Idle, who co-directed it with Gary Weis. It featured 20 songs written by Innes, which he performed with three musicians as "The Rutles". A successful soundtrack album in 1978 was, much later, followed in 1996 by Archaeology, which spoofed the Beatles' Anthology series which had recently been released.
And this is Neil during his time as a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
"I'm the Urban Spaceman" was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's most successful single, released in 1968. It reached number 5 in the UK charts. The song was written by Neil Innes and produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the pseudonym "Apollo C. Vermouth". The B-side was written by Viv Stanshall. Innes won an Ivor Novello Award in 1968 for writing "I'm the Urban Spaceman".
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