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Neil Innes, Rutle and Bonzo, dies at 75

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by mhammer, Dec 30, 2019.

  1. mhammer

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  2. Paul M

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    Damn....just....damn. This is as good as anything John or Paul wrote:

     
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    After listening to all those Rutles tunes yesterday, not knowing Neil had died, and even more today, armed with that knowledge, I couldn't get over how finely tuned to Lennon & McCartney's sensibilities, Innes was. Every single one of those Rutles tunes sounds like it could have been a Beatles song, from every single one of their periods; Hamburg clubs right through Revolver to the Let it Be album.
     
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    The best satire, (often found at The Beaverton - you turned me on to that website years ago), is indistinguishable from "truth". The Rutles is satire, it is parody, but it's done with such skill, and complete love and respect for the source material. I remember sitting at a piano in the 80's with my best friend, figuring out The Idiot Song from memory. 35 years ago, and it feels like yesterday. That, to me, is the power/strength/beauty of music.

    Weird Al is someone I'd enjoy seeing, but Neil Innes is someone I think I would have enjoyed meeting.

    Edit to add: I loved the Belushi take on Joe Cocker. What Neil Innes did with The Rutles was a few steps beyond that kind of parody/impression.
     
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    Sad news indeed. I always felt that the songs he wrote for The Rutles were much better than they needed to be. As was said, they were almost at the same level as The Beatles songs themselves. R.I.P. Mr. Innes.
     
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  6. mhammer

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    One of my instructors in CEGEP was Sean Kelly, who went on from becoming a feature-writer for National Lampoon at that time to become the editor of same, and later writer for the kids show Shining Time Station (during George Carlin's tenure, I think), who once told the class that the goal of satire was to make the object of satire want to kill themselves. That was a bit harsh, I think. But then, this was during a period when his wife had left him for a young rock musician, so I suspect it enhanced his sourness somewhat.
     
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    That sucks.
    he was a talented multi-instrumentalist--not just Rutles & the Bonzos, but played with Python, solo and assorted other stuff.


    Condolences to his family & friends.
     
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    I had to post these two versions of a Bonzo Dog Band song

     

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