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All You Need is Cash
9 May 2016
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This thread popping up the past day or so makes me want to watch The Rutles: All You Need is Cash and I just might do that tonight.  Other than Spinal Tap, The Rutles are my favorite fictional band ever. All You Need Is Cash was witty, sometimes snarky,  and a homage that was done with great love. My favorite: Mick Jagger.

Interviewer: Mick, why do you think the Rutles broke up?

Jagger: Why do I think they did? Why did the Rutles break up? Women. Just women. Getting in the way. Cherchez la femme, you know.

Interviewer: Do you think they’ll ever get back together again?

Jagger: I hope not.

And this cracks me up:

“Sixteen years after the fresh-faced Pre-fab Four first burst into the public eye, and eight years after they split up, just where are the Rutles today? Dirk has formed, with his wife Martini, a punk rock group, called “The Punk Floyd”. He sings, and she doesn’t. Nasty has turned his back on the world, and sits with his thoughts and his memories. Barry is a hairdresser in the Reading area, with two fully equipped salons of his own. While Stig works for Air India. As an air hostess.”

I have “Can’t Buy Me Lunch”, too, and feel like though it’s funny,  and has its moments, it isn’t the original.  It felt like it was trying too hard to be like it, and rehashed too much stuff, and just wasn’t as brilliant. Lost its shine. I was disappointed. 

An aside: a little bit ago, I was thrilled when Eric Idle “favorited” my tweet referring to Silly Walk Day. It’s the little things. beatlemaniacs_02_gifa-hard-days-night-ringo-10

LOL I should join Ron Nasty and switch my username to Barry Wom, or Barrington Womble. ahdn_ringo_09

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What I loved what how meticulously the remade all those Beatles photos. I really had to freeze the video a few times to see if it was the original, or a Rutles remake. They really put so much effort into the details. 

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I ended up renting these both movies from Netflix All You Need Is Cash was hilarious.  I love how deep the parody went.  Can’t Buy Me Lunch was okay, it wasn’t worth a second watch I felt though.

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I just watched this — it was wrong on so many levels, which is what made it great! paul-mccartney-thumb_gif beatlemaniacs_02_gif It would have been more fun if I hadn’t spoiled it by reading of their history on the ‘Nets a-hard-days-night-paul-10 but I have only myself to blame. ahdn_paul_01

My favourite things were the (pre-)fab song parodies and Stig as an air hostess. And the fact that he says not a word through the whole thing, but just smiles a lot. ahdn_george_08 Oh, and how could I forget — GEORGE!!!! beatlemaniacs_02_gif His appearance made my day. I admit I recognised his voice first, and did a double take — ‘Is that Stig? Oh, it’s the prototype — !!!!!!’ 

I really appreciated their attention to detail — the little things, like the mannerisms (especially Dirk’s) that they got down so well that, even though the actors really don’t look a bit like the Beatles, you can still imagine you’re watching the Beatles. 

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I just finished watching this movie. The interviewer look is good for George.

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@Ahhh Girl said
I just finished watching this movie. The interviewer look is good for George.  

I couldn’t stop laughing when I first watched this movie.  It’s one of my favs now.  One of my favorite things about the movie is the fact that George was a part of it.

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Ahhh Girl giggled 
I just finished watching this movie. The interviewer look is good for George.  

He does rock it, doesn’t he? Especially considering how much he hated the press. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

I remember musing that whoever did his hair did a good job, and then I realised that that person would actually have gotten to get up close and personal with his hair, and my train of thoughts went downhill from there… a-hard-days-night-ringo-6beatlemaniacs_02_gifa-hard-days-night-paul-7

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I suppose this goes in here instead of not. The interviewer comes across as not having a clue but ignore him as Eric is interesting.

More Mick.

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Mom and I watched All You Need Is Cash yesterday. It was her first time to watch it, and my second time. Much laughing occurred.

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Ahhh Girl said
I just finished watching this movie. The interviewer look is good for George.  

He looks, dare I say it, distinguished. When I first saw it, I thought “oh he looks so grown up” and then had to think about why I thought that.

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I remember musing that whoever did his hair did a good job, and then I realised that that person would actually have gotten to get up close and personal with his hair, and my train of thoughts went downhill from there… a-hard-days-night-ringo-6beatlemaniacs_02_gifa-hard-days-night-paul-7 

Downhill eh? Oi, keep your eyes above the ears!

Nevertheless, make the most of it, make the most of it, nevertheless.

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I haven’t seen/listened to any Rutles stuff as of right now, but based on how much you guys seem to like this film, I’ll have to put it on my to-watch list. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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The first time I saw this film I rented it on VHS and I hated it as I thought it was making fun of the Beatles but then I watched it again years later and I could appreciate it a lot more. I guess I didn’t like anyone doing a parody of the Beatles plus my taste in comedy had broadened and I could see that it was made with respect to the Beatles as well. 

This film has some amazing cameos as well.

You have Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Michael Palin, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilder Radner and some guy named named George Harrison just to name a few.

I have to praise Eric Idle fro writing this film and for Neil Innes for writing the music. They both did a good job.

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Yeah the cameos are really interesting. Idle remarked on the commentary how easy it was to get these guys to make up stories about a stand-in version of the Beatles. Mick was just being Mick, but Paul Simon was quite a surprise, playing it completely straight and deadpan. And I particularly loved the blues guy who pretended he’d written everything.

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Yeah the cameos are really interesting. Idle remarked on the commentary how easy it was to get these guys to make up stories about a stand-in version of the Beatles. Mick was just being Mick, but Paul Simon was quite a surprise, playing it completely straight and deadpan. And I particularly loved the blues guy who pretended he’d written everything.  

I like his wife. Too funny!

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I ended up renting these both movies from Netflix All You Need Is Cash was hilarious.  I love how deep the parody went.  Can’t Buy Me Lunch was okay, it wasn’t worth a second watch I felt though.  

I feel a lot of people kind of missed the point of “Can’t Buy Me Lunch.” I don’t know how it was in the rest of the world, but here in America when Beatles 1 came out, there was a huge media blitz with various shows focusing on the group and featuring interviews with various celebrities – many of whom had no ties to music whatsoever – but most of them had nothing really new to add to the whole Beatles narrative/legacy; there was just a lot of rehashing of what has been said before. Hence “Rutles 2.” I don’t think Idle ever meant this to be a durable film that can stand on its own like the first one, but more of just a commentary on how most of the same ground is gone over in most retrospectives of past events these days. I will say the various unused footage employed from the first film is the best part.

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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy said

I feel a lot of people kind of missed the point of “Can’t Buy Me Lunch.” I don’t know how it was in the rest of the world, but here in America when Beatles 1 came out, there was a huge media blitz with various shows focusing on the group and featuring interviews with various celebrities – many of whom had no ties to music whatsoever – but most of them had nothing really new to add to the whole Beatles narrative/legacy; there was just a lot of rehashing of what has been said before. Hence “Rutles 2.” I don’t think Idle ever meant this to be a durable film that can stand on its own like the first one, but more of just a commentary on how most of the same ground is gone over in most retrospectives of past events these days. I will say the various unused footage employed from the first film is the best part.  

I need someone to explain this to me, I guess. What is the difference between “All You Need is Cash” and “Can’t Buy Me Lunch”? I was under the impression it was the same film, just released under a different name.

Not a bit like Cagney.

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I have a feeling I should take this.

All You Need Is Cash is a 1978 documentary produced by Eric Idle with Neil Innes as his musical director.

In 1996, to coincide with Anthology, Neil Innes released an album of outtakes and newly-recorded Rutles’ gems called Archaeology. Eric Idle refused to have anything to do with it, calling it a cash-in.

However, in 2005, mainly to cash-in on the success of 1, Eric Idle released Can’t Buy Me Lunch. It was a documentary made 20 years after the original, with the original narrator reflecting back on his work all those aeons ago. It largely re-uses footage from the original, some outtakes, stitched together with a bunch of new interviews about The Rutles with people like David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks…

The most disgraceful aspect of Can’t Buy Me Lunch to my mind is that, having slammed Archaeology at the time, Idle wasn’t ashamed to use it to bulk out The Rutles catalogue in this rehashed cash-in on the original.

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Thank you for the new insight. I now respect can’t buy me lunch a bit more. It still wasn’t that amazing, but it sure did get its point across.

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The most disgraceful aspect of Can’t Buy Me Lunch to my mind is that, having slammed Archaeology at the time, Idle wasn’t ashamed to use it to bulk out The Rutles catalogue in this rehashed cash-in on the original.  

I feel “Can’t Buy Me Lunch” was Idle also coming to terms with the fact that, for better or worse, shameless cash-ins and rehashes have now completely become the norm. Hell, some people even called the Anthology albums cash-ins. Even Idle’s participation in Monty Python’s farewell performances a few years ago (after not actively participating in their 30th anniversary special 15 years prior) sort of confirms this.

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