January 20, 2020
Part two of the Rutles commentary track. Load up the video on YouTube, slide over to 33:40 and join us as we travel through the world of Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry from the infamous "Bigger than Rod" controversy through the "Let It Rot" film, book, album and lawsuit. We then close by considering the spinoffs (including Eric Idle's ill-advised sequel) and the legacy of the legend that will last a lunchtime.
January 13, 2020
This is identical to the other version of the show but the film soundtrack has been reduced. Some people have issues with the balance between the film and commentary.
January 13, 2020
Antony Rotunno returns this week and next as we dig into "The Rutles" (album, book, film, play and lawsuit) in tribute to Neil Innes. We start by discussing Rutland Weekend television, the actual musicians behind the "pre-Fab Four", and how Eric Idle came to put the pieces together in a project that has become beloved by the Beatles and Python communities despite not making a dent when originally released. We then start in on a screen-specific commentary, ending the first part just after the Rutles play Che Stadium.
January 6, 2020
Happy New Year everybody! Dan Miles of the Friends of Dan Music Podcast (https://www.friendsofdanmusicpodcast.com/) co-hosts the show this week as we take a look at the Beatles and comedy. John Lennon was not the only Beatle with a sense of humor, and we consider each of their individual comic stylings, and how a sense of humor helped advance their musical careers!
December 30, 2019
Apple (and Apple) have released a higher resolution version of the Beatles Washington Coliseum show on iTunes at a very nice price! Lonnie and I talk about that concert and the rest of February 1964 for the band. A Fab time for sure, but a very busy one as the band traveled from Paris to London to New York City, Washington DC, Miami and finally back home for TV, radio recording and mixing so they could complete an album in time to start their first feature film!
December 23, 2019
2019 was a busy year for the former Beatles. "Above Us Only Sky" premiered on Netflix in the United States (following a late 2018 UK premiere). Ringo Starr toured across Japan and North America celebrating thirty years of the All-Starr Band. He then followed that up with a new studio album, possibly his final full length album. Paul McCartney released several additional songs from "Egypt Station", put out a children's book (and a book of Linda's polaroids), and also toured the world. We discuss these milestones, look back on shows from the past year and look forward to what might be coming next.
December 16, 2019
The second transatlantic episode of "When They Was Fab". Guest Martin Quibell joins me as we discuss Victorian Music Hall, Pantomime, George Formby and various pre-1950's combinations of music, comedy and stage craft. George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney each have expressed their appreciation for the form. Indeed, "Free as a Bird" closes with a music hall character, and the secret backwards message from John Lennon is actually one of George Formby's catchphrases!
December 9, 2019
We roll back the clock to an era when CDs were new and magical technology, and the news was the Fab Four in a fantastic new digital format. "Perfect Sound Forever" they promised. No guarantees, and despite the promises of "never having to rebuy the catalogue" many of us have continued to do so ... many times over. Still, it was quite an era, and we travel back to it this week!
December 2, 2019
The Thanksgiving Weekend has just passed in the United States, but we are extending it just a little bit longer. The "Queen of all Beatles Media" Dr. Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk, Songs We Were Singing, Michael Jackson: FAQ) drops in to extend her reign. We celebrate the holiday by reviewing both sides of Paul McCartney's new "Record Store Day" single, and then travel through the mists of time as we each discuss some of the things about "The Cute Beatle" that we are thankful for!
November 25, 2019
Mark Lewisohn is finishing up his "Hornsey Road" tour, where he engaged audiences across the English countryside with stories behind the making of Abbey Road. Despite the fact a United States run is not currently in the cards, a number of items taken from Lewisohn's research (which will eventually appear in Volume 3) have made a splash in the media. This week we discuss the show, some of the stories, and hypothesize on what a Beatles post-Abbey Road album might have been like.