Fans of the Rutles and Rockpile, are you familiar with a band called Fatso?

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Wait for the guitar solo around minute two.

ratso piazzolla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 July 2012 14:37 (eight years ago) link

They were the houseband on Rutland Weekend Television, led by Neil Innes with John Halsey of Patto and the Rutles on drums and Billy Bremner of Rockpile on guitar. Plus two other guys who I am not too familiar with who but who seem to have extensive credits, Roger Rettig on steel guitar and Brian Hodgson on bass. Official website, which has lots of pictures and other stuff, can be found here

ratso piazzolla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 July 2012 14:45 (eight years ago) link

Reunion show, doing a Bonzos song and a Rutles song

ratso piazzolla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 July 2012 14:59 (eight years ago) link

These guys also pose in the Rutles booklet that came with the album, posing as some of the other fictional bands on the label.I'm very familiar with the music as the Rutland Weekend Songbook was a great favourite album of mine when I was a teenager. Never heard them referred to as "Fatso" though. Maybe I wasn't paying enough attention.

everything, Sunday, 8 July 2012 19:48 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I remember that booklet but I don't have my copy handy. Never had the Rutland Weekend Songbook though.

ratso piazzolla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 8 July 2012 20:19 (eight years ago) link

It's mostly Eric Idle being pretty funny with a bunch of Innes songs. There are two Rutles tracks on that album which are not available anywhere else as far as I'm aware. A version of I Must Be In Love done with huge crowd noises a la Shea Stadium and a song called The Children of Rock'n'Roll which is later inserted into Good Times Roll.

everything, Monday, 9 July 2012 00:12 (eight years ago) link

What about George Harrison singing his Pirate Song?

ratso piazzolla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 July 2012 00:34 (eight years ago) link

Sadly not on the album though there are at least three other songs with nautical themes. In fact now I think about it "Song O' The Insurance Men" (a sea shanty about insurance) rather strangely seems to foreshadow the Crimson Permanent Assurance part of Monty Python's Meaning of Life.

BTW that song you posted at the top of the thread is on Neil Innes' album Taking Off with roughly the same crew.

everything, Monday, 9 July 2012 05:01 (eight years ago) link

seven years pass...

Seems like the bass player in this band has the same name as a different guy, the Delia Derbyshire collaborator, BBC Radiophonic Workshop stalwart and Dr. Who composer Brian Hodgson.

Irae Louvin (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 December 2019 04:18 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

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