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2002-May-03: Some Rutles News

Today's Express features an interview with Neil Innes of the Rutles.  In it he says:
"I'm best known for writing the music for the Rutles. I don't know if I'll do any old songs in my new show with John Dowie, but I may. The event is called Ego Warriors, which is also the name of my campaign for less annoying television. It's got more chance than my Society For Non-Ambitious People - SNAP. Nobody was ambitious enough to get it going.

"One new song, Everything And Nothing, is a tribute to George Harrison - I was finishing it when he died. I thought he was going to pull through, then I saw the newspaper stand saying 'Beatle George Dead'. His wife Olivia had not let on how bad it had become. After George died I dithered about the reference to "here comes the sun" in the lyrics, but decided to keep it in.

"George had a lot to do with the Rutles. He was all for me doing a parody to diffuse the 'Beatles to re-form' rumors. Then lawyers who represented ATV Music, who controlled the Beatles' songs, sued me for copyright infringement.

"Things came full circle a few years ago when Paul McCartney's brother, Mike, asked if I had heard the Oasis single, Whatever,  which sounded like my song How Sweet To Be An Idiot. My label EMI sorted it out and I got 25 per cent of it."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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