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In the film, the chronology of the Rutles’ career, closely resembles that of The Beatles. The story begins with the formation of the band and their experiences in performing in Hamburg and Liverpool before moving on to the recording session of their first hit Number One (a parody of the 1963 hit, Twist and Shout). All You Need is Cash features parodies of A Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Help (1965), which are presented as A Hard Day’s Rut and Ouch, and their albums Rubber Soul (1965) and Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1965) with Rutle Soul and Sergeant Rutter’s Only Darts Club Band.

When the Animals, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Zombies and Kinks came along, everybody had to have a Vox Keyboard. I think the English grabbed the US sound later and the US grabbed the look and style the UK presented. (Trikker, email, May 2007) The cover bands on both side of the Atlantic clearly fulfilled similar roles in relocating music and offering the excitement of the live music experience via a set packed with chart favourites, but their audience was restricted to the younger end of the age spectrum whereas nowadays, the appeal of cover bands is much broader.

In common with other revivalists, those who subscribe to the movement wrestle with particular issues regarding interpretation, many of which they struggle to resolve: Even if we did know the myriad details about a particular set of performances, the venue and reasons for performing music in the late twentieth century will be different to those prevailing in earlier From “Ghost” and Cover Bands, to Pop Parody and Tributes 29 times. Which compromises are tolerable, and which not, will clearly always be an area where musicians disagree.

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