Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Monty Pythons Flying Circus
Artist:Monty Pythons Flying Circus
Song:The Lumberjack Song
Album:Monty Python Sings
This 1991 comp is a good introduction to the musical talents of the British comedy group Monty Pythons Flying Circus. Of course it won't replace videos but it's fun to listen to on the go. They're legends now but they all started as college students interested in sketch comedy. Michael Palin (born May 5, 1943 in Sheffield, England) & Terry Jones (born Feb. 1, 1942 in Colwyn Bay, Wales) attended Oxford University and John Cleese (born Oct. 27, 1939 in Weston-super-mare, England), Graham Chapman (born Jan. 8, 1941 in Melton Mowbray, England) & Eric Idle (born Mar. 29, 1943 in South Shields, England) attended Cambridge University. The three became part of the Cambridge Footlights comedy group and met animator Terry Gilliam (born Nov. 22, 1940 in Minneapolis) while on a US tour. The five first worked together on David Frost's BBC series The Frost Report in 1967. Palin, Jones, Idle & Gilliam also worked on the 1968 ITV series Do Not Adjust Your Set. ITV offered them a show and the BBC offered a show to Cleese & Chapman. Cleese wanted to work with Palin and suggested the six work together for the BBC. The Monty Python TV show was clearly influenced by other British comedy classics like The Goon Show & Beyond The Fringe. Monty Python became popular in North America through the release of the film And Now For Something Completely Different, a comp of sketches from the show. The Lumberjack Song was one of the most popular songs and was written by Michael Palin & Terry Jones. Though not an official member of Monty Python, Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band contributed a lot of songs and of course he went on to work with Idle on The Rutles. Of course Monty Python have gone on to do many things collectively and individually. Graham Chapman died in 1989 but the others are still around. A lot of their original material is still pretty funny. Here's Michael Palin & Monty Pythons Flying Circus performing The Lumberjack Song.