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August 6, 2012
01. 00:00 "Major Happy's Up and Coming Once Upon a Good Time Band"
02. 02:19 "Rendezvous"
03. 04:25 "Questionnaire"
04. 07:11 "We've Arrived (And to Prove It Were Here)"
05. 09:20 "Lonely-Phobia"
06. 11:56 "Unfinished Words"
07. 14:04 "Hey Mister!"
08. 17:22 "Easy Listening"
09. 19:31 "Now She's Left You"
10. 21:36 "The Knicker Elastic King"
11. 24:14 "I Love You"
12. 26:32 "Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik"
13. 30:58 "Joe Public"
14. 34:58 "Shangri-La"
15. 42:42 "Don't Know Why"
16. 46:25 "Back In '64"
The Rutles Archaeology is an album by the comedy band The Rutles. Like their previous release, the album contains pastiches of Beatles' songs.
Three of the four musicians who had created the soundtrack for the 1,978 film — Neil Innes, John Halsey, and Ricky Fataar — reunited in 1,996 and recorded a second album, Archaeology, an affectionate send-up of The Beatles Anthology albums (while its original cover design rather parodied that of The Beatles' Past Masters singles compilation, though). The fourth 'real' Rutle, Ollie Halsall, died in Spain in 1,992. Eric Idle was invited to participate, but declined.
Like the Anthology project that it lampooned, it featured tracks ostensibly from all periods of the Rutles' career, sequenced to reflect the fictional band's chronology. Several of the songs were actually older Innes songs that were dusted off and given the "Rutles" treatment. The reunion was blessed by George Harrison, who encouraged The Pre-Fab Four to proceed. (When approached, he told Innes, 'Sure. It's all part of the "soup"...', an encounter that Innes related in interviews in 1,996.)
The reunion was triggered by Innes's appearance at the Los Angeles festival "Monty Python: Lust For Glory!", celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Monty Python troupe produced by Martin Lewis for the American Cinematheque. Innes performed two sold-out gigs at Los Angeles's Troubadour Club under the name "Ron Nasty & The New Rutles", using a local Beatles tribute band.
Following the success of the shows, Lewis and Innes collaborated on the project that became Archaeology.
All songs were credited solely to Innes; all lead vocals by Innes except for Fataar on tracks 5 and 13, and Halsey on tracks 2 and 8.
The Japanese release of Archaeology includes 4 bonus tracks: "Lullaby", "Baby S'il Vous Plait", "It's Looking Good" (rehearsal), and "My Little Ukulele". "Baby S'il Vous Plait" and "It's Looking Good" were also issued (along with the LP version of "Joe Public") on a UK CD single and 10" of "Shangri-La."
"Baby S'il Vous Plait" was a 'cod' Franglais version of an earlier Rutles song "Baby Let Me Be", from the 1,978 soundtrack. The song was recorded as a pastiche of the Beatles' two German-language recordings of "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand", with suitably poor translation and even poorer foreign accents. "My Little Ukelele" was a George Formby-esque novelty number, melding McCartney's many experiments with old-time composition ("Honey Pie", "When I'm 64" etc.) with Harrison's fondness for Formby and the ukelele. "Lullaby" was a brief musical gag from Innes's own live act re-recorded as though it were Ron Nasty amusing the studio staff.
On February 19, 2,007, EMI Gold (UK) released a budget reissue of Archaeology with new cover artwork and five bonus tracks: The aforementioned "Lullaby," "My Little Ukelele," and "Baby S'il Vous Plait" surfaced again, and two previously unreleased numbers — "Under My Skin" and "Rut-A-Lot" (the latter a medley of Rutles songs performed live by Innes, rumoured to be a jab at Idle's recently' successful Spamalot) — made their first appearances. "Under My Skin" is a cover of Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin", sung with some questionably re-tooled lyrics (the song is accidentally credited to Innes as sole writer).