This week we took a dive into the 1978 mockumentary – The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash – a satire of Beatlemania and the Fab Four. Aside from being one of the first mock-docs, it is also a very funny film featuring some Monty Python alumnae, a few famous faces from early SNL and one Beatle. But we at SongTalk (being very serious people) were mostly concerned with the music in the film – which amazingly good and very Beatle-esque. By comparing these fake songs with the very real Beatles tunes that inspired them, songwriters can discover many ways to appreciate and understand what made the original versions so memorable.
- what elements make a song distinctive?
- does satire automatically mean mockery?
- are The Beatles songs uniquely suited to copying?
- how can you be inspired by the writing, playing and production of your musical heroes and still make your own music?
Here is the film: All You Need Is Cash