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20 November 2010


1963–1969 at EMI, Trident, Olympic and Rutle studios, London, EMI Studios, Der Rat Keller, Bombay, Pompeii, and the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles; mixed 2004-2006 at Shabby Road Studios






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Back cover for The Rutles Lunch album

Lunch is a MBE-award winning compilation album by The Rutles. It featured music created for the Circle of Hay square-dancing show of the same name.


In 2000, Stig befriended the founder of renowned square dancing troupe Circle of Hay. Over beers in the Concourse bar, they discussed the idea of doing a Circle of Hay show using Rutles music but lost touch after Stig's retirement. With the blessings of Dirk, Nasty and Barry, who were easily reached, work began on recombining classic Rutle tracks in ways that could support the Circle of Hay show LUNCH.

After being asked by aging A&R man Archie Macaw to make experimental mixes from The Rutles' master tapes for a collaboration with Circle of Hay, Stumpy Mountbatten (the son of Rutles manager Leggy Mountbatten) was shocked to discover The Rutles' original tapes had vanished. Fortunately, 2 Rutles CDs were still in print and provided the material to create LUNCH. Working with these CDs and a computer his father bought surplus from the East Adelaide Primary School, Stumpy has created a unique soundscape.

Track listing[]

  1. Between Us
  2. Get Up and Go
  3. Unfinished Words
  4. Lonely-Phobia (with the Let's Be Natural transition)
  5. Piggy in the Middle
  6. Hold My Hand
  7. Goose-Step Mama/It's Looking Good/Blue Suede Schubert
  8. Ouch!
  9. Another Day
  10. Nevertheless/Joe Public
  11. Good Times Roll (with the I Love You transition)
  12. Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik/Let's Be Natural (with the Questionnaire transition)
  13. Hey Mister!
  14. We've Arrived! (And to Prove It We're Here)
  15. Cheese and Onions
  16. Shangri-La
  17. Major Happy's Up And Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band (reprise)
  18. Love Life

Track information[]

  • Between Us is an instrumental track that has the barking dogs from Now She's Left You
  • Get Up And Go has reversed and slowed down strings from the end of Another Day (plus reversed harmonies from Now She's Left You), the ringing chord from the end of Goose Step Mama, the repeated chords from The Elastic Knicker King (along with the isloated drums from the same song), the cheering crowd from The Rutles' live performance at the Hollywood Bowl and the orechestral freak-out from Cheese And Onions. The song is also shortened, excluding the second and third verse. It transistions into Unfinished Words.
  • Unfinished Words has chunks of guitar from the end of Hey Mister, screams from Baby Let Me Be, backwards calliope from the instrumental bridge of Shangri-La and the piccolo trumpet solo in Doubleback Alley. The spacey part at the ends has elements from The Knicker Elastic King, Major Happy's Up-And-Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band and With A Girl Like You.
  • Lonely-Phobia starts with the song's solo section, followed by the chorus before rejoining the song at the first verse. The swell at the beginning is actually the end in reverse. The Let's Be Natural transition has the dog from Now She's Left You. After the dog is whipepd, the swell from Cheese and Onions returns.
  • Hold My Hand starts a line from The Rutland Weekend Songbook. The track excludes the second verse, the chorus and the solo.
  • Nevertheless/Joe Public combines the vocals and the dilruba from "Nevertheless" with the bass and drums from "Joe Public".
  • Good Times Roll contains sound effects from "Joe Public" and transitions to "I Love You" near the end.
  • Cheese And Onions contains Ron Nasty's response to some questions about him at the beginning before the rest of the song starts. At the end, it smoothly transitions to "Shangri-La".
  • Love Life is mostly unchanged until the fade out, which contains vocals from "Major Happy's Up And Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band" and "Doubleback Alley". The track ends with quotes from a 1964 interview with the Rutles.