The Rutles Wiki
Ouch! (album)
Ouch high quality.png


6 August 1965 (UK)
13 August 1965 (US)


Recorded 15–19 February, 13 April, 10 May & 14–17 June 1965, EMI Studios, London







Preceded By

Rutles For Sale (1964)

Succeeded By

Rutle Sole (1965)

Ouch! (album)

Ouch! was the fifth album by The Rutles, released alongside their film of the same name. It contained multiple songs that had little to do with the film, but were more relations to the idea of making films and television.

Album cover[]

On the album cover, the Rutles can be seen standing and making letters with their arms, trying to tell the photographer that he is so far away that they have to separate to fill the shot. However, the photographer thought they were signaling OUCH in semaphore (despite they didn't know semaphore), and felt this was such a great idea that he wrapped up the session after that one photograph.

The Rutles' arms weren't even close to spelling OUCH; in fact they were closer to spelling XALK. To remedy the discrepancy, it was originally decided to change the titles and lyrics of the song, album, and film to match, but this decision was abandoned when it turned out that the phease "ZALK" is extremely offensive to some Welsh cultures.

Track listing[]

Side One[]

  1. Ouch!
  2. The Day After
  3. You've Got To Hide Your Lunch Away
  4. I Feed You
  5. Another Rut
  6. You're Going to Rut That Girl
  7. Ticket to Rut

Side Two[]

  1. Living in Hope
  2. It's Only Lunch
  3. I Don't Like You That Much
  4. I've Just Seen The Chase
  5. I Love You
  6. Scrambled Eggs
  7. Dizzy Miss Lizzard

US Version[]


The North American version, the band's eighth Capatal Records album and tenth overall, includes the songs in the film plus selections from the orchestral score composed and conducted by Ken Slowne, which contains one of the first uses of the Indian sitar on a rock/pop album. "Ticket To Rut" is the only song on the American release in duophonic stereo (also known as "fake stereo") reprocessed from the mono mix. "Ouch!" is available on CD as part of The Capatal Albums, Volume 2 box set. This CD contains both the stereo and mono versions of the American release. A second CD release of this album, which contains the seven songs in true mono was issued in 2014 individually and as part of the Rutles The U.S. Albums boxed set.

Track listing[]

Side One[]

  1. Ouch! (Preceded by the Dr. Who theme)
  2. The Day After
  3. From Rut to You Fantasy (Slowne)
  4. You've Got to Hide Your Lunch Away
  5. I Feed You
  6. In the Spiral (Slowne)

Side Two[]

  1. Another Rut
  2. I Must Be in Love Again (Slowne)
  3. Ticket to Rut
  4. The Bitter Bend / You Can't Do Lunch (Slowne)
  5. You're Going to Rut That Girl
  6. A Face (Slowne)