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Shabby Road
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Released

26 September 1969

Recorded

22 February – 20 August 1969 EMI, Olympic and Trident Studios, London

Genre

Rock

Length

47:23

Label

Rutle Corps

Preceded By

Yellow Submarine Sandwich (1969)

Succeeded By

Let It Rot (1970)

Shabby Road is the name of an album by The Rutles, released on 26 September 1969, their last recorded album, but not last released (Let It Rot). Tracks 9-17 form a medley sometimes noted as one song called "The Shabby Road Medley". Tracks 14-16 are sometimes noted as one song called "The Bronze Blunders Medley".

On the cover, Stig is depicted without trousers. This was one of the key "clues" which inspired the Stig is dead conspiracy theory, which still lasts today in some circles. Stig later referenced these theories on his life album, Stig is not a wax replica please stop asking.

Shabby Road

Track listing[]

Side One[]

  1. "Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik"
  2. "Anything" (O'Hara)
  3. "Maxine's Silver Lawn Mower"
  4. "Ah! Honey"
  5. "Easy Listening" (Wom)
  6. "I Warned You (She's Too Heavy)"

Side Two[]

  1. "Where Was the Eclipse" (O'Hara)
  2. "How"
  3. "Why Do You Want My Money?"
  4. "Sinking"
  5. "Cheerful Cousin Charlie"
  6. "Hexachlorophene Sham"
  7. "He Went in Through the Front Door"
  8. "Bronze Blunders"
  9. "Plenty of Time"
  10. "The Lunch You Take"
  11. "Lullaby" (Hidden Track)

Legacy[]

Melvin Hall studies the actual Shabby Road, moments before being run over by his camera crew.

The iconic photo on the cover of Shabby Road has become synonymous with British pop-culture, as have the roads many zigs and zags. There have often been traffic issues related to the area because of imitators and police are often called due to instances of indecent exposure, with tourists often stripping off their clothes in imitation of Stig.

In 1978, Melvin Hall stood in the Shabby Road path to film his documentary All You Need Is Cash, at which point his documentary crew promptly ran him over.

Alternate cover photos[]

While the cover of Shabby Road is iconic, many don't know that more than one photo was taken for it. These are nearly identical but are clearly different when closely studied.

2019 Super Deluxe Edition[]

On 8 August 2019, Rutle Corps announced the upcoming release of 50th anniversary editions of the album scheduled for 27 September. Presented with new mixes in stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, expanded with previously unreleased session recordings and demos, the special anniversary releases includes Super Deluxe 4 disc set, 3 LP deluxe vinyl, 2 CD deluxe, limited edition picture disc, CD, LP, and tea bags.

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