Add this guy to one of the greatest composers you never heard of.
Okay, that’s not exactly true, but Neil Innes was certainly the greatest satirical composer ever. Here’s just one example: Hold My Hand (The Rutles). Yes, that’s Monty Python’s Eric Idle on (McCartney-) bass, and Neil doing his John Lennon impersonation on vocals.
I’ve played song that to fanatical Beatle freaks, telling them that it was an undiscovered Beatles song which actually spawned Please Please Me, I Wanna Hold Your Hand and She Loves You — and not one ever called me on it. And then there’s
Get Back Get Up And Go… and I Am The Walrus Piggy In The Middle. The list is endless.
Let’s not even talk about Neil’s 1960s Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and Urban Spaceman… which took aim at the drug culture before that became cool.
R.I.P. Neil Innes (1944-2019)