My iPod #533: The Rutles – Hold My Hand

“Hold My Hand” is a song written by Neil Innes which featured in the mockumentary All You Need Is Cash, a television film that traces the career of the fictitious rock band The Rutles. The music and events depicted within parallel those of The Beatles, and as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was the track that propelled the group to stardom so was “Hold My Hand” for Ron Nasty, Stig McQuickly, Stig O’Hara and Barry Wom. The film is a hilarious watch, recommended for any Beatles fan. Or Monty Python for that matter.

A love song about a man who feels the woman he has feelings for isn’t right for the guy she’s going out with, it is arranged using the styles of a few of The Beatles’ early numbers. One can hear similarities to “Eight Days a Week“, “All My Loving“, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You“, just to name a few. Though Innes brilliantly fuses all the elements together to make a number just as playful, catchy and ironically original. Very nice.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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