Neil Innes

With a career encompassing everything from The Beatles to Monty Python, Neil Innes continually infiltrated pop culture with a blend of surrealism and satire to become the leading figure in British musical comedy. Innes ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1944 in Danbury, Essex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (9)

50 YEARS: THE BEATLES 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

Hy-Brasilian (Actor)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Singer in Gin Palace (Actor)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian 1979 (Movie)

Weedy Samaritan at Amphitheatre (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jabberwocky 1977 (Movie)

2nd Herald (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (8)

One Day 2011 (Movie)

("Rocks") (Song)

Guest House Paradiso 2000 (Movie)

("Jazz Delicious Hot Disgusting Cold") (Song)

Them 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

("Put on Your Ta-Ta Little Girlie") (Song Performer)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

guitarist (Music)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Biography

With a career encompassing everything from The Beatles to Monty Python, Neil Innes continually infiltrated pop culture with a blend of surrealism and satire to become the leading figure in British musical comedy. Innes first showcased his talents in the comedic pop group The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Paul McCartney and The Who before parting company in 1970. Alongside stints in short-lived outfits The World and GRIMMS, Innes then focused his efforts on writing songs and sketches for the 70s' biggest comedy phenomenon, earning a nickname as the Seventh Python in the process. Innes then teamed up with Eric Idle again on sketch show "Rutland Weekend Television" (BBC2, 1975-76) and in The Rutles, an affectionate spoof of the Fab Four best-known for their TV movie, "All You Need Is Cash" (1978). Children's television beckoned in the '80s as Innes starred in and composed themes for the likes of "Puddle Lane" (ITV, 1985-88) and "The Raggy Dolls" (ITV, 1986-1994), but he also continued to explore the world of musical comedy with a string of solo albums and the formation of The Idiot Bastard Band.

Milestones

1978

Writes and appears in The Rutles TV movie "All You Need Is Cash"

1974

Joins writing team of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (BBC, 1969-1974)

1973

Releases debut solo album, <i>How Sweet To Be An Idiot</i>

1968

Scores hit single with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's "I'm The Urban Spaceman"

Bonus Trivia

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Innes successfully sued Oasis after their 1994 hit, "Whatever," was ruled to have directly lifted parts of its melody from his 1973 song, "How Sweet to Be an Idiot."

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Innes hosted a 13-episode television series, "Away with Words" (ITV Anglia, 1998), in which he travelled to different areas of Britain to explore the origins of well-known words and phrases.

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