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Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a groundbreaking sketch comedy series that ran on the  BBC from 1969 to 1974. Shortly thereafter, public television stations here in the US brought the hilarious antics of the Pythons to American audiences. 78 more words



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by PETER TATCHELL (revised and updated version of article in TELEFILE #3, September 1997) pythonIn late 1969, BBC television unleashed a sketch comedy series that broke new ground in surreal, off-the-wall craziness. It was a mesh of physical lunacy, literate wordplays and colourfully vicious animations all jigsaw-puzzled together in a kaleidoscope of inspired silliness. For all its success though, it didn’t actually change the course of TV humour from that day forth, as the schedules weren’t suddenly full of imitations. And after several years of silly walks, dead parrots, inquisitive Spaniards and people with their heads nailed to coffee tables, the participants simply thanked their hosts and moved on to the more financially lucrative world of the movies. Monty Python’s Flying Circus did not spring fully-formed from the head of a BBC programme planner, nor the combined heads of writer/performers Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and (animator) Terry Gilliam. Its roots go back to the weekly broadcasts of The Goon Show listened to by Python’s creators in their formative years of the 1950s. A stint of university education led to student revues and script contributions to popular BBC television shows like That Was The Week That Was and The Late Show. Cleese was the first to achieve public recognition, in the radio series I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again (along with Goodies-to-be Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie) and on TV’s The Frost Report (with Ronnies Barker and Corbett). The success of the latter series led Frost himself to back his supporting players in individual ventures, in Cleese’s case a sketch programme calledAt Last The 1948 Show which ran for thirteen episodes in 1967 for British commercial television’s Associated-Rediffusion company. Screened in Australia by the ABC, it also starred Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and (as a dumb-blonde hostess to link the unrelated skits) “the lovely” Aimi MacDonald. One of Miss MacDonald’s links happened to be “and now for something completely different …”. Many 1948 Show scripts were performed again on Python LPs and in stage shows, as well as at Amnesty International fundraising concerts – famous sketches such as Bookshop, Four Yorkshiremen, Beekeeping andTop Of The Form all debuted on At Last The 1948 Show. Taped in black-and-white and with a number of episodes lost, At Last The 1948 Showremained largely forgotten for more than three decades.  It was, however (in this writer’s opinion anyway), the best sketch-comedy television show ever produced and the official DVD release of a large percentage of retrieved footage was welcome indeed. Rediffusion also produced an early-evening show called Do Not Adjust Your Set starring several other university writer/performers – Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. After two seasons (in which a young David Jason and the occasional Terry Gilliam animation also appeared), Palin and Jones created a mock-educational programme The Complete And Utter History Of Britain. In 1968, David Frost financed the one-hour colour special How To Irritate People (for airing on US television) with 1948 Show participants Cleese, Brooke-Taylor and Chapman joined by Michael Palin and Connie Booth. It’s a fascinating (if somewhat disappointing) mix of material from the earlier show plus items which would soon appear on a Marty Feldman special and within Python itself. (The complete special has been available on commercial video and DVD for several years.) By 1969, Cleese and Chapman had approached Palin and Jones and suggested they might work together. They, in turn, thought Idle would be a useful recruit and were keen to explore a flowing transition from one item to another in a manner similar to that used in one of Gilliam’s cartoons from Do Not Adjust Your Set. With scriptwriter Barry Took (Marty Feldman’s former writing partner on radio’s Round The Horne) acting as a go-between, the six approached the BBC, which agreed to commission a season of thirteen episodes. Coming up with a title for the project did not prove easy. Eventually suggestions such as Owl Stretching Time, A Horse A Spoon And A Bucketand Gwen Dibley’s Flying Circus gave way to Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the show premiered just in time for BBC1 ‘s conversion to colour in late 1969. Despite launching such popular routines as Nudge Nudge, The Funniest Joke In The World, Lumberjack Song, Crunchy Frog and Dead Parrot, the participants themselves weren’t altogether satisfied with the early episodes and felt the format and material integrated better in later seasons. With four “teams” of contributors (Cleese/Chapman, Palin/Jones, and Idle and Gilliam working as separate entities), it’s not surprising many fans note a degree of unevenness in the finished product. Though allocated an unfriendly late Sunday night timeslot (with occasional editions pre-empted) the programme managed to build up sufficient audience figures to become something of a cult favourite – not yet well-known to the general public, but successful enough for the BBC to agree to a follow-up season. In 1970 the BBC set up its own record label (prior to this, soundtrack extracts from such TV hits as Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe And Son, Till Death Us Do Part and Not Only … But Also were released through the Pye or Decca labels), and one of its first issues was a collection of highlights from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. In reality, the disc didn’t feature actual soundtracks from the show, but pieces specially rerecorded for the LP before a somewhat bemused and muted audience. It was the first of what would ultimately become a veritable industry of Python spinoff material – compact discs, videos, DVDs, souvenir books and script collections (not to mention diaries, calendars and coffee mugs) are still in plentiful supply decades later.   The latter months of 1970 saw the Pythons back for a second season (again of thirteen programmes) with the first edition introducing probably their most famous routine of all… The Silly Walk. Later shows saw Scott Of The Sahara, a sitcom starring Attila The Hun, an unfortunate commercial campaign for Conquistador Coffee and a soccer match between Long John Silver Impersonators and Bournemouth Gynaecologists. By now, the team had touched on such subjects as gratuitous violence (both live and in Gilliam’s animations) and often entered the realm of sex and nudity. The last programme of the second series was particularly notable for pushing back the boundaries of acceptable content on television. Following a scene in which shipwreck survivors discuss the prospect of cannibalism, the show concludes with possibly the most notorious Python TV creation, The Undertakers Sketch, in which an undertaker (Chapman) offers a client (Cleese) various alternatives as to how he might wish to dispose of his mother’s remains. As the credits roll, audience members are seen to invade the set in a display of disgust (a somewhat confusing vehicle insisted upon by the producer in order to balance the scales of taste), but following its broadcast the routine caused quite a degree of genuine controversy and was discussed on legitimate current affairs programmes. The offending item was omitted from repeat screenings for a number of years, and is believed to have disappeared from BBC videotape archives entirely (its inclusion in commercial releases of the episode is thanks to the existence of an American master copy). After two TV seasons on television and one LP, Monty Python’s Flying Circus next foray was to the big screen. The series’ best routines were refilmed for a movie titled And Now For Something Completely Different. The team also signed with Charisma Records to produce a series of discs, initially using scripts from the TV series, but later including new material (and occasional reworkings of items previously used on unrelated 1960s productions). These other ventures delayed the airing of a third television series until late 1972 and by now the show had very much gained the attention of the general public. Though containing fewer well-known sketches, the writing and performance quality were very much on a par with the preceding season but with the added (then highly unusual) innovation of title and credit sequences appearing at unexpected points in the show. One episode even offered a continuing theme throughout, as we follow the cycling tour of the decidedly boring Mr Pither. (It was a format variation that would be explored more fully in the fourth season at the end of 1974). In 1973 the Pythons filmed two 40-minute specials for German television. Both titled Monty Python’s Fliegende Zirkus, the first saw the team actually speaking their dialogue in German, whilst the second was made in English and subtitled for the German audience. As a result, only the latter programme was given much airplay. 1973 also saw the Pythons in a stage version of the show, initially touring the north of England, then Canada before opening in London’s West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. A recording of this version of the show was issued. With a fourth television season in preparation John Cleese, feeling the spectre of repetition was marring his enjoyment of his involvement, decided it was time to move on to other ventures. The BBC considered dropping the show altogether but finally gave the green light to a 6-part series now carrying the abridged title of Monty Python (though the full “Flying Circus” moniker appears in the animated opening sequence). Generally considered less successful than its predecessors, it was the last batch of episodes to be commercially released. By now, American audiences were able to view the show as well, with PBS screening the series (without commercial interruption). Its increasing popularity on the public channel eventually led the giant ABC network to purchase rights to the fourth season, but executive wisdom decided to edit the six half hours into two 90-minute specials (in the process, removing a significant amount of programme material to fit in adverts). When their US agent alerted them to ABC’s indiscretion the Pythons were horrified and – arguing that the injudicious editing, amounting to censorship in many cases, created a result that bore little relation to their original work and was potentially damaging to their artistic integrity and future marketability – the team took the mighty network to court. In a landmark outcome, the Pythons won the case. TV networks were put on notice that similar infractions would no longer be tolerated, and the Pythons themselves gained video rights for all their programmes (outside the UK). 1975 saw the full Monty Python team (complete with Cleese) back on the big screen for the first time in a plotted story, rather than sketches. Monty Python And The Holy Grail was an historical send-up of the legend of King Arthur, with Gilliam and Jones sharing the directors chair. (The first draft of the script was reworked into the fourth series Python episodeMichael Ellis.) Holy Grail‘s success paved the way for future films, and a great deal of controversy. Individually, Python members were creating new projects for television – Cleese in the hugely successful Fawlty Towers, Idle in Rutland Weekend Television and Palin (with Jones as co-writer) in Ripping Yarns. In 1976 they reunited for another live show, this time at New York’s City Center (highlights of which were released on disc) and a half a dozen years later appeared on the west coast at the Hollywood Bowl (the TV specialMonty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl was released cinematically, then to video, laser disc and DVD). For their next movie venture, they opted to lampoon the gullibility of certain religious followers in Monty Python’s Life Of Brian, which told of an ordinary man (a contemporary of Jesus Christ) who is mistakenly thought to be a messiah. When word of the plot spread, church groups around the world became incensed, thinking the film would be sending up the Lord Himself, and organised protests. The storyline was controversial enough to cause major studios to refuse financial backing but eventually ex-Beatle George Harrison put up the money (his confessed motive being that, having read the script, he simply wanted to watch the thing up on the screen). Despite – or possibly due to – the notoriety, the movie ended up a huge success. The Pythons continued to issue LPs. Their 1980 release Monty Python’sContractual Obligation Album resulted in yet more court action – but this time as defendants. Singer/songwriter John Denver objected to the unauthorised R-rated mockery of his Annie’s Song in the track Farewell To John Denver and took legal action against the troupe shortly after the album’s release. Denver won the case which forced a withdrawal of the first edition, the offending track replaced by A Legal Apology. Consequently, early versions of the LP are now regarded as collector’s items. In 1983 the Pythons made their last film, returning to the familiar territory of their original segment format rather than a continuous plotline. Monty Python’s Meaning Of Life poked fun at sex-education, contraception, birth, death and gluttony. Whilst enjoyable and memorable in places, the movie tended to miss the mark artistically and (ultimately) financially. Although generally regarded as a lesser work, at the time of its release Cleese was quoted as saying the Mr Creosote sketch – in which a deplorably obese man (Jones) enters a restaurant, copiously vomits and later explodes – was the one he believed “will run in our obituary columns”. The team continued to go their separate ways – Cleese with fishes called Wanda and Palin trotting the globe – until 1989 when 20th anniversary get-togethers and TV specials were planned. Celebrations were abandoned though when tragedy struck. Graham Chapman (who had conquered alcoholism and battled throat cancer) finally succumbed to the latter literally on the eve of the anniversary. Never ones to let hypocrisy rear its head, Jones commented that “it was the biggest case of party pooping in history” and Cleese, in his funeral oration, became the first (and possibly only) person to utter the word “fuck” in a eulogy.  A later TV appearance by the surviving members, to which the remains of their fallen comrade were brought along, included a routine in which Chapman’s ashes were accidentally upended onto the stage and vacuumed up. Though a reunion is now impossible, all the remaining five have made contributions to various Python-related projects in the years following Chapman’s death, perhaps the most notable being a lengthy 30th anniversary Python Night tribute which aired in 1999 on BBC2, introduced by Cleese in typically manic form. For theatre-goers, the spirit of Python has been revived with the successful Broadway musical Spamalot, based on Monty Python And Holy Grailand comprising an amalgam of adapted excerpts from the movie together with songs and new material. Reissues of Python television shows, movies and albums now carry various bonuses – amongst them a lost sketch from Series 3, deleted movie scenes, documentaries and featurettes.  Remastered CD versions of the albums now contain rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks.  With the advent of internet file sharing, avid collectors have made available further items including extraordinarily rare filmed corporate presentations, and even a complete record album thought to have been compiled for release and then shelved. In an effort to prevent internet ripoff by fans, the Monty Python team announced the formation of their own channel on the YouTube website in 2008 where many of the more famous sketches and rare footage can be viewed, and where visitors are encouraged to purchase official items.



Series One BBC1 – October 5 1969 to January 11 1970 (not November 2 or 9) 1    It’s The Arts / Arthur “Two­ Sheds” Jackson / Funniest Joke In The World 2    Flying Sheep / Man With Three Buttocks / The Mouse Problem 3    Court Scene / Dirty Fork / Nudge Nudge 4    Art Gallery / Self-Defence From Fresh Fruit / Secret Service Dentists 5    Confuse-A-Cat / Neurotic Job Interviewer / Door-To-Door Burglar 6    Johann Gambolputty.. / Crunchy Frog / 20th Century Vole 7    Camel Spotting / Giant Blancmanges Turning People Into Scotsmen 8    Army Protection Racket / Dead Parrot / Hell’s Grannies 9 Kilimanjaro Expedition / Lumberjack Song / Awful Visitors 10  It’s A Tree / Vocational Guidance Counsellor / Pet Conversions 11  Murder Mystery / Interesting People / Women’s Guild Battle Of Pearl Harbour 12  Falling Bodies / Minehead By-election / Upper-Class Twit Of The Year 13  Albatross / Chatting Up A Policeman / Squatters Inside Man Series Two BBC1 – September 15 to December 22 1970 1    New Cooker / Silly Walks / Piranha Brothers 2    Spanish Inquisition / Jokes And Novelties / Semaphore version of Wuthering Heights 3    Flying Lessons / The Poet McTeagle / Deja Vu 4    Architect / The Bishop / Chemist 5    Blackmail / Rude And Polite Man / Boxer Documentary 6    School Prize Giving / Raymond Luxury Yacht / Election Night Special 7    Attila The Hun Show / Idiot In Society / Spot The Brain Cell 8    Wife Swap / Poofy Judges / Beethoven’s Mynah Bird 9    Bruces / Naughty Bits / Penguin On The TV Set 10  Scott Of The Sahara / Fish Licence / Soccer Match 11  Conquistador Coffee / Train Timetables Whodunnit / How Not To Be Seen 12  Hungarian Phrasebook / Ypres 1914 / Spam 13  The Queen Will Be Watching / Lifeboat / Undertakers Series Three BBC1 – October 19 1972 to January 18 1973 (not December 28) 1    Njorl’s Saga / Jean-Paul Sartre / Whicker Island 2    Schoolboys’ Insurance Company / How To Do It / Fish Slapping Dance 3    Money / Salvation Fuzz / Argument Clinic 4    Anagram Speaker / Pantomime Horse / Gestures 5 Summarise Proust Competition / Travel Agent / Anne Elk 6    Gumby Brain Specialist / Expedition To Lake Pahoe 7    Biggles / Cheese Shop / Peckinpah’s Salad Days 8    Mr. Pither’s Cycling Tour 9    Literary Housing Project / Olympic Hide-And-Seek Final / Planet Algon 10  Elizabethan Pornography / Silly Disturbances / Thripshaw’s Disease 11  Sir Kenneth Clark Boxing / Dennis Moore / Astrology 12  Kamikazi Scotsmen / No Time To Lose / Spot The Loony 13  Entertainment Awards / Mrs Zambesi’s New Brain / International Wife-Swapping Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus (German TV specials – 40 min) 1  Albrecht Durer / Little Red Riding Hood / Silly Olympics / Stake Your Claim / Holzfäller Song (1972, performed in German) 2  Mouse Ranch / Chicken Mining / Philosophical Football / Hearing Aid & Contact Lens Shop / The Princess With Wooden Teeth (screened on BBC2 – October 6 1973, performed in English) Series 4 BBC2 – October 31 to December 5 1974 1    The Golden Age Of Ballooning 2    Michael Ellis 3    Light Entertainment War 4    Hamlet 5    Mr. Neutron 6    Party Political Broadcast



The Pythons… Somewhere In Tunisia (Making of ‘Life of Brian’) (BBC1, June 20 1979) Parrot Sketch Not Included (BBC1, November 18 1989) Monty Python Live In Aspen (Paramount Comedy Channel, October 24 1998) Python Night (BBC2, October 9 1999) includes new material performed by John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Jones: It’s… The Monty Python Story Pythonland (Palin travelogue of Python locations) Lost Python (a found Python sequence from the early 1970s) From Spam To Sperm: Monty Python’s Greatest Hits Movie Connections: Monty Python And The Holy Grail (BBC1, January 7 2009)  


Long Live The Dead Parrot (BBC Radio 4, September 14 1999) Something Completely Different (BBC Radio 2, October 5 1999) Comedian’s Comedians (BBC Radio 2, episode of January 18 2003)



And Now For Something Completely Different (1971, 88 min) Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975, 90 min) Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979, 93 min) Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl (1982, 78 min) Monty Python’s Meaning Of Life (1983, 90 min)



Where no official track itemisation is listed, titles given are those created by Warwick Holt for LAUGH MAGAZINE #1, 1991 Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1970) BBC LP REB 73M, CD BBCCD 73 (UK);  Pye LP 12116 (US) sketches specially re-recorded for record release: Flying Sheep Television Interviews Trade Description Act Nudge Nudge The Mouse Problem Buying A Bed Interesting People The Barber Interviews More Television Interviews Children’s Stories The Visitors The Cinema The North Minehead By-Election Me, Doctor Pet Shop Self Defence Flying Sheep / Man With Three Buttocks BBC single (not confirmed) Another Monty Python Record (1971) Charisma LP CAS 1049, Virgin CD CASCD 49 (UK), Buddah LP CAS 1049 (US), Apologies Spanish Inquisition (longer version on Buddah release) World Forum (not on Charisma release) Gumby Theatre (longer version on Buddah release) The Architect Piranha Brothers Death Of Mary Queen Of Scots Penguin On The TV (not on Charisma release) Comfy Chair Sound Quiz Be A Great Actor Theatre Critic Royal Festival Hall Concert Spam The Judges Stake Your Claim Still No Sight Of Land The Undertaker Early pressings included a “Be A Great Actor” kit, with scripts and cut-outs. Spam Song / The Concert Charisma single CB 192 (UK) Eric The Half-A-Bee / Zambezi Song Charisma single CB 200 (UK)(1972) Monty Python’s Previous Record Charisma LP CAS 1063, Virgin CD CASCD 1063 (UK), Buddah LP CAS 1063 (US) Embarrassment A Bed Time Book England 1747 — Dennis Moore Money Programme Dennis Moore Continues Australian Table Wines Argument Clinic Putting Down Budgies And So Forth Eric The Half-A-Bee Travel Agency Radio Quiz Game A Massage City Noises Quiz (Silly Noises Quiz) Miss Anne Elk We Love The Yangtse How-To-Do-It Lessons A Minute Passed Eclipse Of The Sun Alastair Cook Wonderful World Of Sounds A Fairy Tale Teach Yourself Heath Flexi-disc included with the December 1972 issue of Zigzag magazine The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief (1973) Charisma LP CAS 1080, Virgin CD VCCD 003 (UK), Arista LP AL 4039 (US) Dead Bishop On The Landing The Church Police Who Cares The Surgeon And The Elephant Mr. Humphries Thomas Hardy Novel Writing Word Association Bruces Philosophers’ Song Nothing Happened Eating Dog Cheese Shop Thomas Hardy Tiger Club Great Actors Infant Minister For Overseas Development Oscar Wilde’s Party Pet Shop Conversions Phone-In Background To History Medieval Open Field Farming Songs World War 1 Soldier Stuck Record Boxing Tonight With Kenneth Clark (originally released with two concentric tracks on side 1) Lumberjack Song* / Spam Song Charisma single CB 268 (UK) (*new version, produced by George Harrison) Monty Python Live At Drury Lane (1974)  Charisma LP CLASS 4, Virgin CD (UK) Introduction Llamas Gumby – Flower Arranging Secret Service Wrestling Communist Quiz Idiot Song Albatross Colonel Nudge, Nudge Cocktail Bar Travel Agent Spot The Brain Cell Bruces Argument Four Yorkshiremen Election Special Lumberjack Song Parrot Sketch Monty Python’s Tiny Black Round Thing Charisma SO 1259 (UK) included with New Musical Express of May 1974 The Single Arista AS 0130 (US)(1975) promotional single for The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief featuring edited versions of Who Cares Infant Minister For Overseas Development Pet Shop Conversions The Album Of The Soundtrack Of The Trailer Of The Film Of Monty Python And The Holy Grail Charisma LP CAS 1103, Virgin CD VCCD 004 (UK), Arista LP AL 4050 (US) Congratulations Welcome To The Cinema Opening Coconuts Bring Out Your Dead King Arthur Meets Dennis Class Struggle Witch Test Professional Logician Camelot The Quest The Silbury Hill Car Park Frenchmen Of The Castle Bomb Threat Executive Announcement Story Of The Film So Far The Tale Of Sir Robin The Knights Of Ni Interview Director Carl French Swamp Castle The Guards Tim The Enchanter Great Performances Angry Crowd Holy Hand Grenade Announcement — Sir Kenneth Clark French Castle Again Close Monty Python On Song Charisma double-single NP 001 (UK) Lumberjack Song (Harrison-produced version) Spam Song Bruces’ Song (Drury Lane version) Eric The Half-A-Bee The Worst/Best Of Monty Python Kama Sutra 2LP KSBS 2611-2, Buddah 2LP BDS 5656-2 (both US) 2LP reissue of Another Monty Python Record and Monty Python’s Previous Record The Least Bizarre Buddah promotional EP CMP-EP (US) Monty Python Live At City Center Arista LP AL 4075, CD 18957-2 (US) Introduction Llama Gumby Flower Arranging Short Blues (Neil Innes) Wrestling World Forum Albatross Colonel Stopping It Nudge, Nudge Crunchy Frog Bruces’ Song Travel Agent Camp Judges Blackmail Protest Song (Neil Innes) Pet Shop Four Yorkshiremen Argument Clinic Death Of Mary, Queen Of Scots Salvation Fuzz Church Police Lumberjack Song The Monty Python Instant Record Collection (British release version, 1977) Charisma LP CAS 1134 (UK) compilation disc, with one previously-unreleased track* Introductions Alastair Cook Nudge, Nudge Mrs . Nigger-Baiter Constitutional Peasants Fish Licence Eric The Half-A-Bee Australian Table Wines Silly Noises Novel Writing Elephantoplasty How To Do It Gumby Cherry Orchard Oscar Wilde Introduction Argument French Taunter Summarized Proust Competition* Cheese Emporium Funerals At Prestatyn Camelot Word Association Bruces Parrot Monty Python Theme Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979)  Warner Bros. LP K 56751, Virgin CD VCCD 009 (UK), LP BSK 3396 (US) film soundtrack plus links by Graham Chapman and Eric Idle Introduction Three Wise Men Brian Song Big Nose The Stoning Ex-Leper Bloody Romans Link People’s Front Of Judea Short Link Latin Lesson Missing Link Revolutionary Meeting Very Good Link Ben Audience With Pilate Meanwhile The Prophets Haggling Lobster Sermon On The Wall Lobster Link Simon The Holy Man Sex Link The Morning After Lighter Link Pilate And Biggus Welease Bwian Nisus Wettus Crucifixion Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Close Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life / Brian Warner Bros. single K 17495, W 7653 (UK) The Warner Bros. Music Show – Monty Python Examines The Life Of Brian Warner Bros. LP WBMS 110 (US) promotional LP issued to radio stations, featuring an hour-long interview by Dave Herman, including soundtrack excerpts. Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album Charisma LP CAS 1152, Virgin CD CASCD 1152 (UK), Arista LP AL 9536 (US)(1980) Sit On My Face Announcement Henry Kissinger String Never Be Rude To An Arab I Like Chinese Bishop Medical Love Song Farewell To John Denver* Finland I’m So Worried I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio Martyrdom Of St. Victor Here Comes Another One Bookshop Do What John Rock Notes Muddy Knees Crocodile Decomposing Composers Bells Traffic Lights All Things Dull And Ugly A Scottish Farewell (* replaced on later pressings by A Legal Apology, following litigation) I Like Chinese / I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio / Finland Charisma single CB 374 (UK) Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album Sampler Arista LP SP 101 (US) A promotional sampler of material from the album issued for broadcast. The Monty Python Instant Record Collection (U.S. release version, 1981) Arista LP AL 9580, CD ARCD 8296 The Executive Intro Pet Shop Nudge, Nudge Premiere Of Film Live Broadcast From London Bring Out Your Dead How Do You Tell A Witch Camelot Argument Clinic Crunchy Frog The Cheese Shop The Phone-In Sit On My Face Another Executive Announcement Bishop On The Landing Elephantoplasty The Lumberjack Song Bookshop Blackmail Farewell To John Denver World Forum String Wide World Of Novel Writing Death Of Mary Queen Of Scots Never Be Rude To An Arab Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life (1983) CBS LP SBP 237921, Virgin CD VCCD 010 (UK), MCA LP MCA 6121 (US) soundtrack excerpts with new links Introduction Fish Introduction The Meaning Of Life Theme Birth Birth Link Frying Eggs Every Sperm Is Sacred Protestant Couple Adventures Of Martin Luther Sex Education Trench Warfare The Great Tea Of 1914-18 Fish Link Terry Gilliam’s Intro Accountancy Shanty Zulu Wars Link The Dungeon Restaurant Link Live Organ Transplants The Galaxy Song The Not Noel Coward (Penis) Song Mr. Creosote The Grim Reaper Christmas In Heaven Dedication (To Fish) Galaxy Song / Every Sperm Is Sacred C.B.S. single A 3495, picture disc single (in the shape of a fishbowl) WA 3495 (UK) The Final Rip Off Virgin 2LP MPD 1 (UK), Virgin 2LP 7 90865-1 (US)(1987) compilation, with one new track *, plus several new links Introduction* Constitutional Peasant Fish Licence Eric The Half-A-Bee Song Finland Song Travel Agent Are You Embarrassed Easily? Australian Table Wines Argument Henry Kissinger Song (* longer version than previously issued) Parrot Sit On My Face Undertaker Novel Writing (Live From Wessex) String/Bells Traffic Lights Cocktail Bar Four Yorkshiremen Election Special Lumberjack Song I Like Chinese Spanish Inquisition Part 1 Cheese Shop Cherry Orchard Architects Sketch Spanish Inquisition Part 2 Spam Spanish Inquisition Part 3 Comfy Chair Famous Person Quiz You Be The Actor Nudge Nudge Cannibalism Spanish Inquisition Revisited I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio Bruces Bookshop Do Wot John Rock Notes I’m So Worried Crocodile French Taunter Marilyn Monroe Swamp Castle French Taunter Part 2 Last Word Monty Python Sings Virgin LP MONT 1, CD (UK)(1989) compilation, with one new track* Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Sit On My Face Lumberjack Song (George Harrison produced version) Not The Noel Coward (Penis) Song Oliver Cromwell* Money Song Accountancy Shanty Finland Medical Love Song (longer version than previously issued) I’m So Worried Every Sperm Is Sacred Never Be Rude To An Arab I Like Chinese Eric The Half-A-Bee Brian Song Bruces’ Philosophers Song Meaning Of Life Knights Of The Round Table All Things Dull And Ugly Decomposing Composers Henry Kissinger I’ve Got Two Legs (studio version) Christmas In Heaven Galaxy Song Spam Song The Instant Monty Python CD Collection Virgin 6CD set reissues of 8 previous releases: Another / Previous / Matching Tie / Drury Lane / Holy Grail / Contractual /Brian / Meaning Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Virgin CD PYTHD 1 (1991) Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life I’m So Ashamed I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio Holzfaller Song (German version of The Lumberjack Song) The Ultimate Monty Python Ripoff Virgin CD CDV 2748 (1994) Introduction Finland Travel Agent I Like Chinese French Taunter Australian Table Wines Spanish Inquisition The Galaxy Song Every Sperm Is Sacred Grim Reaper Sit On My Face Argument Mary Queen Of Scots Four Yorkshiremen Lumberjack Song Albatross Nudge, Nudge Parrot Bruces Philosophers’ Song Fish Licence Eric The Half-A-Bee The Spam Song Big Nose Stoning Link 1 Welease Wodger Link 2 Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life Spanish Inquisition (ending) The Pythons Autobiography By The Pythons – The Interviews That Made The Book (2003) Orion Audio Books 2CD 0-75286-065-8


Monty Python’s Big Red Book (Methuen, 1971) The Brand New Monty Python Bok (Eyre Methuen, 1974 – paperback edition titled The Brand New Monty Python Papperbok) Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Eye Methuen ppk, 1975) Monty Python Scrapbook/The Life Of Brian (Eyre Methuen ppk, I 979) Monty Python – The Case Against by Robert Hewison (Eyre Methuen, 1981) Life Of Python by George Perry (Pavilion/Michael Joseph ppk, 1983) Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Just The Words (Two volumes) compiled by Roger Wilmut (Methuen, 1989) The First 20 Years Of Monty Python by Kim “Howard” Johnson (St. Martin’s Press ppk, 1989) Monty Python – A Chronological Listing Compiled by Douglas L. McCall (McFarland & Co., 1990) And Now For Something Completely Trivial by Kim “Howard” Johnson (St Marlin’s Press ppk, 1991) Life Before And After Monty Python by Kim “Howard” Johnson (St. Martin’s Press ppk, 1993) The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book (Methuen, 1994) The 1995 Monty Python Datebook (The Ink Group, 1994) Monty Python And The Holy Grail 1997 Diary (The Ink Group, 1996) Monty Python Encyclopedia by Robert Ross (Batsford, 1997) Monty Python Speaks! by David Morgan (Avon Books, 1999) The Pythons Autobiography By The Pythons edited by Bob McCabe (Orion, 2003) Michael Palin Diaries 1969-1979 – The Python Years by Michael Palin (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2006) Monty Python Live by Eric Idle (Simon and Shuster, 2009)