Eric Idle: “Monty Python never took very kindly to being told what to do”

Eric Idle discusses Monty Python’s new boxset, which compiles all their albums, in the new issue of Uncut, dated August 2014 and out now.

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Eric Idle discusses Monty Python’s new boxset, which compiles all their albums, in the new issue of Uncut, dated August 2014 and out now.

The Python comedian and songwriter explains how the troupe’s best-selling record, 1989’s Monty Python Sings, was put together.

“We found out we ‘owed’ Clive Davis and Arista an album,” says Idle. “Python never took very kindly to being told what they must do. So we threw a lot more songs in as an ironic gesture.

“This led to our best-selling album, Monty Python Sings, which I put together. You can listen to a funny song many more times than a sketch.”

The new Uncut, dated August 2014, is out now.


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