Monty Python
01-08-2015, 08:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-08-2015, 08:14 PM by Tusk.)
Monty Python
I swear there was a Python tread somewhere but I couldn't find ..

Today is Elvis Presley's Birthday, Eric Idle of Python fame, retweeted and article listing facts about elvis, including, that he was a Monty Python Fan.

Quote:Banjo Hfuhruhurr III @BanjoHfuhruhur · 4h 4 hours ago
Elvis turns 80: 10 facts about The King: 4. Elvis was a huge @montypython fan @EricIdle :

Quote:4. Elvis was a huge Monty Python fan

According to the documentary "Monty Python: Almost the Truth," Elvis had watched "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" 45 times by the time he died. At one point he'd broken a finger: "Just a flesh wound," he said.

I thought that was funny because 'legend' has it that Elvis felt threatened by the British Invasion coming to the US spearheaded by the Beatles. He'd famously invited them to his place as a gesture, as Elvis was an Idol to the Beatles

Quote:So, even though universally famous and feted by 1965, as they were led across the white shag carpet into the sitting room where Elvis sat with his heavily made-up and bouffant-haired girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu (wearing a sequinned mini-dress), they were nervous.
In fact, so overawed were they, that at first none of them could think of anything to say.

Anyway, it seemed to just be a ruse so he could 'size them up'

Quote:in 1970, when The Beatles had broken up, a by-then drug-soaked Presley made an extraordinary secret trip to Washington, was given an audience with President Nixon, and told him of his worries about the bad influence of stars like Lennon on American youth.

Quote:"Presley indicated that he thought the Beatles had been a real force for anti-American spirit. The President then indicated that those who use drugs are also those in the vanguard of anti-American protest."

"I'm on your side," Elvis told Nixon, adding that he'd been studying the drug culture and Communist brainwashing. Then he asked the president for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

"Can we get him a badge?" Nixon asked Krogh.

Krogh said he could, and Nixon ordered it done.

Elvis was ecstatic. "In a surprising, spontaneous gesture," Krogh wrote, Elvis "put his left arm around the President and hugged him."

So I thought it was funny Elvis purportedly was a 'fan' of the Beatles, but ended up offering to spy on them 'cause he actually thought they were a threat (to him/his career, but he said to the US).... That Eric Idle would tweet that he was a Python fan.

So I replied pointing this out to Idle's tweet,

Quote:Tusk ‏@HaleysTusk 1h1 hour ago
@EricIdle but wasn't Elvis a Beatles' fan too?
(then volunteered to spy on them for the Nixon?)

Quote:Tusk ‏@HaleysTusk 1h1 hour ago
@EricIdle ""Presley indicated that he thought the Beatles had been a real force for anti-American spirit."

To my surprise, Eric replied CoolBig Grin

Quote:Eric Idle @EricIdle · 55m 55 minutes ago
@HaleysTusk He also complained they did drugs. Which was funny because he was on speed for the visit! But hell, we're all human.

CoolBig GrinCoolBig Grin

Quote:Tusk @HaleysTusk · 26m 26 minutes ago
I didn't get on NFL Network, but THE Eric Idle responded to my tweet about Elvis, Nixon & the Beatles CoolHeartBig Grin #MontyPython #Idol
04-14-2015, 08:15 PM,
RE: Monty Python
The surviving Pythons have been very active recently, coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of Python's "Holy Grail".... they were planning to do more work, even toying with a tour, (which I think they nixed because Palin didn't want to travel... which is ironic, because he used to host a show about traveling around the world... it'w where I learned the word "Peripatetic", as in "The Peripatetic Micahel Palin" )Tongue but I think they decided that they shouldn't take on too much, so have had limited appearances.

Anyway, possibly as part of this celebration, Python as released "Stephen Hawking sings Monty Python.... the Galaxy Song Big Grin

The Galaxy song originally appeared in Python's "The Meaning of Life"

They also released a Hawking/Python version of the classic Arcade game, Asteroids, where Hawking is the 'Space ship' and the Asteroids are the heads of the Pythons Big Grin

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