Friday, July 17, 2009

Chris Pine to release cover version of Rutles song.

Chris Pine is to record a cover version of the song "Cheese and Onions" by the group The Rutles, his agent confirmed Friday. Pine, famous for playing Captain Kirk in the latest Star Trek film, will take on a song originally performed by a band formed as a spoof of The Beatles.

The Rutles, with members including Monty Python star Eric Idle and comedy song-writer Neil Innes, came to prominence in the 1978 mockumentary "All You Need is Cash". Included in the film are numerous songs which closely parody and approximate songs performed by The Beatles.

The Rutles song "Cheese and Onions" is itself a parody of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", which ironically was famously covered by Chris Pine's predecessor in the role of Captain Kirk, William Shatner. Pine's agent has dismissed the connection as coincidental.

Still from the music video for "Cheese and Onions" in the style of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" from the animated film "Yellow Submarine" (1968).

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