SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that it is launching a channel dedicated to singing lumberjacks, dead parrots, and all other things Monty Python-related. The channel will broadcast for ten days starting from this Friday, the day after the Pythons are set to gather at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater to mark their 40th anniversary receive a special award from The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The channel will feature reminiscences from John Cleese and company, and, of course, sketches and songs. Meanwhile, IFC will broadcast the debut show in a six-part Python documentary called Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) on Oct. 18 at 9PM ET/PT.
All of which got us thinking about our favorite musical Monty moment. It turns out, for example, that my colleague Josh Wolk has a penchant for “Eric The Half-a-Bee,” from Monty Python’s Previous Record. I, on the other hand, prefer “I’m So Worried,” from Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, if only because it really does sound like it’s being performed by someone actually, and wearily, fulfilling an onerous obligation of some sort.
But, hey, I’m a Python nerd. What about you? Are you a fan of the “Lumberjack Song”? “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”? “Knights of the Round Table”? Or do you think they are all just too, well, silly?