Top of the charts for funerals in the UK

A British survey has named Monty Python song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” as the country’s most-requested funeral tune…For the first time ever, the song, from Life of Brian, topped a regular poll conducted by Britain’s Co-operative Funeral Care.

The goofy diddy took over the spot held by Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” for more than a decade. In fact, “My Way” was bumped down to the No. 5 spot.

The results of the poll came from information from 30,000 funerals held in Britain.

Har. Banned for blasphemy when the film, “The Life of Brian” first came out in the UK – it’s nice to see that ordinary folks’ sensibilities and whimsy have surpassed every negative classification assigned the movie and the music by officially conservative clods.

2 thoughts on “Top of the charts for funerals in the UK

  1. Trivia says:

    “Whilst filming the last scene, the actors were all bored and hot sitting up on their crucifixes. So Eric Idle started singing a little ditty. Everyone (but Eric) liked it so much that they decided to use it.” Also “The original production company {EMI} canned this movie at the last minute, fearful that the religious subject matter would offend people. So ex-Beatle George Harrison stepped in, {created the production company Handmade Films} paid a few million pounds, and more or less let the Pythons do whatever they wanted… for the sole reason that he was a huge Python fan and wanted to see their next movie. Eric Idle later described it as “the most expensive movie ticket ever purchased.” http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian
    In addition: “Eric Idle originally recorded the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” in his normal singing voice. After deciding this was not quite right, he re-recorded it with a Cockney accent, singing the new dub in a hotel room with mattresses pushed up against the walls. The line, “Bernie, I said, they’ll never make their money back” refers to Lord Bernard Delfont pulling out of financing the movie at the last minute. In the 2000s, the song was reused in the musical “Spamalot,” adapted from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079470/trivia?item=tr0785972

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