In advance of Monty Python Live, which opens next week(!), and in observance of the World Cup, the Pythons are releasing a very limited edition 12″ vinyl version of the new “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” And, it’s backed with “An Apology from Bernard,” a brand new cut featuring a much older Michael Palin and Terry Jones, and the late Graham Chapman. And, they’re even throwing in a sheet of Python football stickers.
Here’s what they’re saying about it:
Limited Edition Numbered 12″ Single + Football Stickers
Written by Eric Idle for the final sequence of Monty Python’s second feature film, The Life of Brian (1979), Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is probably the best known and most popular Python song of all and has become established as favourite sing-along at both funerals and sporting events.
Its cheerfully stoic message found particular resonance with football fans and was initially adopted as a chant by fans of Sheffield Wednesday at the dawn of the 1990s, before becoming part of the repertoire of England fans experiencing deflating failures at major international tournaments.
For this version, Eric Idle specially adapted the lyrics for use during this year’s World Cup in Brazil, should England (as generally expected) fail to triumph.
The B-side is unavailable anywhere else; a highly amusing new recording helmed by Michael Palin (in the guise of the avuncular and somewhat beleaguered Bernard from the record company) and also featuring cameos from Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman.
This package is completed by a Panini-esque sheet of stickers featuring the Pythons in the association football garb; probably the funniest six-a-side outfit in the history of the beautiful game.
I don’t make a penny from these, so order freely and of your own will–though I don’t think they’re going to last very long…