Sod the Pythons – 10 Reunions I’d Really Like To See!

by Ray_North on November 21, 2013

Unknown-3The Pythons have reformed: cynical attempt to make a massive bag of cash or a genuine desire to contribute to the cultural well-being of our nation? Hmm, you decide.

But, it got me thinking: would I be there with my phone in my hand, finger hovering over the redial button when the tickets went on sale or alternatively did I not give a monkeys toss? Answer, well, despite the fact that I’m a big fan the idea of a reunion by a load of aged fellas almost certainly destroying their own work and legacy doesn’t really appeal. Which got me thinking some more – who would I really want to see reunite for a big get together?

So, disregarding completely the small matter of whether an individual is alive or dead, here’s my Top 10 Reunions –

1. The Magnificent Seven. Brynner, McQueen, Bronson, Vaughan, Coburn, Dexter and, er, the other one – Magnificent in every way, yep, I would pay any amount of money to see a reunion of these legends. Perhaps we could reunite them and send them off randomly to sort out various areas of conflict in the world – Brynner and McQueen tackle Syria, Brynner and McQueen et al, free Tibet, The Magnificent Seven sort out North Korea, Afghanistan and then take on the USA for good measure. Oh yes.

2. The 12 Disciples Controversial you may think, but I’d wager that a reunion of these fellas would be great value and fill a few arenas along the way; one for believers and non-believers alike – they could do a kind of ‘Gospel Tour’ involving a few readings, a couple of songs followed by a question and answer session at the end: ‘so Peter, when Jesus turned the water into wine, did anyone mention the possibility of him getting a few nibbles in as well?’

3. The 6 Wives of Henry VIII Historically relevant and sassy, the ultimate girl band that never happened. They could be like the Sugababes – perform some hits from the period and then happily involve themselves in red top scandals:‘Katherine Parr in sex romp with Football star’‘Anne of Cleavage! We snapped Henry reject showing her assets as she staggered out of trendy nightclub.

4. The Kennedy’s. Never a dull moment with the greatest family America has ever produced -but the temptation, of course would be to stick them in a room and say, ‘listen Jack, just trust me on this, don’t go near Dallas this weekend; and you Bobby, whenever you’re in LA and someone shouts, ‘he’s got a gun’ just duck; and Ted, mark my words, no good will come of you offering to give young girls a lift home in your car, capiche?’

5. The Speech Writing Team for Neil Kinnock, Sheffield, 1992. One very close to our hearts on these pages this, and included in this list so that this time, when someone says, ‘i’ve got a great idea Neil, when you go on the stage, shout out ‘youallright’ in the style of a dodgy American stand-up comedian,’ someone else will go ‘er, no, that’s a shit idea.’

6. The Knights of the Round Table. Oh yes, fantastic, Sir Lancelot and the rest reunite for one final crack at finding the Holy Grail – intrigue, sex, buff knights in armour – much better than the Pythons, a massive hit, I’m seeing.

7. The Labour 1945 Government Ah, now we’re really talking, a bit of politics: reformed once again, Clem, Ernie, Nye, Stafford and the rest of the lads, to show this generation of politicians how it’s really done. Within a few months we’d have a brand spanking NHS, nationalised utilities and full employment. Get them on the telephone!

8. The Smiths Yeah, I know, stop being ridiculous Ray, there’s no earthly chance of that.

9. The Brazil World Cup Winning Team of 1970 Yes, and in their pomp as well – Pele, Rivelinho, Jairzinho, Tostao, Gerson – now, I would definitely get up early to book my ticket to see the greatest football team of all time.

10. The Clash. One for George, who will tell you, if he’s allowed, how he narrowly missed seeing Joe Strummer perform with Mick Jones only days before Strummer sadly carked it. We’re big fans of The Clash on these pages, and we’d like to see them rise again from the ashes for one last gig.

Now there’s ten cracking reunions.
Pass me the phone and my credit card!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlie_East_West November 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Monty Python….don’t get me started….flashes of genius maybe…but massively overrated.


George_East November 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Sheffield. Neil Kinnock. 1992 surely. The 1983 pre-election speech (‘If the Tories win tomorrow, I warn you..’) is one of the greatest political speeches of all time.


Ray_North November 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Ooh, yes, Sheffield 1992 – I’ll change that actually.


George_East November 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Oh and did I mention I very nearly went to the Acton Town Hall Strummer Fire Brigades Union gig where Mick Jones joined him on stage for the encore. a few days later Strummer was dead. Gutted.


Jackie_South November 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

On number two, I understand that Judas had irreconcilable differences with the rest of them.


George_East November 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

No Judas, no Christianity. The bloke’s got a lot to answer for.


Eddie Kaye November 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

Not meaning to be pedantic, but were Henry VIII’s six wives ‘united’ in the first place – not checked the time line, but I don’t think they all met?

I would like to see if Torquemada is up for a comeback tour…because nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!


Ray_North November 22, 2013 at 10:58 am

Eddie, never let the mere trifling of facts get in the way of a gag/story/defence, has been my motto for years.


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