The Rutles were English, a Rutland/Scouse...er, Liverpool group, which formed in the very early '60s. Thus they were a proper English beat group and contemporaries of the other popular Liverpool beat groups such as the Beatles, the Koobas and Gerry & the Pacemakers. I think their best beat track hasta be "Goose-Step Mama." I dunno what they're singing about, but the song, it really fucking moves.

Their records didn't chart in the US, because none were issued until 1978, after they gained notoriety via a made for television documentary, All You Need Is Cash, was aired. And then it was only a special soundtrack album!! Anyway, dig this cool period footage of them playing "Goose-Step Mama" live, at the Cavern Club in 1962, as well as their Ed Sullivan appearance from Feb. 1964. They continued on recording and performing till about 1968, when egos and arguments over their beards split the group. Most of the members went on to become television actors, with little success.