SIRIUS XM is launching a Monty Python channel: What's your favorite Python song?

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?

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  • s

    “I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song on the Radio”!

  • queen of disrepair

    “Every Sperm is Sacred” from “Meaning of Life” because it actually tops having to sell the children for science experiments.

    • Kim

      Totally awesome song! My favorite too!

  • LauraT

    “Sit on my Face,” “Bruce’s Philosphers Song” are my faves.

    • Jack

      the only reason i know any philosophers is because of this song. is that sad?

      I LOVE ALL THE SONGS. but i DO love “i’m so worried” especially the “baggage retrieval at heathrow” and that sometimes tv shows, they want to repeat. I’M WORRIED ABOUT THAT TOO.

  • strickens_girl

    “Sit on my Face”. Best Python song ever.

  • Laura M.

    I’m going to have to go with “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. Ironic and morbid (and hilarious) in it’s original context, yet taken out of context, it’s actually a profound song – and a good philosophy to live by, too.

  • Jed

    This show sucks!

  • Kim

    Also really liked Brave Sir Robin from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

  • Terri

    Eric the Half a Bee! That song makes me smile every time I hear it. I use it as a ringtone for people I don’t like talking to so I will be glad they called! (namely my in-laws)

  • Jenna Fawn

    Gotta love the lumberjack song. But I have to go with “the song that goes like this” from Spamalot.

    • mscisluv

      Sara Ramirez killed that song on Broadway…awesome!

  • Ann

    The Universe Song from the Meaning of Life. With the added bonus of being highly educational.

  • Dale

    ‘Always Lokk on the Bright Side of Life’ This is my favorite Python song from ‘Holy Grail’

  • orville

    Sit on my Face–especially the performance from “Live at the Hollywood Bowl.” Gratuitous nudity (especially pale-arsed, middle-aged, British male nudity) is always hilarious.

    I’m also peculiarly partial to the Spam song, even with its lack of lyrics. Vikings chanting about Spam? Absolutely.

  • Eric

    “Isn’t It Awfully Nice To Have A Penis?” is hilarious. It’s just a little knockoff towards the end of Meaning of Life, but it’s a delightful piece of pork.

    Wonder if this post will be censored?

  • Emoney

    Very tame, but I like the “Galaxy Song.” Educational!

  • wg

    The Lumberjack Song and the Bruces’ Philosophers Song probably tie for second place. But tops has to be Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

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