The Ministry of Silly Walks Reopens in New Monty Python Video

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

It’s their first new material “for a thousand years,” or since 1999, anyway, but the Monty Python group have treated us to a brand new song- The Silly Walk Song– as a prelude to this summer’s 10 night sell out run at London’s O2 Arena.

The five surviving members- Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Eric Idle (Graham Chapman died in 1989) announced last November that they would be reuniting for its first major project in nearly thirty years, and the 20,000 seat arena sold out as soon as tickets were released.

The new video treats us to some vintage Python clips from various classic skits, including Dead Parrot and Ministry of Funny Walks, and from films such as Life of Brian, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The lyrics focus on the concept of money being the root of all evil and the fruit of sin, and the song takes its name from one of Python’s most famous sketches, The Ministry of Silly Walks.

The new song will appear on Monty Python Sings Again, a remastered version of their 1989 album Monty Python Sings, and is due out in May.

However, there’s sad news for fans of Cleese’s silly walks- the actor admitted this week that there’s no hope of him recreating them on stage. “I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip,” he said. “So there’s no chance of that.”

Oh come on, John. It’s only a flesh wound, surely?!