The Beatles’s ‘Across The Universe’ off 1970’s ‘Across The Universe’.
Good morning! In 2002, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers released By The Way. It is notable for its unexpected nod to the The Beatles. Beyond the standout singles ‘The Zephyr Song’, ‘Can’t Stop’ and the title track, the Chili Peppers also included the melodic arrangements and harmonies of ‘Tear’ and ‘Universally Speaking’. I select the latter because it still includes their signature funk rock sound.
Some sampling is less subtle. Wu-Tang vs The Beatles was created by Tom Caruana and released at the start of 2010. The album features Beatles songs and cover versions mixed with much Wu-Tang. This hip hop venture was not original. Danger Mouse had ploughed this furrow with Jay-Z in 2004. However, the results were equally as pleasing. ‘Got The Money’ features the most overt use of source material – in this case, Abbey Road‘s ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’.
Danger Mouse’s rise to fame started with his work on The Grey Album – an unlikely and clever blend between The Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. The opening track is a version of ‘Public Service Announcement’ mixed with George Harrison’s ‘Long Long Long’. I have to say that the track only benefits from the introduction McCartney organ riff. Who would have foreseen that?! Have a great weekend.
In what has already been a relatively current week for Samuelsounds, I cannot help but mention the out-of-the-blue prerelease of a new Wilco album Star Wars. ‘Magnetized’ is one of its standout tracks with its touches of The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs. Have a great weekend.
Not strictly a Beatles song as Lennon wrote and part-recorded ‘Now and Then’ in the late 1970s. However, Yoko Ono later passed Paul a batch of unfinished tracks to mark their mid-1990s Anthology compilations. The tapes included demos of this track, ‘Free as a Bird’ and ‘Real Love’. The three Beatles began recording their version in 1995 by overdub. It was then discarded only to later appear on a 2009 bootleg. This floaty and ever-so-nearly-lost gem sounds part Fab Four, part The Flaming Lips.
The video of Spoon’s ‘Do You’ immediately reminded me of the one made for ‘Karma Police’. In turn, the Radiohead track has always drawn thoughts of ‘Sexy Sadie’ – it’s that piano work. The keyboard riff originally existed as part of the fifth track on side three of the Fab Four’s white opus The Beatles. Enjoy the masters at work.
Recorded in December 1967, The USA’s self-titled debut was released in 1968. This was a time when the USA were listening to the sound of the UK. The penultimate track was the short ‘Stranded In Time’. It’s no cover version, but you could tell they liked The Beatles.
I began and end the week with songs so ingrained in my make-up, that it is hard to put into words how they may have shaped ‘my music’. I might just have to take this sublime number with me to my proverbial desert. Off the equally brilliant Pet Sounds, the track features layering of vocals, instruments, strings, organs, harpsichords, flutes and what sounds like sleigh bells and some clippety clops. And god only knows what gave those straight-laced boys the audacity to start off a song: “I may not always love you”. Divine intervention. The Beatles’ were listening here, there and everywhere. Have a great weekend.
Undeniably, Buddy Holly hugely influenced the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. However, it is not the Chirping Crickets’ classic sound of ‘Not Fade Away’ or ‘Rave On’ that have stuck with me since those childhood car journeys; instead I find myself regularly humming ‘Raining in My Heart’. Overly orchestrated, it sounds like something the Everly Brothers would have put out – another one of my folks’ faves. It must be the bittersweet sentiment that saves it. Have a great week.