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Larry Franz

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In the ears of the beholder....

The Byrds, "You Won't Have To Cry", 1965



Electric Light Orchestra, "Mr. Blue Sky", 1977



Fool's Garden, "Lemon Tree", 1995



Crowded House, "Not the Girl You Think You Are", 1996 [with apologies to bonnie who I now see posted this already]



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Thought-provoking week, t,

I don’t generally like Beatles tributes or imitators, a la “Rain”.  Most of them sound like poor imitations to me.  Beatles interpretation is something different and interesting.  I was afraid I was in for some poor imitations this week but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  Although I don’t know if what’s common here amongst these songs isn’t more of a general “British”, “Liverpool”, or even “Mersey” sound.

Gold – Utopia - I Just Wanna Touch You.  I thought his one had the truest Beatle sound.

Silver – The Flame - Don’t Worry, Bill.  This is actually the first time I’ve heard The Flame….the sound is Beatle –like.  It seems to try to imitate their sound directly but is different enough to not be a sham.  It’s a bit dull…

Bronze – Raspberries - Please Let Me Come Home.  I’ve liked The Raspberries from way back.  I don’t see them as Beatle imitators, but they have a full sound like the Beatles first came on with.  I have to say I don’t like this song as much as some of their others like “Go All the Way” or

Tin – Dukes of Stratosphear – Collideascope.  Collideascope sounds more like a bad Lennon solo to me than the Fab 4.  Or a very very bad Magical Mystery Tour.

 


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The Beatles were so influential, many artists imitated their sound or adapted Beatles elements into some of their music. Good examples, all, this week, t! My votes: Gold: "I Just Want to Touch You", Utopia. I've always loved this non-typical Utopia song, and it's a dead-ringer for an early Beatles-styled song. Todd Rundgren is really good at evoking or imitating other artists' songs, as evidenced by his near-perfect rendition of "Good Vibrations" on his Faithful album. Good stuff from Todd this week! Silver: "Don't Worry, Bill", The Flame. Another song I've liked and certainly evocative of the Beatles sound. Hard or believe this came from a group from South Aftrica. Just shows how widespread the Beatles influence was back in the 60s and early 70s. Bronze: "Please Let Me Come Home", Raspberries. They were certainly heavily influenced by the Beatles, and this song certainly illuareates that. Only problem is that Carmen slips into a more Elvis-sounding voice on part of the chorus. Tin: "Collideascope", Dukes of Stratosphear. Certainly evocative of some later Beatles sounds, but to my ears not up to snuff. Trying to sound trippy but not succeeding anywhere near the level of the Beatles. Don't know whether anyone has already mentioned Klaatu's "Calling Occupants..." That's another good example of post-Beatles imitation, which I mentioned in a battle earlier this year. Signing out from fascinating Italy on our way back home on Monday, and after a fun several day visit with Pete Simpson in Rome this past week. Ciao!
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Interesting to note "The Big Three" David W. posted was on Decca. 
They signed them yet turned down The Beatles (The Big Four?) because guitar bands were on the way out.  [confused] 

I know it's not about covers this week, but after Deb #1's Bud Shank clip, here's another abomination (I agree with the comment "I envy the deaf and blind!!!"):




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Originally Posted by paul g adsett

much as i appreciate the idea of this week's picks,
none of the choices really match up to most other weeks' bronze / tin selections.
tempted to give 'em all equal points,
but that's a cop out.

tin: 'please let me come home'
- witless, chuggy rpoprock
that misses all the things that make a good beatleband copy work.
this is poor liverpool-sound-alike.
and then there's the abrupt, jarring final chord.

bronze: 'don’t worry, bill'
- never really listened to this lot for decades.
and this track is just studio of the latteterday sainted beatles, innit?
not at all unpleasant,
but, despite it all, doesn't measure up too well as a song.

silver: 'i just wanna touch you'
- a playful todd r track, jolly but too too pastichey.
without the wit of neil innes.
the handclaps are fun. the 'wooow ooow' bits not.
i like the final chord,
which is just how several of them early beatleband tracks ended.
the harmonica break is the bestest bit.

gold: 'collideascope' 
- why pick just about the least good song wot these chaps recorded?
now, i'm a sucker (you can say that here nowadays.
never used to in the olden days
- filtermisconstrued its meaning!)
the best dukes of... recordings are far more than
mere psychedelia pastiches by the fab xtc on a playawayday.
it pains me to say that this wouldn't measure up to be worthy of
being placed anywhere near 'number'9',
yet alone gold in other weeks,
but scrapes in ahead of the others for a touch more imagination than copycat.

all made by otherwise usually excellent bands,
but...
sorry,
i really wanted to enjoy them.
cheers

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Looking back at some interpretations

I posted earlier in the week, but the Smithereens do the Beatles bobble-head.  They NAIL it!

They tackle a good one LIVE

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I'm loving Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smithereens and George Burns' interpretations of the Beatles.  They aren't pretending to be The Beatles.  They all add something extra or different and still make it good.  I liked the up beat "I Want to Hold Your Hand" with he bobble heads.  Happy to have seen it.
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Hard or believe this came from a group from South Africa. Just shows how widespread the Beatles influence was back in the 60s and early 70s. 


And this despite the South African Broadcasting Commission ban on Beatles records from 1966 to 1971, due to John's Jesus comments. 
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al,
i'd resisted adding a smithereeens track
as it's loving reinterpretation of the repertoire.
dennis diken had come over to a drum at a couple of fan-based shows 
here in blighty alongside assorted bb related acolytes
(messrs foskett, marks, bennett etc)
we went out to the canyon club in agoura hills
to see them play one time in la
- good, fun, blasting powerpop.
we went with a few chaps and some of the usual suspects,
including stevie kalinich
who regaled us with a comic tale of being stuck by the ramp
right by after a night out at the venue
a little while before,
with a non-functioning car and mr brian wilson,
waiting to be rescued.
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Good story, Paul, nut was Brian ultimately rescued? 

Dennis Diken had done some drumming with the Brian band.  Is he still involved? 

There was Meet the Smithereens and B-Sides The Beatles:
http://officialsmithereens.com/music/bsides-the-beatles/
http://officialsmithereens.com/music/meet-the-smithereens/

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Thanks to my final crowd of voters, Lisa, Al, Graciegirl, D.A.N., David, Deb, Tom & paul.

bonnie, that computer-generated one should have said:
“Scientists Create Computer That Can Do What Noel Gallagher Does!”

Thanks to everybody for some great vids.

The results are in:

GOLD to Utopia - I Just Wanna Touch You - 51 points (8G, 4S, 3B, 1T)
SILVER to The Flame - Don’t Worry, Bill - 47 points (5G, 7S, 2B, 2T)
BRONZE to Raspberries - Please Let Me Come Home - 36 points (2G, 3S, 8B. 3T)
TIN to Dukes of Stratosphear - Collideascope - 26 points (1G, 2S, 3B,10T )
 
16 voters, 160 aggregate.

And don’t forget to check out Cindy’s Battle this week!!


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Well done, t.

The Season VII post, currently on page 2 of this forum, has been updated with those scores.


It was the second Utopia track used.

‘Love is the Answer’ won Tin in Week 29 of Season I (Al Forsyth).


It was also the second time for The Flame.

‘See the Light’ won Tin in Week 29 of Season IV (Kevin Witts).


It was the third Raspberries track.

Their history:

Let’s Pretend (a Tin in Week 39 of Season III, 2nd place in the Tin Play-Off - Jo McGuire),
Ecstasy (a Gold in Week 36 of Season V - t Bedford),
Please Let Me Come Back (a Bronze in Week 34 of Season VII - t Bedford)


It was the seventh entry for XTC (AKA The Dukes of Stratosphear)

Their results are:

Poor Skeleton Steps Out (a Tin in Week 34 of Season I - t Bedford),
We're All Light (a Gold in Week 35 of Season I - Paul Adsett),
Dear Madam Barnum (a Bronze in Week 32 of Season II - t Bedford),
Love on a Farmboy's Wages (a Tin in Week 31 of Season IV - t Bedford),
Books Are Burning (a Tin in Week 34 of Season VI - t Bedford),
River of Orchids (a Bronze in Week 4 of Season VII - t Bedford)
Collideascope (a Tin in Week 34 of Season VII - t Bedford)

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