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Hey so,

I realize "derivative" is the rock critic's favorite word but I've honestly never had a problem with bands that sound exactly like other bands, provided that I really like the original band and the copycat nails it. This is why a handfull of my favorite bands not only include Stereolab, but all the ripoff bands thereof.

I just discovered Bee Gees - First (1967) and I can't tell you how pleased I am. I actually think this is a pretty good wannabe Beatles album. Does anyone recommend any others?

PublicRadio, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 05:25 (twelve years ago) link

Emitt Rhodes sounds a LOT like Paul McCartney. I've only heard his first album, but it's great!

one time, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 05:46 (twelve years ago) link

rock four, another beginning

kamerad, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 06:23 (twelve years ago) link

Badfinger Ass

jim wentworth, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 06:39 (twelve years ago) link

The Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk At Cubist Castle review by Jason Ankeny:

Not the Beatles, but an incredible facsimile: on their sprawling 27-song debut opus, Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle, the Olivia Tremor Control manage to summon not only the sound of the White Album-era Fab Four, but also the unfettered creativity. The soundtrack to an unmade film about a pair of women named Olivia and Jacqueline and a massive earthquake dubbed the California Demise, the album incorporates a slew of influences and textures (including Beach Boys-flavored pop, psychedelia, Krautrock, noise, and folk-rock) and synthesizes them into a distinct homebrew of shimmering harmonies, guitar drones, backward tape loops, and inventive effects.

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 07:43 (twelve years ago) link

The Spongetones

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 07:53 (twelve years ago) link

Square Pants!

Mark G, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 08:47 (twelve years ago) link

The Gants - "I Wonder" These guys are still playing! Sundazed has re-issued a lot of their stuff.

leavethecapital, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 10:41 (twelve years ago) link

The Rutles pwn this thread.

Noodle Vague, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 10:45 (twelve years ago) link


Joe, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 12:20 (twelve years ago) link

Utopia (Todd Rundgren)

MC, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 12:22 (twelve years ago) link

Oh and that new Paul McCartney disc.

MC, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 12:29 (twelve years ago) link

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 13:10 (twelve years ago) link

Oh and those several Ringo solo rekkids from teh 00's. For seriouses!

t**t, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 13:49 (twelve years ago) link

The Hollies sounded a lot like the Beatles in the mid 60s- "Headed for a Fall" could be a Lennon number from Rubber Soul. Also "Time for Love", "Yes I Will", "So Lonely", etc.

ColinO, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 14:28 (twelve years ago) link


Jordan, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 14:33 (twelve years ago) link

Apples in Stereo - Tone Soul Evolution

o. nate, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 14:34 (twelve years ago) link

the first left banke record has some awesome beatles 'filler' tracks.

ddd, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 20:40 (twelve years ago) link

Ditto on Olivia Tremor Control.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 21:50 (twelve years ago) link

Not the best, but The Photon Band deserves a mention

christoff, Thursday, 14 June 2007 17:26 (twelve years ago) link

I don't understand this Raspberries thing. To me they didn't sound like The Beatles at all. First of all, Eric Carmen's voice sound absolutely nothing like Lennon, McCartney nor Harrison. He's a great singer in his own right, but Beatlesque? Nope.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 14 June 2007 18:32 (twelve years ago) link

Some of the tracks from that Dukes of Stratosphear compilation do quite nicely, especially the magnificent 'What In The World??...'

Just got offed, Thursday, 14 June 2007 23:05 (twelve years ago) link

I suppose with the Raspberries it's more of some kind of general context that had something to do with the Beatles than sounding a lot like them. Their best songs had this kind of bursting energy that you can help but link with early Beatles.

Tim Ellison, Thursday, 14 June 2007 23:51 (twelve years ago) link

Badfinger or maybe Badfinger clones We All Together.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 14 June 2007 23:54 (twelve years ago) link

chikagoro watashitachi wa
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warui wa ne
arigato ne
korekare mo
yoroshiku ne

Steve Shasta, Thursday, 14 June 2007 23:54 (twelve years ago) link

is that just that one song, steve? that song fucking rules.

Tim Ellison, Thursday, 14 June 2007 23:57 (twelve years ago) link

At their best the Raspberries sound like the Beatles with Pete Townshend playing lead guitar. You can throw a little Brian Wilson in there too.

leavethecapital, Friday, 15 June 2007 00:00 (twelve years ago) link

"don't ask me love" by los shakers

Tim Ellison, Friday, 15 June 2007 00:02 (twelve years ago) link

Listen to some Polyphonic Spree and tell me you can't hear the Beatles.

MaGoGo, Friday, 15 June 2007 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

The Puffy song Steve mentioned:

Tim Ellison, Friday, 15 June 2007 00:41 (twelve years ago) link

Tim have you ever picked apart all the Beatles refs on that song?

The guy from Jellyfish wrote it I think (not the famous one, the other guy).

Steve Shasta, Friday, 15 June 2007 00:56 (twelve years ago) link

no, apart from the obvious "it won't be long" and "day tripper" and "twist and shout" moments.

Tim Ellison, Friday, 15 June 2007 01:41 (twelve years ago) link


President Evil, Friday, 15 June 2007 08:04 (twelve years ago) link

At their best the Raspberries sound like the Beatles with Pete Townshend playing lead guitar.

And Roger Daltrey singing. Eric Carmen sounds absolutely nothing like any Beatles member.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 15 June 2007 09:43 (twelve years ago) link

But Raspberries at their best ("Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)") do at least have some of the same vocal harmonies that made The Beatles and Beach Boys so great.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 15 June 2007 09:44 (twelve years ago) link

We All Together

Brakhage, Friday, 15 June 2007 13:41 (twelve years ago) link

Early Spinal Tap.

Bill Magill, Friday, 15 June 2007 13:44 (twelve years ago) link

I don't really get the Pete Townshend guitar/Roger Daltrey vocals thing with Raspberries so much.

Tim Ellison, Friday, 15 June 2007 14:26 (twelve years ago) link

The guy from Jellyfish wrote it I think (not the famous one, the other guy).

I thought the guy from Jellyfish (Andy Sturmer) wrote most of Puffy's songs. Jellyfish did a really great Beatles impression when they weren't doing Beach Boys or Queen impressions.

Early Spinal Tap.

"...and I cried, cried, cried all the way home."

Definitely wouldn't sound out of place on the first disc of Anthology.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 15 June 2007 14:27 (twelve years ago) link

I was thinking more of "Go All the Way" for the power chording. Eric Carmen sounds nothing like Daltrey. He's a better singer than Daltrey too. Why I am I arguing with Hongro?

leavethecapital, Friday, 15 June 2007 15:13 (twelve years ago) link

If you cannot picture McCartney singing "Let's Pretend," U MADD.

Phil D., Friday, 15 June 2007 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

billy joel's "don't ask me why" is a damn good mccartney/beatles clone song.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 15 June 2007 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

the theme song to "that thing you do" is a damn good yeah-yeah-yeah-era beatles clone.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 15 June 2007 17:46 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

I should have been clearer.

I'm looking for songs from that era that sound like the beatles:

J.K. and Co. - Fly
The Bonzo Dog Band - What Do You Do?
The Bee Gees - Red Chair, Fade Away
The Kinks - Drivin
The Idle Race - The Birthday
The Pretty Things - The Good Mr. Square / Whe Was Tall, She Was High
The Monkees - Porpoise Song
The Hollies - Stop Right There
July - Hallo To Me
SRC - Daystar
The Chocolate Watchband - In The Past

All of these are spot on Beatles songs imo. And they're contemporaries of The Beatles. I might even go through Rutles songs. This is for a mix btw.

PublicRadio, Friday, 18 September 2009 14:34 (ten years ago) link

Oh and we're talking late Beatle, not the Dave Clark 5 sounding stuff.

PublicRadio, Friday, 18 September 2009 14:35 (ten years ago) link

Knickerbockers "Lies"

Trip Maker, Friday, 18 September 2009 14:51 (ten years ago) link

J.K. and Co. - Fly

^^^ one of my all time favourites

The Aerovons album is all very Beatles-y

vain_bowers, Friday, 18 September 2009 14:56 (ten years ago) link

Badfinger, "Flying"

Pancakes Batman (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:06 (ten years ago) link

Oh and we're talking late Beatle, not the Dave Clark 5 sounding stuff. Oh, woops. Scratch the Knickerbockers, then.
There are other Pretty Things songs that fit, I think. "Defecting Gray" works, at least the mellow parts.

Trip Maker, Friday, 18 September 2009 15:07 (ten years ago) link

Smokie - "It's your life"

The middle bit is basically "Baby you're a rich man" verse 1.

Mark G, Friday, 18 September 2009 15:08 (ten years ago) link

I second The Olivia Tremor Control! If you can't take the strictly experimental bits, I can recommend a nice little best-of (taken from both of their lps) track list I came up with to make them accessible to all of my friends.

Evan, Friday, 18 September 2009 15:18 (ten years ago) link

Bobb Trimble C or D?

Garnet Memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 September 2009 15:22 (ten years ago) link

This one is pretty good, and occasionally a dead-ringer:

dlp9001, Friday, 18 September 2009 17:49 (ten years ago) link

Damn. Maybe this will work?

dlp9001, Friday, 18 September 2009 17:51 (ten years ago) link

Wow you guys are really coming through! Aerovons is pretty perfect -- maybe too much so. I blushed at Resurrection -- its one thing to nick one part of 'across the universe', but every part of the song?

PublicRadio, Friday, 18 September 2009 21:19 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

the who - the kids are alright . the lead+ back vocals, general arrangement tricks... i find it odd there is no trace of the word "Beatles" right now on it's

the monkees - last train to clarksville at least got something about it:
"The song has been compared to The Beatles' "Paperback Writer", particularly the "jangly" guitar sound, the chord structure and the vocal harmonies."

anyone know what the beatles thought of their clones when they were still together?

S├ębastien, Monday, 5 August 2013 15:48 (six years ago) link

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