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“The Late Show with David Letterman” has been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show with musical guests performing Beatles tunes right there in the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The week started off interesting with a version of “And I Love Her” by Broken Bells in which Dangermouse interpolated drum samples from “I Am The Walrus” (and some strings) beamed onto a 60s TV playing footage of Ringo on drums, so the band were essentially following Ringo’s rhythm, a nice little send-up to Dangermouse’s romance with finagling the Beatles on ‘The Grey Album.’ Whether it was a good rendition or not, it retained some great spirit, which did not carry over to an abomination of “Drive My Car” with Sting, guests, and the CBS Orchestra’s moonlighting gig as the Fab Faux. Lenny Kravitz returned the favor with a spot-on perfect rendition of “Get Back” with little to no spirit either.
Tonight, Sean Lennon joins the Flaming Lips (in what capacity, I don’t know) for what should be a ridiculous spectacle of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
As CBS or NBC or somebody preps a pre-taped 50th Anniversary show for this weekend, filmed the weekend of the Grammys, more of the elite (Adam Levine, John Legend) will trench through Beatles tunes in an ‘eh’ way much like President Obama’s concert that awarded Paul McCartney something cool, which the Kennedy Center did for him too.
A lot of musicians tackle Beatles songs and self-fulfillingly fall on their faces. It’s one of the hardest bands to cover and still sound good, retaining their excellence along with the new artist’s identity.
Artists like Aerosmith and Michael Jackson (both did covers of “Come Together”) fell flat, even Paul McCartney himself sometimes cannot muster the power of his old band, even unleashing something as amazing as “For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” on his last tour with props to Macca for singing John’s vocal and playing his bassline at the same time (not easy) but losing the carnival-esque madness of the original.
Here are my favorite covers of Beatles tunes, which are not as good as the originals, but do, for me, wash away some hogwash of the generic and usually televised versions we’re used to.
I’m not sure if I even need to explain why these come up for me as great Beatles cover, let’s listen instead:
PIXIES “WILD HONEY PIE”
THE BREEDERS “HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN”
SEBADOH “YELLOW SUBMARINE”
DANIEL JOHNSTON “GOLDEN SLUMBERS” w/ GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES “AND I LOVE HER”
BEACH BOYS “TELL ME WHY”
JIMMY PONDER “WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS”
GEORGE BENSON “HERE COMES THE SUN/I WANT YOU (SHE’S SO HEAVY)”
VANILLA FUDGE “ELEANOR RIGBY”
BOOKER T & THE MG’S “LEMORE AVENUE” – beautiful arrangements of ‘Abbey Road’ songs