Monday, April 2, 2012

"Is that the Beatles?"- 5 songs that sound like the Beatles

Every since the Beatles broke up, everyone had also hoped they would reunite. Once in a while, especially the first few years after they broke up, an album would come out that people would say was the Beatles under an alias etc or Paul McCartney.

Here are 5 songs that are heavily influenced by the Beatles/Paul McCartney

Badfinger was signed to the Beatles Apple label. Paul McCartney gave them this song and they pretty much copied his demo

                         Badfinger "Come and Get It"

Emitt Rhodes' 1970 album is one the all-time greatest power pop albums. Many people thought it was a new Paul McCartney album. Thing is, it is better than a Paul McCartney album.!

             Emitt Rhodes "With My Face on the Floor"


The group Klaatu really caused a stir in 1976

 'In August of 1976, the self-titled debut album by an unknown group called Klaatu was released on Capitol Records to little notice. The following February Steve Smith, a writer for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, wrote an article titled "Could Klaatu Be the Beatles? Mystery Is a Magical Mystery Tour." The article began the rumor that Klaatu was "more than likely either in part or in whole the Beatles." These conjectures, fueled by a series of articles in trade magazines like Billboard created a huge amount of hype and Capitol did nothing to deny or confirm the rumors. Throughout 1977, record sales soared and radio stations ran "Is Klaatu the Beatles?" promotions. Reportedly, some of the "clues" as to whether or not Klaatu were the Beatles included backward messages, Morse code, references to the group's identities in the song lyrics, and the word "Beatles" hidden in various places on the record jacket. After several months of conjecture, the group's identity was revealed at the end of year -- it wasn't the Beatles after all, it was Terry Draper (songwriter, vocalist, drummer), John Woloschuck, and Dee Long. Immediately, their record sales declined, and due to a backlash generated by the Beatles hoax their four subsequent albums failed to sell. The group broke up 
 The Carpenters later covered "Calling Occupants of interplanetary Crafts"

                 Klaatu "Sub-Rosa Subway"


I don't think the group Pilot was ever accused of being the Beatles but their music was decidedly McCartney-esque. They had a huge hit with "Magic". Most of the group went on to  be in their producer Alan Parsons band, "the Alan Parsons Project".

                             Pilot "Call me Round"

In the late 80's the German group Freheit released a US album and had this song on the "Say Anything" soundtrack. It might be the song that sounds the most like Paul McCartney that I've ever heard! It is a pop classic. I'm surprised it didn't get a little more popular.

                      Freheit "Keeping the Dream Alive"

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