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Songs by other bands that sound "Beatles-ish"
23 October 2012
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There is a group called The Redwalls who are the closest thing I have heard to having a beatle sound. You can go to thier website and hear some of thier songs. The one that has sort of an early Beatle quality is Teach you about Rock n Roll. Are there any other ones out there. Sorry but I don't know how to post a link.

 

 

NOTE 11 April 2014: Ahhh Girl merged three threads that covered the same ground. The way they developed they ended up paralleling one another. I did get input from one forumpudlian on the feasibility of merging these threads. So, I think the merge is o.k. For those who would like to know the original structure of the three threads, I will document it here.

Thread 1 consisted of posts 1-7 and was originally titled "Any songs or artist today that have a Beatle sound". It was originally in the songs section of the forum.

Thread 2 consisted of posts 8-51 and was originally titled with the current title of this thread "Songs by other bands that sound "Beatles-ish"

Thread 3 consisted of posts 52-76 and was originally titled "Obscure or lesser known bands that sound like the Beatles…"

 

I hope bringing all these conversations together will help those who are interested in this topic get the most input in the easiest manner.

 

23 October 2012
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A band called Tame Impala definitely take influence from the Revolver era of The Beatles. Check out a guy called Brendan Benson, he has the beatle-esque songwriting thing going on, very cool. Here's a song by him.

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1 November 2012
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I don't think any group has ever had a 'Beatle sound', as only the Beatles had this, and on every album they stretched the boundries of what their 'sound' was…The Beatles were the prototype for the modern rock group, and even what some call 'post rock' music'.

 

The music industry and certain critics sometimes try to us the 'Beatle-like' cliche, but they have no clue.

1 November 2012
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What is a beatle sound? Are we talking about the innocent pop sound of tracks like From Me To You and She Loves You; the hypnotic sound of Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain; the all out sound of Helter Skelter; the off the scale weirdness of Revolution 9?

One of the things with the beatles is its very hard to put them in a bracket or lump them in with one particular genre. They tried everything and generally did it very well. Something most bands are unwilling to do. Plus everything the beatles did has been utilised by other artists. Oasis borrowed their vocal style from Rain. The drums in TNK were taken by the Chemical Brothers (to name just one who did so). And Ive Got A Feeling could be played on the radio alongside many of todays bands and sound not a day older.
Its why many folks are finding the beatles in their teens and picking up at least some of their music. Somehow most of their output in the 60's hasnt aged.

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1 November 2012
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Its why many folks are finding the Beatles in their teens and picking up at least some of their music. Somehow most of their output in the 60's hasnt aged.

 

What you say is very true, but unfortunately I have a darker view of things.

What we are witnessing today is a dark age of music…There might be no further innovations in music, at least as we know it.

 

The middle part of the 20th Century saw great advancement in European classical music, also in the music we now think of as jazz, and certainly in popular music, which would include rock & roll and rock…Probably the last innovative period would be the 90s, with the advent of grunge, post-rock minimalist styles a la Stereolab. and some electronic dance music…Unfortunately, in this millenium, we see a wasteland as far as new ideas go, as these musics are all increasingly divorced from any grass roots origin, and are simply a corporate product…You will still witness a popularity of folk forms, i.e. blues, bluegrass, Celtic music, various European, African or Asian folk based forms…But the near future looks very bleak as far as any innovation coming from Western sources.

 

Because the Beatles were kind of a high point in this golden age of modern popular music, and as their music does have a timeless quality, it will be picked up on by younger musicians, because they have few new ideas of their own and today's mindset is different….This may sound harsh, as young artists always learn by imitation, but today we seem to hear imitators imitating other imitators and so forth.

 

The advent of the Beatles video game, or whatever it is, signals the end of an age in music…In short, most people no longer care about music,because of the power of mind control in the video and digital forms.

 

I hope I am completely wrong, but unfortunately I don't think so.

1 November 2012
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I hold the opinion something will break at some point in regards to where popular music is as it has to. I'll probably get slated for writing this but whilst there are bands out there doing great work in general the commercial scene sucks big time being filled with talentless hacks marketed by conglomerates only intent on making a quick buck.
The songwriting abysmal, the music dull to the point of wanting to jump into passing traffic just to feel something remotely alive.
Having read what music was like in the 3 or 4 years before the beatles exploded, and heard some of it, i feel that is where we are now. Good music played by great bands buried in clubs and gigs and occasionally seeping out whilst tripe is shoveled out by companies and managers who think they know what is good and most youngsters gobble it up whilst the media say its great. Was listening to the start of a JLS song on the radio and good god it was embarrassing (i say start because it was quickly turned off). One Direction are praised but why i dont know as its totally and utterly dreadful.

And im perfectly aware the 60's wasnt filled with 100% excellent music all the time, there was crap in the charts the same time as the beatles, the who, the stones and all the others were kicking about.

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1 November 2012
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My comment may not fit this topic for two reasons:

 

1) it's an old band, not from "today"

 

2) it has more of a "McCartney sound" than a "Beatles sound" perhaps.

 

Anyway, I've always thought that Reminiscing by Little River Band sounds very McCartneyish, and could have been either a McCartney tune or a Beatles tune written and sung by McCartney.

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4 July 2013
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Just one for now:

Fancy Colors, by Chicago:

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4 July 2013
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A few that spring to mind —

 

The Knickerbockers' biggest hit, Lies, which reached No. 20 on the Billboard chart in 1966. A remarkable pastiche that has cropped on many Beatles bootlegs over the years.

 

Tears for Fears' 1989 worldwide Top 10 hit, Sowing the Seeds of Love.

 

Julian Lennon's Saltwater from 1991. (An early, unreleased version of which, included some George Harrison guitar work — which later influenced Steve Hunter's final solo for the song).

 

I'll probably think of more.

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4 July 2013
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Recently I heard a song on the radio, and it sounded like it could've been on Revolver. I haven't figured out what it is yet, but I will!

It was a bit trippy and the singer sounded like how John sounds on I'm Only Sleeping.

 

Also, a lot of Oasis' stuff sounds Beatley, but that's probably because they were obsessed with them and tried to be like them (and failed miserably)

4 July 2013
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You can't forget Klaatu, the band that sounded so Beatley that there was a mini-conspiracy that they really were the boys incognito.

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4 July 2013
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My mom recently remarked that Regina Spektor's song "Patron Saint" is a bit Beatles-ish. I'm not sure I entirely agree with her, though.

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4 July 2013
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Havent heard anything of ELO except Mr Blue Sky but supposedly their sound is reminiscent of the Beatles.

Elton John's I Want Love always sounds Beatley to me. The opening also reminds me of George's Isnt It A Pity.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
5 July 2013
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Klaatu is my pick too!  I thought that song was a Beatles song when I first heard it!

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5 July 2013
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mja6758 said

Tears for Fears' 1989 worldwide Top 10 hit, Sowing the Seeds of Love.

When TFF reunited in the 200s, they released an album called "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending" that's even more insanely Beatlesque than "Seeds of Love," with deliberate musical and lyrical references to songs such as "A Day In The Life" (right down to the alarm clock), "Come Together," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," to name a few. When they performed one of their songs live, Roland Orzabal segued a bit into "Let 'Em In."

It can get a bit tiring, actually. But if you're in the right mood, it's a nice tribute and it's fun to spot the references. During my Beatles hiatus years, I became a TFF fan, and I'm sure I wouldn't appreciate The Beatles half as much as I do now if it weren't for them.

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5 July 2013
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I kind of intended this topic to be referencing bands that aren't necessarily trying to sound Beatles-ish, but just do anyway -- rather than those like Klaatu that seem to be going out of their way to do so.

But that's okay; I'm not a Topic Nazi…blue-meanie

 

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6 July 2013
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Here's one then:  My friends in SLOAN.  All four guys write, sing and play multiple instruments.  Each album is usually 12 songs, so each member gets 4 tracks each.  There have been no lineup changes in their 20-year history and their music could best be defined as "power pop", although every album covers multiple styles.

This video is definitely more of a Rolling Stones vibe, but here's "Coax Me":

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7 July 2013
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^

That's a cool song, though I don't find them necessarily Beatley sounding. I love the song though. It's kind of relaxing.

 

I had never heard of Klaatu before, but that song could easily have fit on Pepper. The guy kinda sounds like Paul, doesn't he? Awesome song too.

 

9 July 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Havent heard anything of ELO except Mr Blue Sky but supposedly their sound is reminiscent of the Beatles.
 

:O But this is the ultimate karaoke-track

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9 July 2013
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MY word that ELO song is terrible. Sounds like bad Status Quo and their best material is unlistenable crap (in my opinion).

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