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Songs by other bands that sound "Beatles-ish"
10 July 2013
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Von Bontee
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Sure would hate to hear Status Quo's WORST material, then…

I like a lot of ELO (including "Don't Bring Me Down", which isn't anywhere near their best) but never cared for Jeff Lynne's lead vocals – never thought he had any character in his voice. And I don't even like his production methods much, even though I certainly should.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
10 July 2013
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Linde
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Stupid Youtube has some kind of error showing up.

Meh I only know about a handful of ELO songs, and I quite like them, but they're not that special, except for Mr Blue Sky, that one always gives me a certain feeling.

10 July 2013
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Im not even that big a fan of Mr Blue Sky, I just don't see the fuss over it.

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11 July 2013
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Ben Ramon
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I don't particularly love ELO either. Jeff Lynne's major trick seems to be trying as hard as he can to evoke a Beatles vibe, then turning it into a quasi-operatic over-compressed production-fest. That said, I am fond of "Telephone Line", which is absurdly melodramatic and overblown but the pre-chorus and chorus melody just really get me.

And as for other artists who sound like the Beatles, there's Emitt Rhodes, who has been referred to as the "one-man Beatles" although a more apt title would be "McCartney-lite." His self-titled album was released in 1970 and he played all the instruments and sang all the harmonies himself. Vocally he also sounds a LOT like Paul. Considering that he was only 20 years old when he made the album, it is rather impressive – he has a serious ear for melody and there are a few tunes on it that I really enjoy. Sadly they are difficult to find on the internet so I'll post a few that I could find on YouTube…

 

 

 

 

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11 July 2013
3.56pm
Von Bontee
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I found an Emitt Rhodes anthology just last year, a 2CD set featuring all four of his solo albums! I remember posting something to the effect that "he even outdid Paul himself, as far as 1970 play-everything-yourself pop-rock albums go", but in retrospect I've come to appreciate McCartney more than previously – Emitt's record is less eccentric, he's not trying to create odd instrumentals or sound experiments. His later albums sound even less Macca-like.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
11 July 2013
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Ben Ramon
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I've not heard any of his later stuff, just the self-titled – are the other albums any good?

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14 July 2013
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Hmm those songs aren't bad at all. I quite like them and he does sound a teeny tiny bit like Paul. Which isn't a bad thing. The songs themselves don't really sound Beatles-ish to me though.

31 July 2013
5.05am
SatanHimself
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Here's the Beatleist-sounding song ever:

 

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31 July 2013
7.21am
LongHairedLady
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I really don't get how ELO sounds like The Beatles at all.  Am I missing something here?

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

31 July 2013
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Once you get past the overproduction, Jeff Lynne was a HUGE fan of the Beatles and used a lot of their ideas for chord progressions and song styles with ELO.

He also became one of the Travelling Wilburys, produced the Anthology reunion songs and worked with George extensively during the 1990s.  So some of the comparisons might even be retroactive.

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31 July 2013
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Fiona Apple "Paper Bag"

A wonderful song and video, but especially conspicuous is the instrumental coda in which the horns play a refrain similar to 1967 Beatles.

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31 July 2013
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Although he certainly had his own sound, I'd suggest Elliott Smith as having a "Beatles-ish" sound. He was certainly very heavily infuenced by them and covered a few tracks. He covered 'Because' for the film American Beauty.

His album Figure 8 perhaps reminds me the most of The Beatles…certainly his melodies anyway. Don't get me wrong, his music was a lot darker at times.

Now if he and Lennon had written together…

 

 

31 July 2013
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I LOVE Elliott Smith.  I wish he hadn't killed himself…  :(

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2 August 2013
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SatanHimself said
Here's the Beatleist-sounding song ever:

 

This reminds me of the Caroline track in Pet Sounds than the Beatles. I am sorry.

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
5 August 2013
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I can't believe I forgot this – the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack written by Beck. Most, if not all, the songs, are very Beatlesque. For instance, the scene in which Scott and Ramona kiss for the first time features a song with a very Something-like bassline.

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6 August 2013
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Busted were a UK boyband around 10 years ago. They were the first band I ever loved (I was like 7 or something), and today I realised that That Thing You Do by them is pretty Beatle-y, or at least Beach Boys-y. The harmonies in the chorus and at the end, and the do/you/true rhymes in the chorus.

"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-

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15 August 2013
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Recently, I've been enjoying the music of Tame Impala, an Australian band masterminded by Kevin Parker, who writes all the songs and plays most of the instruments. Their first album, Innerspeaker, is straight-up mind-bending psychedelic rock, but their more recent acclaimed record Lonerism has a more poppy and melodic feel and has been endlessly compared to the Beatles. I read one review that described it as "like the music John Lennon might have made in 1972 if he hadn't met Yoko Ono and had started collaborating with Todd Rundgren."

It's cool stuff. Here's the full album (if you'd rather skip to the highlights, I'd go for Gotta Be Above It, Apocalypse Dreams, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, and Elephant).

 

 

 

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24 August 2013
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Gerell said

This reminds me of the Caroline track in Pet Sounds than the Beatles. I am sorry.

The prominent acoustic rhythm guitar and chord progressions are very Beatlesque, and the guitar riff/drum roll are taken directly from a certain song.

Compare…

Girl don't tell me you'll wri-ite,

Girl don't tell me you'll wri-hi-hite,

Girl don't tell me you'll write me again this time.

To…

She's got a ticket to ri-ide,

She's got a ticket to ri-hi-hide,

She's got a Ticket To Ride, and she don't care.

 

All in good spirits, though. The Beach Boys had a friendly competition/rivalry with The Beatles. They were big fans of eachother's work.

Rubber Soul inspired Pet Sounds, which inspired Revolver and (to a greater extent) Sgt. Pepper.

31 August 2013
1.28pm
I Me Mine
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Cotton Mather sound quite beatles-y:

Miles Kane's 'My Fantasy' has some obvious similarities with 'Cry Baby Cry':

And there are MANY MORE Beatles-sounding songs because the Beatles are simply the best.

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.
31 August 2013
6.00pm
Linde
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Hmm Miles Kane. I quite like his music, but it sounds more..Oasis-ish. Not that Oasis weren't overly inspired by the Beatles. *rolls eyes*

Oh and he also looks like he would fit in Oasis.

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