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Songs by other bands that sound "Beatles-ish"
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...  :(

E is for 'Ergent'.
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,"-

George Harrison, Australia, June 1964

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
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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
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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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Linde said
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.

Noel Gallagher actually sings backing vocals on 'My Fantasy'...

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.
1 September 2013
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Now, that can't be a coincidence.

26 November 2013
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I have scoured internet forums and lists looking for Beatles-y bands and I must tell you I have been somewhat disappointed by my findings. Every time I see a list I don't see too many bands I haven't heard before, more times than not I see bands that EVERYONE knows has that sound or bands that totally do not sound like them at all but for some reason still are mentioned. While I like/love the Raspberries, The Who, Led Zeppelin. Wings, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Traveling Wilburys, Queen, The Byrds, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Kinks, Cream, Beach Boys, Badfinger, ELO, Jimi Hendrix, CCR, Little Richard and Chuck Berry(I could go on for ever), I don't need to hear about them when asking about Beatles-y bands, we all know about them. So if anyone knows of any bands that maybe don't have a heavy rotation on any radio stations or just lesser knows bands. I don't really care about 80's(Utopia is the obvious exception), 90's or current bands(although Tame Impala are freaking great!) And please keep the "No one sounds like the beatles" or the "Sounding like the Beatles is a sin" stuff to yourself, yeah, I get it, these bands are just ripping the Beatles off, I don't care, I LOVE it and cant get enough. Here are some of the bands that I own records of along with some Youtube clips, any help finding more would be greatly appreciated...

Grapefruit(1969) - 

Rockin' Horse(1971) -

The Moon(1968) -

Lazy Smoke(1968) -

Liverpool Echo(1973) -

Rutles(1975) -

Utopia(1980) -

We All Together(1974) -

 

Thanks!

H

 

26 November 2013
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The Aerovons(1968) -

Apple(1969) -

Sleepy Hollow(1972) -

26 November 2013
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Heables, these songs are fun to listen to. I own the Rutles CDs and Utopia's "Beatle" album, "Deface The Music." Both of those projects hold up quite well. I had never heard of a lot of these others, though, and it is interesting to see and hear the efforts they made to sound "Beatle-y." I just listened to Rockin' Horse's song "Don't You Ever Think I Cry." It has a "Don't Let Me Down" thing going on. I'll give a listen to the other songs as I get a chance.

You might be familiar with Billy Joel's nod to John Lennon, with this song: 

26 November 2013
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Wow, I've never heard of more than two or three of those bands! And had no idea that "The Rutles" existed as an idea as early as '75. Can't wait to get home and give these a listen, they're all blocked here at work.

To be clear, Heables, am I right in assuming that none of these bands sounded Beatle-like for more than a song or two in their careers and that these tracks are all the exceptions?

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
26 November 2013
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Heables, here's another Billy Joel song where he pulls out all the stops to make it sound "Beatle-y." Maybe you already have heard these songs from Billy Joel, and he's not what you're looking for; not obscure enough. But it had been awhile since I listened to these Beatle homages, and I think they are pretty good. I like the Ringo-ish drum fills, which we talk about in another forum thread http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....at/#p91605

 

26 November 2013
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The Knickerbockers with the wonderful Lies (1965)

"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty
27 November 2013
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Vonbontee, The Rutles, Utopia(Deface the Music album), Aerovons, Liverpool Echo and Rockin Horse are almost all straight up Beatles. Each of the rest still have lots of Beatle-y songs or parts of songs but might take it in a little bit different direction like The Moon or Lazy Smoke are a little more psych. I just heard The Aerovons and Apple for the first time a week or so ago, from what I heard it's all pretty Beatle-y. The Aerovons were from St Louis but actually recorded their album at Abbey Road Studios. Pretty cool.

Bungalow, That's for the BJ's! Haha. I never gave the man a chance before but I am digging these songs for sure!

 

27 November 2013
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Here is The Flame(or The Flames as their 2nd album refers to them as) featuring Blondie Chaplin who later was in The Rutles and Beach Boys. Hailing from South Africa...

27 November 2013
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Heables, this is fun hearing music with echoes of the Beatles, like The Flame. I was not aware of many of the bands that you have posted. You've probably heard this one: "Look What You've Done" by the Australian group Jet. This song sounds to me like a mash-up of "Imagine" and "Sexy Sadie," with Paul on vocals.

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