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

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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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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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.

parlance, noticing this is forum post is #909 :->

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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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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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^

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.

 

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

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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10 July 2013
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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.

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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.

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

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

11 July 2013
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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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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.

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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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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.

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Here's the Beatleist-sounding song ever:

 

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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!"

 

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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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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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