Well, since weâ€™re in a Beatles state of mind here at Popdose, I wanted to find something relevant to the topic, and here it is. Sorta. This is a group called the Fabulous Beats, whose act was strangely reminiscent of a certain Fab Four. To take it even further, the songs on this album were originally country songs. Thatâ€™s right, you have country songs sung by guys who are trying their best to sing and play like the Beatles. Folks, I canâ€™t make this stuff up!
The first song featured is called â€œLet Me Be the One.â€ My research shows that it was originally sung by Hank Locklin. I donâ€™t know the guy or the song, but I had to include it because it follows the first rule of Beatles imitators: find a spot in a song to sing â€œyeah yeah yeahâ€ and repeat as necessary.
Next we have the Patsy Cline classic â€œWalkinâ€™ After Midnight,â€ complete with jangly guitars and two part harmonies. The crazy thing here is that, as Beatles, they donâ€™t sound much like the originals. However they could have possibly made a career from being Everly Brothers impressionists. I guess there wasnâ€™t as much call for that, though.
â€œDonâ€™t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyesâ€ has been covered by everybody from George Jones to Dean Martin to Perry Como, but the Fabulous Beats really pick up the tempo on it. It doesnâ€™t really improve the song any, but itâ€™s unique.
Finally we have the country classic â€œRelease Me,â€ which introduces another rule of Beatles imitators: the falsetto â€œOOOOOOOO!â€ (with bonus points for the â€œyeah yeahâ€s at the end.) You know, the guitar and bass work really isnâ€™t too bad on these songs if you can get past the singing.
If youâ€™d like to hear more countrified renditions from the Fabulous Beats, you can get the whole album here. Yeah Yeah Yeah OOOOOOOOOO!!!