Well, since weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right, you have country songs sung by guys who are trying their best to sing and play like the Beatles. Folks, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make this stuff up!
The first song featured is called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Let Me Be the One.Ã¢â‚¬Â My research shows that it was originally sung by Hank Locklin. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“yeah yeah yeahÃ¢â‚¬Â and repeat as necessary.
Next we have the Patsy Cline classic Ã¢â‚¬Å“WalkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ After Midnight,Ã¢â‚¬Â complete with jangly guitars and two part harmonies. The crazy thing here is that, as Beatles, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sound much like the originals. However they could have possibly made a career from being Everly Brothers impressionists. I guess there wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as much call for that, though.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Let the Stars Get in Your EyesÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really improve the song any, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unique.
Finally we have the country classic Ã¢â‚¬Å“Release Me,Ã¢â‚¬Â which introduces another rule of Beatles imitators: the falsetto Ã¢â‚¬Å“OOOOOOOO!Ã¢â‚¬Â (with bonus points for the Ã¢â‚¬Å“yeah yeahÃ¢â‚¬Âs at the end.) You know, the guitar and bass work really isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too bad on these songs if you can get past the singing.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to hear more countrified renditions from the Fabulous Beats, you can get the whole album here. Yeah Yeah Yeah OOOOOOOOOO!!!