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Happy Music Monday! As you can expect, nobody wants to think too hard after eating six times either weight in turkey. That's why today Scott's taking a look at something almost everyone enjoys: Beatles Covers. He's picked five of his favorites and he wants you do to the same. Remember, this isn't just about copying a list from Wikipedia. This is about sharing. Why do you love this song? Why do you consider it your favorite Beatles cover? Got the picture? If not, see how it's done right now:

Sonic Youth - Within You Without You



Within You Without You is already one of the more trippy Beatles songs, but adding in Sonic Youth's machine growl gives it an extra edge. In this version, when they say "life goes on" it's not a statement of optimism, it's a flat out fact. Don't sweat it, kid, because the Universe don't care.

After the jump, four more, all with reasons. Then it'll be your turn.

As always, be sure to check out our Spotify playlist. This week's it'll be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Songs About Crime, and it's so good, it's criminal! But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday below!

The Mamas & The Papas - I Call Your Name


Cass Elliot's voice is like honey spilled on velvet in this song, and then it opens up into the bands traditional harmonies for that pretty, pretty ending. How can you go back and listen to the original when you have the option of listening to this?

Al Green - Get Back


The original already had plenty of 70s-style soul, of course, but nobody out-souls Al Green. To me, the most interesting this about this cover is how little had to be modified besides Al's delivery. Proof once again that The Beatles might not have been the greatest individual musicians, but together, they were probably the world's greatest band.

Ray Charles - Let It Be


Let It Be was from a time when the dreams of an era were dissolving. Love was turning to hate, business problems were everywhere, relationships were falling apart, and nobody knew what was going to happen next. No wonder it's the perfect song for an old bluesman like Ray Charles. What's the basic melody of this song? It's always darkest before dawn. And that's what Ray Charles sings about best.

David Bowie - Across The Universe


Why do I like this cover so much? Partly because I'm a big Bowie fan, but mostly because I know that during this period of his life, Bowie was just about to start some of the biggest changes of his life, ending with pop music discovering an entirely new genre they could draw from. It's a pretty cover, but hearing him sing "Nothing's going to change my world" and knowing what's about to happen- well, I find that funny. Maybe it's just me.

Now it's your turn. Find your favorite Beatles cover, figure out why it's your favorite Beatles cover, and post it in the comments below. After that, run over to our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.

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quality posts: 1 Private Messages chickenmadness

Joe Cocker. With A Little Help from my friends. Actually better than the original.



quality posts: 2 Private Messages jeremy01506

Pixies doing "Honey Pie"



quality posts: 1 Private Messages wilsonmt

I just heard this on an CD my Dad was playing at Thanksgiving: Elvis sings Hey Jude.


quality posts: 83 Private Messages mossygreen

Smart-ass answer: their own cover of Revolution on the White Album, slowed down and with a sly, pro-destruction message that helped Charlie Manson convince some stoned teenagers to try and start a race war.

Liked because: 1. It's good. 2. Manson connection.


quality posts: 83 Private Messages mossygreen

Second smart-ass answer: Lydia Lunch and Clint Ruin covering Why Don't We Do It in the Road, because of course they did.

Liked because: they were both very attractive at this time in their careers and it's pleasant to visualize them doing it in a road. Not too tough to visualize, either; thanks, Stinkfist album cover!


quality posts: 4 Private Messages davep1

Deep Purple's Help is a slow melancholy take on the Beatles' upbeat tune. Well worth the six minutes.



quality posts: 716 Private Messages CowboyDann
chickenmadness wrote:Joe Cocker. With A Little Help from my friends. Actually better than the original.


I beg to disagree harder than anything I've ever disagreed on in this forum. Can't stand that version.


quality posts: 83 Private Messages mossygreen
CowboyDann wrote:I beg to disagree harder than anything I've ever disagreed on in this forum. Can't stand that version.

What, did the Swans do a version? [I kid, I kid.]


quality posts: 7 Private Messages DaLemming

You will think me mad. You will be right.

Steve Martin covers Maxwell's Silver Hammer. I just love this



quality posts: 716 Private Messages CowboyDann

There aren't a lot of beatles covers out there I enjoy, Especially when some of the worst people ever cover them. Didn't they do a Beatles Covers episode of America's Idol? I heard someone at work talking about it and it sounded like one of the worst Ideas ever.

Anyways here's my submission

Elliott smith did some of my favorite songs ever and beatles was a huge huge influence (especially withthat Harrison-esque guitar playing) so I never really minded when he covered them. it seemed right.


quality posts: 1 Private Messages HPPH

I will agree about the Joe Cocker cover but my personal bit of happiness comes from Richie Haven's cover of Here Comes the Sun. It's just more comforting hearing him tell us it's alright.


quality posts: 1 Private Messages freebish

I always loved the Vanilla Fudge's slowed down, spaced out, heavy cover of Ticket To Ride.


quality posts: 13 Private Messages hefty244

I've always liked U2's Helter Skelter from Rattle & Hum.
Kinda weird though, because I'm not a big U2 fan and I really like the Beatle's version.


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quality posts: 1 Private Messages tengrand

Los Beats redoing 'don't let me down'


not so much a cover as it sounds to be the exact same instrumentation just spanish/different vocals. seems fairly common in southern american 70's music.


quality posts: 1 Private Messages ianm71

"with a little help from my friends" by joe cocker ("f***ing joe cocker" to those in the know) takes a ho hum middle of the road beatles tune and turns it into a towering rock and roll epic. i'm talking about woodstock, man! right on! and it makes me think of winnie cooper.


quality posts: 1 Private Messages lronick

Check out any track from the "I Am Sam" soundtrack. They're all great!


quality posts: 2 Private Messages pastorbill83

I always thought that Elton John's "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" was even more psychedelic than the Beatles'.


quality posts: 11 Private Messages usanettom

I'm partial to Extreme's version of Help, but I also like Blessid Union of Soul's version of Revolution.


quality posts: 15 Private Messages SESteve

801 did a great cover of Tomorrow Never Knows. Fantastic crazy bass playing by BillMacCormick. And, yes, that is Brian Eno singing.



quality posts: 60 Private Messages strawhousepig

Let's get heavy. Coroner - I want you - YouTube

Not sure if this was brought up last time, but: No Doubt - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - YouTube

If I was gonna do a Beatles song, that would be one of them. Even though it's not. ;)


quality posts: 2 Private Messages beartrash

My favorite Beatles cover is this ska version of You won't See Me by Ernest Ranglin.



quality posts: 1 Private Messages darushibu

My absolute favorite band, Yellow Magic Orchestra, did their own quirky rendition of Day Tripper in 1979.
I love it because it throws many people off with the comparatively odd vocals and the occasional time signature change thrown in there... not to mention YMO is a synth-focused band!

For people that didn't exactly enjoy that cover, YMO also did a very faithful version of Hello, Goodbye in 2010 for TV.
For others knowledgeable about Japanese musicians— yes, that is Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada) on guitar. He has been their live guitarist for a while now. He started sometime after 2007, I believe.

I could go on forever talking about YMO, but I think I've said enough. I hope I turn someone into a new YMO fan!


quality posts: 1 Private Messages beautyanddabeast

Let not forget all the songs from the great movie "Across The Universe" directed by Julie Taymor (2007). The Come Together and I Am The Walrus are especially well done!! (If you haven't seen this one, check it out!! An excellent depiction of life in the late 60's!)


quality posts: 1 Private Messages beautyanddabeast

Whoops!! Also in 'Across The Universe', great, great versions of Let It Be and I Want You!! Forgot them!!