TRACK 1: The F.A.B. Four, "We Call This Music Fab" TRACK 2: Beaten Path, "Mr. Martin Said" TRACK 3: Liverpool, "Love Is All" TRACK 4: Friday Afternoon, "Better Luck" TRACK 5: The Red Button, "Cruel Girl" TRACK 6: Jim Shepard, "You Don't Scare Me"
At the height of Beatlemania, it seemed as though musicians everywhere were trying to tap into a bit of the Fab Four's magic. Some offered up Beatlesque numbers of their own, while others needed to be satisfied with offering up parodies or novelty records. One of the most bizarre has to be "Frankenstein Meets the Beatles," which We Call This Music Fab had this incredible need to share.
If you were to go back to the 1960s and find the one song that you would call Fab above all the other non-Beatles tunes out there, it would likely be the Knickerbockers' hit "Lies." For the uninitiated hearing it for the first time, they would likely believe that the song was performed by John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The line-up of this collection is: 01. The Red Button: "Cruel Girl;" 02. Peter Conrad: "Armageddon;" 03. Linus of Hollywood: "Say Hello to Another Goodbye;" 04. Water: "Rainmaker;" 05. The Qwarrymen: "Beatlerap."
The Beatles connection with Chicago singer/songwriter Len Balasa of the band Four Miles goes far beyond the fact he was a part of the tribute band Blackbird. Anyone listening to his original songs can't avoid the simple fact that not only are his vocals remarkably similar to McCartney's, but his lyrics and music captures the essence of Macca as well. Hear it for yourself in We Call This Music Fab's exclusive profile of Len Balasa.
The band Uncommon Houseflies is offering an exclusive free download of their song "Pastor Candy Canary" to listeners at We Call This Music Fab. A track from their album Zombie Clowns Ate Your Sister's Kitty, this track will be available exclusively on We Call This Music Fab until next Sunday night, August 19th.
"'Pastor Candy Canary' is actually based on a real person, a minister who is also a competitive body builder," explains Uncommon Houseflies' Kevin Gibson."I just thought the name was so singable, and that the character seemed like someone a song should have been written about for the album Abbey Road (in the vein of 'Polythene Pam,' 'Mean Mr. Mustard,' etc.), so I wrote the melody to match the name, and the lyric followed quickly. My friend and guitarist Kirk Kiefer helped me flesh out the song and played pretty much everything on the song -- ukulele, keyboards, guitar -- except bass and drums. He also did all the backing vocals. Luckily, he's an even bigger Beatles freak than I am, so he totally knew where to take it musically once we started recording. Oh, and by the way, I played the bass parts on a Hofner violin bass copy by Epiphone, just to make it as Beatles-y as possible." To download the song, just right-click on the music player below. And check out The Uncommon Houseflies at www.myspace.com/theuncommonhouseflies.
The Beatles live on, as the music of these gathered artists prove with the way they take the influences of the Fab Four and incorporate them into their own songs. The lineup: 01. The Repeatles: "It's Not Me;" 02. Wonderwall: "Tears of Joy;" 03. ELO: "Telephone Line;" 04. Four Miles: "Days of Wine and Roses;" 05. The Vinyl Kings: "I Took A Chance"