Thursday, May 22, 2014

Various Artists: Beatlesongs! The Best of the Beatles Novelty Records

Rhino Records flexed their novelty muscles with this 1982 collection of songs inspired by The Beatles, including tunes by the Neil Innes / Eric Idle collaboration The Rutles and Peter Cook & Dudley Moore’s uptempo psychedelic ditty “L.S. Bumble Bee”. Meanwhile the packaging is basically very cute, very innocuous, move along, nothing to see here. (The infamous cover art includes a caricature of Mark David Chapman, the first Beatles superfan who, as illustrator William Stout points out, collected a Beatle.) Please note: "Beatle Rap" is a stone classic.

Buchanan and Greenfield: The Invasion
The Rutles: Hold My Hand
The Carefrees: We Love You Beatles
Donna Lynn: My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut
Casey Kasem: Letter from Elaina
Jack Nitzsche: Beatlemania
The Qworymen: Beatle Rap
Peter Cook & Dudley Moore: L.S. Bumble Bee
Wild Man Fischer: I’m the Meany
Allan Sherman: Pop Hates the Beatles
The Four Preps: Letter to the Beatles
Gary Usher: The Beetle

Album audio & artwork

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