10 September 2009

Classic And Curious Beatles Covers

As part of the BBC's Beatles Week, BBC Four programme Sings The Beatles has delved into the BBC archives to look at some of the classic and curious cover versions of the Fab Four's tracks.


Much has been mooted as regards the derivation of the nonsense lyrics of I Am The Walrus.

A two-note police siren becoming "Mr City Policeman", Lennon enjoying sitting in his garden, and Lewis Carroll's The Walrus and the Carpenter apparently all providing inspiration. Written in 1967 at the peak of the first Summer Of Love, it was Beatles avant-garde at its best.

Originally the reverse of Hello, Goodbye, Oasis reinvented the Walrus as another B-side; for 1994 anthem Cigarettes & Alcohol. The Manchester rockers often closed their live shows with the track, and played it on Later...With Jools Holland.

The "eggman" in the song is supposedly a reference to Animals front man Eric Burdon, who, it was rumoured, liked to break raw eggs onto the bodies of naked groupies.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Have a look at what other songs were selected by clicking here.


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