Archive for the The Beatles Category

Funky Friday – Apple Bonkers

Posted in Bootleg remixes, Funky Friday, mark vidler, perfect pop, soundhog, The Beatles on November 28, 2008 by planetmondo
31 Beatles tunes are buried in this illustration by Paul McDonald – how many can you spot?

Because a couple of the regular threads in my cyberspace scrapbook are The Beatles and Bootleg Remixes – it seems high time for the two to come together by digging out and polishing up a selection of the shiniest Beatle boots in my cellarful of noise for an FF post..

Including a fab four from Mark Vidler/Go Home Productions (the George Martin of mashups) where Annie Lennox, Jacko, The Monkees, and Blur all get bolted on to The Beatles, and Soundhog’s (the George Harrison of hybrid-pop) uptempo edit of Eleanor Rigby and Soulsearcher’s – ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’

So as the Hamburg audiences were given to shouting… “Mak Shau!,Mak Shau!”

And if you fancy grabbing a couple of mellow moptop mashups which blend The Beat’s with The Beach Boys, Mogwai and Kid Loco – just click your Cuban heels

GHP – All My Birds

GHP – Rich Girls And Boys


GHP – Daytrip To Never Never Land

Soundhog – Eleanor can’t get enough

Go Home Productions – Paperback Believer

The download for Paperback Believer is available right here

Thumbs N’ Roses

Posted in 80's, Bootleg remixes, GHP, mark vidler, mash up, rock, The Beatles on November 26, 2008 by planetmondo


A couple of rock’s heaviest hitters have both released new albums within the last few days:

McCartney (as The Fireman) with ‘Electric Arguments’
Axl Rose (as Guns N’ Roses) with ‘The Chinese Democracy’.

But what would the results have sounded like if they’d put their collective noggins together for a team-up (Maxl’s Metal Hammer?) Perhaps something like…

DJ Jimmi James – Sgt. Pepper´s Paradise (short version)

DJ Jimmi James – Sgt. Pepper´s Paradise (long version)

And on a similar theme… The Cult and The Beatles in

Go home productions – She Sells Tax, Man

So let me introduce to you – a couple of other G N’ R connections to the bands appearing in these two metal based booties…..

Guns N’ Roses covered McCartney’s ‘Live And Let Die’ on their “The Spaghetti Incident?” album

Axl was married to Erin Everley, the daughter of one of Macca’s musical heroes Don Everly.

Matt Sorum drummer for G N’ R and Velvet Revolver is a former drummer of The Cult, who, had Guns N’ Roses as their opening act on a US tour in the eighties.

If this post doesn’t get me blog-whacked nothing will.

Funky Friday – Get Back and Get Down

Posted in disco, Funk, Funky Friday, motown, Remake Remodel, The Beatles on September 25, 2008 by planetmondo

I’ve always had a thumbnail theory about the distinction and differences between The Beatles and the Stones songs (based on my own eye witness evidence from family parties during the seventies) – The Beatles make people sing, the Stones make people dance – or put another way The Beatles are about the tunes. The Stones are about the groove.

This isn’t set in stone or tried and tested under strictly controlled conditions, it’s just a rough rule of thumb, and as these fab four flavours of ‘Get Back’ show Beatles tunes can just as easily be refried funky side up…

Get Back – Chris Clark

The Merseybeaters get given a Motown makeover


Get Back – Deidre Wilson Tabac

A bubbly,shuffely, loose limbed lollop-a-long re-work.

Get Back – Sarah Vaughan

A brain-frying team up between those beardy buggers brothers from Toto and their squiddly diddly synths, a’topped off with Sarah Vaughan’s deep velvet vocals.

Get Back – Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes

A hat-popping, horn-stomping spectacular so fast and furious it rollocks along like a runaway train.

There’s a couple of other tasty Beatles treats well worth grabbing…

BLTP’s unearthing of a gorgeous rework of ‘Rain’ – nothing like the original and none the worse for it – here

And Larry F16’s Beatles based million-hit-mix here

By George This Is Good

Posted in 60's, perfect pop, Remake Remodel, The Beatles, work in progress on September 23, 2008 by planetmondo

It’s 75% Beatles – written and produced by George Harrison, with Macca on bass and Bongo on drums.

Has guest appearances from Clapton at at his British blues-grinding best and the happy honky-tinking piano of session king Nicky Hopkins.

It conforms to all the codes and conventions of classic pop and packs more crackle than a Catherine wheel into a fizzing four minute bundle.

So why wasn’t ‘Sour Milk Sea’ a hit of any kind for Jackie Lomax (it didn’t even chart, after it’s release in ’68!) – And why has no one covered, or at least sampled it since ?

Jackie Lomax – Sour Milk Sea

Jackie Lomax – Sour Milk Sea

You can the hear work-in-progress version below, as the Fabs jam on ‘Sour Milk Sea’ round at George’s place ‘Kinfauns‘ while offering up a fistful of each other’s tunes for possible inclusion on the White album.

George Harrison (demo) – Sour Milk Sea

Standing In The English Rain

Posted in 60's, perfect pop, Pop Goes The Summer, The Beatles on August 19, 2008 by planetmondo


I’m on something of a Beatles buzz at the mo’ – The White Album, Love and a self compiled CD being the most played albums on our recent Cotswolds run. The Fab’s catalogue is something I occasionally drift away from distracted by other old stuff, odd stuff and new stuff but will always loop back to The Beatles at some point.

So what a result then, while bumbling around Broadway last week swerving the squall, to find that sixties scene snapper Tom Murray was in town to talk and chat about his set of previously unseen photos from the Beatles 1968 ‘Mad Day Out’ (now being sold as limited run of signed prints), well we had to hoof along and lend an ear didn’t we? You can see all 23 shots here – which look stunning blown up and framed (I bought ‘Coming Apart’ shown below) – but why just 23? Tom only got a last minute invite from Don McCullin (the centrefold photo on the Red and Blue greatest hits albums is one of Don’s ‘Mad Day Out’ shots) to join a ‘pop group’ photo shoot, but wasn’t told which ‘pop group’ – so only grabbed one camera and two rolls of film.

So, how about a barometric anthem for this summer – which ironically never popped into play on last week’s roll around the Cotswolds. ‘Rain’ seems to be the tipping point as the Fabs go from loveable moptops to furry freak beaters. Points to check out are..

Maccas chipped tooth and puffy lip (the result of Scooter accident while on his hol’s – and a reason for his ‘Pepper’ period ‘tache).

John’s pre sanded down sunburst Epiphone.

The absolute dead sync drum and bass particularly after the two minute mark

‘Rain’ promo video

The Beatles ‘Rain’

There’s also an alt.promo recorded for the Ed Sullivan show here

‘Coming Apart’ – taken at Old Street Station – July 27th 1968

Funky Friday – One Year Souled

Posted in Funk, Funky Friday, mini mix, rock n roll, rockadoodledoo, Soul, The Beatles, thnorthern soul on August 8, 2008 by planetmondo

I’m nipping off next week, (back to sunny Stow – again) but while I’m away – on August 15th – this piece of ol’ puffery completes it’s first year of orbit in the blogosphere (I’m discounting, but not deleting the first three directionless posts) – so to celebrate breaking the one year barrier, I’ve made a pick ‘n’ mix buffet of tasty treats and groovy goodies gathered from all around my hat.. err, blogroll.

So, a tip of the titfter and a ‘thank you for the music’ is due to all those on the ‘1YS’ tracklist for the tip top tunes, and to anyone who’s ever contributed or commented on this ol’ blog, as well as a ton of cyberchums for chit chat, chippings in, inspiration and ideas like …

Pre blogging mates
Marmite, Bleech,Lil, Piley, Tronik

Early doors hook ups
Ally, Axe Victim, Bitter Andrew, BLTP, Davey, Mick , Rob

The Big Bosses of blogging
Larry and Vince (for adding me before I’d got the hang of joined up blogging)

Crate Diggers United
Devil Dick, Jenn, HSBD, Matt, Mr Double Down

Newer kids on this blog
Cocktails, Rock Mother, Simon, Suzy Roman

Heroes and hitmakers who’ve appeared here.
Brian James, Marco Pirroni, Mark Vidler, Simone Stenfors

And finally a special mention for all those silent peepers, prowlers and binge bloggers that arrive via random.com and spend around 12 hours necking down every page and piece without a whisper.

So my funky friends tuck in, fill your boots, raise a glass, shake a leg and here’s to another fab year .
‘One Year Souled Mix’

I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth
Ain’t Nothing But A Houseparty – The Showstoppers
Super Party-The Soul Hustlers Fufu Vince
Watch Your Step – Bobby ParkerRoman Empress
You Can’t Go On – Lonnie LesterMatt Beat Collector
Cooking Catfish – Albert KingLarry F16 Corners
Take Me – Betty EverettDevil Dick
Maybe I’m Amazed – Sunday’s Child – Soul Shower (deleted blog)
You’re The Fool – The Three DegreesFufu Stew
Crossword Puzzle (Say No Go)- Sly And The Family Stone Ally
Funky Mississippi – Rufus Thomas Davey H
96 Tears – Aretha FranklinSimon
Lady Moogdonna – Soundhog
Alive – Beastie Boys/Alan Hawkshaw – Soulwax
Molotov Cocktail Party – Vivi Bach Und Dietmar SchoenherrRock Mother
Soul Sitar – Sohail RhanaPiley
Spinout – Elvis PresleyDiddy Wah
Dancin’ Pain – Wynder K. Frog
I Can’t Get Next to You – Mongo SantamariaBitter Andrew
Vertigo Leitmotiv – Bernard EstardyPaul Blow Up
Quittin Time – Big MaybelleMr Double Down
Doin’ the Banana Split – The Banana Splits F16 for track facts
Talkin’ ’bout Soul – Little Richard
Do What You Did – Thurston HarrisRob
Do You Love Me – The Sonics
Closing Motif

AND to think I was actually worried about running out of puff and stuff to stick in my cyberspace scrapbook.

Did You Know ? The colours on PM and are inspired by Swizzles Double Lollies and the fact that pink/orange/both seemed to be such a popular pallet in the 70s.

Ding Dong Ding Dong

Posted in 70's, countdown to christmas, The Beatles on January 2, 2008 by planetmondo

Hello and Happy New Year bloggers, bloggettes and browsers

Hope you all had a tip top Christmas and New Year tear up, I’m still in holiday/hiberbation mode and loving being a cozy loafer, so bit of a lazy bones post for my first one of 2008 – not a strong start to the year is it?.

George Harrison – Ding Dong Ding Dong

I’ve also bumped a ‘where have all the bargains gone’? posting on The Word website. Which is here if you fancy a peep.