Their influence has transcended genres that once seemed antagonistic and the list of artists who have paid tribute to them at some point in their career is endless. Diving into such abyssal depths requires an almost superhuman effort of documentation.
Below are the 20 Remarkable Beatles Cover In History:
Joe Cocker “With A Little Help From My Friends”
It would be inconceivable not to start this article with one of those versions that unanimously surpasses the original, composed in 1967 for the legendary album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ’by the eternal Lennon-Mc Cartney duo in honor of his friend Ringo Starr, who handled the singing voice with a special charisma.
Aerosmith “Come Together”
The devotion of those from Boston to John, Paul, Ringo, and George almost makes it sick, since apart from the piece in question they have also produced very notable versions of “Helter Skelter” or “I’m Down”. Nothing like Steven Tyler’s characteristic screams to breathe claw into compositions that already had a certain strength compared to the rest of the Liverpool songbook.
David Bowie “Across The Universe”
Conceived as a mere excuse to drag John Lennon into the studio, Bowie recorded this adaptation in 1975 for ‘Young Americans’ and could think of nothing more than to call on the ex-Beatle for backing vocals and acoustic guitar.
Alice Cooper “Hey Bulldog”
It does not usually appear in compilations nor is it one of the cornerstones of the Fab Four discography, but those in the know will know very well that “Hey Bulldog” was one of the most outstanding pieces of the OST of ‘Yellow Submarine’ and one of the few compositions that emerged after some piano notes.
Mötley Crüe “Helter Skelter”
Considered for its aggressive sound as a precedent of heavy metal and punk, the truth is that the twist to which these Angeleno thugs subjected him surpassed in packaging the one that his compatriots Aerosmith had already recorded before.
Helloween “All My Loving”
In a string of legendary names where David Bowie, Cream, Scorpions and Jethro Tull were not lacking, it was inevitable that hamburgers would remember the early days of Lennon and company in their album of versions ‘Metal Jukebox’. The smiling “All My Loving” has already undergone mutations in the jazz key or even Catalan rumba, so this time he touches the accelerator and creates a forceful base with that characteristic sound of the pumpkins in his post ‘Better Than period Raw ‘.
Running Wild “Revolution”
And without leaving the capital of northern Germany, the desire for a better world has always been present in the history of music, so it was not surprising that the most famous pirates recovered this song born in the wake of the protests against the Vietnam War.
Coroner “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
This unusual composition in the Liverpool songbook lasted almost eight minutes, had hardly any lyrics, since no more than 14 words were used, and according to some scholars, it even preluded doom metal at a time when Black Sabbath still had no words. they had released a record.
Today Is The Day “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road”
A couple of monkeys copulating in the middle of the street-inspired Paul McCartney for this fleeting cut while he was on a spiritual retreat in India with his chief guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. A curious picture that led him to reflect on why humans did not behave in the same way regarding the sexual act.
Debauchery “Eight Days A Week”
And we continue with the gross whiplash with another of those revisions that would make Lennon and McCartney’s hair stand on end. Look that there are pieces in the Fab Four catalog that could be transformed into something soberer, but it seems to these German death metalheads that what really put them was to adapt this piece whose original radiates an almost vomitive absolute happiness.
Bathory “I’m Only Sleeping”
With the curriculum of these pioneers of black metal, anyone could imagine savagery of three pairs of noses, but nothing is further from the truth, since they choose this delicate composition written mainly by Lennon to pay tribute to its founder Quorthon, who died in 2004.
Realm “Eleanor Rigby”
Its creators would probably be foolish to think that their hymn about solitude with string arrangements has evolved into a frenzied piece of thrash metal with double bass drums and devilish solos that make the original cut sound a little less than bagpipes.
Neurotica “I Am The Walrus”
John Lennon received a letter from a student at Quarry Bank High School in which he commented that one of his teachers forced them to analyze the lyrics of the Beatles. Amazed by the fact that a teacher devoted so much effort to such an activity, he decided to write one of the most delusional letters in memory and decades later these crazy metalheads from Sarasota (Florida) picked up the witness who added forcefulness to the original work and not they hesitated to maintain that acidic and schizophrenic character that suggests joints, LSD and other hallucinogenic substances.
Trouble “Tomorrow Never Knows”
Few pieces exist more floating in the history of music than this psychedelic extravaganza whose lyrics allude to the “Tibetan Book of the Dead”, a pleasant read that Lennon himself used to do with LSD.
Type O Negative “Day Tripper (Medley)”
Nobody would say that behind Peter Steele’s deep voice and somber character was a true Fab Four fan, who would start off with one of his compositions live at the slightest occasion.
The Cure “Hello Goodbye”
We cannot resist mentioning one of those groups that have an unusual ability when it comes to capturing the spirit of certain artists and giving them a twist until they lead to creation with its own personality that is light years away from simple copies.
Siouxsie & The Banshees “Dear Prudence”
Without abandoning the post-punk gloom, the versatile goth lady Siouxsie also showed homage to Lennon and McCartney with this floating revision that they released as a single in 1983 and became one of their biggest hits by reaching third place on the charts.
Tim Ripper Owens “Hey Jude”
Of course, you have to have them square to dare with one of the greatest hymns in the history of music, which was actually a song of hope inspired by John Lennon’s son, Julian, in the face of the future divorce of his parents.
John Bush “I Feel Fine”
Another example in which a laughing song of those to hum while one walks through the field becomes a forceful piece to shake the hair. A call to optimism that shuns any nonsense with guitar solos of catching the broom and getting on a stool or the nearest bar.
Lemmy Kilmister “Back In The USSR”
And to close this special, nothing like this open grave unearthing of one of The Beatles’ most rock songs, in which that admiration for The Beach Boys was revealed in the choirs. The old fox Lemmy surrounded himself for the occasion of a luxurious line-up with the versatile John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) on guitar and Eric Singer (Kiss) on drums. A sonic steamroller that could have been signed by Motörhead given the intoxicating aroma of the slurred voice and anticipates the exorbitant picks towards the middle. Breath of whiskey and cola.