When Tributes Go Bad

by alphamonkey on January 2, 2007 · 3 comments

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I don’t know what it is about the Beatles, but it seems every attempt to co-opt their music for a different purpose falls flat.  Cover versions?  Sure, there are more than a handful of great covers of Beatles tunes, but once you move beyond that it’s a downhill run straight to the bottom.  Even my non-ironic love of the admittedly atrocious Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is based almost purely on nostalgia rather than a genuine enjoyment of the film (excepting Billy Preston’s kick ass version of Get Back, or Earth Wind & Fire tearing up Got To Get You Into My Life).

How odd then that naught but a year before the aforementioned cinematic trainwreck assaulted theaters, that Rolling Stone Magazine would attempt their own disastrous misappropriation of Beatles hits for their 1977 10 Year Anniversary television special. 

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  • san fermin

    looked familiar…

    checked IMDB – Same director as the Star Wars Holiday special.  Oddly, he’s still getting work.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Probably due to his ability to blackmail Lucas with copies of the X-mas special.

  • hifi del norte

    I believe that’s Ted Neeley singing.

    He played Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

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