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.