10 Of The Most Unique Beatles Cover Ever Created
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It’s safe to say that The Beatles were the most covered band of all time. It is duly noted that their song, “Yesterday,” holds the title of the “most covered song of all time” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. With their songs being all over the place, creativity becomes a necessity to bring out the uniqueness of what the artist/s wants. With that, we’ll shed light on 10 of the most unique Beatles cover to ever exist; after all, The Beatles themselves were the epitome of innovation.
801 – “Tomorrow Never Knows” (1976)
This Beatles classic from 1966 is given a whole new life on the opening track of 801 Live. This journey goes in an intriguing new direction thanks to the groovy bass lines, warring synths, and aggressive guitar playing.
Mrs. Miller – “A Hard Day’s Night” (1966)
Mrs. Elva Miller’s distinctive vocal style may be heard on one of her albums, Mrs. Miller’s Greatest Hits, which has her renditions of songs like “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Peter Gabriel – “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1976)
The critically panned documentary All This and World War II (1976) featured Peter Gabriel’s first solo song, a gorgeous performance of “Strawberry Fields Forever” recorded for the film. Gabriel’s voice is given ample room to shine over a sparse orchestral backing.
Sparks – “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (1976)
Sparks’ Ron and Russell Mael are the heart and soul of the band, and they transform the pop stylings of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” into a soulful ballad. The song is so drenched in Hollywood glitz that it’s unrecognizable apart from the lyrics.
Peter Sellers – “She Loves You (1965)
Peter Sellers sang “She Loves You” in several different ways, including a German version inspired by one of his characters in the film Dr. Strangelove (1964).
Alice Cooper – “Because” (1978)
Although Alice gave it his all in the doomed Sgt. Pepper’s film, his cover of “Because” from Abbey Road, sounds like it’s trying too hard to be a macabre story. This song is among the best takes on the film – way better than the movie itself.
The Quick – “It Won’t Be Long” (1976)
The Quick was a Los Angeles-based post-glam/pre-punk pop band, so it’s reasonable to assume that they gave the Beatle song they could get their hands on a drastic makeover. Their rendition of “It Won’t Be Long” is completely original, deviating from the song’s typical rock style to give it more drama and dynamics.
William Shatner – “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” (1968)
William Shatner’s rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” from the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is so moving and unforgettable that it will change your life forever. When Shatner sings the song, he goes completely over the top, and it’s so funny that you’d have to listen for it yourself.
Three Dog Night – “It’s For You” (1968)
Three Dog Night performs “It’s For You” almost entirely acapella, with the exception of some hand claps, maracas, and a bass drum in the background. In addition, the vocal harmony is superb.
The Residents – “Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life” (1977)
The Residents took the Beatles’ “Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life” and gave it their warped spin as a parody. The band made an incredible sound collage that was inspired by the Fab Four. This remarkable aural image was created by splicing together snippets of music with the voices of the Beatles from their Christmas messages and other sources.