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January 17, 2008



I seem to remember reading somewhere that an early advertising effort by the Bee Gees was to send out a record to radio station, with no band information, just the riddle that the bands name started with B and ended with S. Apparently, a lot of people assumed "Beatles" and so they got a lot of airplay.


There is another view, which is that from 1967 to 1969, from Bees Gees First to Odessa, the Bee Gees were more fun to listen to than the Beatles. I'm not saying it's my view. But I sure love "Please Read Me" & "Down To Earth."


wasn't In My Own Time covered by the Velvet Monkeys or the Insect Surfers in the paisley underground 80's?

Krys O.

As Neil Innes has said, to rutle is a verb. The BeeGees are top form Rutlers and their tune, "Coalman" is a fine Beatlesque effort as well.

adam infanticide

i always wondered what the b-side to this sounded like.


@johnozed: It was the Three O'Clock who covered it back in the 80's, although others may have done it, too...


@ mpjoyn: Thanks. Lost quite a few brain cells since then myself.


Back in the day, I would have strongly suspected this as a Beatle jam, in the vein of Wild Honey Pie. I have never heard this before and although I can make out Barry's voice in a few lines in the beginning of the song, that is with having the benifit of knowing the facts first. I hear very good imitations of Lennon and McCartney.

The Beatles are by far my favorite band, period, but I must say that I also enjoyed the pre-dico Bee Gees very much. I never mistook them for the Beatles and thought some of their work during that period was great and stood on it's own. Their harmonies were very Beatlesque, but their individual voices didn't sound like any individual Beatle to me. Having said that, I must say that I did prefer Barry's vocal to Maurice's.In my opinion songs like To Love Somebody, Words, Massachusetts (spelling?), Holiday, Got To Get A message To You, and Lonely Days are among the best from that period.

I do a Beatle tribute myself with "The About" and do original material. I have a somewhat Lennonish vocal style and would love to find a McCartney singer like the previous track by Guess Who? Something about kisses? I live in the southern VA area and if there are any such McCartney voalists in my area please contact me as my McCartney lead vocal attempts are pretty poor. Check out some of my material at

This CD is a Christian Beatles style album with a strong influence from the Beatles'post pop era, but I can write from different Beatle era standpoints. Tracks 2,4, and 5 of the free sound bits are my Lennon attempts, the others are supposed to be McCartney though they come out more like Badfinger/Lennon. "Help"!

Doug Cash

I bought the Beatle Bootleg "Bye Bye Super tracks"( basically Let it be before Spector ) circa 74 and this track was on it along with the brilliant Dudley Moore / Peter Cooke Beatle spoof LS Bumble Bee.I once heard a Elliot Mintz / John Lennon interview
where Elliot played The Fut for John and he commented: they got me.


Joseph Brennan

The bass guitar sounds like Maurice. He played on some of the Tin Tin songs. He arrived that day with his arm in a cast after falling down stairs that morning, and shot full of painkillers, so it's amazing he could play. I spoke with Steve Kipner about this in 1999 while researching a book and he told he and Steve Groves thought the song was not finished and was not going anywhere, and they eventually left Maurice there with it. Steve K was amused to be able to say he was on a Beatles record, even if it was a bootleg.

Maurice didn't sing many leads but he could do a fine John Lennon, both singing and speaking. See another very obscure item, the Bee Gees cover of "Sun King" on the soundtrack album of "All This and World War II", for a startling solo on the lines "everybody's laughing, everybody's happy".

Recording date is August 6, 1969, according to a list of tapes in the RSO archive. And it's a multitrack master, so a stereo mix could be made someday. Of course it would not make the song any better! The best mono release I've heard is on the 2004 compilation CD "Maybe Someone Is Digging Underground" (UK, Sanctuary).

Keith Drury

I'm currently reading about this song in the Bee Gees biography. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both were at the studio and joined in. Barry was not at this recording!

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