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February 26, 2008


Andrew Tonkin

I collect Beatle ripoff rarities so I'm really enjoying the Fake Beatles series!

Great to have a nice-sounding copy of People Say—-only other version I've heard is from an old vinyl bootleg (from the "Bug Chrusher Live" days) that sounded awful.

Fascinating about the You Know Who/Undertakers connection too!

I hope you get around to the legendary "Candle Burns (Peace of Mind)" as well... popular in the vinyl days but somehow dismissed by the era of CD boots.

Keep up the good (fab) work!


I remember when I was about 7 or 8 begging my mom to buy a Beatles 8-track out of a cheap-o bin at K-Mart. I got it home to discover it was Beatles covers done by (I think) the Tijuana Brass (or some knock off of them).

Boy was I disappointed. Of course now, years later, I would probably listen to it, and think it was pretty funny. Back then I was just felt sad and cheated.

Truman Fable

Oh boy, does this take me back! My sisters could sniff out fakery like bloodhounds. They could tell at a glance which mop top belonged to which Beatle, as well as identify each voice with total accuracy. Our dad thought their talents were wasted on memorizing everything about four Brits but not caring to, say, commit the Periodic Table to memory.

I did the same as they but it was more of a "oh yeah I can do that too" sort of thing. I never did learn the Periodic Table either. At least the Beatles were funny; I never heard a single witticism out of a chemical element. Well, Molybdenum said it was the answer once, but that's it.

Fester Bestertester

I see that John, of "John & Paul" is credited as "John Fonebone," and I have to wonder if that's a reference to the outrageous cartoons of Don Martin, one of Mad Magazines most famous cartoonists, whose work featured a character named "Fonebone" (which was expanded to "Freenbean I. Fonebone" in at least one strip). Funnily enough, Martin, who passed away in 2000, drew a caricature of the Beatles at the time, and you'll find it here:


I used to have a 45 of "On The Good Ship Lollipop" by The Wonder Who. Late 60's, don't remember label (poss. Roulette). Not an attempt at a Beatles pastiche. Wonder what happened to that record....

Ben Century

Speaking of Beatles deception, I just recently wrote in my blog about the fake Sgt. Pepper Soundtrack (by Abbey Road '78) I found in a thrift store. It's basically a bunch of bad studio musicians doing bad imiations of popular artists doing bad Beatles covers. (Wow, what a mouthful!)



The Beatles performing "Where Have You Been All My Life" in Hamburg, 1962:

Bob Shannon

Dear Gaylord: Not familiar with The Chiffons' "People Say". Did you mean The Dixie Cups? Also is it true that Dave The Spazz and Michael Shelley said (during the 2009 fundraiser) that The "You Know Who" Group!
weren't Brits?


You're WAY off base on the "You Know Who" Group! They were NOT The Undertakers, just a local (Brooklyn) garage band, according to Bob Gallo himself, who wandered in with a couple songs written by band member Robbie Esposito, that they wanted to record for a single. Gallo's partner came up with the name, the capes and masks, and the accents. To say those obviously phony accents are real 'Pudlians faking being Americans faking being British is to take it way too far. Like over the moon too far. IF it had been the Undertakers, they would have capitalized on it at SOME point, JUST to get the few extra bucks. Sorry, this is one of rock's little mysteries, like ?'s name, or what in the world KYU SAKAMOTO was singing in SUKIYAKI. Someone, somewhere knows, but they are keeping it to themselves. The band was probably a group of studio players, assembled by Bob Gallo, or maybe just Gallo and Esposito, playing everything. Stranger things have been true. It's not a bad track, although repeated listening soon reveals all its flaws. Once in a while, it's a nice bit of nostalgia, and the questions about the band's identities offer a pleasant diversion, when one is driving to some distant location. That's it, though, just a slight diversion, every once in a while.

Dan Streb

What's disconcerting is the album version of "Roses are Red My Love" is completely different than the single version I loved as a kid.

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