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The Savage Animal 11.07.12 Top 10 Covers Of The Beatles

November 7, 2012 | Posted by Mikey MiGo

Here’s a short “soap box” rant topic that’s been in my head for a while. Over the past few months a certain hatred inside me has been showing it’s ugly face. I’ve really started to notice and hate deadbeat dads these days. It’s not like I was ever a fan of it or ever supported someone being a deadbeat, but it’s just becoming more apparent in the world. I don’t know why it started to really “irk” me. On a personal level, there has been nothing to really trigger it. I’m thankful for having two parents who have always been present. I do, however, know of many cases were shit just doesn’t measure up.

Maybe I’m just getting older and Jebus-forbid more “mature”, but it’s pretty sickening. I’m not “Mr. Maturity” in the LEAST bit. I’m far from it, but I’m also not a parent. If you have a kid, it’s a game changer. Your responsibilities change, or at least should. You don’t get to be a brat anymore. You don’t get to be as self-serving. You have to step up and provide for that child. After the kid is taken care of, do whatever you want. The problem is that people are doing whatever they want and not giving a real shit about the kid. It’s easy to claim it, but the proof is in the actions.

It’s not even that the person has to be there 24/7. Some relationships don’t work out. That doesn’t negate the financial responsibility. That doesn’t change the fact that time needs to be spent and your influence needs to be part of the kid’s life. And yeah, times are tough but shitty jobs are still out there and if you want to step up enough you’ll take it to do what you have to do. But even with the idea of getting a good job being hard, that doesn’t mean the time and influence can’t be there.

I know it’s easy to say “deadbeat dad”, but there are tons of “deadbeat moms” out there too. There is really no excuse. How can you respect or care for someone who doesn’t even have it in them to take care of their own?


I Just Don’t Like ‘Em! I have been told that I’m crazy, that I don’t know what I’m talking about, and that my ears are broken. Despite my devote love for music, there are still some aspects that I just get. For whatever reason, some bands just don’t trigger the same thing with people.

That said, I just don’t like the Beatles.

I can clearly see their lasting impact in the world of rock music and art. I will acknowledge their status and I accept they deserve it. I know they’ve written good songs and have touched the lives of millions upon millions of happy listeners. I have no reason not to respect them.

My parents didn’t keep me away from them and were fans themselves. They were held at a high plateau and I knew enough about them and heard plenty of their music. Growing up I just never had that big magical connection to The Beatles as everyone did. The way people talk about The Beatles you’d think there was a religion based on them somewhere. I think that constant spewage of their greatness and all the random references over the years pushed me way. I never gave them a shot. Now as an adult I listen and I just don’t see it.

For years I’ve said that some bands and artists have better renditions of Beatle songs. People say I’m wrong or silly, but preference is subjective. It’s not too unconceivable that a cover of a Beatles song is better than the original.

Here are the ten I like most…

—–[10 : “Tomorrow Never Knows”

Covered by: Our Lady Peace
Release: The Craft (soundtrack), 1996

I caught a few minutes of The Craft on cable a few weeks ago and came up with the idea for this list. I’ve always thought about it, but this song was the factor. I had the movie on as background and the song kicks in. I found myself enjoying it and getting into it before I realized it was my favorite Beatles song. The original is just a great track and I won’t dispute it at all. I’m not even a fan of Our Lady Peace. I don’t hate them or anything, but I just don’t have them in my head at all except for knowing they’re the ones who did Chris Benoit’s theme music. I just dug the fuller sound and soundscape created by this version.

—–[9 : “She Said She Said”

Covered by: The Black Keys
Release: The Big Come Up, 2002

The Black Keys debut album has tons of awesome tracks on it. One of the more underrated songs has to be their casual cover of “She Said She Said”. The original had an almost “trippy” feel to it. The Black Key’s bring their stank to it with some gritty blues and distorted goodness. They don’t dismantle it or anything like some of the other covers on here do. It’s still the same song with about the same structure. It has the same tone and vibe to it, but it’s still a bit more aggressive and livelier.

—–[8 : “Revolution”

Covered by: Stone Temple Pilots
Release: Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music (TV special), 2001

In 2001, there was a big celebration for what would have been John Lennon’s 61st birthday. This event was at Radio City Music Hall in New York and had pretty much a who’s who of the music industry. Tons of big names and talents did their own renditions of Beatle and Lennon classics. Lou Reed did “Jealous Guy”, Alanis Morissette covered “Dear Prudence”, and Dave Mathews handled “In My Life” to name a few. For me, the stand out was easily Stone Temple Pilots’ “Revolution”. It’s a strong performance that shows proper respect to the original. It doesn’t try to do anything or be anything other than what it is.

—–[7 : “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”

Covered by: U2
Release: Last Night on Earth (single), 1997

Paul McCartney’s favorite track from the White Album is good on its own. I’ll give it that much credit. It’s one of those definite “before it’s time” moments in their run. I’m a big fan of U2. I’m unapologetic about it. I know a lot of people will hate on me for appreciating something they don’t, but that’s fine. I am sure I heard this song in my life, but I didn’t care enough or connect enough to it. For me, the first time I really “absorbed” the song “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” it was on a U2 B-side. Obviously U2 are fans of The Beatles and take great influence from them. For me, it feels like it gains extra “oomph” as their fandom rings loudly and they seem to be A-game work on their part.

—–[6: “I Am The Walrus”

Covered by: Jim Carrey
Release: In My Life, 1998

In the late 90’s George Martin got a whole bunch of cool people together to work on a Beatles tribute album. Among these covers is a cover of “I Am The Walrus” sung by actor Jim Carrey. Jim brings his larger than life/cool as hell charisma to the song and doesn’t hold back. If Jim Carrey is going to be covering any Beatles song I’m really happy it was this one. How can you NOT enjoy this?

—–[5 : “99 Problems/Helter Skelter”

Covered by: Danger Mouse (via Jay Z and a crafty remix)
Release: The Grey Album, 2004

I had a discussion recently about how Danger Mouse has a skill for making me like things I don’t normally like. I was talking specifically about Cee-Lo Green, but this works too. For sure “Helter Skelter” is one of the Beatles coolest songs, but I’d not fully connect to it until 2004 when “The Grey Album” came out. Danger Mouse took tracks and samples from “The White Album” and then did the same with Jay Z’s “Black Album”. The result was the biggest and coolest “mash up” album ever. The album is full of great mixes, but the one that stood out was the “99 Problems/Helter Skelter” combo. “99 Problems” was always my favorite Jay Z track so heavy guitar samples only make it cooler.

—–[4: “Come Together”

Covered by: Aerosmith
Release: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (film), 1978

I still dare anyone to tell me a more iconic American rock band than Aerosmith. I’m a fan, but as many great American bands there have been none of them lasted as long, put out as many hits, and has had a continual impact on pop culture as this group from Massachusetts, USA. In 1978 they were enlisted to sing the song in the Beatle’s film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It did well then and would pop back up again on the “Armageddon” soundtrack decades later. I’m sure there are folks out there who think this is an Aerosmith song.

—–[3 : “Eleanor Rigby”

Covered by: Godhead
Release: 2000 Years of Human Error, 2001

This might be the oddest pick to some. “Eleanor Rigby” is another Beatles song I appreciate. While I wasn’t a big Beatles fan, I was a huge industrial metal and a goth rock fan. A song I heard in passing many times was on a CD I played the hell out of. Over the years it just stuck with me. Jason C. Miller’s voice is perfect for the trippy gloom of the song. I had the pleasure of seeing it performed live about five or six years ago and it was not only more electric live but Miller himself was a really cool and nice guy. Maybe I’m just bias…

—–[2: “Across the Universe”

Covered by: Fiona Apple
Release: Pleasantville (soundtrack), 1998

From the “Pleasantville” soundtrack came a really nice cover. Fiona Apple’s hot and subdued voice carries this tune like no other. She has “Criminal” to her credit, but this might be my favorite of hers. I know this is one of the more popular Beatle covers. A lot of people have done their rendition of it and it was the title of that some-what recent musical. Fiona Apple’s version just makes you want to go drift into sleep and dream of dreaming.

—–[1 : “With a Little Help from My Friends”

Covered by: Joe Cocker (and John Belushi)
Release: With a Little Help from My Friends, 1968

As a kid I remember being introduced to this song as the opening theme of the show “The Wonder Years”. Around the same time I saw the Woodstock concert movie and was a bit blown away. I didn’t understand what was up with Joe Cocker’s mannerisms, but I couldn’t turn my head. The passion and soul he put out in that performance was a perfect example of a specific moment being captured in time. This version of the song did get its own release in 68 with Jimmy Page on guitar, a year before Woodstock. Still, to most music lovers the Woodstock performance has to be the defining moment. To be fair, there is also the SNL performance where John Belushi stepped in and did one of the coolest covers of a cover of all time…

What is YOUR favorite cover of The Beatles?


When I first heard about The Campaign I was excited to see it. Then I saw the trailer and was really excited to see it. Sadly, when it came out I missed my chance to get to the theatre. Who wouldn’t want to see a movie where Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis go back and forth in a crazy political campaign? I know I did. The movie centers around Will Ferrell, a Congressman who is ready to run for his fifth term unopposed. He gets involved with a scandal so two corrupt businessmen, Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow; get the lame duck Zach Galifianakis to run. Will Ferrell is a cocky asshole type while Zach Galifianakis is a bit on the feminine side and is a super cheesy family guy. The contrasts of personalities make for some hilarious moments. I wasn’t expecting this movie to be the best comedy ever or anything, but it definitely lives up to the expectations. It’s about an hour and a half of non-stop laughing. I was exactly what I had hoped it would have been and then some. This has to be the best Will Ferrell comedy I can remember in a while as Zach Galifianakis adds another A-game comedy to his growing career. It was great to see Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow show up and do their best “old white guys from Trading Places” impression. The rest of the cast was nothing to sleep on either. Dylan McDermott, Jason Sudeikis, and Jack McBrayer all have key supporting roles that add tons to the movie. McDermott’s character is just really weird and McBrayer rocked in his extended cameo of flashbacks. It’s under 90 minutes, which is too short for this fun movie. I guess my only other complaint is that it felt like Sudeikis was a little underutilized, but he still did a good job in the role. The cast was a nice combination of personalities, the story was a fun twist on a political comedy, and it’s one of the best comedies I’ve seen in a while. There are a few scenes that stand out and could be comedy moments we’ll look back on ten years from now very fondly. One scene specifically comes to mind. Zach Galifianakis is at the dinner table with his family and tells them to be honest and say anything bad they’ve done before the election starts and they become part of the public eye. What happens is pretty much a cut montage of the two funny kids and the great wife character all just dropping crazy bombs. The things they admit to are horrendous, but you can’t help but laugh your ass off. There is the scene in the trailer where Will Ferrell punches a baby. You know it’s coming, but when it does it’s great. If you like laughing you need to see this movie. A-

“Worst Case Scenario” is a new take on the concept of “fantasy booking”. For years professional wrestling fans would spend endless hours of thinking up the coolest things that could happen. Why waste the energy? This only leads to high expectations. “Worst Case Scenario” flips that. Instead of looking through rose colored glasses, let’s take a bi-weekly look at the worst possible scenarios in professional wrestling. I’m not going to be malicious or anything too mean, but I will not refrain from letting my brain come up with the worst possible shit I can. Sadly, it seems the writers and producers of mainstream TV wrestling and the mainstream iPPV level indies are doing the same thing but charging us for it. And now…

“The End of Undertaker’s Streak”

There are a lot of people who swear that if Undertaker is ever defeated at a Wrestlemania that they’ll stop watching wrestling and the world would end. He’s going to get that 20-0 and for sure, but I’m not convinced he’ll retire without getting that final defeat at Wrestlemania. If we know anything about Undertaker it’s that he’s from the old school train of thought. He comes from the classic mentality where those who are on their way out go out on their back. The Undertaker is a standup guy and I would think he’d do the same. Why not at Wrestlemania? It would not only be a HUGE moment, but also give Undertaker a chance to give the biggest sacrifice of all to the wrestling gods. And imagine the HUGE “rub” the guy who beats him will get for their career. It’s one of those things that would instantly get someone to a Hall of Fame level. Instantly!

With that in mind, I’m going with The Undertaker losing on his 21st Wrestlemania match. He’ll get to 20-0 with no problem. But then who gets the big win? Some would think it should be someone established who “deserves” it, but in reality it should go to a an up and comer or someone on the cusp of cementing their legacy. Speaking of “legacy’, here’s the worst idea ever…

Ted DiBiase Jr.!

That’s right. The member of the Legacy that just couldn’t get over or ever break out of his shell. He’s a good wrestler, but his personality just hasn’t clicked yet. It could still happen, but for this hypothetical we’ll assume he gets half way decent. The idea behind this is that they can push the whole fact that it was his father who brought in The Undertaker back a billion years ago and it will be the son to take him out. They can push stuff like “my father let you out of hell and I’m taking you back!” It writes itself. Sadly, no one would believe Ted DiBiase Jr. could compete on this level. Again, we’re pretending.

So Ted DiBiase Jr. wins the match after an eight minute match. The druids come out, take him away, and the Undertaker is gone forever. Right after this, Teddy Jr. would have a successful feud over Kane as well leading to a lengthy run against Daniel Bryan. He’d have the run of a life-time. Then around Rumble that next year the lights would go off, we’d hear the “DONG!” and eerie shit would go down. The Undertaker would come back for one match to gain his redemption before going into the darkness.

Ted DiBiase Jr. wins the rematch too.

Full circle and full of shit!

This is my kind of movie. It looks silly, vulgar, and shows hints of heart. The cast is killer. Patton Oswalt stars as a dorky scoutmaster who’s troop ditches him to hang out with Oswalt’s brother played by Johnny Knoxville. They are complete opposites. Oswalt seems uptight, responsible, and dorky and Knoxville seems brass, charismatic, and a slacker. To get the kids back on his side he pretty much kidnaps them at night to take them on a crazy trip to the woods. Knoxville then gets with his buddies, played by Rob Riggle and the late Patrice O’Neal, and go after them. Hilarity ensues! I’ve read stuff that says “in the tradition of ‘The Bad News Bears’ and ‘Meatballs’.” I love those two movies so I hope the “tradition” continues. At the same rate there are some forgettable R-rated comedies that involve kids that have been a bit forgettable. I’m putting my chips on the hope that this is going to be a classic. The trailer is really promising!

I’m sure I’ll get some shit for this one. This has been a topic idea that I’ve been toying with for a while. I HAD to get this one out there. Next week I’m going to check in for a new “First Impression”. This time I’m taking a listen to the studio discography of the Toadies. Will it be any good? We shall see! After that we’ll check out the album covers of Britney Spears and then we celebrate Thanksgiving with the music videos of one of the kindest gentlemen of all time. Who is it?! You’ll see! Until next time… Have a Great Week!


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