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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I Want The Beatles For Christmas!... and Santa, I Want The Bee Gees Too!

You say goodbye

and I say hello again!

Meg Griffin back with you to 

present part 2 of my tribute

 to the coolest combo ever...


As a bonus, today's post will also feature
another dreamy boy group whose music
I love to dance to any time at all.

First up, The Beatles. I have a personal
message for each of the Fab Four.

John - Help! I need somebody, not just anybody.
Don't let me down. I need you eight days a week!
What are you doing with Yoko? You're going to
lose that girl and get with me. All you need is love,
Johnny... and you've got a ticket to ride into the
sunset with your Meg McMuffin. Tomorrow
never knows but, if my wish is granted, you
and I will come together and tie the knot!
Imagine me as your missus!

Paul - You are my heartthrob, the love of
my life. Every little thing you do - you do for
me, oooh. I've just seen a face and it's yours,
Paul. Those soulful eyes turn me into jello.
Will I wait a lonely lifetime to be your bride?
Will I give you all my loving? If you want
me to, I will. Got to get you into my life,
my baby-face boy toy. We can work it out!
I want to marry you, Paul, like... yesterday!

George - isn't it a pity you and I never met?
I know I'm a dark horse, but I'm sure I can
blow away the competition and win your love.
What is life without you, dearie? Got my mind
set on you. Someday, one day, when you sing
"Something in the way she moves attracts me
like no other lover," I will be the one making
your guitar gently weep and we'll live happily
ever after in our very own crackerbox palace.

Ringo - you're gear, luv, yeah yeah yeah!
Oh my my, I can't act naturally when you
flash that smile. Only you and you alone
can make my little heart beat like a drum.
Hey! baby, it don't come easy, Snokeroo,
and all I've got is a photograph. Now
I want the real thing... my very own
Ringo under the Christmas tree!

Written by Beatle John, the glorious ballad "Because" features three-part vocal harmony by John, Paul and George recorded three times to produce the effect of nine voices. From their 1969 album Abbey Road, here are those Brit boy babes I love so well, The Beatles, performing "Because!"

"Because" - The Beatles
(from fall 1969 album Abbey Road)

Now here are The Beatles with a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the biggest hit for the grunge band Nirvana, a single from Nevermind, the album that first brought alternative rock into the mainstream in the early 90s. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" brushed the top 5 in the U.S. and performed well on music charts all over the world. Listen to this groovy Beatlesque version performed by those super cute Liverpool lads!

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana Cover)
The Beatles (Nirvana single peaked
Jan./Feb. 1992, highest chart pos.
#6, from Sept. 1991 album Nevermind)

What can I tell you about Beatle John? He's in love with me and I feel fine. It wasn't always smooth sailing for John. There was a time when John's fans turned on him and the rest of the Fab Four and burned their Beatles records. It happened after a March 1966 interview in which John was reported to have stated "We're more popular than Jesus now." Turns out John was misquoted, his words misheard. He did not claim that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. In this rare sound bite, John sets the record straight and explains what he actually said.

Misheard words are more common than you might think. There are numerous examples of misheard lyrics in popular songs and the rest of the videos in this post will prove it. In part one you heard "Yes It Is," the B side of "Ticket To Ride." Now it's time for you to listen to that famous A side penned by John, but listen closely and read the captions. For years you were memorizing and singing the wrong words to this classic Beatles chart-topper!

"Ticket To Ride" - The Beatles
(May/June 1965, highest chart pos.
#1, from 1965 album Help!)

Misheard lyrics also abound in the songs of my other favorite boy group The Bee Gees. Take for example three of The Bee Gees' chart-topping singles from the soundtrack of the 1977 musical Saturday Night Fever. Fans simply weren't listening carefully enough and learned the wrong words. Here they are, the Brothers Gibb, with the first of those misunderstood songs, the ballad "How Deep Is Your Love." Take it away, Bee Gees!

"How Deep Is Your Love" - The Bee Gees
(Nov./Dec. 1977, highest chart pos. #1, from
OST of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever)

For decades millions of people thought The Bee Gees were singing "Night Fever" when the correct name of the song is "Nice Beaver." Folks, if you can't even get the title right, something's wrong!

"Night Fever" ("Nice Beaver") The Bee Gees
(Mar./Apr. 1978, highest chart pos. #1, from
OST of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever)

And finally here is another mega-hit from Saturday Night Fever, "Stayin' Alive" presented here for the first time with captioning that reveals the official song lyrics. What are you waiting for? You should be dancing!

"Stayin' Alive" ("Stainalight") - The Bee Gees
(Feb. 1978, highest chart pos. #1, from
OST of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever)

I'm smitten, a confirmed


...and those groovy Gibbs

give me goose bumps and

Saturday Night Fever 

all day every day!

Please please me, Santa.

I want

The Beatles

for Christmas,

and The Bee Gees too!

(All vocals and impressions in this post
were performed by the English comedian,
impressionist and musician Stevie Riks.)