DO NOT COVER THE BEATLES!

I am not a huge fan of American Idol. I haven’t really watched it since Bo Bice was robbed back in season whatever that was. Bice was the last Idol contestant who truly owned the show. From the moment he stepped on stage, he ruled it. He was the standard by which all other performers had to be measured by. (Sadly, his recording career is marred by the mundane production that plagues pop/rock/country today.)

Recently, however, I found out that they had finally gotten permission to do some Beatles tunes. I was interested in how they would do.

Truth be told, I was more than a little concerned what they would do to my beloved Fab Four’s music.

Turns out…

I was right to be concerned.

Amateurs, no matter how good they are, should not cover the Beatles. And whoever does the arrangements for American Idol should be shot for perverting these classic tunes into the pop garbage that has been spewed in the past two weeks. For one thing “Eight Days a Week” and “I Just Saw a Face” are rock songs, not country songs. What on earth is wrong with these people?

The Beatles should not be covered by people who think they can “improve” them. You cannot improve on the Beatles. It is like trying to reinvent sliced bread or change the rules to chess. I do not mean to insult any of the talented amateurs on American Idol but changing the Beatles is like suggesting Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci needed painting lessons. To alter the work of great artists is to reduce them to the common and mundane.

I know not everyone will agree, but I think Beatles tunes were done exactly how they should have been done. The songs were written to the style they were played in. Unlike other musicians, they wrote their stuff in such a way that it just is. You don’t mess with it.

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5 thoughts on “DO NOT COVER THE BEATLES!

  1. Totally agree. You have expressed my thoughts exactly. I cringed thru most of the songs “performed.” They should not have attempted to do Beatles’ material. The show, itself, did pay proper homage to the group, however. Loved the montages that opened each show with the past two weeks. The only positive thing about using Beatles’ material is that it may spur people not that familiar with the group to search out the real thing.

  2. Oh, I so agree with you – I said to my son last night – “these kids can’t sing the Beatles…they’ve never even been stoned!”

  3. I agree with with all of you. It is impossible to improve or reinvent something which was perfect from the beginning. I mean, the only versions of Beatles songs by other artists which I truly enjoy, standing up right there with the originals, are the covers of Sgt. Peppers lonely Hearts Club Band and Day Tripper made by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

  4. I agree 100%! Nobody can do the Beatles like the Beatles do.
    I’m not a fan of American Idol either (not even close to being a fan) but I had to watch it the last 2 weeks. Like everyone has said here, I had to see how bad these “singers” were going to butcher the songs of my heroes. I have to say that some were tolerable at best but most of them were definitely cringe-worthy. And that’s putting it mildly.
    On another note, didn’t the comments about the Beatles make you proud to be a fan though? Millions of young’uns watch that show weekly and they got to hear firsthand that the Beatles ARE the greatest rock and roll band of all time. And some of the contestants even praised them. That, alone, was almost worth sitting through that torture. In fact, I guess the comments were my favorite part of the show, lol. On another side note, two whole weeks dedicated to The Beatles….wow, what an honor though. Think about it.

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