Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About the Beatles

Friends from the Los Angeles comedy scene discuss the Beatles, one album at a time. We have no special qualifications nor reason to do this. And we often get facts wrong or leave them out. We just want to because we're obsessed with the Beatles, like any rational human. TOPICS INCLUDE: Reasons we love them! Stories we've read! Opinions we hold! Excitement we cannot contain! THE BEATLES!
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Oct 4, 2019

The panel heads to Brett Morris' underground lair, where we all listen to the new Abbey Road 2019 remix in 5.1 sound on his superb system. We love the album, of course, and geek out on all the sonic details given new attention on this mix! We also talk about the cool extra tracks. And we give Wayland a hard time because for 10 seconds Will thought he was mocking Abbey Road (which he was not). 

Skip to the final 15 minutes or thereabouts for Will Hines' note-perfect impersonation of Giles Martin!

Thanks to Brett for recording and mixing this episode! Apparently he used something called Abbey Road plugins, which I'm sure were unnecessary but make for a great creation story of this ep!

Panel: Will Hines, Wayland McQueen, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence


Aug 30, 2019

We return to our series where host Will Hines plays Beatles albums for his Beatles-neutral friend Eugene Cordero, to see what Eugene thinks!

Eugene largely liked Sgt. Pepper! Interesting wrinkle: because of these episode, Eugene is now becoming a Beatles fan and also knows a lot about the band. He's starting to lose his unbiased view! Listen to how quickly he likes the first track! We talk about what makes Pepper great, how much Paul is on it, and of course the amazing final track. Oh, also Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas.

Aug 3, 2019

We discuss the 2007 film Across the Universe, a musical which used Beatles songs to tell its story. Host Will Hines joins Across the Universe superfan Alex Lewis (Lewberger) and moderate appreciator John Flynn (Two Old Queens) to watch the film and then discuss it! Bad news, skeptics: Will liked the movie. I mean, sure it's weird that it's about a guy named Jude who falls in love with a girl named Lucy (roommates: Maxwell, Sadie and Prudence). But the visuals are cool and the songs are good! Check it out!

Panel: John Flynn, Will Hines, Alex Lewis. 

Jul 22, 2019

Host Will Hines and panelist Joel Spence (and Brett Morris via text message) talk about their experience seeing Paul McCartney live at Dodger Stadium July 13, 2019 --- featuring an appearance by Ringo Starr!



Jul 6, 2019

The panel reviews the movie "Yesterday," in which a struggling singer-songwriter comes out of a coma to find he's the only person on earth who knows Beatles songs. Will loved this movie and was dismayed to realize that it may in fact be not that great!

Panel: Will Hines, Wayland McQueen, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence

Jun 26, 2019

We go over the last John Lennon released while he was still alive: Double Fantasy, which came out November 1980. John had not released music for five years. Then he announced he and his wife Yoko were doing a co-album -- each one handling about half the tracks. It's easiest to consider them as two separate albums. As for John's half, they were a stellar set of pop songs expressing the insecurities and hopes of a rocker facing middle age. Tragically, John was murdered three weeks after it came out. 

A fascinating album! We get into it.

Panel: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence



Apr 3, 2019

After a long-ish break, the podcast returns! We talk about plans for the future of the podcast, the upcoming Beatles-centered movie "Yesterday" and then settle in for an in-depth talk about Paul's terrific 1973 solo album "Band on the Run." Well, it's a Wings album, really, but we think of it as a Paul solo album.

Panelists: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence

Nov 16, 2018

The panel discusses the 2018 remix of the beloved double album: The self-titled The Beatles, better known as the White Album. Giles Martin's remix has all of Beatledom discussing this beloved album, as well as the newly collected original demos and lots of alternate takes! 

Panelists: Will Hines,  Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence, Heather Woodward


Oct 15, 2018

The panel watched The Rutles: a 1978 mockumentary / parody of The Beatles done by Eric Idle (of Monty Python) and Neil Innes (of many cool art/music/comedy credits , among other things, the Magical Mystery Tour film)!

Panelists: Will Hines, Ariana Lenarsky, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence 

Oct 9, 2018

Some of us saw Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band in Los Angeles (Sep 29, 2018 - Greek Theatre) and we talk about it!

Panelists: Will Hines, Jackie Johnson, Adam McCabe,  Katie Plattner, Heather Woodward

Sep 15, 2018

A mammoth look at the new Paul McCartney album (Sep 2018), "Egypt Station." The main point: WE LIKE IT.

Things we get into:

--the wide variety of songs

--Paul's use of his new, older voice

--the production

--the pretty, soft songs like "Hand in Hand"

--the epic, poppier songs like "Feh You" and "Come On To Me"

--every other song

--plus we talk about the Beatles masturbation story, and then don't stop talking about it.

Panelists: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence

Aug 31, 2018

We discuss Mark Lewisohn's 1000-page (ish) bio of the Beatles, which hilariously only covers through the end of 1962 (i.e. before the group finished any albums). WE STILL LOVE THIS BOOK!

Panelists: Katie Plattner, Jennifer Wang, Will Hines



Aug 22, 2018

The panel discusses the incredible 1971 John Lennon solo album Imagine. Topics discussed: how great this album is, how amazing the song "Imagine" is, how amazing the song "Jealous Guy" is, how petty and mean the song "How Do You Sleep" is. We also listen to Paul McCartney's recent singles and decide that he is very good.

Panelists: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence, Heather Woodward.

Aug 16, 2018

The panel does an unsolicited and unnecessary commentary track for the Beatles second movie Help! Heather knows a ton, and the rest of us know less, but not nothing.

Panelists: Will Hines, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence, Heather Woodward.

Jul 14, 2018

Beatles fan and obsessive list-maker Wayland McQueen picks Beatles 5-20. 

Also, we plug the current theatrical release of Yellow Submarine!

Jun 18, 2018

I play Revolver for Eugene, who's never heard it. This is the fifth in a series of "playing albums for Eugene." Regular panelist Brett Morris heard I was playing Revolver, and asked to come by, so he sits in too! That makes TWO people just staring at a dude as he listens to an album for the first time! Fun! 

Jun 14, 2018

We go over Paul McCartney's second post-Beatles album, RAM. Criticized upon its release, it's now considered one of his best solo albums! Brett Morris in particular doesn't want to hear you people who don't appreciate this album! 

We get into the unfair expectations on Paul, his insane vocal range, the inventive orchestrations, the as-usual-perfect-melodies. We also get into what we think the other Beatles might have brought to this.

And Joel does too many puns about name Klaus, a man who was not involved at all with this album!

Panelists: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence.

Jun 7, 2018

The panel goes over John's first post-Beatles solo album: PLASTIC ONO BAND. Not enough Beatles fans have heard this, and it's one of the best solo Beatles albums out there. The bleakness, the raw blues rock, KLAUS' BASS and RINGO'S DRUMS! 

Plus Barbara Streisand covered "Mother?" Weird.

Panelists: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence

May 31, 2018

Continuing the series of "playing Beatles albums for Eugene" (this is the 4th installment) we do Rubber Soul! Hear Will try hard not to influence Eugene's opinion! Luckily he doesn't have to as Eugene falls in love with this album almost immediately.

May 31, 2018

In the 3rd episode of "Playing Albums for Eugene," host Will Hines plays "A Hard Day's Night." HOWEVER due to a recording error, the levels are off and so it's hard to hear us talk when the music gets loud. Sheesh. My apologies. That's why I'm releasing this as a bonus ep. Feel free to IGNORE or to PUSH THROUGH, as is your wishes.

May 24, 2018

Beatles fan Amy walks us through the evidence of John's affection for Paul. Sure, we know Lennon cared about Macca, but he sure was stubborn about showing it when journalists were around, especially in the 1970s. Amy takes us through deep cuts of interviews, testimony, and even shopping lists to which reveal what every Beatles fan knows but still loves to hear: John loves Paul.

Apr 26, 2018

We loved playing a Beatles album for someone who'd never heard it last week, so let's try it again. With the same person! but a different album. We play "The White Album" for Eugene Cordero and get his moment-by-moment reactions. Some highlights include: Dear Prudence, Honey Pie and Revolution 9.



Apr 19, 2018

Sure, the album Abbey Road is a favorite of Beatles fans -- but what does someone think of it if they're not a particular fan of the band, and have never really heard the album? We find out as Beatles-neutral actor Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island, UCB) listens to this seminal album and says what he thinks! Robert Baker (Justified, Grey's Anatomy) is along for the ride too. 

Hosted as usual by Will Hines. Pardon the slight-but-yep-you-hear-it echo -- your host did not realize his hotel room had such bouncy sounds.

Apr 12, 2018

Here's a major one: We go over George Harrison's first solo album, the triple-album All Things Must Pass.

After having lots of his songs passed up for the later Beatles albums (except when they were so-goddamned-good-not-even-John-Lennon-could-deny-it like Something and Here Comes the Sun) --- George explodes with productivity on his debut.

We talk about the million people who worked on this album, the obvious (though still restrained) "screw you" vibe, the spirituality, the weird house George lived in, the many many great songs, and oh yeah that third disc which is just... uh.. blues jams.

Guess what: we love this album.

Panelists: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence, Heather Woodward. 

Apr 5, 2018

The second post-Beatles solo album is the you've-probably-never-heard-it Beaucoups of Blues, a country album by Ringo Starr released July of 1970. It is quite solidly okay, which is honestly better than probably a lot of people expected, since Ringo Starr is basically the Ringo of the Beatles.

Our panelists are Will Hines and Heather Woodward. Circumstances made us do this episode in a bit of a hurry, with Heather phoning in and Will playing music by holding his iPhone up to a microphone. The audio is, just like this album, still quite solidly okay!


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