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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Jul 19, 2024

Okay we go a bit crazy and spend over 2 hours talking about the new release of John Lennon's 1973 solo album Mind Games.

But it's understandable! First we had to talk about Mind Games in general -- how he and Yoko broke up as he started recording, the incredible session band (assembled by May Pang -- who became his girlfriend, as 'assigned' by Yoko), how John's previous lackluster album Some Time in New York City pressured him to go "back to basics", etc.

Then we had to talk about all the mixes included in this release! We've got the Ultimate mix (bringing John's voice out), the minimal Elements and Elemental mix, the Raw Studio mix that lets you hear the band's take with minimal studio effects, and the Evolution mix that includes snippets of demos and rehearsals.

And THEN we go song-by-song. 

If you just want to hear us go track by track, that starts at about 58 minutes.

Okay! Get your friendship meters calibrated, pledge your loyalty to Nutopia and buckle up for a deep dive into the underrated Lennon album Mind Games.


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Jun 15, 2024

Our special guest this episode is Eric D. Johnson of the incredible band Fruit Bats. In addition to being an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Eric is a massive Beatles fan. He joins us to discuss a fascinating topic: the Beatles in the 1980s.

When you're done listening to this episode, buy the Fruit Bats latest album "A River Running to Your Heart" or get their new live album "Starry-eyed, in Stereo."

(And check out the video to "Sick of this Feeling" featuring your co-host Will Hines.)

Okay, the 1980s. Be warned: opinions ahead.

This is a strange and fascinating time for the Beatles and their music. Of course, it begins with the tragic murder of John. We hear the surviving Beatles each deal with that in their music in different ways. There's also the challenge of them reaching middle age, trying to adapt their sound to the MTV generation. There's also the lawsuits, which prevent Paul from joining the others as they get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.

Those are some of the lowlights. But there's also immense creativity. While John gets turned into a saint in the media, Paul experiments (McCartney II, Tug of War, Press to Play, etc) more than ever. George too seems to break free of his Beatledom first with a hit album (Cloud 9) and then by forming his own super group, The Travelling Wilburys. Though John never got to enjoy this time, the fans get two more Lennon albums: the underrated Double Fantasy and the excellent Milk and Honey. 

There's a lot. We discuss.

I fully admit we give Ringo short shrift on this discussion. Though we do take a quick journey into the (appropriately) insane song "Drumming is My Madness." We'll make it up to you, Ringo!


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Next month: More discussion that we expected about Paul's 1984 movie "Give My Regards To Broad Street."

May 15, 2024

Beatlesque songs. Or is it Beatles-esque? We say it both ways in our traditional not-quite-sure-we're-right style!

But the point is we bring songs to the table that have reminded us of Beatles songs. There are so many ways this can happen! Sometimes it's the harmonies, sometimes the arrangement, other times the quality of the vocal. Sometimes it's something even more subtle.

This is not by any means a definitive or iconic list. This represents a thing all Beatles fans go through, which is hearing a song and going "oh man, this feels like The Beatles."

Some of the songs / artists discussed:

  • Zuder Zee

  • Adrian Belew - Men In Helicopters v4
  • Squeeze - Up The Junction

  • Prince - Around The World In A Day period

  • Elton John - Yellow Brick Road

  • The Knickerbockers - Lies

  • Michael Rault - I’ll Be There

  • The Nerves - When You Find Out

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Apr 15, 2024

The panel discusses the 2006 album Love. A soundtrack to a Cirque du Soleil show, it is also a terrific standalone listening experience. Giles Martin, a then new produce on the Beatles team, carried on his father's legacy and oversaw the project brilliantly.

The new (at the time) mixes brought new life to beloved songs. The mashups, which could have been gimmicky and cheap, were thoughtful and artfully chosen -- they still sound great over 15 years later. Even the sequencing -- starting off with the acapella version of "Because" and ending with the triumphant "All You Need Is Love" -- is deft and tasteful. Along the way, the Beatles of every era is showcased -- sometimes with original tracks, sometimes mashups, sometimes demo versions and alternate takes. The final product is a must-listen for any Beatles fan.

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Apr 13, 2024

The sons of Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote a song together called "Primrose Hill", and that merits an emergency episode from the panel. Katie put her Paris vacation on hold so she could get to a computer and the full panel could discuss this event! We listen to the song together and give our first reactions live and then discuss our thoughts! Please enjoy!

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Apr 1, 2024

We go through the entire discography of the band which is and always has been the focus of the podcast: Herman's Hermits.

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Mar 30, 2024

In our subscriber feed we do a bonus episode on the new Beyonce cover of Blackbird which dropped today (March 25 2024) as part of her new album "Cowboy Carter." 

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Mar 17, 2024

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First we cover some news: recovered Hofner, new Sam Mendes Beatles movies, Rolling Stone "solo Beatles" list, Sean Lennon at the Oscars, and Will's second trip to Liverpool.

THEN we get into covering the new Blue Album remixes.

We like these remixes way more than the ones for early Red Album tracks.

In particular we think Fool on the Hill has been given new life in this remix!

Hey Bulldog was great in mono, but this new stereo mix is fun too. We hear fun new percussion sounds, and a clearly George Harrison riff.

And the guitar solo on Old Brown Shoe really shines!

Blue Album discussion starts at around 40 minutes in.

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Feb 29, 2024

Host Will Hines explains changes to the subscription model. Short version: (most) new eps will go in free feed, (most) back eps will be in the subscriber feed. This is differnet than what we set up 2 weeks ago, and hence this epsiode to explain!

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Feb 29, 2024

The Red Album was (the first half of) the first official Beatles Greatest Hits collection when it was issued in 1973. Until the CDs were released in the late 80s, it was the definitive Beatles collection --- it seemed everyone had a copy. Although it is "just" a compilation, the "Red Album" has emotional importance to many Beatles fans for whom it served as a gateway to the band.

So we love the Red Album! But.... we don't really love the remixes! And we have loved most of the remixes that Giles Martin has overseen! But there's something off here, especially with the very early Beatles singles.

But of course there's tons of exceptions to this, and we go over it in this 90 minute discussion. 

We also go over what songs we wish were included in the original Red Album release, and what we think of the changes to the lineup in this expanded release!

Blue album next month!

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