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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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Apr 15, 2020

A noble attempt to recapture the fun of the previous Beatles Games episode. 

Some discussion: Which songs would you most like to have said you wrote? What would Paul say about Klaus? Which is the Beatles of social media platforms? How often can the subject of "bifurcated genitals" make its way into a Beatles discussion?

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

Apr 3, 2020

The panel plays a variety of games: F**k Marry Kill, Would You Rather, Listener Questions, Who Are the Beatles of X?, Which X is Which Beatle and perhaps regrettably: Klaustalk.

We call it "Beatles Games" in the audio of the episode, but then after we were done Joel suggested "Fab Bag" and I like it so here it is in the podcast title.

Lots of explicit language for the first five minutes, for almost no reason at all.

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

Mar 27, 2020

The panel takes a look at the Beatles second album "With the Beatles" (going by the British releases). It seems ot be overlooked in favor of Please Please Me and A Hard Day's Night, but we throw in the three mighty singles they also released around the same time: "From Me to You," "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" --- whew, looks a lot better now, doesn't it? And it didn't look bad before!

This is the second time we've gone over this album for this podcast, for those obsessive SIWJGTATB fans.

Okay, and NOW the podcast is finished. Wink!

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

Mar 19, 2020

Recorded on March 18, 2020 while the panel members were trapped in their homes because of the Corona virus! Consider this a bonus episode, or unreleased track, or a momentary change of heart -- at any rate, it's a new episode.

The panel looks at the Beatles' first album "Please Please Me." It's the second time this podcast has gone over that album. The first time was the very first episode, which was the episode that your host, Will Hines, was LEAST prepared for. Now, all these years later, he's ready to take another crack at this album.

Standard panel of: Will Hines, Brett Morris, Katie Plattner and Joel Spence are on hand, remotely, to tackle this first, amazing, album.

Okay, and NOW the podcast is finished.

Jan 30, 2020

We go over the film Let It Be, the documentary that lets us see the Beatles... be quietly annoyed with each other. But also lets us see the glorious rooftop performance!

It's also the FINAL EPISODE of this podcast! It's been mostly dormant for about a year, and I felt like it was time to officially put it to bed. It's strange how a project occupies mental space until you really say THE END (Beatles reference).

I have loved doing this podcast so much and want to thank everyone who's ever listened to any part of it! And to all the amazing panelists who have ever been on it! 

My final hot take on the Beatles is: they're great!

Your friend in Beatledom, Will Hines

 

Jan 23, 2020

Comedy writer/producer Jake Fogelnest comes on the podcast and announces his opinion of what a 12 song White Album should be. This was an unsolicited opinion that Jake brought on, and it's interesting and great. An interesting side note is that Will and Jake talked for over 2 hours and Will decided to include only this. The rest was great, but it was mostly Will bringing stuff up and Jake responding, and the White Album stuff was the stuff that Jake brought up of his own volition and passion, and so host/editor Will made the call and here we are. Hope you enjoy the ep!

 

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.

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