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Beatle Barkers

Do you love the Beatles? Do you love Dogs? Now you can love them both at the same time!

I've listened to hundreds of Beatles covers over the years in just about every style and format you can possibly imagine. I've got Beatle covers by groups trying to sound just like the Beatles and groups trying to sound like anything but the Beatles. Covers sung by celebrities, TV stars, musicians, and nobodys. Musical styles ranging from Country to Jazz to Classical to Acapella. Just when I thought I'd heard everything, along comes this treasure: the Beatle Barkers. On it are 12 of the Beatles' most popular early songs, done up by a traditional rock-'n-roll band with the vocals supplied by dogs. That's right. Dogs.

You know at Christmastime when every radio station in town starts playing that annoying version of Jingle Bells where the tune is carried by a dog barking at different pitches? Well, this is an entire album of Beatles songs delivered exactly the same way. They even throw in a few other animal noises like cats, chickens and sheep. If that sounds revolting just listening to the description, wait until you hear the record.

I don't get it. Beatles songs with dog and cat noises is supposed to be entertaining? Cartoons of dogs playing guitars with Beatle haricuts is funny? Am I missing a chromosome somewhere or is this the stupidest idea for a recording since Edison cranked out the first wax cylinder?

The songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney will go down in history as the most well-loved and frequently performed of our generation. I have often wondered why the success of Lennon and McCartney hasn't been duplicated since the 60's -- not even by Lennon or McCartney themselves. I think this record makes the answer obvious. If reaching the pinnacle of songwriting success means you get to hear your music performed by dogs, who would want to bother?

Beatle Barkers
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Songs:

Love Me Do (MP3) I'll fetch your slippers for you. I'll get the paper too. Love, love me do.
I Saw Her Standing There (MP3) Well she was just seventeen... how old is that in dog years?

See Also: Cathy Berberian: Revolution, Beats!!!!

Your Comments:

AJ SHOCK (shockmobatta@aol.com) says:
I thought I was the only one who had this great record.My cat used to get agitated and leave the room when I played it.( She especially disliked "All my Loving") (04-07-2003)

Big Deaf Arthur says:
This sounds like someone torturing poor defenceless animals. Someone oughta call PETA!

Has anyone ever heard Beatle Country? Paul A. Rothchilde (later producer of the Doors) recorded hillbilly versions of Beatle's songs for Electra Records in 1966 just after Revolver was released. It has a killer Bluegrass version of Yellow Submarine on it. It pales this by comparison! (04-03-2003)

Dale (Slyhook@hotmail.com) says:
This is a very sad moment as I listen to these songs. My beloved Irish Setter was featured prominently in several of the cuts and had what we thought was a great future...but, as what too often happens, she started hanging out with some of the seamier members of the group like, that English Bulldog drummer and the flute playing poodle. Well to make a long story shory, she ended up burning out her brain with some tainted Alpo and spent her remaining years in a North Hollywood doggie daycare chasing her tail. There was talk of a tribute album but it just never came together. (03-31-2003)

mike grossman (mike70800@yahoo.com) says:
Still looking for others collecting recordings of artists doing their interepretations of Beatle material. (collection currently over 5400 versions) (03-27-2003)

Satanic Aimee (satanic_aimee@hauntedmansion.com) says:
Where did we go wrong..... (03-27-2003)

threshold4 says:
Incredible! Can they get whales to 'sing' some Beatles tunes too? I'd love to see an album of Moody Blues music done this way. Whhoooooooooooooa, baby! (03-19-2003)

Staffan (everythingy@hotmail.com) says:
I have this LP too, and it's great. "Obladi oblada" will make anyone crack up. Quite an icebreaker for any party. (03-18-2003)

Partie Music! says:
I too have this animal masterpiece and use it to scare people into leaving my parties early! For this I also recommend playing the above to give people the idea that the parties over and its time to go. Another useful aid I find when playing this is lip-syncing to the music! ten minutes of this clears out your home in no time! (03-17-2003)

Phim V'Kraonster, MD says:
I wonder what tortures these poor pups had to endure? Was there a lash of a whip with each high pitched note sung? (03-05-2003)

John James George and Ritchie says:
That's what they'd have been called if nicknames were banned.

No wonder John found Yoko! (03-05-2003)

G.T. Tyson (gtyson@nc.rr.com) says:
I'd like to cast another vote for a CD reissue if it hasn't been rereleased already (03-01-2003)

mandy (falcorauryn@hotmail.com) says:
This sounds pretty funny, and interesting too. I used to have a barking dogs song on tape when I was a kid, I wish I could find out what that was called, as eventually the tape was eaten by the cranky old radio cassette player.
Sure my daft Collie Toby would love this too, lol :-) (02-28-2003)

Willy Puckhaber (willyp1@comcast.net) says:
I WANT MORE !!! Ruf Ruf Ruf (02-25-2003)

Alex says:
This is great! I always hated the Beatles, but now I can enjoy their music! (02-18-2003)

L says:
Someone shoot me now. (02-17-2003)

john says:
absolutely incredible...i am astounded (02-17-2003)

BigJilm says:
There's some pretty talented dogs, and goats and sheep, on this record. My sister's dog won't stop whizzing on the floor, but these guys can bark in harmony. How's that fair?

Frank - you're the king.

PS. Love the cat solo in I Saw Her... (02-14-2003)

Tara says:
my cat is reacting strangely to this... but why are there GOATS in it as well???? (02-13-2003)

Jessica says:
This is beautiful. What music was meant to me. (02-13-2003)

Conor from Seattle says:
It's cool! I lke it a lot and I'm 9. (01-31-2003)





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