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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:

Kate (Baby Hedgehog@aol.com) says:
I believe 17 in dog years is 119 . . .
Anyway, I gte sick of hearing the dogs doing Jingle Bells!! Why do they have to butcher Beatles songs with this? I mean, come on! They've already got zombie sounding people singing Band on the Run. (I honestly thought my computer had become possessed. This version was that freaky.) When will the madness end?!?!?!?! (01-19-2003)

SKOTY CARPENTER (skoty_c@hotmail.com) says:
G'day! This is one of my all time favourite childhood LPs. I am seeking it on CD, can anyone put me in the right direction?

Thanks!
Skoty
Australia (01-17-2003)

gulag picture radio (bohus@xnet.com) says:
I have this fantastic record. It had just come in to a 2nd hand record store that I frequent and they put it on. Everyone stopped shopping. I was the only brave soul who ponied up two bucks for the thing. It's a good record to put on when those last party stragglers need an extra hint that it's time to go home. I think that "We Can Work It Out" is my favorite track since it features a solo by a chicken. Fantastic. A treasure of my collection. (01-11-2003)

Stephen Veronique Helena & Max (ssockett@sympatico.ca) says:
My baby and dog (not to forget to mention my wife) all loved it. Putting out any more? (01-08-2003)

dick (dicksargent1@aol.com) says:
I liked it. (01-05-2003)

Kelly Ruddy (sesamekid456@aol.com) says:
The Singing Dogs are cool! (01-01-2003)

Mikey says:
What's wrong with you people, no sense of humour?? This is a scream!!! Probably one of the first albums to use sampling for the vocal part!!

While I'm not absolutely sure, I think this album uses the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) which was all the rage way back when this album came out. The CMI sampled real sounds that were played back on an 88-key keyboard, hence the melody of the vocal line sounding like dogs, rather than strings, chimes, piano or whatever other sound you can generate from an electronic keyboard. (12-17-2002)

lalo (lalo@lakmail.com) says:
I ther's too much Beatles related information!
Let´s watch for real talented people friends! (12-04-2002)

u says:
notgood (11-26-2002)

gretschbikini (gretschbikini@netscape.net) says:
I'm in love, I have to buy this record, it's very beautiful, I particularly like the other animals that sneak in, I never thought I'd say it but it knocks spots off the Chipmunks (sorry Alvin, Theodore and Simon.... you did your best... I still love you though) (11-25-2002)

Marquessa says:
I would like to have a recording of the dogs singing, excuse me, barking, "Happy Birthday." I would be able to annoy each family member once a year. -- Marquessa d'annoyance (11-24-2002)

Pablo Farreras (justme@arnet.com) says:
I got some news: My little pekines don´t wanna go to the barber to get a haircut."Beatles influenza" he said. (11-11-2002)

George In Dallas (jamminshaman@iwon.com) says:
I heard this on the radio whenever it first came out, and the very next day I find it at a yard sale for 50 cents, which also happens to be the magical price for me at yard sales, so I got it. My dog Toby knows all the words to "Love Me Do", The barking version that is. He comes running into the room like, "It's Showtime!" when he hears the harmonica riffs, and everyone in the room has to sit there and laugh, then when the song's over, he leaves. He only sings that one song. Good boy , Toby. I give it two thumbs, way up! (11-08-2002)

mike grossman (mike70800@yahoo.com) says:
Does anyone out there collect cover versions of Beatle material? (11-07-2002)

Bill Weldon (wweldon2002@yahoo.co.uk) says:
Hi
I have been trying for ages to find out where i can buy a Beatles LP done by barking dogs, but they look at me in the shops as if i am barking.
Can you tell me is it still available in the shops. I dont order on the net, as i dont bother with credit cards. if i could order it by post with a cheque, that would be fine if its in the UK.
Best Wishes Bill Weldon. (10-01-2002)

Scoobbbie (kowalski@comic.com) says:
This happens (make "dogs" sing) with people who listen to much Beatles' music. Respect your dog! (09-25-2002)

doogie (doogie@doobie.com) says:
Yes, there is such a thing as human dementia. Man, just leave the animals out of it! How does that quote go? "IF man finds that he is capable of through technology of reaching some goal, he just does so, like it's damn near instinctive, without regards for the consequences." This seems like a genuine red-flag exemplification of such a concept, in my opinion. Why make an album, wasting the precious resources, when you must even somehow remotely be aware of how lame what you are doing is? It's just the arching-over joke of our lives, and this is but one of many punchlines.
Incidentally, I do think "Love me Do" is pretty soothing. THanks for posting! (09-24-2002)

juan josé ezequielian (jezequielián@gativideo.com.ar) says:
Dónde puedo comprar,por Internet,el CD de los Beatles Barkers.
Where I can buy,by Internet,the Beatles Barkers CD
Thanks and regards (09-23-2002)

Tyler (Punk1nstuff@aol.com) says:
This the funniest thing I ever heard. People have a little too much time on there hand. I was looking around for a website with barking dogs to freak my dog out and found this. He looked at me then my computer speakers, then turned his head to one side (the cute way dogs do). I think confused him instead of freaking him out. (09-22-2002)

Sture (sjn43@telia.com) says:
Just heard the track Ob-La Di, Ob-La Da on the radio but I cant find the record in a store in Sweden. Can anyone please e-mail the music on that track? (09-10-2002)





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