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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:

James Alvarez (JMAlvy@bigfoot.com) says:
Those dogs are good singers (01-26-2000)

Bob Burns (robert_burns@nai.com) says:
You should post a few more sound clips from the Beatle Barkers. Also, could you post a scan of the back of the album. Is this vinyl? When was this released? (01-25-2000)

barry (barrygoubler@hotmail.com) says:
I actually prefer this record to anything the Beatles did after 1966! (01-18-2000)

'Berta Mueller says:
I just stumbled upon this website when searching for Brewer & Shipley vinyl. When I listened to "Love Me Do," I laughed so hard, I wept! Of course I had to click on "I Saw Her Standing There," also, and that was pretty darned entertaining, also. As a long-time, hard-core Beatlemaniac, thanks very much for the Sunday a.m. chortle! (01-16-2000)

Scarlett's cats (sundaeg1rl@yahoo.com) says:
We hated this - it was paw, we mean poor. We're just glad that our deranged owner has had the good sense to stop playing these terrible songs. We personally prefer Cat Stevens. Or the Cure's 'Love Cats'. Or Squeeze's 'Cool For Cats'. If you want to hear us perform these classics, do let us know. Payment in Meowmix only. Yours disgustedly, Fernando and Reefer. (01-10-2000)

Scarlett (sundaeg1rl@yahoo.com) says:
This rocks. Was the record produced by Mutt Lange? I hope they do more albums...maybe something by Snoop Doggy Dogg or Super Furry Animals. Personally, I'd love to hear Puppy Love performed by these geniuses of the canine world. It beats hearing them say 'sausages' all the time anyway... (01-10-2000)

Michael Torno (michaeltorno@hotmail.com) says:
The Beatles were perhaps the best musical entity throughout the history of pop not due to sales but because of the well written strength of the Lennon/McCartney axis and additional material provided by George Harrison who met with less attention despite exceptional contributions. They would succeed in any direction they chose to pursue thus giving rock impetus to diversify above and beyond the initial restrictive definition it was given in its infancy. But performance execution and artistic projection match the relevance of the blue print from which they work which is why this album will not convert detractors who entertain the foolish notion that the Beatles were brought to altitudes they indeed did not deserve. Those involved with the original motion picture soundtrack to "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band"- such as the Bee Gees George Burns Alice Cooper Peter Frampton and Sandy Farina- are now given relief for the atrocity they committed thanks to this. Why can't something such as this happen to Led Zeppelin instead? (12-24-1999)

Yasai (tsuke@yahoo.com) says:
God I haven't laughed this hard since William Shatner sang! It just got better when my dog came into the room and started staring at me and the speakers quizzically. (10-07-1999)

SueBri says:
Im sure i hear cat...really...and seventeen is 119 in dogs years...ruff ruff ruff ruff meowwwww! (10-02-1999)

Vynyl Junkie (SASdj@Yahoo.com) says:
Waddya get when you cross an animal rights activist whith a record producer? THIS ALBUM! It's ba-aa-aa-aa-aa-aa-d! I guess you could call this sound the Beatle "bleat". (I can hear you all groaning out there!) (09-28-1999)

Disgruntled Postal Worker says:
Holy Cow! (Pun intended) I laughed so hard at "Love Me Do" ... well, let's just say I can't blame THAT stain on the dog! Soda pop and snot don't mix too well with computer keyboards, do they? (09-19-1999)

Celeste (celesteg@earthlink.net) says:
Oh I just have to have this! Anyone know where I can scare up a copy? Celeste (08-29-1999)

Chris (God@pervertidora.com) says:
Can anyone get us a tape? (08-17-1999)

bruce medici-drums (harpyrec@home.com) says:
thank you, frank for one of the funniest goddamn things i have ever heard in my entire life! (08-14-1999)

Bowser says:
Two Paws up!!!!! Ok everyone groan!!! (08-13-1999)

Terri (N/A) says:
I think that they were both well done but I must say that my fav. was "I saw her standing there". I am a Beatles fan even though they were out when my mother was groing up. I also grew up hearing them and many others from that time. Keep up the good work, this will be bookedmarked so I can keep an eye open for new songs. Thanks for the laugh! Terri. (08-12-1999)

flloyd6 says:
if i were on drugs maybe.............. (08-06-1999)

Jonathan Mole (jonathan.mole@bbc.co.uk) says:
Hi, I work as a buyer of cd's for the BBC Music Library in London and was wondering if Beatle Barkers was commercially available over here in England??!!! could you send me a promotional copy or the whereabouts of where I can buy it, as I think Love me do & I saw her standing there were dog-gone cushtie renditions that the British public ought to hear! Cheers - Jonathan Mole Unit 7 Ariel Way, London W12 7SL (07-02-1999)

shadow says:
I love it. The sound defies the laws of reason and gives me a good chuckle. Who really was the backup band. They played really solid. (06-27-1999)

John P. Marshall (whoz@anonymousjohn.com) says:
Frank, You for got to talk about the back of the album. In the credits, toward the bottom the name of the production group is the "Woofer & Tweeters". I have had more fun with this record. I am in radio and have played samples of the album on the air and told people I taught my dogs to sing, and other funny gags. I did get hate calls though. One sour puss told me that the Barking Beatle cuts were "disrespectful to the late John Lennon" I told him to grow up and get a life. (06-23-1999)





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