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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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:

Guest says:
Gone to the dogs man (06-17-1999)

anthony ( says:
Well, I know that the Beatles are the most influencial musical group of our species, but the fact that they have affected other species is unbelievable! (05-24-1999)

LC-Ludwiig ( says:
WOW! If someone asked if dogs could sing, I'd just think it was a silly question. Now I know the answer is 'YES'. The question must from now on be taken seriously! I want a Beatle Barker! (What race performs best?) (04-19-1999)

pete best says:
as ridiculous as it is, the vocals are still light years ahead of those found on ringo's latest release. oh well, gotta get back to cleaning up elephant royalty checks shouls start coming in any day now paul promised. (03-26-1999)

LoreNZo Van Der Lingen ( says:
Are you kidding, Frank??? How can you NOT find the very idea of canine, feline & baanine renditions of Beatles toons funny? I laughed until I damn well stopped! I think the whole idea is totally FAB, & I can't wait to inflict these on some of my friends (particularly one anal-retentive type who disapproved of the great Ray Charles covering 'Eleanor Rigby' - now, he REALLY deserves it! Once again, I am awestruck by the boundless beauty of human endeavour proudly displayed on your gorgeous site! (03-22-1999)

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