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The British Are Coming!

There was an invasion. We won…but the music endured. As with any Sauce list, this is not a “traditional” or “strict” ranking of British Invasion albums. About half are from the ’60s; the rest flow naturally out of that wave. There are even a few from the ’90s! So get out your brown sauce and prepare to be invaded.

(If you’d like to hear the featured tracks, you can listen to them here on Spotify.)

25) Herman’s Hermits, Their Greatest Hits (1987)
The invasive track: “I’m Into Something Good”

Am I the only one who thinks immediately of “The Naked Gun”? Leslie Nielsen was Canadian, not British, but still.

24) Psychedelic Furs, Talk Talk Talk (1981)
The invasive track: “Pretty in Pink”


The British invasion lands firmly in the ’80s.

23) The Police, Outlandos d’Amour (1978)
The invasive track: “Roxanne”


We’re getting that Jamaica connection here with The Police. Particularly when Sting launches into a Rastafarian accent…which happens more than you might think.

22) The Spencer Davis Band, Gimme Some Lovin’ (1967)
The invasive track: “Gimme Some Lovin'”


Steve Winwood’s band, Kevin Kline’s workout song, and the song playing when Ellen gets pulled over in “Mr. Destiny.” Timeless.

21) Billy Idol, Rebel Yell (1983)
The invasive track: “Catch My Fall”


Very…English rebellion. Billy Idol gets it.

20) The Yardbirds, For Your Love (1965)
The invasive track: “For Your Love”


Pre-Jimmy Page Yardbirds. This one’s got Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and of course, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, present for “all Yardbirds releases” according to Wikipedia.

19) New Order, Substance 1987 (1987)
The invasive track: “True Faith”

Substantive!

18) The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
The invasive track: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Reprise”

A bit later in the decade for these chaps. Better late than never though. And oh yeah, the Reprise is where it’s at! It kills me when they sing “we’re Sgt. Pepper’s one and only lonely hearts club band.”

17) Genesis, Invisible Touch (1986)
The invasive track: “Throwing It All Away”

Phil didn’t have to give it all away. He did that for us.

 

16) The Dave Clark Five, American Tour (1964)
The invasive track: “Because”

One of those instances where other bands did “The Beatles” better than the actual Beatles.
Blimey!

15) The Jam, Sound Affects (1980)
The invasive track: “That’s Entertainment”


Kayli hates The Jam! Especially this song. But she also hates Elvis Costello, who is basically the SPOKESPERSON for the “angry young man” movement which is decidedly UK.

14) T. Rex, Electric Warrior (1971)
The invasive track: “Life’s A Gas”


Everything’s a gas in Great Britain. T.Rex most of all.

13) Duran Duran, Rio (1982)
The invasive track: “Hold Back the Rain”


Endlessly charming Simon Le Bon “smells like he sounds.” I have to assume he is referring to the smell of England and not, like, English people.

12) The Animals, It’s My Life (7″) (1965)
The invasive track: “It’s My Life”


Oooh fuck yeah The Animals! This song is so intense. It’s been known to get something of a rally going whilst playing in the Hyundai. IT’S MY LIFE!!!!

11) Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
The invasive track: “Don’t Look Back In Anger”


Because it wouldn’t be a British Invasion list without the Gallagher gits. One of only TWO albums from the ‘90s to make the cut!

10) The Sweet, Desolation Boulevard (1974)
The invasive track: “Fox on the Run”


“THE Sweet,” as my friends across the pond call ’em.

9) The Zombies, The Singles Collection: As & Bs 1964 – 1969 (2000)
The invasive track: “She’s Not There”


“The way she had to have the color of her hair.” Sigh, Brittania.

8) Tears for Fears, Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
The invasive track: “Shout”


You can’t call yourself a fan of the British Invasion without recognizing the importance and pure wonder of Tears for Fears. Plus you can just TELL they’re hiding some truly Commonwealth chompers behind those coy smiles.

7) Badfinger, No Dice (1970)
The invasive track: “No Matter What”

A perfect turn into the ’70s.

6) Depeche Mode, Violator (1990)
The invasive track: “Personal Jesus”

Okay, Depeche Mode. You can tell we’ve made it firmly out of the ‘80s now. Pardon me, your own personal Jesus? Talk about a royal claim.

5) The Kinks, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
The invasive track: “Picture Book”

The hair, the outfits, the drunken swagger of songs like “Picture Book.” Mmm, Kinky.

4) Dusty Springfield, A Girl Called Dusty (1964)
The invasive track: “Wishin’ and Hopin'”

She’s British! I forgot! I often try to re-create this photo around the house (denim and adorable pose in tow) and Steve always knows exactly what I’m doing. Dusty is unmistakable on any continent.

3) The Who, My Generation (1965)
The invasive track: “A Legal Matter”

I guess the band hates this album? Don’t be sore, chaps. It’s a perfect little chunk of the Pommy invasion. Complete with 4 ugly mugs on the cover.


And speaking of ugly mugs…

 

2) The Rolling Stones, England’s Newest Hit Makers (1964)
The invasive track: “Little By Little”

A bold choice indeed to throw these ugly-ass hit makers front and center. My favorite Stones album nonetheless. Gems from the isle of Albion.

1) The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The invasive track: “I Should Have Known Better”


Come on, you knew! There is not a more perfect album to capture the feel of the British Invasion. Filled front to back with charming bits of jingle-jangle, pop-packed, lovey-dovey limey devotion.

Thanks for swimming in the (British) Sauce folks! God save the Queen!!

Let me AXE you a question…

Deez bass lines are bad. So bad, they make me want to dust off/decontaminate the axe sitting in my garage and learn how to play just so I can be a part of them, feel the fizzy buzzing drone under my fingertips. Because let’s face it, bass guitar is wizard. Is there a knob on your amp for “vocals”? How about “tambourine”? No sir. There is always a knob that let’s you pump up dat bass tho. And bass players are always the coolest (albeit sometimes the weirdest) cats in the band, not to mention they are always in high demand. Bass is the component that holds a song together for crying out loud.

But back to those bad-ass jams. Not a conclusive list, just some stand-outs. YOU’RE WELCOME.

1) “Good for Nothing,” Dance Hall Crashers

(Did you know Steve Zahn was in DHC?)

2) “Walk on the Wild Side,” Lou Reed

3) “The Chain,” Fleetwood Mac

4) “Get Ready,” The Temptations

5) “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes

*Honorable mention: “Come Together,” The Beatles

Mmmm, vibrating sauce. Dig it.

Five Times Other Bands Did “The Beatles” Better than the Beatles

The Beatles are awesome (Sgt. Pepper is #2 in my Top 300 Albums for Pete’s sake!). Nobody does it like the Beatles…except when they do…and they do it better. Here are 5 instances where bands made songs that sound JUST LIKE THE BEATLES, only better.

1) Dave Clark Five, “Because” (1964)

There are five of them, so that should be our first hint. Aside from that, Dave Clark Five (affectionately referred to as DC5) sound EXACTLY LIKE THE BEATLES, especially their early stuff. I’m thinking the goods off Please Please Me and Twist and Shout (particularly “From Me to You”). Earlier in 1964, DC5 had a little single called “Glad All Over” which knocked “I Want to Hold Your Hand” out of the UK Singles Chart. BOOM! Alas, they did not have the staying power our beloved mop-tops did. “Because” remains with us though as one of the lost Beatles gems…that wasn’t by the Beatles.

2) The Monkees, “Last Train to Clarksville” (1966)

The first time I heard “Last Train to Clarksville” I thought, this is the coolest Beatles song I’ve ever heard! Only, I hadn’t ever heard it. Not by the Beatles anyway. Because it’s by The Monkees. It has serious echoes of “Paperback Writer” though, and I think  you could slot it into A Hard Day’s Night and no one would notice. Better yet, stick it on Help!. That album needs all the, ahem, help it can get.

3) The Kinks, “A Well Respected Man” (1965)

From the 1965 album Kinkdom, it’s a little more obviously on the snarky side than we’re used to with the Beatles…because it’s The Kinks. Ray Davies wrote the song after a nasty run-in with some snooty upper-crusters at a fancy-pants hotel left a bad taste in his  mouth. “Well Respected Man” was Davies’ way of deriding their smug behavior and affectations. Message received, Ray!

4) The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (1966)

Ahh, the Hollies. One of Remo’s favs. This song is straight from the grooves of Beatles for Sale. Maybe even Rubber Soul. And not that this has anything to do with anything, but “Bus Stop” was written by Graham Gouldman, future member of 10cc!

5) Swinging Blue Jeans, “The Hippy Hippy Shake” (1962)

This one was so spot-on that the Beatles themselves actually did a cover version of it in a BBC session! It also has the distinct honor of being featured in the 1994 classic, Angels in the Outfield. If you don’t want to watch Danny Glover play coach (why wouldn’t you want to do that–weird), skip to 1:34 when Adrien Brody hits the ball (possibly for the first time ever?). Classic.

*Honorable Mention: Badfinger, “No Matter What” (1970)
This song could be a later Beatles jam but it’s basically too hip. We’ll leave it to Badfinger at this point. Just as an aside though, the version that was released on the album No Dice was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Just sayin’…

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