We ask because for our June 15 Happy Hour at Abbey Road we are piecing together a playlist made up of all Beatles songs sung by other people. Personally, we are partial to just about anything by Elliott Smith, but we know there are many, many options out there — the Beatles are the most covered band in music history (or so we read somewhere).
Last year, The Guardian had a nice little rundown of some of their readers’ favorites. Here are the 10 songs that ended up on their playlist:
1 “We Can Work It Out” Stevie Wonder
2 “Dear Prudence” Siouxsie & the Banshees
3 “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” The Breeders
4 “Tomorrow Never Knows” 801
5 “Yellow Submarine” Roots Manuva
6 “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” William Shatner
7 “The Fool on the Hill” Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66
8 “Here, There and Everywhere” Emmylou Harris
9 “Across the Universe” Fiona Apple
10 “Hey Jude” Wilson Pickett
So, what are your favorites (for good or bad reasons)? And are you willing to share them with us? Here’s what you can do:
- Send us an email mentioning the Beatles mp3s you’d like to share with us.
- We’ll let you know if we already have them or not.
- If we don’t have it, you can email the mp3 file to shanghaiist at gmail.com.
- Anyone who sends in an mp3 we don’t have, gets a free Shanghaiist T-shirt! (One T-shirt per person, please.)
We also just got word from Abbey Road on the Happy Hour specials:
RMB 15, Draft Carlsberg 0.5
RMB 12, Carlsberg bottle
RMB 12, Tsingtao bottle
RMB 17, House red and white wine
RMB 10, Soft drinks
RMB 20, Vodka/gin and tonic
RMB 20, Rum and soft drink
RMB 20, Whiskey anf soft drink
RMB 20, Cocktails (Sex on the Beach, Pina Colada, Margarita)
Come dressed as a Beatle (or beetle) and get a free drink!
FREE finger food:
Vegetables and dip
Canapes (egg, tuna, olives, ham, cheese)
Tortillas filled with beef sauce, mushroom, and other vegetables
Hope to see you there!
Shanghaist Happy Hour at Abbey Road, 45 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu, in the former French Concession. Friday, June 15, 7 pm to midnight. Tel: 6431-6787.