Fuzzdandy Presents: Corporal Copycat’s Phoney Hearts Club Bands Volume 2

I used to run a twitter account called Beatlealikes where I would just track down anything Beatlesque with the help of me mate Pete from Bite it Deep & post a YouTube link on twitter. After a while I started to categorise those tracks into groups of which Beatles album they sounded most influenced by. So I started putting together compilations of Beatlesque albums. I decided to start with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I also felt it was time to make some follow ups to “Pepperisms from Around the Globe”.. a fantastic compilation of 60’s artists who sounded heavily influenced by Sgt. PepperPepperisms Volume 2 never materialised so I thought I’d make one for myself & anyone else who is interested.

The release of Sgt. Pepper’s in 1967 brought with it a new angle for other artists to approach recording. Pepper ripped the remaining pages from the recording rule book that were left after the release of Revolver. It opened up the same possibilities to all bands, whether established or confined to the garage. Bands previously obsessed with The Beatles would now need to up their game in the studio, cleaning up their sound & bringing their instruments right into the listeners faces, using extra compression dynamics & new miking techniques. They could incorporate classical instruments into their songs, they could go all vaudeville, go back or forward in time for inspiration, they could make songs for kids as well as intellectuals, use world instruments & make sound collages.. anything goes, and do all of these things on one album.

Weirdly, despite Pepper’s widespread influence, it isn’t actually that easy to find obscure 60’s songs or albums that mimic Sgt. Pepper. It’s far easier to find albums that took inspiration from it & used this new licence to explore artistically in their own unique way. I have tried my best here to match each song in order of the original album, but it wasn’t always possible, maybe because their actually isn’t a complete rip off of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds out there, or there is one & I haven’t discovered it yet. What I have tried to do is find a mood or lyrical theme that matches each song on Pepper. Each track also had to sound Beatlesque, so either the forced Liverpudlian vocal, or the overall sound had to be to a certain Beatles standard. I’ve added extra sound effects from other 60’s artists also to fill in the gaps.

This is Volume two. Volume one is also available via this blog.

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