3 Things Made Almost Entirely Out of Beatles Lyrics
You can't overstate the impact The Beatles have had on the world of pop music. On the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time there are four Beatles records in the top ten alone. By nearly all measures they remain the greatest musical act of the 20th century. Anyone who says different sniffs their dirty socks when they take them off at night.
So it's not surprising that they influenced a ton of pop culture since they disbanded in 1970. What might be surprising is just how deep some homages to the Fab Four actually go. There are whole entertainment vehicles that are almost literally nothing but a collection of Beatles lyrics strung together in order to form another piece of art.
A Powerpuff Girls Episode: I have a four-year-old daughter and Netflix streaming, which means I have seen every single episode of The Powerpuff Girls at least three times. Stuck in near the end of Season 3 is "Meet the Beat-Alls". It starts out a pretty standard episode, with Mojo, Fuzzy, Princess, and HIM joining forces to defeat the girls. Once they unexpectedly do so by joining forces they continue to work as a team called the Beat-Alls.
From there, the episode gets downright weird as The Beat-Alls become a stand-in for the story of Beatlemania, except from a crime angle instead of musical stardom. Every single scene contain a reference to a Beatles song, the characters begin speaking almost entirely in Beatles lyrics with only necessary filler to link them.
There are even really subtle nods to deeper Beatles history, such as Fuzzy, standing in for Ringo, having a tendency to offer inventive accidental phrases that spark larger concepts as Ringo did with chance utterances like "a hard day's night". There are so many of these references that showing them off between two YouTube videos actually takes longer than watching the episode itself, even with the flash forward through the beginning.
A Video Game: Beatles references have slipped into video games as lauded as Earthbound, Final Fantasy X, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, not to mention getting their own highly acclaimed entry in the Rock Band series. Before all of that though was a genre called text-based adventures and a programmer named Garry Marsh.
Marsh is a huge Beatles fan who decided that he would use his programming skills to churn out an epic quest based on his favorite band. Thus in 1985 was born Number 9 Software and its only release, Beatle Quest for the Commodore 64. It's also completely nuts. The plot follows the Keeper of the Archives in the 30th century. While researching ancient Earth the Keeper becomes intrigued by "The Four Kings of EMI", who waged cultural war against "Their Satanic Majesties". Using a simulator the Keeper feeds all know Beatles data into the computer and is thrown into a world made and shaped completely by Beatles images and lyrics.
It's not an easy game, especially if you don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Beatles lyrics that make up almost every puzzle and almost every answer. There are 150 different locations and Marsh is a pretty good text master, though, so it's full of wonderfully weird little quirks that do perfectly sum up what a computer-generated Beatleverse would likely resemble.
Marsh's love of the Beatles apparently hasn't dissipated in the slightest since the '80s. In 2011 he released a book with Belmo called The Beatles Christmas Book: Everywhere It's Christmas exploring the relations the band had with Christmas.
A Skit About Infidelity: Finally, we leave off with one of the best offering ever from CZDA. The New York consortium of musicians and performers put together a really inventive musical skit about the nature of cheating.
The do it by leaping from lyric to lyric through 17 different Beatles tunes all in one amazing take. Each transition builds a very thorough and easy-to-follow progression of a confrontation over racy texts, though it does end a little weak with a seducing, overweight plumber and two-minutes of begging for subscriptions. Right up until then, though, it works very well as a highly condensed version of Across the Universe. At least thus time you don't have to hear Bono butcher "I Am the Walrus."
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