The Beatles is my favorite band. Not because of their albums, but because they are the greatest urban-legend generators in rock and roll. All around them, stories sprang up that sounded possible but were anything but. I even made a quiz out of it if you'd like to test your credibility-meter.
My absolute favorite of these legends is that there are still four unreleased Beatles songs out there that no one has ever heard of. If it were true, it would be the Holy Grail of rock music. You could retire on a copy of that. Sadly, it's still just bullshit.
This "missing EP" supposedly contains four songs, "Colliding Circles," "Left is Right (And Right is Wrong)," "Pink Litmus Paper Shirt" and "Deck Chairs." The reality of the situation is that a writer named Martin Lewis who was working on a list of Beatles songs simply made them up as a way to add something new to the piece he was working on. He's readily admitted to it over the years, but the legend endures.
Today, we re-create this "lost" work by the greatest rock band ever thanks to the wonders of YouTube.
R. Stevie Moore, "Colliding Circles": Moore is one of those artists that if you know who he is, you're a much cooler person than the one sitting next to you who doesn't. His 1985 tune doesn't really sound like the work of either Lennon or Harrison, both of whom have been credited with the creation of "Colliding Circles," but he does manage to entertain above and beyond that of a mortal man.
Jason Musser, "Left Is Right (And Right Is Wrong)" Musser is... an interesting man. He's a comic artist and a creator of bizarre songs. He's no John Lennon, but he does manage to make something very strange out of "Left Is Right (And Right is Wrong)." Gun to my head, it's rap for people who think rap will make the voices in their head stop.
Pretty Things, "Peace of Mind": This demo of "Peace of Mind" by Pretty Things is heralded as "Pink Litmus Paper Shirt" in dozens of YouTube videos. To its credit, it does sort of sound like the Beatles...if you're a person who has never heard the Beatles before. You can also find this tune being heralded as a bootleg called "Candle Burns."
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Jay-Z feat. Chris Martin, "Beach Chair" Believe it or not, out of all the titles in the hoax Beatle work, "Deck Chair" was the hardest to find. Rather than show you some live footage by a garage band, I took a little creative license and decided to go with Jay-Z and Chris Martin's "Beach Chair." It's a fantastic track that I think Paul McCartney would approve us sharing a name with his supposed lost vaudeville number.