Who doesn’t love the Beatles? And who doesn’t love a great Beatles cover? And who doesn’t love a Beatles cover that leaves them feeling slightly bemused? From the delightfully unexpected to absolute head-scratchers, here are eight Beatles covers that you will simply love – or simply love to hate.
En Vogue - Yesterday (1992)
- Bizarro Rating: 2 woooos
En Vogue’s sophomore album “Funky Divas” was not only their highest selling album, housing hits like “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Free Your Mind,” but it also featured their rendition of the infamous Beatles classic. No doubt, their soulful 4-part harmonies are pure pop indulgence.
Tiffany - I Saw Him Standing There (1987)
- Bizarro Rating: 3 ob-la-dis
Recorded for the shopping mall pop princess’ self-titled debut album, the arrangement for this cover was definitely influenced by the music of Prince. You can practically smell the raspberry Lip Smackers over freshly baked Cinnabons. Yum.
Tori Amos - Happiness Is a Warm Gun (2001)
- Bizarro Rating: 4 mother superior jumped the guns
Featured on her album of covers “Strange Little Girls,” the faerie queen’s 10-minute rendition of the “White Album” track even wove in sound bites from George Bush, Sr. and George W. Bush. Like she said, she never was a Cornflake girl.
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Day Tripper (1979)
- Bizarro Rating: 5 newspaper taxis
The pioneering Japanese electronic band was certainly influenced by The Beatles and included their computerized rendition of “Day Tripper” on their award-winning album, “Solid State Survivor.” Beep beep boop. Does compute.
The Sesame Street Beetles - Letter B (1979)
- Bizzaro Rating: 6 ob-la-das
More a parody than a cover, this ditty was brought to us by the good folk at Children’s Television Workshop. Complete with Liverpudlian accents and 6 chords, the wee-sized singers followed up a few years later with “Hey Food” featuring Cookie Monster as their front monster.
Bananarama feat. Lananeeneenoonoo - Help! (1989)
- Bizarro Rating: 7 joo-joo eyeballs
Released as a charity single for Comic Relief, the ‘80s all-girl group teamed up with their fictitious counterparts for the ultimate novelty record. “Absolutely Fabulous’” Jennifer Saunders and long-time comedy partner Dawn French was joined by Kathy Burke in a trifecta of musical hilarity. Cheers.
Akiko Kanazawa - Yellow Submarine Ondo (1983)
- Bizzaro Rating: 8 aye, sir, ayes
One of the most unique Beatles covers married the quirky favorite with traditional Japanese festival dance music. Rumor has it that this odd pairing even received Sir Paul McCartney’s blessing.
William Shatner - Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (1968)
- Bizarro Rating: 9 goo goo g’joobs
Released on his album “The Transformed Man,” this dramatic spoken-word version boldly takes this song where no man has taken it before. Whether you think it’s good or bad, resistance is futile.
And for more Beatles love, don't’ forget to check out Ron Howard’s new documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,” premiering September 17 on Hulu.