Welcome to another installment of Chaz’s Arbitrary Top Ten List Extravaganza. With the recent major Apple announcement that
iPhones will now dispence Pez the remastered Beatles catalog will now be available on iTunes, an internet Meme was launched getting everyone to post their favorite Beatles songs. Since I don’t want to just give you my list of the greatest songs about going up-and-down slides ever written, I’m instead going to cover those who’ve sampled/channeled/interpolated the Fab 4. I’m probably saving myself a series of angry comments by stating off the bat that I’m NOT including mash-ups. Yes, I know Danger Mouse blahblahblah but you should be listening to his album with Jemini anyway*. Also, I don’t want the now hyperactive retroactive sample patrol to retroactively go after these artists, so I’m going to keep my comments limited to just these opening paragraphs.
The main reason I’m doing this is
to look cool because everybody knows the person who can identify the most samples in a rap song is clearly the coolest guy at any party because I think a lot of my generation who grew up with the Beatles’ music limited to awful sounding CD versions and mediocre covers of the bulk of their material in commercials and movies permeating our subconscious, have been given a faint, and frankly false, familiarity with not only their catalog but how much their influence means to pop culture. Their presence in the homes of the artists listed below, the first post-Beatles generation, cannot be denied. From chopping melodies they liked to merely singing a bar or two in their verses, they have a touchstone that can’t help but resonate in every listener. Even when the concepts seem silly, their efforts are inadvertently a by-product of Beatle-mania. So now in 2010 when some find it hip to not merely dislike the Beatles, but treat them with apathy, these unfortunate souls don’t realize how much they appreciate the group without even knowing it.
That in mind, here’s my Top Ten Beatles Visibly Influenced Songs** –
Poison Clan – “Jeri Curl”
MF Doom – “Tick Tick”
Brother Ali – “Live From the Chippy Bun Club”
Ghostface Killah – “My Guitar”
Boogie Down Production – “Criminal Minded”
3rd Bass – “3 Strikes 5000” (Vocal Version)
A Tribe Called Quest – “Luck of Lucien”
Organized Konfusion – “Stress”
Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick – “The Show”
Beastie Boys – “Sounds of Science”
*I’m also not going to be including that Kanye West-produced Talib Kweli song because it sucks.
**Didn’t seem catchy enough for a headline. To quote the Beatles of my generation, “we’re not sorry that we tricked you.”