There’s good reason to think that every band that’s come out since the ’60s owes its career to the Beatles. However you want to see it, the Fab Four seem to be the first in almost everything we think of for modern rock and roll, from no longer relying on blues traditions to getting weird in the studio to the charisma they had both on stage and in the studio. We all took a few pages from the work of the Beatles, it’s just that some people are a little more pushed in their inspiration.
Insofar as these bands have their own unique identities, these songs could easily have been Beatles songs simply with another person’s name. From the harmonic construction to the type of guitars they used, each of these songs has the Lennon/McCartney sensibility throughout. It’s not just a little inspiration here and there either.
These were instances where there was just a bunch of musicians having fun and then decided to write a complete Beatles rip-off, including shaping the melody to sound much closer to the style classic they launched. By the early ’60s there were already a million cases of labels bringing together Beatles-imitating bands to piggyback on the guys from Liverpool, and it seems the tradition worked out pretty well over the next few decades.
The Beatles and the world of punk rock don’t really feel like they belong in the same phrase most of the time. When bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols kicked things off in the late ’70s, it almost felt like the antithesis of what the Beatles were doing in the first place, moving away from those pop masterpieces and bringing them back to basics. Once they admitted the Beatles had some great songs, the next generation didn’t even bother to hide their ideas.
Although Americana gave us some of Offspring’s best songs like The Kids Aren’t Alright, Why Don’t You Get a Job practically makes the band poke fun at the Beatles, framing the whole song as a satire. from The Song Ob La Di Ob La Da by Paul McCartney. While the original White Album song was already a bit divisive, it’s the kind of homage that makes the original sound doubly boring, being barked out by Dexter Holland’s high-pitched, shrill vocals and sounding closer to home. a children’s version of what a punk rock song is. should sound like.
It’s not just a play on the typical Beatles kick either, with the band lifting virtually all of the vocal melody and simply rewriting the entire song with a few different lyrics added here and there. There’s still the old expression of artists wearing their influences on their sleeve, but this song just wears its Beatles influence like a mask and hopes you don’t tell the difference.