The Beatles

A Selection of Hitherto Unseen Responses to Famous Songs

The idea of writing a song lyric as a letter is one that’s as old as music itself, but if you’re like Flavorwire, you may have occasionally found yourself wondering: what if the recipient of the song in question wrote back? What might they have to say? Wonder no longer, dear readers, because through the magic of a program that grants access to the the hitherto undiscovered secret archives of rock (aka Photoshop CS5), here are the unseen responses to a bunch of our favorite “letter” songs. … Read More

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Rediscovered Lou Reed Interview Reveals the Musician Thought The Beatles Were “Garbage”

Blank on Blank, the PBS series that takes lost audio interviews with influential cultural figures and animates them in… Read More

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Music’s 40 Greatest Style Icons, Ranked

Imagine if The Beatles never wore those collarless suits, or if Madonna never wore a tattered wedding dress on MTV. What if David Bowie had never thought to transform into Ziggy Stardust, or Cher had never worn that glittery body stocking under a leather jacket on the Navy ship? No meat dress for Gaga, no ruffled shirt for Prince, no cape for James Brown, no trash bag jumpsuit for Missy Elliott. Fashion changes our perception of artists, particularly those who routinely get up in front of thousands to perform. If musicians so choose, style choices can reflect and support their artistic choices. Many of the 40 icons of personal style on this ranked list have used clothes in a conscious, specific… Read More

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Joe Cocker Died

British blues-rock singer Joe Cocker, best known for his distinctly deep and expressive voice, died Monday… Read More

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Hey, Guess What? The Beatles Never Existed: Links You Need to See

The Fab Four. The Mop-Topped Something-or-Others. Those dudes in the Chelsea boots and trippy band uniforms. Yeah, the Beatles. Guess what? Some folks think they don’t exist. The A.V. Club points out that this is determined by examining discrepancies in height, weight, ears, whatever. The point is, the Beatles weren’t real, and rock ‘n’ roll was created by alien robot simulacra. Apparently, aliens are everywhere anyway. … Read More

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25 of Music’s Most Obnoxiously Misogynist Songs

As long as there’s been music, there have been unpleasant lyrical descriptions based on the subject’s gender — songwriters have long been relying on stereotypes and/or on demonizing the opposite sex as a way of expressing their pain and heartbreak and resentment and whatever else is troubling them. None of this, of course, means that doing so is anything less than obnoxious, so as an exercise in symmetry, over the next couple of days, we’re looking at both misogyny and misandry (because, y’know, that’s a real thing!) in music. First, then, the misogynist side of the… Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Holy Sons Channels ‘Lost Highway’ for “Transparent Powers” Video

For decades, Emil Amos has been tweaking ’70s rock, psychedelia, and folk in interesting ways across various monikers and projects including Grails, Lilacs & Champagne, and Holy Sons. The latter is the most pure representation of Amos’ warped mind, which has spawned Holy Sons releases numbering in the double digits. His first with Thrill Jockey, The Fact Facer, was released back in September, and today Amos kicks off a brief tour. He’s also releasing a new video for “Transparent Powers,” one of The Fact Facer‘s druggy high points, today exclusively with Flavorwire. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Lives of the Muses

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the tangled lines of inspiration and sex in the stories behind some of art’s greatest muses. … Read More

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Beatles Tributes, Ranked

For 50 years, popular culture has been paying tribute to The
Beatles. Innumerable covers of all qualities litter YouTube. Entire television specials are dreamt up, even now, to honor their contributions to music history. Every album anniversary is an opportunity for nostalgia of some sort, be it a tribute record, a Cirque du Soleil production, a video game, or a big-budget movie musical. And that’s not even counting the cover bands, with their cheap Liverpudlian accents and their even cheaper suits. … Read More

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Stream The Flaming Lips’ ‘Sgt. Pepper”s Covers Album, Feat. Miley Cyrus Singing “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”

Perhaps you were crushed, as I was, when you heard that the Flaming Lips’ collaboration with Kesha, titled, if… Read More

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