The Beatles remain an anomaly in pop culture. They were (and to some degree still are) the most famous and commercial band on earth, but they were also one of the most avant garde and experimental bands of their time.
Their fascination with musique concrète and unusual recording techniques began first with McCartney, through his interest and connections in the underground (via the Indica Gallery), and was later reinforced by Lennon, through his association with Yoko Ono. Together they merged avant-garde elements into their pop compositions and subsequently into the mainstream.
This half hour weekly radio show will focus on some of the Beatles' most avant garde and experimental recordings.
#1 - CARNIVAL OF LIGHT
Carnival of Light - What's The New Mary Jane - Can You Take Me Back (full version) - Tomorrow Never Knows (alternate version)
#2 - REVOLUTION 9
#3 - A DAY IN THE LIFE
Peter Sellers (as Dr Strangelove) recites "She Loves You" - A Day in The Life - Beyond the Valley of a Day In The Life (The Residents mashup) - Circles - Unfinished Mellotron Music - Only a Northern Song - Flying (long version)
#4 - MIND HOLES
John Yoko (excerpt) - Unfinished Music No.1 (excerpt) - Mind Train - Amsterdam (excerpt 1) - Hirake - Toilet Piece - Mind Holes - Amsterdam (excerpt 2)
#5 - UNDER THE MERSEY WALL
#6 - PAUL IS DEAD
#7 - LIVERPOOL SOUND COLLAGE
Plastic Beetle - Peter Blake 2000 - Made Up
#8 - WHY NOT
#9 - REAL GONE
*On episodes 1, 2 and 3 the songs and sound pieces are interspersed by Beatles' stoned studio banter and weird dada skits