THE BEARCUTS Swing In Beatlemania (1964)

Swing In Beatlemania (1964)
Art For Art’s Sa… oh, forget it… Show Me The Money!

Yet another in an endless parade of exploitation attempts that followed The Beatles 1964 arrival in America, and a fascinating listen to boot. Rushed into production so fast that the song titles don’t even match on the front and back covers. From famed cheapie entrepreneurs, Somerset Records (in Spectra-Sound, no less), with a hidden 2-for-1 bargain. On one hand, The Bearcuts seem to be a real band – live in the studio – faithfully recreating the music of the 1963/64 Beatles… without the talent and studio budget, of course. That all of the singers sound just like Ringo (harmonies, too), only makes for more unique renditions. But, that’s just half of it. Artfully mixed in are “original” instrumentals that are quite obviously a different band altogether… recorded in a different studio, probably a year before the Beatles even landed. The kind of sax-driven, beach blanket, teen combo fare that became obsolete virtually overnight in 1964 (but is cool again thanks to Quentin Tarantino films). It’s all fun, if you don’t take any of it too seriously. If Brian Epstein did, he could’ve profited more from litigation than The Beatles themselves. Close your eyes to pretend the Lennon/McCartney covers are Flamin Groovies garage demos.

I Want To Hold Your Hand (2:26)
Twist And Shout (2:29)
Your Barber Is A Beatle Too (2:42)
Please, Please Me (2:02)
Monkey Down To Londontown (2:38)
She Loves You (2:26)
Liverpool Stomp (3:05)
Love Me Do (2:27)
Bearcut Haircut (2:36)
From Me To You (2:02)



  • Capt. Willard
    October 30, 2010 - 18:56 | Permalink

    Find it HERE, among other places.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    January 17, 2011 - 19:41 | Permalink

    I have similar product by The Buggs.
    All of it is almost as funny as Lou Reed's work for Pickwick, which I don't know why has never been released. I have a vinyl boot from the '80's. "Do The Ostrich" and "You're Driving Me Insane" can't be beat.

    just sayin…

  • Joaquin LeFleur
    April 11, 2011 - 23:57 | Permalink

    I actually had this album in 1964. My grandpa bought it for me at Woolco. This is an exciting find. Thanks for this great post!

  • Colin H
    July 1, 2012 - 22:38 | Permalink

    I have to remember that these re-ups have old (though good) post-notes, as since I already had this from before, my first response was to spend 20 mins trying to figure out what new Lennon box ou were talking about :D

  • Willard
    July 2, 2012 - 23:04 | Permalink

    Me being too lazy to update things doesn’t help either.

  • Willard
    September 9, 2012 - 00:58 | Permalink

    Now updated, so your Lennon box reference is going to be even more confusing to latecomers.

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