na na na na na yesterday....
June 16, 2006 8:30 AM   Subscribe

Yesterduh. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 (20 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
The Beatles' Yesterday holds the world record for being the most recorded song in history. So Brian Joseph Davis recorded it 60 more times. Via this interview I heard on the radio.(.mp3) [His work has been on Metafilter before]
posted by jrb223 at 8:30 AM on June 16, 2006


Excellent. Thanks.
posted by dobbs at 8:33 AM on June 16, 2006


(The .mp3 link seems to be a RAM file.)
posted by interrobang at 8:49 AM on June 16, 2006


(Sorry, I mean Real Audio.)
posted by interrobang at 8:49 AM on June 16, 2006


ah, is it? whoops, the url ended in .mp3, my msitake.
posted by jrb223 at 8:53 AM on June 16, 2006


ahem. my mistake.
posted by jrb223 at 8:53 AM on June 16, 2006


So eerie. The singalong at the assylum.
posted by godawful at 8:54 AM on June 16, 2006


What's on Aki Onda's mind?
I love his interpretation the best...
Thanks, great link.
posted by lorbus at 9:00 AM on June 16, 2006


Off topic...

As a teenaged Beatles fans (in the late 70's) I remember my mother offhandedly telling me that when I was born and they cleaned me up and presented me to her she distinctly remembers Yesterday playing on the radio on the bedside table. So it was the first song me ears ever heard.

Later it occured to me that when I'd first heard it I hadn't even had a yesterday. And to have a song about longing for the past as the beginning of the soundtrack of your life... *cue existential sigh* Couldn't it have least been a Lennon song? Perhaps... I'm Only Sleeping?
posted by crowman at 9:54 AM on June 16, 2006


You probably heard other songs in the womb.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:58 AM on June 16, 2006


You probably heard other songs in the womb.

Yeah, but they'd also have been murky underwater tones too.

And being born in '65 many of those tunes would have been Beatles anyhow.

Actually, I see Yesterday debuted at number 1 the day after I was born... but enough about me.
posted by crowman at 10:53 AM on June 16, 2006


Here's a blog entry about Yesterduh from Salon's AudioFile (subscription or daypass required), including this link to an (actual) MP3 of Yesterduh from Brian Joseph Davis' site.

I found it rather creepy-sounding, honestly, but fascinating... and maybe just a little bit touching.
posted by gohlkus at 4:49 PM on June 16, 2006


ok, finally some best of the web. this is great. thanks. the all together version is weirdly compelling.
posted by 3.2.3 at 5:21 PM on June 16, 2006


I find the all together version overwhelmingly discordant - remarkable brain-trickery and misdirection of threads of thought. Thanks!
posted by MetaMonkey at 8:44 PM on June 16, 2006


My friends and I once recorded a version of Yesterday but instead of saying yesterday we said Christmas time.
posted by philcliff at 10:09 PM on June 16, 2006


Super Creepy Scary
posted by RufusW at 10:14 PM on June 16, 2006


I got so much dumber listening to that ...

Not in a good way, either. Except for Solo Two, which was awesome, and Hey Yesterday, which wasn't half bad. But truly, this is a testament to brain-strangling ineptness.

(How does anybody get past adolescence without memorizing Yesterday, and one or two other good, schmaltzy songs, anyway?)
posted by eritain at 1:59 AM on June 17, 2006


crowman : "Yeah, but they'd also have been murky underwater tones too."

That got me thinking: If you can take a normal tune and perform certain mathematical processes to convert it into a murky, underwater sound, then would it be possible to perform the inverse of those processes to make a shrill, high pitched tune that, when heard from inside the womb, sounded normal? If so, you could play really cool music for your fetus which it could hear properly.
posted by Bugbread at 6:06 AM on June 17, 2006


Excellent post, thanks.
posted by headlessness at 2:24 AM on June 18, 2006


Bugbread: that's a great idea! Assuming the parents weren't subjecting their fetus to say, Metallica's Enter Sandman and the like. Scary!

Be sure to let us know when you perfected your invention!
posted by crowman at 6:07 AM on June 18, 2006


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