Wait, this Nicol guy played with the SPOTNICKS? Oh, and that other little outfit from Liverpool, who were they again?
July 27, 2008 2:56 AM Subscribe
These Beatles clips
posted by flapjax at midnite (22 comments total)
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from a 1965 NME show are straight off the mixing desk, so the voices are way up front
. Man, those vocals are so loud you can hardly hear Ringo! But let's back it up just a year, to Holland in 1964, and catch one of the rare performances without Ringo
. Aside from his brief stint as a Beatle
, session drummer Jimmy Nicol
also played with zany Swedish instrumental surf rock band The Spotnicks
. So, there you have it: Jimmy Nicol
, a lucky fella who got to play with two of the greatest bands in the world! [NOTE: see hoverovers for link descriptions]
The Spotnicks also had a few vocal numbers in their repertoire, such as Please Say Yes
, complete with awkward lyrics typical of non-native speakers. Then there was their curiously unexpected version of Ol' Man River
Here's the Spotnicks playing just last year
, and sounding great.
But, whaddaya say, a little more Beatles? These clips from a 1964 Melbourne, Australia show (Ringo had recovered from illness and rejoined the band after their first few Oz gigs with Nicol) also feature some pretty up-front vocals, and they're a bit more hi-fi, as well. Must be those Sennheiser mics. You Can't Do That
, Twist and Shout
, She Loves You
and Long Tall Sally
And finally, it should be noted that the Spotnicks were mentioned here previously
. The Beatles, on the other hand, have never until now been featured on MetaFilter, and I'm just pleased as punch to have the opportunity to introduce them to everyone here.