The first of four Beatles covers appearing this month finds Timmy paying homage to the Beatles Help! album, released 50 years ago yesterday in the United Kingdom (a week later here in the United States). Timmy’s version of “You’re Going to Lose that Girl” has that certain something that he puts into every track he records–a Timmy kind of DNA type of thing–even as he turns out a reverent take on this classic song.
We could go on–we really could–but Timmy’s got the last word on this track, as posted yesterday on his Bandcamp page. To wit:
“Today marks the exact 50th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite albums of all-time, the Beatles’ “Help!” soundtrack, which contains arguably one of my favorite Beatles songs of all-time, “You’re Going to Lose that Girl.” Although it isn’t the most musically complex or lyrically artistic song they have, it is, in my opinion, the embodiment of a perfect pop song.
“As many people know, my father and uncles have starred in the longest running Beatles tribute show, Long Live the Beatles since the mid-’70s, so by the time I was born in the mid-’80s, I was experiencing live performances of Beatles songs pretty much every week. I played ‘Twist and Shout’ on drums for the talent show in kindergarten.
“The first songs I learned on guitar at the age of 10 were Beatles songs. And by the age of 14, filling in ‘as Ringo’ became my summer job. So every note of the Beatles catalog has been ingrained into my brain since the womb. That’s left me with a bit of a love/hate relationship with Beatles covers. They really did them all pretty damn perfectly the first time, so why try to top them? Well, you can’t. But you can try to make them your own. (Perfect example is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s take on ‘Taxman’…completely his own, without losing what makes that song so great.) So, this month I’m going to put my humble little stamp on four different tunes from the greatest band in the history of time, and my own personal biggest influence. They won’t top the originals, but they’re damn fun to re-IMAGINE…see what I did there?
“Happy 50th, HELP!”
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