To honor JOHN LENNON's unending impact on music, here are 2 Music Players of famous artists imitating him. One playlist tributes his many his BEATLES styles and the other homages his SOLO styles.
B E A T L E S :
Here are 200 artists from every era and genre, lovingly imitating John's styles with THE BEATLES. The songs are arranged in "sonic order", meaning each of John's Beatles styles in order sonically from 1962 to 1970; the early MerseyBeat, the Folk Pop, the Psychedelia and Baroque Pop, and finally the fuzzy Rawk and piano Anthem sounds.
There are favored guests and many surprises along the way.
You would expect THE RUTLES, BADFINGER, CHEAP TRICK, OASIS, LENNY KRAVITZ, and ELLIOTT SMITH.
But how about PIXIES, HUSKER DU, NIRVANA, YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA, THE DAMNED, CIBO MATTO, and LUSH?
Because THE BEATLES' sounds and fashions were so fluid, they are a nexus point for every possible angle of Rock music. Without boundaries and only possibilities, they have influenced every kind of band in their wake. This takes us to the current wave of youth who wear Beatles T-shirts and listen to acolytes like RADIOHEAD, FIONA APPLE, LOCKSLEY, KAISER CHIEFS, NIC ARMSTRONG, FRANZ FERDINAND, SAM PHILLIPS, GURUS, BECK, and BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, all here.
L E N N O N
Here are 200 artists from every era and genre, lovingly imitating John Lennon's solo styles. The songs are arranged in "sonic order', meaning each of John's styles and albums in order from 1970 to 1980; the primal Grunge Blues, the elegaic Piano hymns, some of his avant Collage, the stark Confessionals, the political Anthems, the Retrobilly, and finally the mature Pop comeback.
Again there are favored guests and many surprises along the way.
John's influence has no boundaries. His raw honesty, expressed though grungy blues, church piano, folk strumming, ethereal harmonies and abrasive noize, speaks to everyone.
Here are acolytes from every era and angle:
- From the '70s and BIG STAR, THE MOVE, ELO, CHEAP TRICK, DAVID BOWIE, NILSSON, and OZZY OSBOURNE.
- To the '80s and JOHNNY THUNDERS, ELVIS COSTELLO, GENERATION X, THE PRETENDERS, KEITH LEVENE, TACKHEAD, JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, and LOVE AND ROCKETS.
- To the '90s and SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, PEARL JAM, PJ HARVEY, TRACY BONHAM, LENNY KRAVITZ, WEEN, NEGATIVLAND, FASTBALL, and THE BREEDERS.
- To now with COLDPLAY, JET, EARLIMART, DEVANDRA BANHART, GREEN DAY, MICHAEL FRANTI, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, and LADY GAGA.
At the end are songs about John by his family, friends, and fans.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll gasp, you'll remember how wonderful life is and how lucky we are. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
© Tym Stevens
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