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Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About the Beatles

Will Hines

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Friends from the Los Angeles comedy scene discuss the Beatles, an album at a time. We have no reason to, nor any special qualifications. We just want to because we're obsessed with the band, like any rational human. TOPICS INCLUDE: Reasons we love th...Show More
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1:01:10 | Aug 30th

We return to our series where host Will Hines plays Beatles albums for his Beatles-neutral friend Eugene Cordero, to see what Eugene thinks! Eugene largely liked Sgt. Pepper! Interesting wrinkle: because of these episode, Eugene is now becoming a Bea...Show More

1:06:23 | Aug 3rd

We discuss the 2007 film Across the Universe, a musical which used Beatles songs to tell its story. Host Will Hines joins Across the Universe superfan Alex Lewis (Lewberger) and moderate appreciator John Flynn (Two Old Queens) to watch the film and t...Show More
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1:08:06 | Jul 22nd

Host Will Hines and panelist Joel Spence (and Brett Morris via text message) talk about their experience seeing Paul McCartney live at Dodger Stadium July 13, 2019 --- featuring an appearance by Ringo Starr!

1:15:18 | Jul 6th

The panel reviews the movie "Yesterday," in which a struggling singer-songwriter comes out of a coma to find he's the only person on earth who knows Beatles songs. Will loved this movie and was dismayed to realize that it may in fact be not that grea...Show More

1:27:05 | Jun 26th

We go over the last John Lennon released while he was still alive: Double Fantasy, which came out November 1980. John had not released music for five years. Then he announced he and his wife Yoko were doing a co-album -- each one handling about half ...Show More

1:34:06 | Apr 3rd

After a long-ish break, the podcast returns! We talk about plans for the future of the podcast, the upcoming Beatles-centered movie "Yesterday" and then settle in for an in-depth talk about Paul's terrific 1973 solo album "Band on the Run." Well, it'...Show More

1:27:33 | Nov 16th, 2018

The panel discusses the 2018 remix of the beloved double album: The self-titled The Beatles, better known as the White Album. Giles Martin's remix has all of Beatledom discussing this beloved album, as well as the newly collected original demos and l...Show More

1:00:22 | Oct 15th, 2018

The panel watched The Rutles: a 1978 mockumentary / parody of The Beatles done by Eric Idle (of Monty Python) and Neil Innes (of many cool art/music/comedy credits , among other things, the Magical Mystery Tour film)! Panelists: Will Hines, Ariana Le...Show More

52:54 | Oct 9th, 2018

Some of us saw Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band in Los Angeles (Sep 29, 2018 - Greek Theatre) and we talk about it! Panelists: Will Hines, Jackie Johnson, Adam McCabe,  Katie Plattner, Heather Woodward

1:57:36 | Sep 15th, 2018

A mammoth look at the new Paul McCartney album (Sep 2018), "Egypt Station." The main point: WE LIKE IT. Things we get into: --the wide variety of songs --Paul's use of his new, older voice --the production --the pretty, soft songs like "Hand in Hand"...Show More

1:12:57 | Aug 31st, 2018

We discuss Mark Lewisohn's 1000-page (ish) bio of the Beatles, which hilariously only covers through the end of 1962 (i.e. before the group finished any albums). WE STILL LOVE THIS BOOK! Panelists: Katie Plattner, Jennifer Wang, Will Hines

1:31:40 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The panel discusses the incredible 1971 John Lennon solo album Imagine. Topics discussed: how great this album is, how amazing the song "Imagine" is, how amazing the song "Jealous Guy" is, how petty and mean the song "How Do You Sleep" is. We also li...Show More

1:45:40 | Aug 16th, 2018

The panel does an unsolicited and unnecessary commentary track for the Beatles second movie Help! Heather knows a ton, and the rest of us know less, but not nothing. Panelists: Will Hines, Katie Plattner, Joel Spence, Heather Woodward.

1:15:10 | Jul 14th, 2018

Beatles fan and obsessive list-maker Wayland McQueen picks Beatles 5-20.  Also, we plug the current theatrical release of Yellow Submarine!

59:31 | Jun 18th, 2018

I play Revolver for Eugene, who's never heard it. This is the fifth in a series of "playing albums for Eugene." Regular panelist Brett Morris heard I was playing Revolver, and asked to come by, so he sits in too! That makes TWO people just staring at...Show More

1:21:18 | Jun 14th, 2018

We go over Paul McCartney's second post-Beatles album, RAM. Criticized upon its release, it's now considered one of his best solo albums! Brett Morris in particular doesn't want to hear you people who don't appreciate this album!  We get into the unf...Show More

1:19:52 | Jun 7th, 2018

The panel goes over John's first post-Beatles solo album: PLASTIC ONO BAND. Not enough Beatles fans have heard this, and it's one of the best solo Beatles albums out there. The bleakness, the raw blues rock, KLAUS' BASS and RINGO'S DRUMS!  Plus Barba...Show More

45:36 | May 31st, 2018

Continuing the series of "playing Beatles albums for Eugene" (this is the 4th installment) we do Rubber Soul! Hear Will try hard not to influence Eugene's opinion! Luckily he doesn't have to as Eugene falls in love with this album almost immediately.

39:19 | May 31st, 2018

In the 3rd episode of "Playing Albums for Eugene," host Will Hines plays "A Hard Day's Night." HOWEVER due to a recording error, the levels are off and so it's hard to hear us talk when the music gets loud. Sheesh. My apologies. That's why I'm releas...Show More

1:05:13 | May 24th, 2018

Beatles fan Amy walks us through the evidence of John's affection for Paul. Sure, we know Lennon cared about Macca, but he sure was stubborn about showing it when journalists were around, especially in the 1970s. Amy takes us through deep cuts of int...Show More

1:49:04 | Apr 26th, 2018

We loved playing a Beatles album for someone who'd never heard it last week, so let's try it again. With the same person! but a different album. We play "The White Album" for Eugene Cordero and get his moment-by-moment reactions. Some highlights incl...Show More

1:11:01 | Apr 19th, 2018

Sure, the album Abbey Road is a favorite of Beatles fans -- but what does someone think of it if they're not a particular fan of the band, and have never really heard the album? We find out as Beatles-neutral actor Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island,...Show More

1:26:20 | Apr 12th, 2018

Here's a major one: We go over George Harrison's first solo album, the triple-album All Things Must Pass. After having lots of his songs passed up for the later Beatles albums (except when they were so-goddamned-good-not-even-John-Lennon-could-deny-i...Show More

38:35 | Apr 5th, 2018

The second post-Beatles solo album is the you've-probably-never-heard-it Beaucoups of Blues, a country album by Ringo Starr released July of 1970. It is quite solidly okay, which is honestly better than probably a lot of people expected, since Ringo ...Show More

1:21:30 | Mar 29th, 2018

The first true Beatles solo album: McCartney. Recorded almost entirely by himself, including many sessions done alone in his apartment -- this was a sad and lonely time for Paul. The Beatles were over, and he was trying to see what kind of record he ...Show More

2:04:59 | Mar 15th, 2018

We take a break from going over the solo stuff to discuss BEATLES WOMEN. An all-female panel discusses the wives and girlfriends of the fab four, with a German photographer and British journalist thrown in there too. This is the second long episode i...Show More

2:01:30 | Mar 1st, 2018

We're back for season 3! And now we're going over SOLO BEATLES. First, a massive episode that goes over all (well, most) of the solo projects they did before the breakup. And we get into the breakup, too! Allen Klein vs. Lee Eastman! Yoko Ono! Apple ...Show More

1:15:24 | Oct 27th, 2017

We talk about stuff - lyrics, music, licks, moods -- the Beatles stole for their songs! Wait, are we really saying the Beatles are thieves? Well, no. Not usually. Sometimes we're just interested to see which songs influenced them. Except for one or t...Show More

1:02:45 | Oct 20th, 2017

On this episode we talk about two less-often-discussed Beatles movies: Nowhere Boy (2009) and Backbeat (1994). These are not Beatles movies as in the Beatles were in them, but that are Beatles movies in that they are fictionalized accounts of the Bea...Show More

36:53 | Oct 12th, 2017

For our third episode recorded in the vaunted facilities of actual Abbey Road recording studios, we perform our own cover versions of Beatles songs. They start weird, and get weirder. We go in roughly chronological order, but because of a combination...Show More

1:05:48 | Oct 5th, 2017

Musician/subway busker Nicola Hogg (@nicolahoggmusic), with her terrific voice and great songs, saved the day in this episode! To re-cap: podcast host Will Hines along with temporary co-host Connor Ratliff were in London for improv reasons and impuls...Show More

1:13:22 | Sep 28th, 2017

HOLY CRAP THIS EPISODE RECORDED AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS. Is this an act of hubris? Or a fulfillment of a destiny? We may never know, but the fact is: THIS EPISODE, and the two that will follow, ARE RECORDED AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS! We explain it in full ...Show More

1:14:32 | Sep 7th, 2017

Our panel does a live show at the UCB Theatre on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles to talk about BEATLES VOCALS. Panel regulars and brilliant singers Ariana Lenarsky, Jackie Johnson and Heather Woodward perform some of their favorite Beatles songs to sing! ...Show More

2:35:10 | Aug 31st, 2017

PLUG: Live show coming up Monday Sep 4th 10:30pm at UCB Sunset in Los Angeles! Singing Beatles songs! Come out! ------------ Good idea gone terribly wrong? Brilliant art project? Or perhaps the most faithful fulfillment of the title of this podcast? ...Show More

1:24:53 | Aug 24th, 2017

Beatles guitars! We have four guitarists on to talk about Beatles songs in terms of the guitar parts in this plus-sized episode!  Topics include: The ninth chords that ends a lot of the early songs; the iconic beginnings of A Hard Day's Night / Day T...Show More

58:35 | Aug 10th, 2017

There are so many great covers of Beatles songs and we talk about some of them! Including these: With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker Taxman - Black Oak Arkansas Norwegian Wood - Swingle Singers Come Together - Soundgarden We Can Work It O...Show More

45:08 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Our silliest idea yet? We got 4 drummers, each with his own drum kit, into a recording studio to talk about Ringo Starr and his drumming. Surprise: we love him and it.  Was it necessary to have 4 drummers at once? No, not at all. Was there some gain ...Show More

1:13:54 | Jul 27th, 2017

We talk about the Beatles longtime producer George Martin. He's one of the most common nominees for the informal title of "Fifth Beatle" for his contributions to their sound. Whether it was through knowing when to take the role of teacher vs. letting...Show More

1:02:48 | Jul 20th, 2017

Friend of the Podcast Wayland McQueen is back with more hypothetical Beatles questions: What is your favorite song where Ringo sings lead? What is your favorite closing track on an album that doesn't have the word "Albert" in the lyrics? What is you...Show More

1:33:30 | Jun 29th, 2017

We discuss "Dreaming the Beatles," a new collection of essays by Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, for no other reason than podcast host Will Hines recently read the book and liked it. BUT we quickly realize that the two men on the panel liked the ...Show More

1:00:17 | Jun 22nd, 2017

This episode is possibly a bad idea: we got four bass players gathered around our recording setup, and then our panelists spent an hour raving about Paul's bass playing. Slides, counter melodies, variety, liveliness, off-tempo, playing in the pocket ...Show More

1:05:46 | Jun 15th, 2017

Friend, comedian and Beatlemaniac Wayland McQueen asks the panel fun "which song" questions: Which is your favorite side 1/track 1? What is your favorite that has a first name in the title? Which have you gone back and forth on? Which would you pick...Show More

36:47 | Jun 8th, 2017

Part 2 of the JOHN VS PAUL discussion! What songs are examples of true collaborations of the JOHN and PAUL sensibility? We each pick an OBVIOUS one and an NON-OBVIOUS one! Will forbids choosing A Day In The Life, but then immediately caves and just p...Show More

1:09:06 | Jun 1st, 2017

EMERGENCY EPISODE (er, kind of): We review the new remix of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! We get deep into audiophile things, talking about where the instruments are panned in terms of "left" vs "right" and the what the previous versions of ...Show More

1:00:16 | May 25th, 2017

The start of season 2 of the podcast! We discuss JOHN songs vs PAUL songs. The panel each plays examples of: --an OBVIOUS John song --an OBVIOUS Paul song --a NOT OBVIOUS John song, and --a NOT OBVIOUS Paul song. Discussions ensue! Panelists: Will Hi...Show More

13:15 | May 4th, 2017

Another special bonus episode in which the guest is my Aunt Sue, who saw the Beatles live on their first American tour when she was in the sixth grade. We talk about this momentous event, whether or not it was fair that she didn't bring her sister Ca...Show More

08:57 | Apr 27th, 2017

Bonus emergency episode! Ariana Lenarsky and Will Hines are here to alert the Beatles community about this question: which TLC song lifted from Paul McCartney?

1:15:46 | Apr 13th, 2017

Abbey Road. How did we ever think there was an album better than this? Our panelists enter into a state of transcendental bliss as they listen to the entirety of this, the last album the Beatles recorded. We realize that we have loved this album our ...Show More

1:10:49 | Apr 6th, 2017

Our panel dissects the strange album that is Let it Be. Part live album, part throwback, part new songs, part movie soundtrack - what IS it? Something like 10 producers worked on it (2 mostly) and it didn't even come out until after the Beatles broke...Show More

1:02:37 | Mar 30th, 2017

We get into the half-album Yellow Submarine. Not so much the movie -- more the album that came out with the movie which had a bunch of re-releases (title track, All You Need Is Love), some fun deeper cuts (All Together Now, It's All Too Much, Only A ...Show More

1:06:22 | Mar 23rd, 2017

We continue on to the second disc of the White Album (or sides 3 and 4 to those preferring vinyl). We go over: is "Birthday" a great song (we say yes)? How great is "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except for Me and My Monkey?" We also discuss the ...Show More

1:09:17 | Mar 16th, 2017

The Beatles double album, officially titled "The Beatles" but better known as "The White Album" because of its iconic white cover, is to many people the most special Beatles album of all. This is the one that feels personal, that you feel like only y...Show More

1:07:55 | Mar 9th, 2017

MMT is one of the orphan albums -- not quite a full album, but certainly way more than an extended single. The presence of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" alone make this a must-have for any Beatles fans, but once you dig into the other ...Show More

1:19:12 | Mar 2nd, 2017

At this point, we are just listening to these amazing albums and going "Wow." Sgt. Peppers was not just another amazing album, it was a transformative cultural milestone that officially cemented the "album" as a work unto itself beyond being just a c...Show More

1:10:43 | Feb 23rd, 2017

After doing one of the best albums of all time with Rubber Soul, the Beatles follow with yet ANOTHER one of the best albums of all time: Revolver. The songwriting quality is just as high, and now they're pushing the boundaries of their style more tha...Show More

1:02:18 | Feb 16th, 2017

One of the greatest albums created by any band to this point, Rubber Soul is yet another peak for the Beatles. It was the first album where they set aside time in the studio to finish writing and developing the songs, and the extra attention shows. T...Show More

58:15 | Feb 9th, 2017

Help!, in addition to being an amazing album, is also representative of a transitional time for The Beatles: part "early" with songs like "The Night Before" and the title track, and part "middle" with mid-tempo grooves like "Ticket to Ride" and the i...Show More

1:11:09 | Feb 2nd, 2017

The last of the truly "early" Beatles albums. Our panel of Will Hines, Joel Spence, Adam McCabe and Brett Morris get into it: the brilliant original songs ("No Reply" "Eight Days A Week" "I'll Follow the Sun"), the underrated deep cuts ("What You're ...Show More

55:08 | Jan 26th, 2017

Holy crap. Just three albums in and we are already at a masterpiece: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. Spoiler alert: We love it. This is the first "all killer, no filler" album. It's so happy! But wait, it's sad! And holy crap: they had "Can't Buy Me Love" and al...Show More

45:57 | Jan 19th, 2017

We get into the Beatles' second studio album "With the Beatles." We talk about how this album is a sort of B-side to the entire first album, and how amazing the song "All My Loving" is, and the amazing songs that were left off the album ("From Me To ...Show More

41:52 | Jan 12th, 2017

We talk about the Beatles' first album: the incredible "Please Please Me." Recorded in a stunningly short 9 hours, this is the album that announced what would quickly become the greatest band in rock history. Although the band was still taking shape ...Show More

04:44 | Jan 12th, 2017

Welcome to "Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About The Beatles." Creator/host Will Hines, a dude from the Los Angeles improv comedy scene, introduces the podcast, which is easy because the title is very explanatory!