Meet the Beachles

Now that we’re marking the 40th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ landmark album Pet Sounds, it was probably inevitable that someone would mash-up the 1966 disc with its most noteworthy response, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Clayton Counts has taken on the task, cross-breeding the songs track by track in order, and he’s posted the resulting epic of Danger Mousery, Sgt. Petsounds, at his blog. It’s not really a straight mash-up, as Counts doesn’t really try to align the clashing rhythms or keys. The result has an abstract, free-jazz quality that’s both illuminating (in the way it honors the sonic experimentation of the originals) and headache-inducing. Anyway, it’s worth a listen.

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  • Guy

    LOVE the Beach Boys and the Beatles to a lesser extent, but this isn’t really working for me.

  • mark

    TOTALLY does it for me! I’m a HUGE fan of both groups, and now a HUGE fan of this!

  • Beatles Fan

    Ameteurish – Ignoring key signatures and flip-flopping between tempos… It’s very hard to listen to. A good idea executed poorly.

  • Lucy in the Sky

    it’s intended as a hoax. as a fan of outsider music and pranks, i enjoyed this experiment very much. a lot of the other remixes on his site are in-tune and very professional-sounding. and the beachles seems to be this year’s most debated mashup, so that’s something…

  • Soulchap

    I think Glenn Gould would have loved this work. So do I.

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  • Warren T. Cat

    Clever idea but poorly done, it’s kinda a letdown that they sound a little amateurish. You look at something like ‘Pepper’s Paradise’ by Voicedude, and it’s perfectly set together; you listen to ‘Wouldn’t Sgt. Petsounds Be Nice?’ and while fun towards the middle mark… he kinda rushed it.

    C for effort.

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