Beatle Barkers

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Beatle Barkers
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Studio album by
Released1983
LabelPassport Records

Beatle Barkers is a 1983 album released by the "Woofers & Tweeters Ensemble"[1] on the Passport Records label. The album consists of dogs barking a parody of popular Beatles songs. The guitar and other instrumental tracks, performed by anonymous backing musicians from Germany,[2] are very similar to the original Beatles recordings, with the animal sounds taking the place of the sung lyrics. In addition to dogs, performances by lambs, parakeets, and a cat are included. All the animal sounds were sampled from real animals except for the howling dogs which were recorded by a dog impersonator.[2] In a review in The Boston Phoenix, the album was praised as a "real howler".[3]

The album was a collaboration between engineer Roy Nicolson and producer Gene Pierson. Nicolson had begun experimenting with animal sounds on an E-mu Emulator I, an early sampler. Pierson jokingly asked him if he could play "Paperback Writer" using dogs barking. He did and soon Pierson had commissioned him to create the album, which was made in about two weeks on an 8-track tape machine, with two tracks for the backing tracks and six for the animals. The album was released on Passport Records and marketed by Demtel.[2][4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lennon/McCartney.

  1. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
  2. "Love Me Do"
  3. "Ob La Di Ob La Da"
  4. "We Can Work It Out"
  5. "I Saw Her Standing There"
  6. "I Feel Fine"
  7. "Can't Buy Me Love"
  8. "All My Loving"
  9. "Day Tripper"
  10. "She Loves You"
  11. "A Hard Day's Night"
  12. "Paperback Writer"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mossman, Kate (11 September 2009). "The best (and worst) Beatles covers". The Times. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Baker Fish, Bob (29 April 2014). "Beatle Barkers: 'Dogs don't tend to hold the note when they howl'. Interview by Bob Baker Fish". Cyclic Defrost. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  3. ^ Cragin, Sally (10 April 1984). "The Beatle Barkers: A Real Howler". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Demtel Direct Weekly Specials | Great Ideas, Greater Prices". Demtel.com.au. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.