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"Beatlesque" (//) loosely describes music which sounds like the English rock band the Beatles. The term is widely used to an inconsistent degree, as the Toronto Star's Jack Sakamoto notes: "[some people's] notion of that sound includes everyone from Panic! at the Disco to Billy Joel to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. With those reference points, it's debatable whether the Beatles themselves would qualify for the adjective their music has spawned."
"Beatlesque" is loosely defined. Searching for true meaning in the term, eight possible answers were formed by radio producer Kevin Howlett, music professor Rob Bowman, and Klaatu drummer Terry Draper:
- "Penny Lane"-style piano tone clusters (also heard on "Getting Better" and "With a Little Help from My Friends")
- "the big ending", as in "It's All Too Much"
- bluegrass-influenced close harmonies, using fourth intervals
- "I Am the Walrus"-inspired cellos
- the stylistic contrast between Lennon and McCartney
- the left-handed, right-handed drumming; referencing Ringo Starr's habit of playing right-handed drum kits despite being left-handed
- when audiences feel that the band is a continuation of the Beatles, as was the case for Klaatu
- a simulacrum of the Beatles' reputed sound that ultimately means nothing; "a copy without an original)"
List of artists
- Musical style and development of the Beatles
- The Beatles' recording technology
- List of the Beatles' instruments
- Jeff Lynne and the Beatles
- Sakamoto, John (1 November 2013). "What do we really mean by 'Beatlesque'?". Toronto Star.
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