The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles

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"The Beatles play The Residents and The Residents play The Beatles"
Single by The Residents
A-side "Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Life"
B-side "Flying"
Released 1977
Format 7"
Genre Experimental music
Label Ralph Records
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney, Harrison, Roy Lee Johnson, The Residents
The Residents singles chronology
Satisfaction (1976) The Beatles play The Residents and The Residents play The Beatles (1977) Santa Dog '78 (1978)

"The Beatles Play the Residents and the Residents Play the Beatles" is a 1977 single by the Residents. The A-side, "Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life", is an audio collage of recordings by the Beatles and John Lennon, with a looped clip from the Beatles' third Christmas record, in which Paul McCartney says "Please everybody, if we haven't done what we could have done, we've tried."[1]

The B-side, "Flying", is a cover of the Beatles song, selected because it (along with "Dig It") is one of the few songs to be credited to all four Beatles. At one point, one of the Residents quotes the clip from the McCartney interview used on the A-side and laughs maniacally.

The single, particularly the B-side, reflects the Residents' boredom with pop music and their tendency to perform deconstructionist covers, perhaps shown most notably on their album The Third Reich 'n Roll.

It was originally released as a 7" single that was limited and numbered to 500 copies, with three different hand-screened sleeves.[2]

Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life[edit]

This track is a collage of recordings by the Beatles, plus one song by John Lennon. In addition to the snippet of dialogue from the Christmas record, the track contains the following songs: