What if the Beatles never broke up?
What if you could travel to parallel worlds? The same year, the same Earth, only different dimensions.
Quinn Mallory, Sliders.
Millions have wondered what the world of music would be like if The Beatles had never broken up. If you believe James Richards, then we have a first hand account of what that world would be like.
The “Paul is Dead” meme meets Sliders.
You remember Sliders, don’t you?
Well, admittedly, it is somewhat forgettable (thanks to the cement heads at Fox).
Sliders was a science fiction television series in the mid 1990’s about a graduate student in Physics who creates/discovers the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen bridge (A.K.A. Wormhole) to parallel universes.
This is very much like what happened to James Richards, albeit accidentally. Richards isn’t a graduate student in physics, and he’s never built a bridge but he claims to have crossed a special one.
Richards claims to have fallen while chasing after his dog, and to have been knocked unconscious by a hit to his head.
Upon waking, he realized that he was now in an alternate universe.
(Incidentally, here’s a great primer on the Paul is Dead rumor)
Tale of the tape
On Sept. 9, 2009 I experienced something that I still am having trouble believing happened to me.
I came into the possession of a cassette tape containing a Beatles album that was never released.
This is from Richards’ web site, The Beatles Never Broke Up…. You can read the whole sordid tale there. (and what a tale it is!)
He spins a yarn about futuristic technology, alternate culture and history but in the end it’s the tape that matters.
Songs from (Everyday Chemistry)
You see, Richards makes off with a copy of a cassette tape titled, Everyday Chemistry, which is a compilation of Beatles songs that were old by the standards of the parallel Earth but never made at all in our universe.
Here are some of those tracks.
Days Like These
Over The Ocean
Sick to Death
Talking to myself
Ultimate Beatles mashups.
In case you haven’t figured this out yet, the whole thing is a very clever back story to some of the best Beatles mashups ever made.
Of course James Richards never crossed into a parallel universe, it’s just innocent fiction – but great fiction to this Beatles fan.
Here’s a break down of this ultimate Beatles mashup, song by song.
Note: These are songs from the solo careers of each of the individual Beatles, but I think it illustrates how they well their individual sounds would still merge, had they never broken up.
This is a mashup of Lennon’s I’m losing you, Harrison’s When we Was Fab, and McCartney’s
Band on the Run
Jenn consists of Ringo’s Hard Times, George’s
Teardrops and Paul’s Jet.
Days Like These is Harrison’s Soft Hearted Hannah and Lennon’s Nobody Told me.
Over The Ocean :
You are here (Lennon)
Back Off Boogaloo (Ringo)
I Dig Love (Harrison)
Sick to Death :
Ringo’s All By Myself
George’s The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.
Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth
Lennon: One day (at a time)
Ringo: Monkey See-Monkey Do
Talking to myself
I’m Losing You: Lennon
Stuck Inside A Cloud: Harrison
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey: McCartney
In the end, these mashups are done so well that it almost seems believable that The Beatles never broke up.