Dark Beatles Covers
May 13, 2010 10:58 PM   Subscribe

Help me find interesting, dark Beatles covers.

I'm looking for good Beatles covers done in goth style (I'm thinking VNV Nation, Apoptygma Berzerk here). I'd be happy with any that are somewhat dark in nature, though.

Bonus points for Norwegian Wood.
posted by nat to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

Johnny Cash, as he often does, puts a worn cast on In My Life, and it makes you think of the end of his life.
posted by ignignokt at 11:28 PM on May 13, 2010

My definition of goth differs from yours, but Siouxsie and the Banshees covered Helter Skelter and Dear Prudence.
posted by kidbritish at 11:43 PM on May 13, 2010 [4 favorites]

Laibach's 'Let it be' album.
posted by crenquis at 12:53 AM on May 14, 2010

Best answer: Maybe you'd like this mashup. NSFW
posted by Not Supplied at 4:27 AM on May 14, 2010

Not quite goth, but the Pixies' cover of Wild Honey Pie is on their BBC sessions album.
posted by permafrost at 4:33 AM on May 14, 2010

There's a Nick Cave cover of "Let It Be" on the "I Am Sam" soundtrack.
posted by padraigin at 4:38 AM on May 14, 2010

Best answer: Not strictly a cover: The Residents, Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life.
posted by D.C. at 4:56 AM on May 14, 2010

Spooky Tooth did a pretty dark rendition of I Am the Walrus back in 1970.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:03 AM on May 14, 2010

Best answer: Not quite goth, not quite The Beatles, A Perfect Circle cover Imagine.
posted by Kattullus at 5:08 AM on May 14, 2010

They are not goth, but Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush's cover of Norwegian Wood has a definite haunting quality to it.
posted by TedW at 5:31 AM on May 14, 2010

Sonic Youth - Within You Without You

Cornershop - Norwegian Wood --doesn't really fit your criteria, but you might like it anyway
posted by hydrophonic at 5:36 AM on May 14, 2010

You may like The Breeders' cover of Happiness is a Warm Gun.
posted by juniperesque at 6:26 AM on May 14, 2010

Best answer: Check out Beatallica. They combine Beatles and Metallica songs.

Also, Soundgarden did a cover of Come Together.
posted by exolstice at 6:46 AM on May 14, 2010

Not quite goth but dark is Breeders' "Happiness is a Warm Gun." Seconding Laibach's Let It Be.
posted by vincele at 6:58 AM on May 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Carpenters cover of "Ticket To Ride" makes that song more dark to me. She really is going to be sad.
posted by dr. fresh at 7:04 AM on May 14, 2010

I have to throw in Replicants' cover of Wings' Silly Love Songs as an honorable mention.
posted by usonian at 7:15 AM on May 14, 2010

Not quite goth or a cover, but the Twilight Singers quote the Beatles in their song "Forty Dollars." It happens at 2:33.
posted by puritycontrol at 8:37 AM on May 14, 2010

Best answer: The Cowboy Junkies' cover of Run for Your Life on Razor and Tie's Rubber Soul tribute is definitely dark, not quite goth, but creepy.
posted by clavicle at 11:09 AM on May 14, 2010

Best answer: Godhead - Eleanor Rigby.
posted by extraheavymarcellus at 11:38 AM on May 14, 2010

Best answer: I've always liked this Norwegian Wood by the Fiery Furnaces. It's kinda creeeepy.
posted by synthedelic at 9:58 PM on May 14, 2010

Check out Eric McFadden Trio's cover of "Dear Prudence"
posted by polymath at 8:08 AM on May 16, 2010

Response by poster: Wow. This is a fabulous set of songs. Lots of "not quite what you said" but each and every one of those is exactly what I was thinking of, anyhow. Nick Cave, Johnny Cash--- are you people living in my head? The mashups are lots of fun too! Thanks, hivemind!
posted by nat at 11:10 PM on May 18, 2010

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