At a time when live music remains a hopeful dream, we’re forced to find new ways of landing our music fix.
Given the fact that countless music fans around the world are forced to stay home amid strict social distancing measures, Far Out Magazine is scouring the archives to deliver a new gem to help bring a moment of light entertainment to your lockdown period.
Here, we turn to the Modfathers themselves with a rousing rendition of The Beatles song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’.
Paul Weller, the definitive band leader of The Jam, has made no secret of his undying love for The Beatles and, on the mod band’s fifth studio album Sound Affects, he did his best to make his admiration well known. “I like all those 60s groups like the Who, Small Faces, the Kinks and the Stones, but the biggest influence has to be the Beatles,” Weller once said in an interview with The Guardian. “As a small kid, they were the first group to make me sit up and take notice of their songs. I guess I really started to check them out in ’63 or ’64. I was six years old. Their music had always been on around the house, but that was the first time I got to know all their names.”
Weller added: “I became a total Beatles fanatic. I loved everything about them — their clothes, their music and, when I was a little older, their attitude. I wanted to know all of John’s thoughts — on religion, politics, pop culture, young people, whatever. The first time I saw them was on TV at a Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium. I think it was 1964 and they were still moptops. Four suited and booted boys. I preferred their look from ’66 onwards though. It was brilliant I can’t explain why — it just struck a chord with me. I instinctively knew it was right.
“I still listen to The Beatles all the time. I still listen to all my influences. I guess whatever you first connect with will always mean something special.”
The Beatles influence on Weller was evident, perhaps more than ever, when The Jam completed Sound Affects. The album’s number one single, ‘Start!’, set about paying tribute to the Fab Four almost instantly. The track, whose foundations is built around exact copy of the bassline and a guitar solo from the Beatles song ‘Taxman’.
Taking things a step further, The Jam included a cover of Beatles song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ as a B-side demo which later featured on a second CD release. The original song, released on 1966 album Revolver, was written predominantly by John Lennon but, much like the majority of the Beatles material, is officially credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership.
Stream both versions, below.