When They Was Fab: Electric Arguments About the Beatles
2020.22 Kansas City (Spectral Stereo - Star Club) — Kit O’Toole, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Mark Lewisohn

2020.22 Kansas City (Spectral Stereo - Star Club) — Kit O’Toole, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Mark Lewisohn

June 1, 2020

Dr. Kit O'Toole returns for a look at (part 1 of) the ABC airing of "The Beatles Anthology" from November 19, 1995. The promos promised us "The Television event of our lifetime". Did it deliver then? How does it look now? Does it still hold up? How does the TV version compare to the extended DVD edition, the various outtakes and bootlegs we've heard in the interim? Kit joins Lonnie and myself for a discussion looking at how "The Long and Winding Road" evolved into the Beatles telling their own story, and we start in on part one from that Sunday night.

 

2020.21 If I Fell (Isolated Vocal) — Darin P. Murphy, Joey Curatolo, Micky Dolenz, The Beatles, Trish and Darin, Skyrocket!

2020.21 If I Fell (Isolated Vocal) — Darin P. Murphy, Joey Curatolo, Micky Dolenz, The Beatles, Trish and Darin, Skyrocket!

May 25, 2020

Darin P. Murphy (Skyrocket) and Joey Curatolo (Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles) join us for a mostly musical holiday edition of "When They Was Fab."    We continue our discussion on the "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today" White Album tribute tour from last year before moving on to other Beatles and McCartney-related topics.     Along the way, since the pair cannot harmonize together, each plays some Lennon/McCartney/Beatles tunes, delivering their greatest vocal punches!

2020.20 I Will/Julia (50 years ago…) — Darin P. Murphy, Joey Curatolo, Jason Scheff, Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland

2020.20 I Will/Julia (50 years ago…) — Darin P. Murphy, Joey Curatolo, Jason Scheff, Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland

May 18, 2020

Show one of two with Joey Curatolo (Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles) and friend of the show Darin P. Murphy (Skyrocket) as they guest to help us look back at their shared 2019.   In the fall and winter, the duo spent the majority of three months on the road with Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross and friends as they toured the country celebrating the Beatles White album (as well as playing some of their own "songs you know and love").      Lonnie Pena is back for awhile as well.

2020.19 Paperback Writer (Candlestick) — Chuck Gunderson, The Beatles, George Harrison, Buddy McGregor, Dave Schwensen, Sounds Incorporated, Cannibal and the Headhunters

2020.19 Paperback Writer (Candlestick) — Chuck Gunderson, The Beatles, George Harrison, Buddy McGregor, Dave Schwensen, Sounds Incorporated, Cannibal and the Headhunters

May 11, 2020

Chuck Gunderson returns for part two of the WTWF look at the Beatles tours of North America.     This week:   1965.    More than just Shea!      Were there foldback speakers in Atlanta?     Was Brian injured during the melee as the Beatles arrived at Houston's Hobby Airport (at 2AM!).    What happened when the Beach Boys met the Beatles in Portland.    All this and stories of 1966 as well!

2020.18 Roll Over Beethoven (Indianapolis) — Chuck Gunderson, The Beatles, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Charlie O. Finley

2020.18 Roll Over Beethoven (Indianapolis) — Chuck Gunderson, The Beatles, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Charlie O. Finley

May 4, 2020

Chuck Gunderson (Some Fun Tonight) joins the show over two weeks for a look at the Beatles tours of North America.     This week: 1964.       We briefly revisit Ron Howard's "Eight Days a Week", and the first US visit before the main attraction:  August-September 1964.      Unlike a modern tour, Brian scheduled 32 shows in 26 venues in 24 cities over just 33 days, with long plane rides the norm rather than the exception.

2020.17 You Can’t Do That (Montreal) — Piers Hemmingsen, The Beatles, John Lennon, Les Atomes

2020.17 You Can’t Do That (Montreal) — Piers Hemmingsen, The Beatles, John Lennon, Les Atomes

April 27, 2020

Part two of the WTWF look at the Beatles in Canada.     Piers Hemmingsen (http://thebeatlesincanada.com/) returns to discuss the Beatles experience North of the Border.     Brian and the Beatles held some fondness for Canada.    Paul met the real Sgt. Randall Pepper in Canada and obtained the "Ontario Provincial Police" badge there.    The country served as testing grounds for the preparations of rolling out "A Hard Day's Night" and eventually the "Let It Be" box (not released in the USA) closed out the Canadian "Capitol 6000" series.

2020.16 From Me To You (Pops and Lenny) — Piers Hemmingsen, The Beatles, Del Shannon, Trudy Medcalf

2020.16 From Me To You (Pops and Lenny) — Piers Hemmingsen, The Beatles, Del Shannon, Trudy Medcalf

April 20, 2020

Piers Hemmingsen (The Beatles in Canada) joins the show this week as we discuss the first year of the Beatles in Canada.     "Love Me Do" was played on the radio in "The Great White North" a mere eight weeks after the Parlophone single first appeared.    We move through those first three singles, the rise of "She Loves You", and Beatlemania breaking in Canada just as Capitol of Los Angeles caught on to "I Want To Hold Your Hand".

2020.15 I’m Losing You (Earl Slick) — Andy Nicholes, Earl Slick, Mark Hudson, Cheap Trick, Tony Levin, Darin P. Murphy, David Rice

2020.15 I’m Losing You (Earl Slick) — Andy Nicholes, Earl Slick, Mark Hudson, Cheap Trick, Tony Levin, Darin P. Murphy, David Rice

April 13, 2020

More on John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the sessions that became "Double Fantasy" and "Milk and Honey".    This week, we continue our look at the musicians that played on those sessions and consider the possibilities of how live versions of these tracks might have sounded.

2020.14 Starting Over (Stripped) — Andy Nicholes, John Lennon, Jack Douglas, Tony Levin

2020.14 Starting Over (Stripped) — Andy Nicholes, John Lennon, Jack Douglas, Tony Levin

April 6, 2020

Andy Nicholes (2Legs: A Paul McCartney Podcast) joins the show this week and next as we look at the making of Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey.   This week, we cover John's fascination with sailing, the adventure of his trip to Bermuda, and the recruitment of Jack Douglas into the fold.     We continue with a look at the "holy grail" videos for "I'm Movin' On" and "I'm Losing You", then close with a look at Hugh McCracken.    

2020.13 Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1) — Antony Rotunno, Kit O’Toole, The Beatles, Oasis. Joe Orton, John Lennon, Conan O’Brien

2020.13 Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1) — Antony Rotunno, Kit O’Toole, The Beatles, Oasis. Joe Orton, John Lennon, Conan O’Brien

March 30, 2020

Part two of the WTWF look at Beatles film projects, both real and imaginary.    Queen of all Beatles media Kit O'Toole and Antony Rotunno return as we travel through "Shades of a Personality", "Up Against It", "Lord of the Rings" and "Herman's Head" (one of these things is not like the others...).     We close with some of our own thoughts what might have made a good third film for the Fab Four given their interests and acting abilities.