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March 5, 2007

The Listening Room submission: “Here” – Adrian Belew

Filed under: Music,Reviews,The Listening Room submissions — Tom @ 9:33 pm

This week’s Listening Room submission, with further entries and discussion here:

“I See You” from Here by Adrian Belew

A coworker of mine has a band that has set out with a specific goal: to avoid the influence of the Beatles. Obviously, he can’t be the first musician to attempt such a thing, but it’s a noble effort. I just wonder if it really matters.

It doesn’t matter to my daughter, that’s for sure. Driving along one day, with Adrian Belew’s 1994 masterpiece, Here playing, I looked in mirror to find her gently swaying to this oh-so-Beatlesesque tune. In her big car seat, she rocked from side to side while gazing out the rear windows to the sound of Adrian and his spot-on Lennon imitation.

So, no, I’m not convinced it matters if a band is obviously copping from the Beatles – and, in fact, sometimes the world just needs more of that.

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