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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I Want The Beatles For Christmas!... and Santa, I Want The Bee Gees Too!

You say goodbye

and I say hello again!

Meg Griffin back with you to 

present part 2 of my tribute

 to the coolest combo ever...


As a bonus, today's post will also feature
another dreamy boy group whose music
I love to dance to any time at all.

First up, The Beatles. I have a personal
message for each of the Fab Four.

John - Help! I need somebody, not just anybody.
Don't let me down. I need you eight days a week!
What are you doing with Yoko? You're going to
lose that girl and get with me. All you need is love,
Johnny... and you've got a ticket to ride into the
sunset with your Meg McMuffin. Tomorrow
never knows but, if my wish is granted, you
and I will come together and tie the knot!
Imagine me as your missus!

Paul - You are my heartthrob, the love of
my life. Every little thing you do - you do for
me, oooh. I've just seen a face and it's yours,
Paul. Those soulful eyes turn me into jello.
Will I wait a lonely lifetime to be your bride?
Will I give you all my loving? If you want
me to, I will. Got to get you into my life,
my baby-face boy toy. We can work it out!
I want to marry you, Paul, like... yesterday!

George - isn't it a pity you and I never met?
I know I'm a dark horse, but I'm sure I can
blow away the competition and win your love.
What is life without you, dearie? Got my mind
set on you. Someday, one day, when you sing
"Something in the way she moves attracts me
like no other lover," I will be the one making
your guitar gently weep and we'll live happily
ever after in our very own crackerbox palace.

Ringo - you're gear, luv, yeah yeah yeah!
Oh my my, I can't act naturally when you
flash that smile. Only you and you alone
can make my little heart beat like a drum.
Hey! baby, it don't come easy, Snokeroo,
and all I've got is a photograph. Now
I want the real thing... my very own
Ringo under the Christmas tree!

Written by Beatle John, the glorious ballad "Because" features three-part vocal harmony by John, Paul and George recorded three times to produce the effect of nine voices. From their 1969 album Abbey Road, here are those Brit boy babes I love so well, The Beatles, performing "Because!"

"Because" - The Beatles
(from fall 1969 album Abbey Road)

Now here are The Beatles with a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the biggest hit for the grunge band Nirvana, a single from Nevermind, the album that first brought alternative rock into the mainstream in the early 90s. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" brushed the top 5 in the U.S. and performed well on music charts all over the world. Listen to this groovy Beatlesque version performed by those super cute Liverpool lads!

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana Cover)
The Beatles (Nirvana single peaked
Jan./Feb. 1992, highest chart pos.
#6, from Sept. 1991 album Nevermind)

What can I tell you about Beatle John? He's in love with me and I feel fine. It wasn't always smooth sailing for John. There was a time when John's fans turned on him and the rest of the Fab Four and burned their Beatles records. It happened after a March 1966 interview in which John was reported to have stated "We're more popular than Jesus now." Turns out John was misquoted, his words misheard. He did not claim that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. In this rare sound bite, John sets the record straight and explains what he actually said.

Misheard words are more common than you might think. There are numerous examples of misheard lyrics in popular songs and the rest of the videos in this post will prove it. In part one you heard "Yes It Is," the B side of "Ticket To Ride." Now it's time for you to listen to that famous A side penned by John, but listen closely and read the captions. For years you were memorizing and singing the wrong words to this classic Beatles chart-topper!

"Ticket To Ride" - The Beatles
(May/June 1965, highest chart pos.
#1, from 1965 album Help!)

Misheard lyrics also abound in the songs of my other favorite boy group The Bee Gees. Take for example three of The Bee Gees' chart-topping singles from the soundtrack of the 1977 musical Saturday Night Fever. Fans simply weren't listening carefully enough and learned the wrong words. Here they are, the Brothers Gibb, with the first of those misunderstood songs, the ballad "How Deep Is Your Love." Take it away, Bee Gees!

"How Deep Is Your Love" - The Bee Gees
(Nov./Dec. 1977, highest chart pos. #1, from
OST of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever)

For decades millions of people thought The Bee Gees were singing "Night Fever" when the correct name of the song is "Nice Beaver." Folks, if you can't even get the title right, something's wrong!

"Night Fever" ("Nice Beaver") The Bee Gees
(Mar./Apr. 1978, highest chart pos. #1, from
OST of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever)

And finally here is another mega-hit from Saturday Night Fever, "Stayin' Alive" presented here for the first time with captioning that reveals the official song lyrics. What are you waiting for? You should be dancing!

"Stayin' Alive" ("Stainalight") - The Bee Gees
(Feb. 1978, highest chart pos. #1, from
OST of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever)

I'm smitten, a confirmed


...and those groovy Gibbs

give me goose bumps and

Saturday Night Fever 

all day every day!

Please please me, Santa.

I want

The Beatles

for Christmas,

and The Bee Gees too!

(All vocals and impressions in this post
were performed by the English comedian,
impressionist and musician Stevie Riks.)


  1. Nice beaver! Whoever those guys are in the video, they are having way too much fun.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy!

      "Those guys" are all one person - British comedian and impressionist Stevie Riks. Riks portrays all four Beatles and all three of the Bee Gees. He records himself doing each band member separately and then edits them together to simulate a group performance. He does an amazing job of it.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Alex!

  2. Tom,

    Well... I did not go off scouting YouTube for Stevie Riks per your request to hold off and I'm that I didn't because these are absolutely rib breakers! Oh good heavens, did you have me laughing with these misheard lyrics. I'm glad the vids had the words so I could more easily follow because my brain kept trying to sing the "real" lyrics. Excellent, excellent fun! Thanks for the giggles. Stevie sure impersonates both the Beatles and the Bee Gees with spot-on facial expressions. His costumes and wigs are great, too. What a great post!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for dropping by to experience more of the antics of English comic and impersonator Stevie Riks. The instant the "Bee Gees" pop on the screen I start laughing, and the "correct" lyrics to those familiar disco classics are indeed hysterical. As you can tell Riks has a wicked sense of humor and he doesn't hesitate to exercise it.

      I also thought Riks did a fine job on "Because" by The Beatles, and that news conference with John Lennon explaining to reporters his remark that the Beatles are "more popular than cheeses" was spot on. :)

      I'm so glad you had a good time playing what I consider to be the best of Stevie Riks presented by Meg Griffin in this week's post and last week's. Thanks again for being here, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your day and week!

    2. Tom,

      I think I mentioned on my blog in a response to you that I put a backlink in Friay's post to this because it's so darn funny and is an excellent addition to my Friday Sillies fun. Thanks again for the introduction of Riks!

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      That is very kind and thoughtful of you, dear friend. I always appreciate it when a friend directs traffic to my little corner of the blog world.

      I also want to thank you again for the sweet e-card you sent. It brought tears to my eyes and made me long for those happy Christmas seasons of my youth up in snowy Pennsylvania.

      Have a wonderful day, dear friend Cathy!

    4. Tom,

      I'm happy to point others to well deserved posts such as yours. I hope some of my readers popped in. You're quite welcome for the e-card. When I spotted the card I sent I sorta felt like it would resonate with your boyhood memories and had to share it with you this Christmas season. I'm glad it meant so much to you. Have a joyfully blessed week, my friend!

    5. Hi, Cathy!

      Your card certainly did mean a lot to me. It transported me back to those simpler, happier holiday seasons of my childhood when I spent my days and nights sledding near my house and never wanted to quit and go inside.

      Thank you again for your kindness, dear friend Cathy!

  3. How entertaining, Shady! I'm with Meg... I'll take the BeeGees along with the Beatles any day of the week. I enjoyed her personal messages to each of the Fab Four. As a teen, I was all about Paul, but once I got older I decided that Ringo was my favorite. (Mr. Conductor... along with George Carlin!)

    There are some songs I STILL hear the lyrics wrong to, despite knowing better!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks for coming back for part 2 of Meg's salute to her favorite British boy bands - The Beatles and The Bee Gees.

      It makes me happy to entertain and amuse you, dear friend. I'm pleased that you carefully read Meg's personal messages to the Mop-Tops, penned in hopes of marrying all four of the Fabs someday. I'd say her chances are slim at this point but, given her adoration of these English long hairs, she just might convince Stevie Riks to marry her. :)

      It doesn't surprise me that you, like Meg, were smitten by Beatle Paul in particular and later by Ringo. When I was a teenager the girls all loved Paul and Ringo and the boys loved John and George. I was a big fan of George Carlin, too - a great humorist and story teller like Ringo.

      It's a good thing you saw this post today and found out that John was saying "cheeses" in that interview and the Bee Gees were singing "Nice Beaver" and "Stainalight." :)

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. Hahaha! That's the only way I can start this! It is so cool, Shady! If anyone needed an beginning of the week pick-me-up, this is the ticket!

    I love the BeeGees and Beatles, and Meg did a good job with her personal messages to the Beatles!

    Wow, the Beatles cover of the Nirvana song was great! I didn't follow Nirvana diligently, but I recognize that song. And, Ringo was so hilarious! He made me think of Animal, of the Muppets, lol!

    I wasn't expecting so much fun with the BeeGees, but they cracked me up from the get go-their teeth was too much, haha! I just totally loved all of their videos! "Stainalight". What a title.

    I think Stevie did a good job on "Because", but it was kind of creepy, in a funny way!

    All I can say is Thank You so Much for the upbeat post, Meg! She really knows how to pick them!

    Hope you are doing well Shady! It's a cool 49 degrees in my city, and I'm loving it! I've been very busy trying to get ready for Christmas and just "stainalight", lol! Have a great week, my friend! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Welcome welcome welcome, dear friend! Thank you very much for coming over to experience part 2 of Meg's tribute to her favorite mop-tops. I'm excited to know these bogus Beatles and Bee Gees performances cracked you up. They certainly made me laugh out loud, especially those toothy Bee Gees and the new and "improved" versions of their songs from the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever (or maybe it's Saturday Night Beaver :) .

      I wonder how well Stevie Riks could impersonate Stevie Nicks. :)

      49 degrees sounds delightful to me, Suzanne. It was 80 degrees or more here again today and we still run the a/c most days of the week. Please send a cool front our way a.s.a.p.

      Thanks again for joining the fun this week, dear friend Suzanne. I really appreciate your excellent comment. I hope all is well with you and Scootie and that you will enjoy the rest of your week.

      God bless!

  5. I was sitting here laughing my head off and Jack came upstairs to see what was going that sounds like the beginning of a song! Anyway all I could do was sit here and shake my head and wonder how in the world you come up with this stuff?! Love it! I needed a good laugh today and the music was good no matter what the lyrics! Have a great rest of your week dear're the bomb! P.S...I'm still laughing!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for dropping in for some laughs as Meg G. presents part 2 of her salute to The Beatles with special guests The Brothers Gibb. I'm happy to know those misheard lyrics vids tickled your funny bone. I too laugh out loud all the way thru them, even after watching them several times. That Stevie is a hoot!

      Laughter is the best medicine, I believe, and it makes me very happy to know I gave you a case of the giggles.

      Thanks again for being here, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. I’m baaack:) I have been and am busy with visitors, mom, Christmas stuff etc... now this guy is brilliant! It is funny and he really knows how to do this so well. This is very funny

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Welcome back, dear friend! I'm pleased to see you and I thank you for visiting SDMM.

      Yessum, until a few weeks ago I had never heard of Stevie Riks, although, from what I read, he has been quite popular in the UK for years now. He's a talented comic impressionist and a dern good singer and musician in his own right. Stevie's got a twisted sense of humor and that's what attracted me to his channel.

      Thanks again for being a good friend, dear BB. Take care and please come back next week when I take you to the annual office Christmas party of a cast of characters I know you will recognize. See you then!

  7. Hilarious. My favorite moment was when Al Bundy suddenly popped up in "Ticket to Ride". Second favorite was the miniature Jesus walking behind John on the Abby Road cover.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Question: How deep is your rug? I really need to learn. :)

      Thanks for dropping back in, good buddy, to sample the craziness of British comic genius/musician Stevie Riks disguised as The Beatles and Bee Gees.

      Thanks for sharing your favorite moments from the wacky videos, Kirk. I too cracked up when Al Bundy popped up on the screen, and the toothy, bug eyed Gibb brothers bring on the laughs even before they start to sing. I also thought the John Lennon press conference was brilliant. Who knew he was actually comparing the Beatles to cheeses? :)

      I played "Ticket To Ride" backward and I could clearly make out the words "The walrus was Paul." :)

      Thanks again for joining the fun, good buddy Kirk. I'll see you next week at the annual Xmas party of a TV cast I know you'll recognize.

      See you then!

  8. I do not know how you do this ?
    So clever and so funny ! You really know how to use your computer.
    Yea Yea Yea Shady !

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston!

      Thanks for coming all this way from Arizona, dear friend! I'm happy to know you enjoyed the goofy humor of English comedian, impressionist, singer and musician Stevie Riks back with even more insanity in part 2, this time with a classic portrayal of the Brothers Gibb.

      Your compliment means a lot to me, Gayle. I love to entertain faithful friends like you. Thank you again for being here this week. I hope to find you around the punch bowl next week as one of your favorite TV casts host their annual Christmas party right here on SDMM. Bring Winston along! See you then, dear friend!

  9. Lol! I needed these laughs for sure! And you definitely delivered. So damn funny!
    I'm blown away by Stevie Riks (and I've also wondered: is that his real name? Knowing his schtick, I could imagine him using a stage name as a take on Stevie Nicks).
    He does the Beatles so well. I really enjoyed his cover of "Because" -- nice way to harmonize!

    And Meg's letters to the Fab Four boys: perfect incorporation of their song titles in her messaging! Way to go Shady!

    The Bee Gees cracked me up. As soon as I saw those big teeth I thought "Oh No he didn't!" Hilarious! I've always been a fan of the Bee Gees music and it was great fun to read the "misheard" lyrics.

    I'm so glad I made a pit-stop at the computer on my way back to bed with more ice packs. I've been living with multiple ice packs for days: I took a fall on Monday morning and messed up my shoulder, my foot and my upper back, so now in addition to the heating pad for my low back issues, I am lying around with an ice pack on my shoulder, one on my upper back and one on my foot. What a mess! At least the x-rays showed no fractures and the doc thinks I have bone bruising and damaged muscle but no cracks! He said he couldn't tell if there are any tissue or rotator cuff tears unless we did an MRI but told me to wait at least 10 days to see if I start feeling better before spending all that money on an MRI. The pain is starting to let up a bit and hopefully I should be able to start driving again next week. Arrgh.
    Anyway, I sure did appreciate this laughter here with your post. Perfect timing my friend!

    And now I have to get back to bed before the heating pad cools and the ice packs melt! Talk soon...

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming over for Meg (and Stevie's) part 2 featuring The Beatles and bonus bogus act The Bee Gees.

      Golly, I am very happy to see you but very sad to learn that you took a tumble and have been laid up. Thank goodness the x-rays didn't detect any fractures and your pain is starting to subside. I hope you continue to feel better hour by hour, dear friend.

      Laughter is a great healer and I am very happy to know this post helped in that regard. Wiki doesn't provide any other name for English crazy man Stevie Riks, and so it must be his real name and its similarity to Stevie Nicks coincidental and not a stage name gimmick. I'm glad you appreciated Riks's cover of "Because" BECAUSE I think it's great, too.

      Truth be told, I was going to incorporate the Ringo Starr cover of rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette's "You're Sixteen" into Meg's personalized message to the Beatles' drummer. However, I decided to scrap that song when it turned up in the news the other day in the heated debate over sexual abuse allegations against Roy Moore.

      Aren't those three Bee Gees covers hysterical? I start laughing the moment Riks' characterizations of the Gibb brothers pop on the screen, and it is nonstop laughter from that point on. You're right. Those twisted, sometimes naughty lyrics have you thinking to yourself "he wouldn't... he couldn't... he shouldn't... he didn't... he DID!"

      Please get well, dear friend. I care about you and it makes me sad to know you took a spill, especially now during the Christmas season. Please email me and let me know how you are doing and what the doctor says. I'll be thinking about you. Thanks again for coming over, dear Michele, and try to have a good day and weekend!

  10. Your letter to the Beatles was hysterical and downright clever. Such talent. You should be writing lyrics, or maybe in your vast career, you did.

    I 'm still holding on to the B Gees's Night Fever. I simply can't go for the alternative. :-)

    I'm late in getting around to my favorite blogs this week and maybe in the future. I have some family issues to tidy up (inshallah). Thinking of you and your family this holiday season.

    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      I'm happy to see you, dear friend. Thanks for coming over for part 2 of Meg's mop-top madness, this time with special guests the bogus Bee Gees.

      I'm pleased to learn that you enjoyed the letters to the Beatles composed by starstruck teenager Meg Griffin. I wish I could take credit for their cleverness but it was all her. :)

      I'm glad wild man Stevie Riks' versions of Bee Gees hits tickled your funny bone.

      I wish you success in handling family matters and I very much appreciate your visits, Cheryl. Happy holidays to you and yours, dear friend!

  11. Hi Shady!

    This was so much fun! Good start to a day when I prepare to install exterior siding for the first time ;-)

    Thanks for the smiles and have a terrific weekend!

    1. Hi, diedre!

      Thank you very much for swinging by to experience Meg Griffin's salute to her favorite British boy bands with the actual music provided by English musician, funnyman and impressionist Stevie Riks.

      I'm happy to know this post was more fun than installing exterior siding. :) I am always happy to put a smile on your face, dear friend diedre. Your visits always put a smile on mine. Enjoy the rest of your week and please come back and see me again soon!

  12. Hi Shady!

    WOW! Their cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is great! I'm not a big Beatles fan, but I loved it. I also loved "Because."

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face. :) Enjoy your weekend, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming over on your weekend, dear friend!

      "Their" cover is actually "his" cover, because all of the performers in these videos are the same person - English comic, impressionist, singer and musician Stevie Riks. Stevie seems to have many people fooled with his brilliant impostor covers. He does a killer Nirvana, doesn't he? I also liked his rendition of "Because" - very authentic!

      I'm happy to put a smile on your face, dear friend JM. Thanks again for joining the party!


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