A Beatle-esque “Happy Xmas”

No, the Beatles did not perform “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” But this video by a French Beatles tribute band, the Rabeats, gives one an idea of what the song would have been like as a Beatles song.

I like the idea of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” but two things about the song bug me.

First, it’s lazy; John took an old English folk song, “Stewball,” and wrote lyrics to mostly fit the melody.

And second, I don’t really like the performance. Some of the outtakes are better, and Yoko’s backing vocals really grate on me. I tend to like covers of “Happy Xmas” more than I like John and Yoko’s version. And this Beatle-esque version by the Rabeats, a French Beatles tribute band, is a particular favorite.

Unforunately, I could not remember for the life of me who recorded it. “The Rutbeats,” I thought, but that was wrong. I was in the ballpark, though, and with a little searching on YouTube I found it. The voices are a little broad, the accents aren’t quite right, but it’s done well enough that I forgive that.

Happy Xmas.

Published by Allyn Gibson

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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