What If The Beatles Were Irish?

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Posted: 2010 01-16


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What if Songwriters were Funny?

Roy — the Zimmerman who didn’t change his name — is a funny singer-songwriter and an engaging performer.  Before the world went viral, singers like this were often big hits in little towns, but rarely known beyond.

Once U.S. politics hit the internet in 2004, led by Howard Dean — the candidate who “represented the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” — who brought the net to politics no matter what Al Gore says — it was the birth of independent political voicings — well before YouTube, JibJab and “Yes We Can” videos.

And out of this blossoming of creative commentary rose a joyously radical comic from Marin County, just north of San Francisco, the stomping grounds of Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Shel Silverstein, Robin Williams, and home to the heavies and the happenings — Rolling Stone, the be-ins, Bill Graham, and the Grateful Dead.  Cats, of all different stripes, who don’t take no shit, and lay it all out there.  Joplin, Krassner, Crumb & Slick.  San Francisco shit-kickers.  Those are the genres, the genes and the geniuses this old-growth wiz-kid grew from.  

“What If The Beatles Were Irish?” is a parody of the musical world, rather than his regular homefield of the political.  But whatever the subject, this guy has a god-given gift of comedic timing, and sounds like Mitch Hedberg with a guitar.

There aren’t too many songwriters who make you laugh mid-song, and Zimmerman is on that tiny stage that includes Frank Zappa, Roger Miller, Arlo Guthrie, Randy Newman, Steve Goodman, Loudon Wainwright, Jim Stafford, Tom Lehrer and a handful of others.

This song is just plain silly.  (see, also: Beatles Christmas Messages)  But it shows off how he plays with the the world.  I counted a dozen different Beatles classics in this one 3-minute song, but there coulda been more as I was so gobsmacked, hysterical and out of breath before it was over. 

If you like this, you’re highly encouraged to check out his originals.  This is the only song you'll hear him doing others' material — everything else is his own brilliant words and music.  Side effects may include:  Laughing so long your sides hurt and so loud your neighbors come to visit. 


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VERY funny!

Johnny D
in North Carolina

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AWESOME review!!! :-)

I believe he's playing Hamilton soon. Hopefully he'll play Toronto too!


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This is a very fun clip. He is a very creative satirist and capable guitarist.

Big Al in Mass.

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