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Song Wars

One of my favorite things about YouTube is when I search for a song or music video and end up finding a cover I never knew existed. For example, I had no idea that The Beatles covered Please Mr. Postman.  I wasn’t too surprised, since early Beatles stuff is mostly a derived mish-mash of  Doo-Wop ballads, early Motown, and Rock ‘n Roll. 

Here is the original by The Marvelettes. I want to say the song was written by Smokey Robinson, but I’m not sure.

They bring it, obviously. 

The Beatles’ version is pretty good, but slower and less catchy.  It  just doesn’t hold a candle to the original :

Then I found a second cover by The Carpenters.  Don’t get excited; it sucks.  However, the song’s crappiness is almost redeemed by its bizarre video, which mostly consists of The Carpenters running–groovily!–around Disneyland, and Mickey Mouse himself portraying the postman.  The best part, though, is the brief intrusion of psychedelic mirrors and pinwheels:

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