The Beatles Let It Be... Naked - Released: 17 November 2003

       Get Back Dig A Pony For You Blue The Long And Winding Road Two Of Us I've Got A Feeling One After 909 Don't Let Me Down I Me Mine Across The Universe Let It Be
       
	 File: 30  Score: 4.4  against: +This +is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles.
 We're stealing it back!" - Bono

 To what extent have U2 been influenced by Beatles? Certainly do not
 many songs that sound
       
This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles.
 We're stealing it back!" - Bono

 To what extent have U2 been influenced by the Beatles? Certainly U2
do not
 have many songs that sound much like the Beatles. Yet, the influence
of
 the Beatles, and more specifically John Lennon, is considerable. It
would
 seem that U2 have been more influenced by the Beatles story, or
history as
 a group, than they have been by the Beatles music, or sound. Then
again,
 what band hasn't been effected by the career of the Beatles? For
they
 practically laid out the blueprint on how a successful rock band
operates.
 Perhaps when U2 have made some 'Beatlesque' reference, it has been
done
 more as an hommage or tipping of the hat, than as the result any
direct
 influence. At any rate, here are some of the more subtle, and not so
 subtle references U2 have made to the career of the Beatles, and
John
 Lennon as a solo artist.

* The Beatles filmed themselves playing live on the rooftop of the
Apple
  records building, for the film 'Let It Be'.
# U2 filmed themselves playing live on the rooftop of a Los Angeles
liqueur
  store for the video 'Where The Streets Have No Name'.

* John Lennon posed nude for the cover of his 'Two Virgins' album.
# Adam Clayton posed nude for the cover of U2's 'Achtung Baby'.

* On John Lennon's 'Sometime In New York City' album, there is a song
  entitled 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'.
# On U2's 'War' album there is song entitled 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'.
 
* The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life' features the opening line, "I read
the
  news today, oh boy".
# U2's 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' features the opening line, "I can't
believe
  the news today".
 
* The Beatles promoted the single 'All You Need Is Love' with a
worldwide
  television appearence that included the word 'love' translated into
  various languages appearing on posterboards worn by the studio
audience.
# U2 promoted the single 'One' with a video that included the word
'one' 
  translated into various languages appearing during the video.

* John Lennon's 'I'm Losing You' has a chorus that consists of the
phrase
  "I'm losing you" being repeated twice.
# U2's 'Sweetest Thing' has a chorus that consists of the phase "I'm
losing
  you" being repeated twice.

* John Lennon's album 'Plastic Ono Band', features a song he wrote
  entitled 'God'.
# U2 wrote a sequel to the above song for their 'Rattle And Hum'
album,
  entitling it 'God Part II'.

 Last but not least, are the Beatle/Lennon songs that U2 have been
known
 to cover in concert: Help!, Rain, Helter Skelter, Norwegian Wood and
 Gimme Some Truth.
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