In a GOOGLE search on the topic of “Beatles clones”, I came across this group.Â According to Wikipedia:
The Buggs were a short-lived pop band of the mid-1960s which attempted to cash in on The Beatles craze.
The Buggs only album, “The Beetle Beat”, consisted of covers of Beatles songs (I Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You) with quickly-written dance-title originals (Big Ben Hop, Soho Mash, Liverpool Drag, Teddy Boy Stomp, Mersey Mercy) which displayed an almost preternatural cluelessness of what The Beatles were actually about.
Although the album cover was emblazoned with the legend “The original Liverpool sound”, The Buggs actually hailed from Omaha, Nebraska, and the album was recorded at Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A later re-release (or pirating) of the album was titled “Meet The Buggs” and featured the band in an exact simulacrum of The Beatles’ pose on the cover of “Meet The Beatles” (the then-current American title for the album now called “With The Beatles”).
So they hailed from Omaha, Nebraska, in the mid 60’s and had larceny in their hearts–these are my kind of guys!!Â And here’s the other thing–they sounded pretty darn good (see below).
So…does anyone recognize these fellows?Â I have an email out there to an eBay seller who has the actual LP and am trying to get the names of the members.Â I’d think they would have to be 65- or 70-ish in age now.
Dear The Buggs:Â Please contact me–I want to get together.Â The beers are on me!Â Â Beatles Forever!!
Some of their music:
I Want to Hold Your Hand
London Town Swing
She Loves You
Big Ben Hop
Teddy Boy Stomp