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The Beatles &...

...a German band?

So what is this connection between the Beatles and a German band? Well, I'm sure I could find tons more connections to other bands, not just in Germany, but I've decided to take a closer look at this particular connection because they were a little-known band outside the German-speaking world, yet really quite talented.
First of all, here's a little run-through as to the lineup, prior to their disbanding:

So what is this connection between the Beatles and a German band? Well, I'm sure I could find tons more connections to other bands, not just in Germany, but I've decided to take a closer look at this particular connection because they were a little-known band outside the German-speaking world, they were really talented and are still one of my favorite bands. :)  In fact, even before I botched together this Beatles fansite, I had a little Echt fansite... But I digress.
First of all, here's a little run-through as to the lineup, prior to their disbanding (hmmm, what is it with me and liking disbanded groups?):

German rock band Echt

From left to right:
Kai Fischer, lead guitar
Andreas Puffpaff, bass
Gunnar Astrup, keyboards
Kim Alexander Frank, lead singer
Florian "Flo" Sump, drums
 
And now on to the connections...

Connection #1
After having formed in school when they were around 11 years old in 1991, the band played many a cover version of Beatles songs.
 
Connection #2
Q: If you could meet and have a conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would that be?
A (Kai, lead guitarist): John Lennon.
 
Connection #3
For a photo session of a different kind, the band Echt dressed up as Elvis and The Beatles. Why?
In 1965, the Beatles and Elvis met in L.A. - but there were no pictures taken at the event. So when Klaus Voormann decided he wanted to draw this meeting, he needed a photo as a basis for the work. When he asked Echt if they wanted to model for this photo, they readily agreed. Here's the result, which has apparently been turned into a drawing...

Echt as...

Connection #4
This was taken while two of the band members where shopping around second-hand clothes stores in Hamburg, in search of Beatles style outfits for the photo session, in March 1999. This picture (below) shows Kai, the lead guitarist.
 

Kai (Echt)

This picture (below) shows Gunnar, keyboardist, waiting to have the photos taken, having a good look at the Beatles album 'Let It Be'.

Echt (Gunnar)

Connection #5
When the drummer and lead guitarist of the band were asked to write a bit about their four favorite albums, one of the ones they chose was the 'White Album'. Here's what they had to say about it:
"The Beatles. The Fab Four. Without them, nothing would be the way it is. Forget Elvis. George Clinton, was he really covered that often? Forget them. In Germany alone one Beatles song is used to steal together a couple thousand 'new' songs. There is no second opinion about their importance, and if there is, one of them is wrong. Although all the Beatles' albums are good, we chose the 'White Album', because it has classic songs as well was experimentation."
 
Connection #6
After one particular concert in Hamburg, the music being played during the after-show party was... the Beatles' 1 album.
 
Connection #7'
The lead singer, Kim, names his number one favorite song as "The Long and Winding Road" and his favorite Beatles album as "Let It Be".

Connection #5
When the drummer and lead guitarist of the band were asked to write a bit about their four favorite albums, one of the ones they chose was the 'White Album'. Here's what they had to say about it:
"The Beatles. The Fab Four. Without them, nothing would be the way it is. Forget Elvis. George Clinton, was he really covered that often? Forget them. In Germany alone one Beatles song is used to steal together a couple thousand 'new' songs. There is no second opinion about their importance, and if there is, one of them is wrong. Although all the Beatles' albums are good, we chose the 'White Album', because it has classic songs as well was experimentation."
 
Connection #6
After one particular concert in Hamburg, the music being played during the after-show party was... the Beatles' 1 album.
 
Connection #7
The lead singer, Kim, names his number one favorite song as "The Long and Winding Road" and his favorite Beatles album as "Let It Be".
(Plug plug plug - have a look at his MySpace site, you can have a look and listen at his first solo single release, "Lara"):

Connection #5
When the drummer and lead guitarist of the band were asked to write a bit about their four favorite albums, one of the ones they chose was the 'White Album'. Here's what they had to say about it:
"The Beatles. The Fab Four. Without them, nothing would be the way it is. Forget Elvis. George Clinton, was he really covered that often? Forget them. In Germany alone one Beatles song is used to steal together a couple thousand 'new' songs. There is no second opinion about their importance, and if there is, one of them is wrong. Although all the Beatles' albums are good, we chose the 'White Album', because it has classic songs as well was experimentation."
 
Connection #6
After one particular concert in Hamburg, the music being played during the after-show party was... the Beatles' 1 album.
 
Connection #7'
The lead singer, Kim, names his number one favorite song as "The Long and Winding Road" and his favorite Beatles album as "Let It Be".
(Plug plug plug - have a look at his MySpace site, you can have a look and listen at his first solo single release, "Lara"):



Pictures are copyright their respective owners. The last two are copyright Kim Alexander Frank.