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The Backbeat Band


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An alt-rock supergroup of sorts, The Backbeat Band came together for a brief moment in 1993-94 to record and promote the soundtrack to Backbeat, Iain Softley’s 1994 film chronicling the Fab Four’s pre-Beatlemania era in England and Hamburg. Consisting of Afghan Whigs vocalist Greg Dulli, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Sonic Youth vocalist/guitarist Thurston Moore, Gumball guitarist (and prolific producer) Don Fleming, and Soul Asylum vocalist Dave Pirner , the Backbeat Band punctuated the steak-and-potato days of ’90s alt-rock with a set of vibrant interpretations of songs the Beatles covered during performances in their pre-Brian Epstein leathers at grimy venues such as Liverpool’s Cavern Club and Hamburg’s Star Club. Recording the soundtrack’s dozen numbers in 1993, the Backbeat Band played one confirmed “gig” during their time together: a blink-and-you-missed-it stage appearance at the MTV Movie Awards on June 10, 1994.


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  • Gohel

    Great singer...

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • raulvicent

    What the fuck!? And how come I only just heard about this? :)

    1 Mar 2011 Reply
  • baacardi

    What the fuck!? And how come I only just heard about this?

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • deejaycrazynuts

    When I saw the movie I re-lived the passion of vibrating moments of Beatles sensations.. :D Thanks to producer !!

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • mhmfrog

    One of my favorite albums.

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • freak_182

    very nice covers, Long Tall Sally rox :)

    18 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ThaRow

    I've read about them in a book about Nirvana. I really have to check them out. Thurston is in there! ...Well it's also a sound track to a film about The Beatles which I also love. I hope I won't get disappointed when I watch it.

    14 Jun 2009 Reply
  • galbi

    Rock n roll!

    14 May 2009 Reply
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    6 May 2009 Reply
  • trackaghost

    The line-up for this group was pretty incredible.

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ArnStar

    Top soundtrack!

    14 May 2008 Reply

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