The Cyrkle had a pretty good run. They had two hit singles – one huge and enduring, the other less huge and less enduring. They were a very talented, very non-threatening psychedelic-lite band that failed to survive the turning tides of the popular music seascape of the late 1960s.
The story of their career may best be told in odd, random bullet points:
- They had Brian Epstein as their manager, and opened for the Beatles at Candlestick Park
- John Lennon is said to have come up with the strange spelling of their name
- They recorded the soundtrack for a spy movie that was shelved, then recut into an X-rated movie with their music intact
And, perhaps most incredibly:
- singer Tom Dawes went on to write the "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" Alka-Seltzer jingle
None of these fun facts will prepare you for what I consider their... shining moment? I'm not sure exactly what I would call it. It transcends any traditional metrics like good and bad, or listenable and please god, make it stop. Bands covering The Beatles tend to treat the original song with a fair amount of dignity and respect. The Cyrkle? They decided to leave the original song out in the sun for three weeks, distill it into a lysergic cocktail and serve it to a homunculus.
You think I'm exaggerating? Fasten your seat belt:
You can't say I didn't warn you! If you know of a crazier Beatles cover, or a crazier anything cover, go ahead and share it in the comments.