Baseball card image of the Boston Red Sox's Tris Speaker, 1912
In this, the (probably) last entry in the "We Love the Beatles" post series, we look at the Australian band the Moles, who know that nothing says "We love the Beatles" quite like appropriating a bit of Beatles ephemera as your own. "What's the New Mary Jane?" was originally a John Lennon tune recorded for the White Album. Recorded with just George and Yoko, the song was part pop and part sound collage. It was left off the album at the last minute and became one of the Beatles' most famous unreleased songs (until its inclusion on the Beatles' Anthology 3 in 1996.)
The Moles' song is not a cover, but it seems to be an intentional tribute to the style of the original, combining bandleader Richard Davies' interests in fuzzy pop and noise to create the Moles' signature tune. The song starts with some helium horns and an echoey vocal singing the chorus hook - the full band comes in with a crunchy riff, and then the spacey intro bits come back for the chorus. Some aspects of "What's the New Mary Jane" are very 1992 (particularly the production and the My Bloody Valentine guitars) but the melody and psychedelic touches successfully evoke the era of its namesake.
"What's the New Mary Jane?" by the Moles