Grohl talks about Beatles influence

There is a belated attempt to relaunch The Beatles as a heavy rock band. A new compilation on iTunes, Tomorrow Never Knows, gathers 14 of their heavier numbers along with an endorsement from Nirvana and Foo Fighters member Dave Grohl, who talks about the inspiration he drew from the Fab Four’s music.

"If it weren't for The Beatles, I would not be a musician," he writes in the letter that accompanies the release. "The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as Rock and Roll."

The compilation skips the bookends of their career, the innocent teenybopper pop songs like Love Me Do and turgid mid-tempo ballads like Let It Be and Hey Jude, instead concentrating on their psychedelic aspects and some of their noisier tunes, like Hey Bulldog, Paperback Writer, Back In The USSR, Helter Skelter and Revolution.

In what seems like a marketing exercise to sell The Beatles to a new age group, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda was also roped in to provide his endorsement. "Nearly everything my band knows about how to approach recording a song is attached to The Beatles in some way," he said. "Directly or indirectly, they've shaped the way every album is recorded, and have changed the world."

Grohl adds that his daughter Violet, aged just six, is particularly fond of Hey Bulldog. "From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time," he writes. "Just ask Violet."

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