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July 02, 2022


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Lubet states: "Posting this today because they were one of the few American groups to resist the British invasion."

Aside from dubiously comparing Beatlemania and all that adoration of the British to the American Revolution rejecting the British rule over its colonies, here are various excerpts from interviews with John and other reputable sources:

“Butler and Boone had their own band — the Sell-Outs ("a folk band selling out with rock and roll songs," Butler tells me) — and they performed Animals and Beatles covers at a Greenwich Village club called the Village Music Hall.” Sheila Weller in Next Avenue.

“Sir Paul graciously said that "Daydream" played heavily in the creation of "Good Day Sunshine", so to have influenced those boys is a wonderful thing for a songwriter because of course they influenced me, they influenced all of us.'” John, quoted in the Guardian.

“In the wake of the Beatles, folkies began transforming into rockers--witness the Byrds, Dylan and the Lovin’ Spoonful, which Sebastian formed with lead guitarist Zal Yanovsky, bassist Steve Boone and drummer Joe Butler.” (LA Times)

“The guys are variously coming forward and saying “Oh, no, that was totally trying to steal ‘Summer in the City.’” Clapton said that about “Tales of Brave Ulysses.” That’s the thing—you never know what part really. We were all stealing from each other. That was all part of the fun.” John, interviewed in Transatlantic Modern.

As usual, dogmatic statements intended to convey deep insights, authority and dominance are usually plainly wrong and overstated.


Great group from the '60s. I always liked "Butchie's Tune" written by the bassist Steve Boone. It's about a girl who married Sebastian to try to keep him from being drafted. The tune may be heard in the movie "Blowup" (1968) as well as an episode of "Mad Men".

Here's the link to the tune:

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