The episode: “King Dinosaur,” ep. 210
The riff: Griped by Crow as some scientists who have just landed on a new planet record their observations on a super futuristic tape recorder.
The explanation: Early in the careers, members of The Beatles who included Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best performed regularly in bars throughout Hamburg, Germany–and I presume Berlin as well? They did some of their earliest recording in this period, which brought them to the attention of their first manager, Brian Epstein. Either way, I suspect Crow is talking about these earliest recordings, all of which predated their first full-length UK album, “Please Please Me.”
Novelty factor: I know enough about The Beatles to understand that he’s referring to their Germany period, although I’m wondering if I simply don’t know about recordings done in Berlin or if the writers were actually thinking of Hamburg.