List: MST3K Beatles References

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This list is essentially a list of every time The Beatles, a song lyric ever written or performed by The Beatles (including their post-Beatles solo work), a comment ever uttered by any member of The Beatles or anything even tangentally Beatles-related was ever mentioned or referenced in MST3K. It's probably not complete. If you have any additions, please send them to We at Satellite News want to express our thanks and appreciation to Lizzlane for allowing us to admit this wonderfully obsessive list to Ward E.

Note 1: Incorrect lyrics are indicated with a "[sic]", except in the case of an obvious parody.

Note 2: In some cases, the reference made on MST3K was not a direct reference to the Beatles, but an indirect reference, i.e. a reference to somebody else referencing The Beatles (Rick Nelson mentioning Yoko in the song "Garden Party) or a reference to something else that the Beatles also made reference to. These occasions are noted where applicable.

K12- FUGITIVE ALIEN--When a magnetic field is shown:

Tom & Joel (sung to tune of "Strawberry Fields"): Let me take you down cuz I'm going to/
magnetic fields, nothing is real.
No refrigerator to stick on.
Living is easy when you're a magnet,
holding up some kid's artwork.
It says I love you mom but you really can't believe it.
It doesn't matter any more.

As a spaceship battle is happening:

Tom & Joel: Shake it up baby, twist and blow 'em up. [sic] Shake it shake it shake it baby now. Shake it baby. Turn them inside out, inside out. [sic] Wooooh! Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh!"


Episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU --As a woman is shown pulling on a stocking:

Joel: Sexy Sadie!


Episode K20- THE LAST CHASE--During screaming mob scene:

Crow: Beatlemania! (singing) Close your eyes and I'll kiss you...
Joel (singing): ...tomorrow I'll miss you...
Tom (singing): I wanna hold your head [sic]
Oh please say to me you'll let me be
Joel: ...your man. (singing)
Tom (singing): Baby, you can turn in my car" [sic]


Episode 204- CATALINA CAPER--During host segment in which Joel discusses the 60's, and mentions subliminal messages:

Tom: Turn me on, dead man.


Episode 210-- KING DINOSAUR--When a reel-to-reel tape machine is being used:

Crow: Aww, they taped over the Beatles' Berlin tapes!"


Episode 211-- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS--When dark, hilly landscape is shown:

Tom: Somewhere in the black mountain hills of some alien planet...

Man says, "Listen!":

Tom: Do you want to know a secret?"


Episode 301- CAVE DWELLERS--While naming off assassins:

Crow: Mark David Chapman.


Episode 302- GAMERA--At press conference:

Joel: Are you a mod or a rocker?

Tom (as Ringo): I'm a mocker!


Episode 303 - POD PEOPLE-When goofy song is playing in background:

Tom: Boy, ya' know, Ringo did some bad songs, but this is embarrassing!

During one of the calling sequences:

Crow: Beastmaster? Ringo?


Episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE--Old man says, "There was nothing prior to the perfect order worth remembering or recording":

Joel: Except the Beatles!


Episode 307- DADDY-O--When two people have broken in to a gym:

Crow: They came in through the bathroom window.

Tom: Protected by a silver spoon.


Episode 310- FUGITIVE ALIEN--Whenever Ken says "Rita!"

Tom: Meter maid!


Episode 314- MIGHTY JACK--After the mads' invention exchange:

Crow: Ya' know, Joel, every day, in every way, those guys are getting weirder and weirder! (Indirect reference note: This is a paraphrase of a popular self-help book quote that was later used as a Lennon lyric. The riff may be a reference to the quote itself, not the lyric.)

When a woman in a funky jacket says "There's only one thing that bothers me....:

Crow: My Sgt. Pepper outfit!


Episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN--When a caveman calls someone on a mountain a fool:

Tom: Fool on the hill.


Episode 317- VIKING WOMEN VS. THE SEA SERPENT with short: THE HOME ECONOMICS STORY--During short, as four girls walk toward camera:

Joel: Hey, it's Abbey Road!

Tom: Boy, you're gonna carry that weight.


Episode 318- STAR FORCE - FUGITIVE ALIEN II--As the camera pans across four guys:

Tom: George! Paul! John! Pete Best!

Whenever Ken says "Rita!"

Tom: Meter maid!


Episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST--Man says "He started growing at a rate of 20 ft. a day":

Joel: He blew his mind out in a car.

As giant is shown chained down:

Tom: Chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains, and they ARE the kind that you can see. (Indirect reference note: The Beatles did cover this song, but it's not an original song by them, so this may not be a direct reference.)


Episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY--During host seg Joel is rambling on and on:

Crow: Please mister, can we have our ball back?

Man says "I've got the gun." to another man:

Crow: Warm gun. Makes me happy.


Episode 324- MASTER NINJA II--Camera zooms in on guy with big mustache:

Crow: I am the walrus!

When a garden party is mentioned:

Joel: Yoko brought her walrus... (Indirect reference: This is actually a reference to a Ricky Nelson song, which references The Beatles)

Ninja says to companion,"I shoulda known better":

Tom: With a girl like you


Episode 403- CITY LIMITS--Harmonica-like music plays in background:

Tom: Sounds like 'Love Me Do.'


Episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET--Opening credits, as a disembodied voice speaks over various other noises:

Crow: Number 9, Number 9


Episode 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES--When a man is shown scuba-diving:

Tom (sung in 'underwater' voice): I'd like to be/ under the sea.


Episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN with short: UNDERSEA KINGDOM PT 2--During the short, for no apparent reason :

Joel: Oh, Mother Superior jumped the gun.

Narrator says,"And then he gave us a most important answer:"

Tom: The Beatles.


Episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN--Man says something that sound like "Powa":

??: "Power to the people." (Indirect reference note: This Lennon lyric was a revolutionary slogan first, and the riff may be a direct reference to the slogan, not to the lyric.)

During host segment, Joel is asking Tom Trivial Pursuit questions. Tom's answer to every question:

The Beatles.

During a battle sequence:

Tom: Well, you say you want a revolution, huh?


Episode 414- TORMENTED--When man goes up lighthouse stairs:

Tom (sung): The long and winding stairs."

Man says,"You know how many hit records I'd have to sell to pay for that?":

Crow: More than Elvis or The Beatles! (Indirect reference note: This riff is actually a reference to the cheap TV record offers that claim this or that performer has sold more records than Elvis or The Beatles.)

Woman says,"I know exactly what you are!":

Joel: You're a superstar, that's what you are. [sic]


Episode 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE--A plane lands:

Tom: It's The Beatles!

Joel (sung): It's been a hard day's...


Episode 417- CRASH OF THE MOONS with short: GENERAL HOSPITAL PT 3--During short, woman says, "Well, he wanted to do it.":

Joel: the road.


Episode 421- MONSTER A-GO-GO--Group of girls laying down sit up and scream:

Crow: The Beatles!


Episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER--Bela says,"Twenty years ago..."

Crow: Today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band...

Man with beard is shown and Joel says, "Lenin?":

Tom (quietly): McCartney?


Episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD--Warrior is walking through cave filled with spiders:

Tom (sung): Eight legs a week...

While helicopter is shooting at prisoners:

Tom (nervous laugh): Give peace a chance?


Episode 502- HERCULES

Invention exchange: Instant Karma.


Episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS--During scene with policewoman in weird uniform:

Tom (sung): Lovely Rita, meter maid...


Episode 504- SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON--Agent looks in nightstand:

Joel: Only to find Gideon's Bible.


Episode 505- The Magic Voyage of Sinbad--As the shores of India are shown:

Joel: Hey, there's George Harrison!


Episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007--When villain is talking to another man:

Tom: Oh, and lose the Ringo hat.

As guy with big mustache dies:

Crow: I am the walrus, koo koo ka...joo..." [sic]

While nun is kidnapping a man:

Tom (sung): Mother Superior jump the gun...

Man says into phone "Hello, hello!":

Joel: I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello!"


Episode 511- GUNSLINGER--Man says, "You gonna let it be?"

Tom: Speaking words of wisdom?


Episode 513- THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE--When mannish-looking woman is shown:

Tom: JoJo was a man who thought he was a woman!"

Man says, "I? Imagine?"

Mike: All the people.


Episode 514- TEEN-AGE STRANGLER--During host segment, while naming off show biz couples whose relationship lasted:

Tom: ...John and Yoko, for that matter.


Episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A.--As a guy is shuffling along:

Crow: Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head.


Episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN--When plane is shown landing:

Mike (sung): Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC


Episode 521- SANTA CLAUS--As Santa sits in a pile of letters:

Crow: I'm more popular than Jesus!


Episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON--Man says,"Listen!"

Mike: Do you want to know a secret?

Two men are talking to each other:

Crow (sung): Ebony...Ivory


Episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE--Just before they leave the theater:

Tom/Mike (sung): Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head...

As zombie staggers along:

Tom (sung): What would you think if I sang out of tune, would you stand up and walk out on me?" (Indirect reference note: This riff actually refers to the Joe Cocker version of the Beatles song, and more directly to Cocker and his spastic performance style.)


Episode 605- COLOSSUS AND THE HEADHUNTERS--As Tom is doing everyone's taxes:

Tom: Cuz I'm the taxman, yeah, the taxman...

When a group of cavemen are shown:

Mike: Hey, it's the Ringo Starr gang.

When a shaggy-haired decapitated head is shown:

Mike: It's Paul McCartney's head on a pole!

Tom: Yay! (English accent)

Crow: Don't get me down or anything, it's not like I'm being defiled!


Episode 606- The Creeping Terror--As a guy is driving through the hills:

Mike: Somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota there lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon.


Episode 607- BLOODLUST--As a guy with a suit and a bowl haircut is shown:

Mike: I shouldn't let Brian Epstein dress me.


Episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES--When horse with thick forelock is shown:

Mike: That horse has a Beatles' wig!

Alternate Dr. Forrester is naming off similar music they have in the alternate universe:

Dr. F: ...your 'The Beatles'...


Episode 612- THE STARFIGHTERS--When planes are shown flying:

Mike: Jet! (Then all start humming)

When military guy is naming off a bunch of numbers:

Tom: ...and the one after 909.

As pilot looks up at the sky:

Tom: ...and marshmallow skies...


Episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL--As a group of men descend stairs from plane:

Tom: Ladies and gentlemen, the parents of the Beatles!


Episode 616- RACKET GIRLS--While two women are wrestling:

Crow: No wonder people went nuts over the Beatles - this is all there was!"

When wormy guy is jogging down road w/ girl:

Mike: Hey, why don't we do it in the road? No one will be watching us.

When women wrestlers are screaming:

Crow: The Beatles!


Episode 703- DEATHSTALKER AND THE WARRIORS FROM HELL--During long, drawn-out music note:

Crow: They're playing the chord from 'A Day in the Life.'


Episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN--Shot of a pair of feet stepping off a plane:

Crow: The Beatles!


Episode 705- ESCAPE 2000--Kid wearing a funky hat is shown:

Crow: It's real hard to find genuine Ringo caps anymore.

When someone says "C'mon":

Mike: Please please me.


Episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS--As man is reading a paper:

Crow: Oh damn, another thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire.


Episode 807- TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000--As a man deplanes:

Crow: Ladies and gentlemen - The Beatles!

As man leaves house carrying suitcases:

Tom (to the tune of "She's Leaving Home"): Heeeee...

Mike (singing): He was a small oily man...

When old, bald bartender with glasses is shown:

Mike: Bartender's a clean old man, isn't he?


Episode 808- THE SHE CREATURE--As a man walks into a house:

Crow: Is this the Mr. Kite people are always doing things for the benefit of?

Man is naming off people who will be at a party:

Crow: John and Yoko will stop by.... (Indirect reference note: This is a reference to the Ricky Nelson song "Garden Party.")


Episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION--When Manson-like hillbilly is walking along:

Tom (sung): Helter Skelter...

When same character gets in his car:

Mike (sung): Have you seen the little piggies...



Mike: I need somebody. Not just anybody. You know I need someone.


Episode 813- JACK FROST--Wedding party attired in brightly coloured costumes is shown:

Crow: Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club wedding.


Episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH--Computer is shown:

Crow (robot-like voice): The long...and winding...road...that...

Man says "Hello? Hello?" into phone:

Mike: I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello."


Episode 818- DEVIL DOLL--Dummy with Beatles-like haircut is shown:

???: Am I a mod or a rocker?"

A contemplative reporter is shown:

???: I wonder if Paul and Linda got that pot I sent them?


Episode 819- INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN--Record player starts playing backwards:

Tom: Paul is dead man, miss him, miss him.

Kids shown running on fire escape:

Mike (sung): It's been a hard day's night...


Episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN--Woman in a bikini answers telephone:

Tom: George Harrison fan club; please hold.

British lady is speaking:

Tom: I like Ringo best.

British lady is crying:

Mike: Paul McCartney got married!


Episode 909- Gorgo--When uncomfortable guy in submarine is shown:

Crow: If they don't let me up to go soon it will be a yellow submarine.


Also note: The following episodes have been viewed and, to our knowledge, contain NO Beatles references:

322- Master Ninja 1, 408- Hercules Unchained, 413- Manhunt in Space, 418- Attack of the Eye Creatures, 422- The Day the Earth Froze, 509- The Girl in Lover's Lane, 608- Code Name: Diamond Head, 610- The Violent Years, 615- Kitten With a Whip.