DJ Paul takes us through some of his favourite songs of the time. He had good taste in music, even back then. Add to this tape loops and some not necessarily unstoned banter.
It was intended to be strictly limited, with only his fellow fabs given a copy each. But more than fifty years later, well. Here we are.
Here’s Macca at the recent Desert Trip thing. Admittedly recorded on a fan’s iPhone, but really, that shouldn’t matter – the fact is his singing is pretty awful, out of tune, and you know that he can’t blame the sound mix (by which I mean – if you’re Paul McCartney then you’ll have people who deal with that).
Isn’t it time for him to retire?
And I speak as a major HJH fan, I LOVE him, I was hoping he’d come to Australia again in amongst all his recent world touring. He came in, I don’t know, maybe 1992 or something, when he’d just started accepting he had to do Beatles songs, so he had the technicolour piano and did Magical Mystery Tour etc.
But based on this I think he should retire gracefully.
OOAA of course
I love a song when the singer comes in, unannounced. When Macca sings “We’re so sorry…” I just bloody melt. (I continue to melt when the telephone voice comes in at 1′ 30″.) So give me your other examples of songs where the first thing you hear is the singer’s voice.
“Lonnie had opened the door and a whole generation rushed though”: Jim Carter (that’s Downton Abbey’s butler “Carson” to you and me).
“A lot of us got out of the factory thanks to Lonnie”: Ringo Starr
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Before the Beatles, there were really only two men in Britain who could truly be called giants in the field of popular music. They were Hank Marvin and Lonnie Donegan. You may think that’s a rather glib statement, ignoring as it does all the great musicians and producers who were toiling away in the pop, jazz and folk worlds. But in terms of longevity and the influence they had on what was to follow, I do believe that before 1962 no two names were more important in British pop music than Hank and Lonnie.
Now read on….
It’s 1965. Really. You’re on a ski-ing holiday in the Alps, and are delighted to find the Beatles there too, filming their second feature film, Help. Okay so far?
You’re amongst a small crowd of spectators when a grand piano is lifted by crane above the boys for a Ticket To Ride sequence. As they prepare for the scene, you – and you alone – notice a rope around the grand piano fraying to a thread. You dash for the boys, knowing full well you can only push one of them out of the way of the falling piano.
Although it’s a tragedy that three Beatles were crushed to death, you achieve fame of a sort for saving the life one of the Beatles. My question is – which one did you save? And why?
Rules: Smartarse votes for any “Beatle” not John, Paul, George, or Ringo will be disqualified. Votes for any outcome other than you saving the life of one Beatle (and the consequent deaths of the other three) will be disqualified. A reason has to be given for your split-second choice. remember – history turns on your decision.