Unseemly self promotion, but the Nothing Is Real Podcast starts 2021 with a recommendation in The Guardian. Thank you to everyone who subscribed, listened and left a review.
As we await the new album, here’s an article which has been getting a lot of posting with approval on Twitter and Facebook. I think it overclaims here and there, but it’s still a very good and entertaining championing of Macca’s brilliance. His argument about how the narrative of John as the edgy genius and Paul as the safe middle of the road entertainer was established is persuasive. It’s interesting though how things have changed. Increasingly it seems to me that Paul’s reputation has risen (fairly in my view) and John’s (unfairly) has fallen. Fact is, the miracle and uniqueness of the Beatles is that it had not one but two pop geniuses in the one band.
How do you celebrate a triple album? A triple episode podcast. Part one – The Road to ‘All Things Must Pass’
This was posted on FaceBook. Thanks to Steve Bradley, wherever/whoever you are. It’s a great read. 1,2,3,4 ………
Who’s gold cigarette lighter was worth more than a car? Who climbed back into his car after crashing it? What was left in a car after John died? Beatles historian Steve Bradley takes the road that stretches out ahead…
Ringo was the first of the Beatles to buy a car – although he wasn’t actually a Beatle yet. In 1959 he bought his first wheels from Liverpool drummer Johnny Hutchinson, a Standard Vanguard Estate (station wagon), hand-painted (not sprayed) in red and white. He needed an Estate for the same reason Johnny had – big enough to carry a drum kit. The days of carrying drums on a bus and carrying from bus stop to venue were over. Ringo didn’t let the fact he had neither driving licence nor insurance deter him from enjoying the freedom the car gave him.
By 1962 he was earning more and upgraded to a two-year-old Ford Zodiac in cream and eau-de-nil, which is pale green to you and me (registration number NWM466). Later in the year he would load his drums into this car in » Continue Reading.
It’s nice that lots of people are enjoying remembering auld Winston O’Boogie today. This, from George’s people over on Twitter
For the week that’s in it Nothing Is Real podcasts an eye over ‘John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band’.
For the week that’s in it, Nothing Is Real podcasts an eye over ‘John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band’.
See, the point of this is to STOP AT TWO. This means you, duco01 and tiggerlion. No “honorable mentions” running into the hundreds. Just TWO. Two songs by the Beatles. Not cover versions. Performed and recorded by the Beatles. Not MORE nor indeed FEWER. Two. 2. Deux. Dos.
Let’s do this, people! To get the show on the road, I’ll list my Top Two Beatles Songs in the comments!
Since I enjoyed doing my Stones thread so much yesterday, and it struck just the right amount of nodding agreement and violent disagreement in the Afterword massive, I’m going to do the same thing today (and possibly until the end of the week… or until I get fed up….).
So, again another A List act, and another two LPs I don’t really often listen to from start to end… and which I get mixed up which tracks are on which…
It’s the Beatles! And it’s Please Please Me vs With The Beatles!!!
Once again, tracks marked * are the Good Ones – the ones I would choose to listen to outside the context of the album. And I’ll rate each track out of ten as I listen.
Here we go!
Please Please Me (1963) ———————– A1 – * I Saw Her Standing There – Ah, 1, 2, 3, 4!! 10/10 A2 – * Misery – What a tune… and what harmonies 8/10 A3 – * Anna (Go With Him) – A fabulous Lennon vocal and blistering middle eight rescue this from schmaltziness – 8/10 A4 – * Chains – I have a real soft spot for this one. I think » Continue Reading.
So the sickly lad who was hospitalised with TB (and discovered a passion for drumming while he was in hospital) has made it to 80.
As a fan of all the Fabs, I still find that Ringo is one of my favourite solo albums of all. Ok, he had lots of help from the other three, as well as Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins and most of The Band, but it’s still his album.
Peace And Love!
Robyn Hitchcock, national treasure and Afterword archetype, drops in to the Nothing Is Real Podcast to chat about the band you like.
After a longer than intended break Season 2 of Nothing Is Real podcast is back, for all your Beatles related needs.
I’m currently reading Craig Brown’s entertaining ‘biography’ ‘One,Two, Three, Four: The Beatles In Time’. I haven’t checked to see whether the pre 1963 stories in Brown’s book are in Mark Lewisohn’s ‘Tune In’ but I suspect they are. And, of course, we’ll have to wait and see whether the stories from 1963 onwards are included in Volume 2. (Craig Brown’s research is not on a par with Lewisohn’s as he re-tells the story about Dave Dee being the trainee cadet who was at the scene of Eddie Cochran’s fatal car crash in 1960 and states that Gene Vincent was killed in the same crash. He wasn’t of course, dying in 1971.) Anyway, I digress. One story that fascinated me was about Paul McCartney judging a competition to mime Brenda Lee’s ‘Let’s Jump The Broomstick’ on Ready Steady Go in late 1963. He picked out 14 year old Melanie Coe as the winner and presented her with the ‘Please Please Me’ LP. Four years later Melanie became pregnant and left home to live with the father, a croupier, in Bayswater. Shortly afterwards, an article appeared in The Daily Mail – ‘A-Level Girl Dumps Car and Vanishes’ – about her distraught father » Continue Reading.
I see that it was on this day, 50 years ago that the Beatles ended.
I got nothing [I was 6 and would have been out on my bike all day], but perhaps you have some remembrance of the day?
Or maybe you’d like to post your favourite Beatles song, or perhaps a playlist or video clip?
Or maybe, you’d like to tell us all why you still don’t get what all the fuss was about?
It doesn’t sound like Vol 2 will be out before 2023 at the earliest. Better find something else to read in the meantime!
So we are being told that we need to wash our hands for 20 seconds.
The suggestion is that’s twice through Happy Birthday.
I’m sure we’ve got better ideas.
Mine is this, with appropriate lyric adjustment (and sans intro which makes it exactly 20 seconds)
Oh yeah I’ll – tell you something I think you’ll understand When I – say that something I’m gonna wash my hands I’m gonna wash my hands I’m gonna wash my hands
Mickey Rafferty is a minor legend in Northern Ireland – voice and songwriter of the Minnows (formerly Tiberius Minnows) from Coalisland/Dungannon, c.1988 to the present. They’ve become elusive in recent years in public, though there’s an album in the can that they’ve been leaking (fabulous) songs from on to YouTube for a year or so. Maybe next year for the actual release. Fingers crossed…
But… every Saturday in recent months, three of the four Minnows convene in Mainzy’s garden shed and record/film live performances of covers selected by their fans, using the name ‘the Handsome Princes’. The songs are eclectic – from Johnny Cash to China Crisis, Neil Young to Lloyd Cole. And in general, they’re brilliant. Yes, dammit, even the 80s ones (obviously, not all of them…) So popular has the alter ego brand/band become that the trio has started doing live shows lately – Mickey on guitar/vocals, Kevin on bass, Mainzy on lead guitar, keys and a lunar module of gadgetry and the odd backing track bit of instrumentation. But without doubt the act’s secret weapon is Raff’s vocal.
I had the pleasure of working with the Raffmeister recently on my song ‘Don’t Go to Nashville’, released digitally » Continue Reading.
Just listened to the Nothing Is Real Beatles podcast featuring a two-part interview with Mark Lewisohn. Really worth a listener Beatles nerds. One fascinating snippet for me was that Mark was asked whether he was planning to create an archive of his research material. He said he was but hadn’t got round to it yet (right answer as he should be concentrating on finishing Vol 2 of All My Years before I pop my clogs!). He had, however, moved his office and the archive weighed over 13.2 tons! That’s an incredible amount of material, and he said he doesn’t really collect artefacts or obvious memorabilia, just loads and loads of information. Difficult to imagine what other band could come even close to such a mountain of material.
Once upon a time it was an axiom of this place that people liked a band’s “earlier stuff”. You know, being old and in the way and generally grumpy about this ‘ere modern music an’ all.
So let’s share our thoughts on this. Only TWO bands per category so it doesn’t become an endless unreadable list.
It’s very general, for example I have The Beatles as “later”, which doesn’t mean I don’t like their earlier stuff. It’s just that thinking of their overall oeuvre I prefer listening to MMT to WTB.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention Pink Floyd
Steely Dan XTC
Listening to Love and Money’s excellent ….All You Need is Love and Money debut album yesterday, alongside better-known tracks Candybar Express and River of People is Love and Money. By Love and Money. On …all you need is Love and Money. Going the extra mile on the eponymiser. So, who else liked their name so much they put it on an album, and a track on that album. If only the Beatles had a track called The Beatles. Instrumentals allowed, though more points for a track not just called Love and Money on Love and Money by Love and Money, but with love and money in the lyrics. You get the idea. One incredibly famous not the Beatles example in the comments to clear that one up. No youtube clip for Love and Money though.
This magazine is new to me, and I don’t recall seeing it mentioned it on here before. It comes out of Amsterdam and this most recent ish is a must-buy for any pop fans out there who still love the Fabs and have that thirst for anything new about the loveable Moptops.
The first dozen or so pages tell the story, in exquisite, Lewishon-esque detail (he helped with it of course) about the cover pic for the Twist And Shout EP, which is the one that changed my life.
Check it out, you know you want to…
I’m sure some of you have seen this by now, it’s the new video for Glass Onion, ahead of the White Album release next Friday. It’s quite a spiffing bit of animation.
Today I was idly strolling through the streets of Bari in Italy, as you do, and popped into what looked like an interesting shop where a familiar guitar riff was playing. “Bugger me” I thought, “I know this” – and sure enough the fab sound of young Paul blasted through the speakers –
“My love don’t give me presents – I know that she’s no peasant”
I mean I know he was a young lad, and “she was just seventeen – you know what I mean” wasn’t exactly great, but a few years later we had faces kept in a jar by the door and newspaper taxis appearing on the shore
What are your shabbiest Fab lyrics?
BBC doc from 2007 in which the late Geoff Emerick (along with also Fabs recording assistant Richard Lush) guides various suspects (inc Kaiser Chiefs, Magic Numbers and Stereophonics) through a track each from Sgt Pepper, recording each on vintage Abbey Road kit.
There are a few revealing moments and along the way Geoff shares a few good Beatles stories. It’s not the whole album and the doc was made very quickly. I know as I directed it: we shot by day and edited by night for two weeks solid – but enough of that.
In my brief experience Geoff was a lovely chap. Off camera told me the detail about George’s chocolate biscuits – Yoko had three of them just under her blanket which she pulled up over her mouth to enable nibbling. He also spoke of how, before quitting during the White album, on one bad Beatle tempered evening he and a colleague hid in a store room to make the Fabs think they’d gone home, creeping out to clock off when their shift was actually over. Not that one would know this kind of thing from recent 50th Anniversary box set publicity…
During filming with Travis » Continue Reading.
Just in case anyone is wondering why its so damn quiet on the McCartney front at the moment, here’s a rather good interview from the new GQ. Given he has been uncommonly open on recent encounters with Marc Maron, Howard Stern, he’s on equally good form here. Nothing shockingly revelatory but a good read nonetheless.