Posts tagged ‘beatles’

We’ve been expecting you

Apropos of nothing, I’ve been watching George Harrison clips on YouTube and thought I’d share them with you. In his solo recordings, George became known for his slide guitar work. It’s a great sound and, best I can tell, uniquely his. He’s not mimicking blues or Hawaiian slide players; it’s just George. He doesn’t draw…


Seventy-one

I’ve always thought this was much better than “Yesterday,” but it never got the credit it deserved because it’s fast and it’s lyrics (when John bothers to remember them) aren’t as hit-you-over-the-head obvious. You know the story about this one, right? George Martin was sure he had to get this in one take because John’s…


Dr. Winston O’Boogie

Chuck Berry is notorious for never rehearsing with the bands he plays in front of (he doesn’t play “with” them), presumably because he figures everyone knows his songs. This one’s pretty rough (to say the least), and John’s guitar is barely audible, but they manage to bring it together a couple of times on the…


25 or 64

To quell the Paul-hatred inspired by that last post, let me point out that this was the song my wife and I picked for the first dance at our wedding, twenty-five years ago today. Happy anniversary, Janet. Mine for evermore.


A Christmas mystery

As holiday season ramps up, we’ll be hearing more and more Christmas songs—on the radio and TV, in stores, and even out on the streets in some shopping districts. And the perennial question will make its way onto everyone’s lips; why is Paul McCartney’s Christmas song such a piece of shit? Part of it, of…


70 if

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Paul pot

This week’s MacBreak Weekly was a step up from recent episodes, and not just because Merlin Mann was on. Amazingly, Alex Lindsay actually said something interesting and intelligent about Ping and how recommendations on iTunes should work. Maybe I’ll get to that in a later post, but now I want to talk about Paul McCartney…


The things you do endear you to me

John will always be my favorite Beatle, but I’m enjoying Paul a lot more than I did when I was a young man. This sort of thing might even get me to forgive him for wasting his huge talent on crap like “Silly Love Songs.” McCartney thanked Obama for the honor and, in a short…


God as a thing

I was away from the internets yesterday and didn’t see this item until today: A recording of a 1966 Beatles press conference at which John Lennon was quizzed over his controversial comments about Jesus is to be auctioned. This is an August 17 press conference in Toronto, not the one in Chicago on August 11…


All you need

This page has some huge Beatles nerdery charts. The authorship/collaboration timeline is probably the best1, but I also like the one that shows the song keys per album. Least interesting, I think, is the self-reference chart because it’s so heavily dominated by “Glass Onion.” There’s also a Charting the Beatles Flickr group, which I’ve just…