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All My Loving.
or I Saw Her Standing There
Paul McCartney invented Acid House!
then again, I don't have much time for the Beatles
or I'm Looking Through You.
To be fair, he's got shitloads.
Drive My Car
He's got a few...
You really are a pretentious tosser sometimes.
despite how many time you've heard it. Go and listen to the version on 'Love', hear it with fresh ears, then realise your mistake and apologise.
admittedly not on entirely artistic grounds, but enough so all the same. The first time I heard it, I probably did like it, yeah. I probably liked it quite a lot. But that's not to say I don't like it now because of overplaying any more than it is to say that, all the songs I liked at first but don't like now, I don't like now because they've been overplayed. Has 'Hey Jude' even been overplayed? It's definitely been something along those lines, but I'm not sure 'overplayed' is it. Repeatedly used for climactic moments in films, sure, but even if I watched a lot of films (which I don't), I doubt my exposure to it on that basis would be enough to make me grow weary of it, at least not on the basis of the sheer *amount* of exposure. It's not really a song you hear much on the radio, is it? I spent most of my childhood listening to Capital Gold in the back of my parents' car, and I don't remember it coming on that often, if at all.
But then, it's not really a song appropriate for radio. I certainly couldn't imagine myself, even before I decided that I utterly loathed the song, being happy to hear it come through my car speakers, unless, perhaps, I was drunk, and that's illegal. Maybe the first half would be okay. Maybe if they chopped off the end bit, it would suit radio just fine, but I'm guessing the end bit constitutes a large part of what makes people rate it so highly. That shamelessly, tacked-on end bit. Because that's what it is. It's tacked on. I don't think anyone could reasonably argue that it sounds anything like a natural development. And I was reading about the song off the back of all this, and apparently (after he'd written the song for Julian Lennon), Paul decided that he could use this song to give The Beatles something to unite behind and go back on tour, which is why he developed into a single, so that, I think, fits in quite nicely with the idea that the big climax of the song was added ad-hoc. He wanted this big anthem which the band would just *have* to play live.
Now clearly, that's no reason to hate the song in itself. Even before I knew this, I hated it. But the point is, that's what it sounds like. It sounds like it's been written with the express intention of getting everyone to sing along in the way they do. So at best, it's a harmless piece of schmaltz (end, once again, excluded), but at worst, it's a horribly contrived, manipulative piece of song-writing. Which again, I guess, is a notion in which there's nothing inherent to make a song bad, but for me, it invariably does. Any song which can be characterised in the way I have just characterised 'Hey Jude' - not in intention, as I may have implied, but in the way it actually *sounds* - will for me, invariably, be a load of shit. So maybe that's just a personal thing, I don't know.
Anyway, back to my original point. The first time I heard it, I probably liked it, yeah. The second time, or at least, the second time I really paid full attention to it, things were already beginning to look a bit shaky. And by the third or fourth time, almost inevitably being used to close one of Macca's sets on TV, I'm pretty sure I'd had enough. The whole crowd singing in unison, it was pure cheese, like a revamped Kumbaya. Maybe if I'd never been exposed to that, my hate would have come on more gradually, but it would have come on all the same because the nature of the song wouldn't have changed, it just would have dawned on me more slowly. It's a song which can only be fully appreciated when you're appreciating it with a load of other people, be it 10 or 10,000, and that is surely never a song which is appreciated because it's a great piece of music but rather a song which is appreciated because... I don't really know exactly how to describe it... because it has no words and it's easy for people to sing in unison to? There's probably more to it than that, but you get what I mean, I hope. It's an appreciating of that communal experience rather than one of the song itself.
I also wanted to say something about how, every time that fucking T-Mobile advert comes on Paul McCartney's TV, I bet he wishes he'd never written that song, and that a great song would never let that sort of thing happen to itself because a great song would never be that cruel, but I can't remember exactly how I was going to string it all together so I'm just tacking it on at the end in a way which I'm sure would make Macca proud.
the fact that Macca has to pay royalties to someone else to play his own song when he does it live?
not sure who does now (probably a fund or a phone company or a financial institution)
I just didn't realise it would have an effect on live performances.
Based on the fact it's the best song to play on Guitar Hero -World Tour, it's fucking epic.
I watched him on my tellybox closing with it at Glasto and it was pretty sickening.
The Coda is waaaay to long and totally overindulgent - its a good melody worth a few bars.
So yeah, the problem is as obove not because you've heard it too much. But nevertheless, because of that, I think the song itself (or perhaps the first three minutes) deserves a few more props. The reason I mention the Love version is because it breaks the song down into its constituent elements and you realise how well put together it is. As P4k have pointed out, the Beta band literally lifted each individual instrument for Dry The Rain, which is a great song, and that is therefore a fitting tribute. Around The World by Oasis is shit, however.
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
or Here There and Everywhere.
sorry I mean...Ebony and Ivory...oh! I mean Live and Let Die...
fuck it. Blackbird. I hate Macca really.
but not mentioned so far is 'I love her' is like the simplest purest love song you can imagine
It was Lennon's tune.
dada dada da daa
Oh My Darling! is a sleeper classic, if a little low on originality...
by someone who in his prime was one of the best songwriters ever?
the likes of Vera Lynn would still be topping the charts to this day.
*checks Top 40*
Well fuck me....
if I were to quote the McCartney/Wings gag from the Simpsons again?
So I'm going with that.
The band The Beatles could have been.
So I like The Beatles but I also like Einsturzende Neubauten and Flying Lotus. Does this make me a Radio 2 listener? Its called having a knowledge of a wide range of music, something you clearly know nothing about. Its like claiming to be a fan of literature and then denying the influence of Shakespeare, Dickens etc.
I'm genuinely curious....
What's the cut-off year, just so that we know?
I have no intention of buying the remasters, but am enjoying the nostalgia trips like the bbc4 documentaries and the odd interview with the less talented surviving two </safety wink>, if just because I've always sneered at it before (like when the anthology came out) and am just sort of enjoying it for the first time now...
for mary hopkin
She's Leaving Home
For me its like the music equivalent of The Godfather 2 in that its fucking flawless. A stunningly good song!