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Flubs are fun
5 September 2011
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MeanMrMustard has a great post of  McCartney flubbing the lyrics to "I'm Down" in Germany.

Watching a band's reaction to a flub can be fun

The best flub I know of is the rendition of "If I Fell" in Vacouver '64.

Mc Cartney hits a horrible wrong note on the harmony (intentional?) and they start cracking up in the middle of the song. Not that anyone in the audience seems to notice…

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5 September 2011
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*Vancouver* (Sorry, that's what you get with Canadians.) Actually, I'm not a huge fan. I mean, they're funny for a while, but I prefer the studio screwups, if only because I hate girls' screams. But, I'm intrigued by the Vancouver show. Anything on YouTube?

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5 September 2011
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Yeah I definitely prefer studio screwups, like the Anthology III version of Rocky Raccoon. I now can't listen to the original without hearing "sminking." 

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5 September 2011
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If I Fell in Vancouver. And you can hear the band sing and enjoy themselves. Paul is way off lol.

I also prefer the studio mess ups to the concerts, for example the outtake medleys on the anthology dvd, especially the white album one. However its great to hear how John managed to routinely get the words wrong to Help! whenever he sang it live.

Not so much a flub but John's laughing vocal on Its Only Love ("havent i the right")  is always a delight to hear. He really did think the lyrics were awful, even when signing it in the studio - Verse 2 = right, fight, night, sight, bright, bright, right).

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
5 September 2011
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"If I Fell" found it (with correct Vancouver spelling):  

Mild laughter 40 sec in, and then it falls apart at 1:25

This is actually a cleaned up version.

In the version I have, the fans are so loud that you can barely hear the band.

This is presumably why Paul couldn't give a hoot what he was singing.

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5 September 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

However its great to hear how John managed to routinely get the words wrong to Help! whenever he sang it live.

I've love hearing this as well! Just how he managed to mumble his way through the verses and get away with it, because the crowd were always screaming too loud to notice anyway.

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6 September 2011
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Another fab flub was One After 909 on Anthology 1 when the band get more and more annoyed as the recording go on. I like how Paul gets annoyed after John asks where his plectrum is and riled says "i havent got one". 

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My favorite is on the Anthology version of "No Reply" where they keep saying 'Your Face!' instead of the actual lyrics.

My very mature friends and I say that phrase almost daily…

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6 September 2011
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What about Anthology And Your Bird Can Sing? Paul flubs next to his entire vocal, and John sminks a few words ("when your bike is broken…")

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6 September 2011
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Another fun flub is John trying to get the guitar intro right on take 4 of Norwegian Wood (the one that would be released on Rubber Soul).  He has a couple of goes before getting it right, talking to himself when he fails "no", "wrong", and then at the end of the take says "i showed ya".

Plus when recording 12 Bar Original before starting take 1 Paul tells John to "watch the beat". 15 seconds later John's apologising for getting it wrong.

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7 September 2011
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How about John flubbing the words to "Don't Let Me Down" on the Apple rooftop and substituting gibberish?

I get a kick out of concert flubs 'coz they're so public!

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12 September 2011
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kelicopter said:

Yeah I definitely prefer studio screwups, like the Anthology III version of Rocky Raccoon. I now can't listen to the original without hearing "sminking."

You had to mention sminking. That one is my favorite. I know it was only an early take, but I was amazed that he kept going and finished the song. I would have been no good for the rest of the recording session.

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