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Is Magical Mystery Tour designed to be viewed *in context*?
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16 July 2013
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I think it was more intended to be viewed under the influence of something.  When I watch it, it's like "Okay, go for a puff, then watch Magical Mystery Tour"...  a-hard-days-night-john-1

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

16 July 2013
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Haven't seen MMT myself while high (yet); I'd be more apt to put on Singin' In the Rain or the Led Zeppelin DVD or Yellow Submarine (or Let It Be...some day) if I want altered-senses audiovisual fun. I know if I did, the good parts would indeed seem to make a little more "sense". (I doubt that I'd enjoy the most irritatingly incomprehensible bits any more, however; I honestly find that spaghetti scene pretty near unwatchable.) But isn't that really the nature of dope use in general - to make most things more interesting and some things more seemingly profound?

I really don't think there was any grand design - the Beatles were pretty much just getting high and throwing stuff at the wall to see what would stick. And then viewing the filmed results while high and liking what they saw. But I would assume that they were experienced enough dopers to realize that the goofy stuff only seemed to be meaningful because they were stoned - but that it didn't matter because much of the audience would be stoned anyways!

(Which raises another question: who did they think the audience was going to be?? Did they not realize that being televised meant that the programme would be viewed by Mr. and Mrs. British Public, most of whom were probably not stoners? Were they too stoned to think that through? Or didn't they care? Or did they maybe think that their pro-legalization petition of a few months ago would surely be so effective that the whole country would be toking up by Boxing Day? So many additional questions; glad I'm not stoned or I'd be overwhelmed!)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
19 July 2013
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If you're like me, some parts that that were intended to be funny, and were funny, would indeed be funnier.

And some parts that weren't intended to be funny, would be funny.

But the parts that were intended to be funny yet weren't funny, would be no funnier. Something about laboured, unsuccessful comedy that kills it...more than kills it, in fact, it negates it, makes it anti-comedy - less funny than non-comedy.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
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