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11 November 2010
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I was talking with some pals from beattales.com (a music-movies Mexican board) and I was doing a short article about Taxman for them, and one of my friends over there told me that Ritchie's theme from Batman TV Show was an inspiration for Taxman.

check the bass in this one, the song starts at 2.33.

What do you think guys??

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11 November 2010
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I can't say for sure about the bass parts, but if you listen to the Batman theme above, I'm pretty sure that's Yoko on vocals!

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11 November 2010
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The beginning of the second part really reminds me of 12-Bar Original.

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11 November 2010
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A bit of Googling reveals George Martin's claim that "Taxman" was indeed partly inspired by "Batman", apparently one of George H.'s favourite programs. But I don't think the two bass parts had much to do with one another, really. They're subtly different - the basic notes are similar (it's a standard blues lick) but Paul's are more syncopated and distinctive. Plus I don't know if the Beatles would even have heard that Marketts's cover, or any version other than the actual TV theme itself.

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11 November 2010
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They do have similarities, but those Batman songs are pretty awesome. A wild organ is always nice.

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4 February 2011
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No, they are not the same bass line. What is similar is the brass accent.

I play bass, they are not the same.

The Batman bass line can be heard on about a million rock and roll song songs.

4 February 2011
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Really, the only real similarity between the songs is the title

 

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5 February 2011
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As for the similarity in sound, mith, I hear what you are talking about. But Taxman was recorded in April 1966 and the Batman Theme  was released shortly after. Plus, as Von pointed out, the version above is a cover of the original which puts it much later in 1966.

The possibility of one inspiring the other is possible but not very likely.neil-aspinall

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5 February 2011
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Oh ok well it was an interesting tidbit to share.

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5 February 2011
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The original record was released in January 1966, Giving the possibility it was the inspiration. Possible, but don't bet the Mortgage

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26 September 2011
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Hi Everyone.

 

I am currently working on a college project and have chosen The Beatles track 'Taxman' to work on. I have come to the track analysis and I have worked out that there are 4 Verses, and 5 Choruses, but I am not sure if I have got this right, would anyone be able to shed some light on this please?

 

Thanks Gary :-)

27 September 2011
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Taxman mentions two politicians by name: Wilson and Heath, leaders of the Labor and Tory parties.

Maybe we can help Gary out: how many other rock songs - before or after - mention politicians by name?

I can think of Nixon in Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young?)'s "Ohio."

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27 September 2011
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"Into the Sky with Diamonds" said:

I can think of Nixon in Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young?)'s "Ohio."

Nice one. And yes, it was CSNY (Young actually wrote it). Did any of John and Yoko's from Some Time In NYC have any name-checks?

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27 September 2011
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John referred to Nixon in "Give Me Some Truth" - No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of Tricky Dicky is gonna mother hubbard
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And of course, Kennedy in "God".

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27 September 2011
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Theres the updated Taxman in 1989 when George went out on tour and changed the names to make it more relevant for the times, George Bush Snr was one of them but cant think of who the other was, Gorbechev is swirling in my head but that doesnt fit and it wasnt Maggie Thatcher.

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27 September 2011
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Tricky Dick, yes!!!

Remember "Nixon's" re-election campaign slogan? "Don't change dicks in the middle of a screw, vote for Nixon in '72"

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27 September 2011
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If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao...

BTW, it's the Labour Party, not the Labor Party, which is an Australian political party (which is odd, as the Australians generally use the British spelling of the word).

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28 September 2011
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Can't think of any Beatley ones off the top of my head, but there's always

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28 September 2011
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Tax man what a great song! Covered by quite a few Funk/Punk bands which shows another great example of beatles songs! You might want to listen to the anthology CD with it on as you might be able to see how it evolved as George was writing it and changing things around

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mr. Sun king coming together said:

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" said:

I can think of Nixon in Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young?)'s "Ohio."

 Did any of John and Yoko's from Some Time In NYC have any name-checks?

I think Yoko says something about there not being much difference between Nixon and the Pope... or perhaps it was Hitler and the Pope.... in "We're All Water"

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