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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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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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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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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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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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