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Your Least Favourite Song of The Beatles
28 December 2009
4.39am
Henry the Horse
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Alissa said:

And welcome Henry the Horse! Man, I wish we could have an intro thread, so we know what to call everyone!


I almost went with "Arthur the Hairstyle."

Thanks for the welcome. Nice to find a Beatles forum where people actually discuss the Beatles!

Call me John.  First-generation fan, Chicago area.

JBL

31 December 2009
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What Goes On. It's the only song in their entire recorded output where I can't find a single redeeming feature. Sorry Frown

1 January 2010
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Should we do a "worst song" on each album?  I'm sure I'm going to upset a lot with these opinions….

1.  "Boys" (I just don't get men singing about boys.  Must have been Esptein's request.)  "Love Me Do"  (I always skip this song.  I find it boring and I just don't like it.)

2.  "Hold Me Tight"  (Filler song with mediocre lyrics…"making love to only you.")

3.  "Things We Said Today"  (Maybe if it was placed in a different section of the album I might like it.  Kind of breaks up the run of rockers.)

4.  "Mr. Moonlight"  (Great vocal from John but the tone of the verses depresses and annoys me.)  "Words Of Love"  (Another vocal sound/tone issue.  Puts me in a bad mood.)

5.  "The Night Before"  (Shouldn't have been placed second….maybe towards the end.  Kind of messes up the mood you get after listening to "Help".)  "Another Girl", "You Like Me Too Much", "Tell Me What You See"  (All seem like filler material to me.  More of Paul's fluff or as John stated, "More songs for grannies to dig.")

6.  "You Won't See Me"  (More fluff from Paul.  A weak song, should have been a b side.) 

7.  "Love You To" (The Indian instruments are annoying to the ears.)  Honorable mention:  "The Inner Light" for the same reasons.

8.  "Within Without You"  (I have to agree with Sir George Martin on this one.  Kind of brings Sgt. Pepper down.)

9.  "Your Mother Should Know"  (More Paul fluff to my ears.)

10.  "Revolution #9", "Mother Nature's Son", "Piggies", "Long, Long, Long", "Don't Pass Me By", "Good Night"  (The last two I rank low just because of Ringo's annoying voice.  "Good Night" would have been better if John had sang it.  Once again I agree with Sir George…the White Album could have been a strong single disk.)

11.  "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"  (Does this need an explanation?)

12.  "Dig It", "Maggie May"  (Out of all the miles of "Let it Be" tape they could only find these worthy enough to place on the album?)

Sunday's on the phone to Monday, Tuesday's on the phone to me.
16 January 2010
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BeatleMark said:

Should we do a "worst song" on each album?  I'm sure I'm going to upset a lot with these opinions….

1.  "Boys" (I just don't get men singing about boys.  Must have been Esptein's request.)  "Love Me Do"  (I always skip this song.  I find it boring and I just don't like it.)

2.  "Hold Me Tight"  (Filler song with mediocre lyrics…"making love to only you.")

3.  "Things We Said Today"  (Maybe if it was placed in a different section of the album I might like it.  Kind of breaks up the run of rockers.)

4.  "Mr. Moonlight"  (Great vocal from John but the tone of the verses depresses and annoys me.)  "Words Of Love"  (Another vocal sound/tone issue.  Puts me in a bad mood.)

5.  "The Night Before"  (Shouldn't have been placed second….maybe towards the end.  Kind of messes up the mood you get after listening to "Help".)  "Another Girl", "You Like Me Too Much", "Tell Me What You See"  (All seem like filler material to me.  More of Paul's fluff or as John stated, "More songs for grannies to dig.")

6.  "You Won't See Me"  (More fluff from Paul.  A weak song, should have been a b side.) 

7.  "Love You To" (The Indian instruments are annoying to the ears.)  Honorable mention:  "The Inner Light" for the same reasons.

8.  "Within Without You"  (I have to agree with Sir George Martin on this one.  Kind of brings Sgt. Pepper down.)

9.  "Your Mother Should Know"  (More Paul fluff to my ears.)

10.  "Revolution #9", "Mother Nature's Son", "Piggies", "Long, Long, Long", "Don't Pass Me By", "Good Night"  (The last two I rank low just because of Ringo's annoying voice.  "Good Night" would have been better if John had sang it.  Once again I agree with Sir George…the White Album could have been a strong single disk.)

11.  "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"  (Does this need an explanation?)

12.  "Dig It", "Maggie May"  (Out of all the miles of "Let it Be" tape they could only find these worthy enough to place on the album?)

Odd, I love most of these songs (Boys, Hold Me Tight, Things We Said Today, you won't see me, Love You To, Within You Without You etc. I love all of those White Album songs.) But i do agree with you about let it be. It could have been replaced.


16 January 2010
5.49am
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Jackson Tan said:

Since there's a thread on everyone's favourite song, I suppose I ought try to make one for the opposite end: the least favourite song in the entire Beatles discography. I know, all of the songs by the Beatles are great, but there must be one which you craze the least for! Which is it?

For me, it'll be a surprising choice, since I think there are people who likes it. It's Helter Skelter, and the reason why I liked it the least is obvious if you consider the fact that I hate metal music.

What about you?


Why am I doing this? oh well it  lets see !


1)Good night

2) Wild Honey Pie

3) Piggies

4)Maxwell  silver   hammer

5)The whole Let Be Album ( damn you Phil Spector)

6) about half of the White Album

7)Hello Goodbye

8)Revolution 9 (number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9)

9) Yellow Submarine  (song)

10)Birthday



number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9,number 9


Math Required! 12+7=19  Number 9,  see the connection ! This  forum proves that Paul, real is dead Surprised


John Senchak  Beatlogist  john@antihotmail.com

17 January 2010
12.34am
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I have never really liked yellow submarine.. i find it a bit too repetitive and boring.

Also most of the songs on the Please Please Me album. I know it was meant to be exciting and their first one but the songs just bore me slightly.

17 January 2010
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luke67 said:

Also most of the songs on the Please Please Me album. I know it was meant to be exciting and their first one but the songs just bore me slightly.


I like the rawness of Please Please Me and the fact it was as good as done live. And it does possess two of the all-time great Beatle songs: The opening and closing ones in I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
18 January 2010
12.48am
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I like the rawness of Please Please Me and the fact it was as good as done live. And it does possess two of the all-time great Beatle songs: The opening and closing ones in I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.


Incidentally, Twist And Shout is my favourite song on that album, but my point is that is not technically a beatles song. I know they pretty much made it theirs but they didn't write it. For me the majority of that album is fillers

18 January 2010
5.14am
Day Tripped
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Well I have to say:

 

1) Revolution 9

[Do I have to say why? I mean, it isn't really a song!]

 

2) Why Don't We Do It on the Road?

[Here is Paul, in wink- wink, nudge-nudge mode, attempting to be salacious, and in the process abandoning all subtlety and tact. He was apparently inspired on the group’s retreat to India when he saw monkeys going at it sans inhibition. Charming. The song bludgeons you over the head about how ribald and risque it is, and you can tell that Paul’s hoping to get some knowing sniggers from the audience. But once the shock value of the first refrain wears off, you’re just left with a guy who doesn’t know when the joke should end. (And about the lyrics: Wouldn’t everyone be watching two people rogering in the middle of the avenue? Just a thought.)]

3) Honey Pie

[For what it’s trying to do, “Honey Pie” isn’t terrible. It’s just that it doesn’t belong. When Paul went down this old-timey avenue before with “When I’m Sixty-Four,” it worked just fine because it was a better song and because it seamlessly fit Sgt. Pepper’s all-encompassing approach to pop music. But, despite its reputation as a progressive piece of music, The White Album, with a few notable exceptions, is split pretty evenly between hard-rockers and gentle folk songs. When “Honey Pie” enters that mix, with its Prohibition horns and Paul hamming it up with embarrassing scatting and loopy falsetto, it’s jarring in the worst possible way.]

4) Long, Long, Long

[My main problem here is that I always think that I’m going deaf when this song comes on. Hot on the heels of the rip-roaring “Helter Skelter,” “Long, Long, Long” is practically silent. I suppose that was a decision made by the group to highlight the contrast in material, but it’s still annoying. I can hear the high-pitched noises meant for dogs at the end of Sgt. Pepper’s almost as well as I can hear this song.]

Last but not least,

5) Polythene Pam

[One of those little known songs by The Beatles, it is another fragment of a song artfully wedged into the Abbey Road Side 2 medley, “Polythene Pam” finds John Lennon paying tribute to a girl whose sexual proclivities keep her in constant need of Hefty Bags. (I wonder if she prefers Cinch-Sack.) This is the same Pam we met on the previous Abbey Road song, “Mean Mr. Mustard,” when she was briefly introduced as Mr. Mustard’s sister. With characters like these, the Mustard family reunions must be weird, wild affairs. Ringo’s drums are like a second hook in this song, thumping along at a rapid pace alongside the acoustic guitars. It’s also nice to hear John and Paul yelping at each other at song’s end, giving the song a looseness that was probably in stark contrast to the actual mood at the time. John’s pea-soup accent in the song makes him seem like a dirty old man, and he plays the role with a demented glee. It’s hard not to have a smile on your face right along with him for the entirety of “Polythene Pam,” but the song is so short that it never feels like more than a joke that went far enough to make it on record.]

 

There it is. My least favourite songs of The Beatles.

18 January 2010
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MC SQUARED said:

5) Polythene Pam

[One of those little known songs by The Beatles, it is another fragment of a song artfully wedged into the Abbey Road Side 2 medley, “Polythene Pam” finds John Lennon paying tribute to a girl whose sexual proclivities keep her in constant need of Hefty Bags. (I wonder if she prefers Cinch-Sack.) This is the same Pam we met on the previous Abbey Road song, “Mean Mr. Mustard,” when she was briefly introduced as Mr. Mustard’s sister. With characters like these, the Mustard family reunions must be weird, wild affairs. Ringo’s drums are like a second hook in this song, thumping along at a rapid pace alongside the acoustic guitars. It’s also nice to hear John and Paul yelping at each other at song’s end, giving the song a looseness that was probably in stark contrast to the actual mood at the time. John’s pea-soup accent in the song makes him seem like a dirty old man, and he plays the role with a demented glee. It’s hard not to have a smile on your face right along with him for the entirety of “Polythene Pam,” but the song is so short that it never feels like more than a joke that went far enough to make it on record.]

 

There it is. My least favourite songs of The Beatles.


The Mimi-despised scouse makes the song, I'll admit! I mostly focus on the voice for "Polythene Pam", that's probably why it's one of my favourites in the medley. Drums too! Ringo did quite a job on that number.

For "Long, Long, Long" maybe try again and just pay attention to the tranquility and revelation of the song as a whole. (maybe skip Helter Skelter for once, and then give it a go!) It really is a lovely song, even taking the George I'm-doing-an-insane-scream-that-sounds-a-little-naughtier-than-intended wail at the end. And the sitar, wee hoo, that should be enough!

Tongue, lose thy light. Moon, take thy flight… see ya, George!
19 January 2010
9.34pm
ChickenSqueeze
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Hi all!

I'm new here…

I'd have to say my least favorite song would be Revolution 9

I respect The Beatles making it though, seeing as it made way for other artists to try and do sampling,

but I don't really see it as a song, or as music for that matter

That said, I like to think of it solely as 'art using sound'.

20 January 2010
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Hey ChickenSqueeze! (Do I dare ask you how you came up with that name? I dare.)

9 is interesting, but yes, it's not a "song" you can cruise around town and sing to other drivers. If you do, you had better tape it, because I'd love to see their reactions!

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20 January 2010
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Never, ever liked "Long Winded Road" in either it's original or Spectorized version. I just don't have the stomach for that kind of easy-listening tastefulness (which Paul continued perpetrating in solo tracks like "My Love".) John used to complain about Paul's "granny tunes". I'll take granny tunes over middle-aged housewife tunes every time. A more depressing final #1 single I can't imagine.

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
27 January 2010
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It's hard to choose, i only have very few songs of least favourite…

It's pretty hard, but i choose:

Revolution 9 – It's the least favourite for me, but it's a good avant-garde but is the less good song of The Beatles. Then:

Long, Long, Long, – I appreciate much this song, indian period of George the last i think of The Beatles, but it's too slow until the end.

Only A Northern Song is part of Pepper really and is my favourite album along with Abbey Road and then The White Album so i can't put this one.

Maggie Mae – It's too short, i prefer even Her Majesty because it's part of the medley of Abbey Road (the original medley of course).

The Long And Winding Road, Get Back, Dig A Pony, Dig It – Of the version of Spector's. It ruined it with his ''wall of sound'' techiniques, i prefer the originals back in 1969 when the project was Get Back.

And maybe there's more, but these are some.

In My Life, I Love You More.
27 January 2010
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It's hard to choose, i only have very few songs of least favourite…

It's pretty hard, but i choose:

Revolution 9 – It's the least favourite for me, but it's a good avant-garde but is the less good song of The Beatles. Then:

Long, Long, Long, – I appreciate much this song, indian period of George the last i think of The Beatles, but it's too slow until the end.

Only A Northern Song is part of Pepper really and is my favourite album along with Abbey Road and then The White Album so i can't put this one.

Maggie Mae – It's too short, i prefer even Her Majesty because it's part of the medley of Abbey Road (the original medley of course).

The Long And Winding Road, Get Back, Dig A Pony, Dig It – Of the version of Spector's. It ruined it with his ''wall of sound'' techiniques, i prefer the originals back in 1969 when the project was Get Back.

And maybe there's more, but these are some.

In My Life, I Love You More.
27 January 2010
9.59pm
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skye said:I wasn't impressed by rain when I first heard it, and it hasn't made it onto my ipod yet. If you like it, what am I missing?


Paul's bass and Ringo's drums, for starters. Paul's bass playing on both "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" was positively earth shattering for 1966. And Ringo has said that he did his best ever drumming on "Rain." I can understand why it would need to grow on you, though…

27 January 2010
10.23pm
Dalkalopagus
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It's hard to pick… I guess don't pass me by, it just isn't good. At all. I never got why everybody hates Maxwell though, I like that song.

27 January 2010
11.03pm
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5. Only A Northern Song (is only an uninspired song)

4. What You're Doing (It's not bad, it's just not that good)

3. Boys (The lads took their fascination with girl-groups a bit too far with this one)

2. Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Why I dislike it: mainly because it follows Come Together & Something and completely destroys the flow of an otherwise flawless album. And enough with the "granny music" (as John coined it) already, Paul! Wasn't "When I'm 64," "Your Mother Should Know," and "Honey Pie" quite enough?

1. Good Night (Good gawd! Speaking of "granny music" – Why, John? Why????)

28 January 2010
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I guess I don't understand what John meant by granny music. How's a song about a serial killer granny friendly?

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28 January 2010
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I would have to say A Taste Of Honey. I don't like show tunes and they were doing much better songs than this live before the recording of Please Please Me. Why didn't they record Some Other Guy? That would have been a great addition to that album.  

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