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Your Least Favourite Song of The Beatles
28 January 2010
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Elsewhere Man
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skye said:I guess I don't understand what John meant by granny music. How's a song about a serial killer granny friendly?


Obviously, the lyrics aren't "granny-ish," but the music most certainly is. It was yet another music hall pastiche of Paul's, which had become tiresome at this point. In the Let It Be film, Paul referred to Maxwell's Silver Hammer as "the corny one." John readily agreed, as I recall. In fact, both John & George are on record as having hated the song because Paul made them do it over and over again. One wonders why Paul was so enamored with this tune when he clearly had far better material he could have done...

28 January 2010
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John wasn't even on the record - he was injured in a car accident in Scotland and was recuperating. He was in the studio but didn't take part. His lack of involvement might account for his antipathy. I suppose he might have come to hate it during the Let It Be sessions too.

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28 January 2010
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Okay, I didn't realize Ringo hated it, too, but I just found this recent quote of his in your article on Maxwell's Silver Hammer:

The worst session ever was Maxwell's Silver Hammer. It was the worst track we ever had to record. It went on for fucking weeks. I thought it was mad.

AllMusic has this to say on he subject:

 

Both George Harrison and John Lennon subsequently derided the song, Harrison calling it "fruity," and Lennon complaining as follows in his Playboy interview: "I hate it…he made us do it a hundred million times. He did everything to make it into a single and it never was and it never could've been…we spent more money on that song than any of them in the whole album."

So, John was either speaking on behalf of his fellow Beatles in that quote or referring to the Let It Be Sessions.

 

29 January 2010
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Let's see

5. Yellow Submarine (too kiddy)

4. Love Me Do (it's good for the time, but now it just sounds really weird)

3. Twist And Shout (Too overrated for me)

2. Maggie Mae (Why couldn't they just release Rocker or Save the Last Dance for Me instead???!!!!!)

and...Confused

1. Flying (It just never seems to end)

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29 January 2010
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I do love 'Cheese and Onions' more than "Maxwell's Silver Hammer,' that's for sure... I never knew the other Beatles hated that one so much until I started reading the books.  To me, it's a perfectly pleasant late-Beatlish tune, not all that grannyish -- but then again, I wasn't forced to record it for weeks. 

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29 January 2010
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Neither were The Beatles. As Paul McCartney pointed out in Anthology: "They got annoyed because 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' took three days to record. Big deal."

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4 February 2010
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skye said:

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!


Sorry for pelpying so late...

"ChickenSqueeze" is actually my nickname, believe it or not. It's a very loose translation of my real name my band mates gave to me when we first started out...

I actually tried what you said as a joke! Every time me and my friends had a talk about the Beatles, I'd pluck out my phone and play and try to sing along with Revolution 9... And they'd just stare at me... the phrase "WTF?" ever so clear in their eyes :P

But eventually my one friend joined in with the joke, and we'd just make random noises, and whenever anyone asks us wtf we were doing, we'd just say something like "Just singing our favorite song, man!" :)

4 February 2010
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:D Too funny. I'm glad your friend got the joke.

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5 February 2010
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Everyone's got to have a glass opinion on this, I suppose, and it's fun for me to see what other people regularly skip on the iPod.  In general, I do a lot of skipping around on "Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine".  Not a huge fan of "Flying" and "Blue Jay Way" on an average day - I have to be in the right mood for it.

I think I may have listened to "Revolution 9" twice in my entire life.  Once was under the influence of I-was-alone-I-took-a-ride (if you know what I mean).  It sounded a lot more interesting on that listen.

In general, too, I tend to skip Ringo's songs, just because I'm not a big fan of the country style (there are always exceptions, though - I think "Act Naturally" is a lot of fun).

I guess I would want to say that I don't hate any of The Beatles' songs.  There are just certain ones that I have to be in the right mood for, and I have to be deliberate about choosing that particular song (e.g., "You know, I haven't heard 'Blue Jay Way' in a while, I think I'll go dig it up").

I get what someone was saying about a song like "Helter Skelter".  I love that song, but truly, it's a bit of a commitment to make.  Not exactly easy on the ears, you know.

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5 February 2010
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Hi Peter. Welcome to the site/forum.

Hmmm. I haven't heard Blue Jay Way in a while. I know what I'm going to do now...

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8 February 2010
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I saw this thread and I just had to join and reply, I don't know why XD.

I really don't hate any of their songs, but there are some I could do without:

1. Flying

2.Blue Jay Way

And that's a bout it. I've been listening to them since I was about 8??? (15 now.), and I just couldn't stand One After 909.(I'm having fun with the bold. Hehe.) But when I was about 11, I gave it a chance and I loved it. (Goes to show how set I am in my ways. It's still one of my favorite songs.) I also used to despise the original of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, but then I heard the Across The Universe version, and loved it too. I'm really confusing.

8 February 2010
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No, not really. Tastes change. Blue Jay Way kind of creeped me out at first but once I figured out what he was talking about, I could 'dig it'. I personally like Flying, but to each their own.

So which version of WMGGW do you prefer? (And how much did you save by switching to Geico?)

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8 February 2010
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skye said:

So which version of WMGGW do you prefer? (And how much did you save by switching to Geico?)


Did Geico use it in an ad?

Hi Yoyo - welcome to the site. I like Flying. Blue Jay Way I can take or leave - it's OK but goes on a bit too long, like most of George's songs of 1967.

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8 February 2010
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Naw, I was refering to his avatar. It's the money you could be saving with Geico. Lame joke, I know.

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9 February 2010
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Ah, I see. We don't have Geico over here - I only know of it from the Warren Buffett connection and Kanye West's mention in Gold Digger. Thanks for explaining!

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9 February 2010
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Joe said:

Hi Peter. Welcome to the site/forum.

Hmmm. I haven't heard Blue Jay Way in a while. I know what I'm going to do now...


Hi, Joe, thanks for the welcome (and for this incredible site!).  You can call me "Peter" if you like, but I have to tell you the origin of that: it was a misheard song lyric from the beginning of "Here, There, and Everywhere".  Somehow or other "to lead a better life" got crossed-up into "Peter Weatherby..." - it's the first thing I think of when I hear the song now. :)

Someone asked which version of WMGGW is preferred, and I have to say, I never really took to that song when I first heard it on "White".  I think it was Eric Clapton's guitar work that pitched me off a bit; just never seemed to fit for me, wasn't "Beatley" enough.  But when I heard it re-done on "Love", and read George Martin's notes about doing the string arrangement and how it seemed a fitting closure after doing the strings for "Yesterday" all those years ago, I completely fell in love with it.  So, actually, the re-imagining of WMGGW actually salvaged the song for me after 20 years of not really caring for it (I really like the extra verse in that version, too).

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9 February 2010
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The acoustic version without strings is on Anthology 3 if you haven't heard it. I prefer it to the one on Love.

Maybe we should have a thread on misheard lyrics. That's a good one Smile

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9 February 2010
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Joe said:

The acoustic version without strings is on Anthology 3 if you haven't heard it. I prefer it to the one on Love.

Maybe we should have a thread on misheard lyrics. That's a good one Smile


Yes, I should have mentioned that, thanks for reminding me: I heard the acoustic guitar-only version on Anthology 3 in the interim, and at the time I regarded it as a nice little novelty.  Neat little demo, or whatever.  It didn't really stick to me until I heard it with George Martin's strings layered on top.

Re: misheard lyrics?  Absolutely!  I have stories ...

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28 February 2010
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Well, my least favourite song is "Run for your life", and that's beacause I'm not a native english speaker, so, when I really pay attention to the lyrics, they shocked me very much. Some time later I found that John hated it too. But I must say that Paul's "granny music" and George's "raga-rock" really annoys me.

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26 April 2010
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Any of George's Indian crap...blue-meanie

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