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Rubber Soul - the title
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Either Paul or John said this came from one of Ringo's malaprops.  I was happily driving along, listening to Revolver , when suddenly the double entendre of "Rubber Soul " hit me!  The more I know, the more lights go off in my head like this :)

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I all ways thought the name came because the beatles found out that souls felt like rubber

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I'm not sure, but I think it's Paul in Anthology (DVDs) that says it started as one of Ringo's malaprops (can't be sure as I've seen a bunch of docu's lately).  And it was on Anthology 2 cd 1 where Paul can be heard saying "Plastic soul.  Plastic soul, man" (1963 I think).  I could picture Ringo saying something goofy and one of them picking up on it, then bandying it about.

@Starr Shine? , I never thought that exactly, that they felt like rubber, more like they were not solid, somewhat changeable, but bounced back - like rubber.  But it would be just like them to word it so it could be "Rubber Sole".  This would be like they did naming the group after the Crickets, thinking it was a double entendre with the bug and the British game.  But when they talked to some member(s) of the Crickets, they said they had never heard of the game (again, from the Anthology dvds).  They named themselves [Buddy Holly and] the Crickets because there was this unique sound they heard when rehearsing in the garage, and it turned out to be a cricket.  But it shows (as well as many lyrics do) that they used homonyms/alternate meanings of same spellings well (and also as I noted somewhere else, they chose the Queen's or American english, depending on which rhymed better).

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There was a fairly interesting thread last summer about Beatles' album titles (and album title cuts) in general, and "With The Beatles " in particular. When I find it, I'll edit this post to include a link... :)

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I always thought it meant rubber sole, as in the rubber of a shoe? With "sole" changed to "soul" because it was the first album in which they truly felt they put their heart and soul into it.

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TT454 said

I always thought it meant rubber sole, as in the rubber of a shoe? With "sole" changed to "soul" because it was the first album in which they truly felt they put their heart and soul into it.

I didn't think about the second part, but that's how I think they got Rubber Sole/Soul.

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Mr. Kite said

TT454 said

I always thought it meant rubber sole, as in the rubber of a shoe? With "sole" changed to "soul" because it was the first album in which they truly felt they put their heart and soul into it.

I didn't think about the second part, but that's how I think they got Rubber Sole/Soul.

But what about the "Plastic soul" John referred to in '63?  I think it originated as something someone (Ringo?) said, and they let it germinate in their minds until someone came up with "Rubber Soul " because it could also mean "Rubber Sole".

OTOH, everyone interprets are differently.  That's what makes it art.  It's no stretch to say that the album name is part of the artistry of the whole thing, especially with the Beatles' penchant for wordplay and theme.

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Paul saying "Plastic soul, man. Plastic soul" is at the end of take 1 of I'm Down on Anthology 2 , so 1965.

I've always taken it as a play on plastic soul which wiki describes as "a term coined during the 1960's by popular black musicians to describe Mick Jagger, a white musician singing soul music." and adds "Paul McCartney  later referenced the phrase as the name of the The Beatles album Rubber Soul  which was inspired by the term "plastic soul"."

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There's a fantastic "In" Joke within the title, when abbreviated, which also makes me laugh. I'm sure the Beatles spotted it - Certainly John.

"R Soul" (snigger)

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chrisredditch said

"R Soul" (snigger)

"RubberS oul" (chortle)

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meanmistermustard said
Paul saying "Plastic soul, man. Plastic soul" is at the end of take 1 of I'm Down on Anthology 2 , so 1965.

I've always taken it as a play on plastic soul which wiki describes as "a term coined during the 1960's by popular black musicians to describe Mick Jagger, a white musician singing soul music." and adds "Paul McCartney  later referenced the phrase as the name of the The Beatles album Rubber Soul  which was inspired by the term "plastic soul"."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....t3nUqZgc4U

  

That's the ticket. Ever since I heard the Anthology edit of 12-Bar original, I've had the idea that George Martin should have made that edit in the 60's (with his harmonium a little louder). It could have been the title song of Rubber Soul and replaced Run For Your Life in the track list and running order.

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