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I Feel Fine - did Parlophone really issue a warning?
9 April 2015
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Hi all -

I'm making a radio documentary on the use of drone & feedback in music, and I'll be talking about how "I Feel Fine " was the first example of intentional feedback in a pop song.

I seem to remember reading somewhere years ago that when Parlophone issued the first copies of the single, they put some sort of label on it advising buyers that there was feedback at the beginning of the song, that it was deliberate, and that there was nothing wrong with the record itself (or something like that).

It's a great story, but I can't find anything online that backs it up. Does someone have any info as to whether or not this really happened?

10 April 2015
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I wouldn't put much store in the story. If such an edition existed, it would be high-up on the lists of their collectable vinyl, and - though it could be slipping my mind - I cannot recall ever having seen such a label variation.

I suppose there is a possibility that there was something said in the letter sent out to DJs and reviewers with their promo copies. That would kind of make more sense.

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10 April 2015
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I've heard the flipside where people have jokingly said it must have sounded like something was wrong with record and they could see DJ's soothing the listeners minds but not EMI actually put out a warning with the single. You'd think if they had it would be in most entries for 'I Feel Fine '.

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11 April 2015
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It's possible the story got around because of worries about cutting the vinyl, there were all sorts of do's and don'ts about mastering in those days aside from the technical limitations of the format.

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11 April 2015
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Wasn't there a similar warning given to DJs regarding the extreme distortion in "Revolution "?

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13 April 2015
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Von Bontee said
Wasn't there a similar warning given to DJs regarding the extreme distortion in "Revolution "?

I haven't heard that, but I kind of doubt it.  I mean, distorted guitar was hardly unheard-of by 1968.  By then, The Kinks, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Cream had all used it.

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13 April 2015
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If anyone gave warning, it would be EMI for recording outside the box.

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The beginning of I Feel Fine was described in the press as an "electronic accident", although of course it was intentional. I'm not sure of the source of the quotation - it's something that gets repeated a lot. I've never heard of any warning labels being put on the single.

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I have the vaguest of vague recollections that when The Beatles performed I Feel Fine on television, possibly on the BBC's Top Of The Pops, John Lennon pretended to shave with an electric razor during the buzzing part of the introduction.

I have no recollection of any warning being given.

16 April 2015
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There is footage of John playing with a electric razor in the 1964 BBC documentary 'Follow The Beatles', maybe they inserted part of that into one of the broadcasts of 'I Feel Fine '.

I'd forgotten The Beatles even 'performed' 'I Feel Fine ' on 'Top Of The Pops'.ahdn_paul_01

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