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When people ask Beatles stupid questions.
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Expert Textpert
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28 May 2013 - 7.35pm

This is from a Playboy interview in 1980:

"The car had arrived to take us to the studio. On the way out, a young girl accosted John with 'When are you going back with the Beatles?' John snapped, 'When are you going back to high school?'

LOL.

Does anyone have any more stories of fans with dumb questions?

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

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HeyTrud
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28 May 2013 - 7.37pm

Of course there is the old "standby" of them asking George what he called his haircut and him answering "Arthur" - a classic!

I KNOW that I just read a bunch while reading "Into the Sky With Diamonds" - but can't remember them at the moment.....

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

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28 May 2013 - 9.16pm

A US press conference in 1966 when they were asked "what do you dream off?" (im paraphrasing). John finally snapped at that after a series of inane questions. If you want to find stupid questions they were asked just read the press conference transcripts, there are tons in there.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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29 May 2013 - 12.56am

People didn't think that the Beatles' fame would last very long, which is why so many stupid questions were asked during the early part of the Beatles' career. The reporters must have regretted not asking something more serious.

2/7/1964 JFK Airport

Q: "Does all that hair help you sing?"
PAUL:
"What?"
Q: "Does all that hair help you sing?"
JOHN:
"Definitely. Yeah."
Q: "You feel like Sampson? If you lost your
hair, you'd lose what you have? 'It'?"
JOHN: "Don't know. I don't
know."
PAUL: "Don't know."

  

"The world is a very serious and, at times, very sad place - but at other times it is all such a joke."-George Harrison

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29 May 2013 - 1.34am

thewordislove94 said
People didn't think that the Beatles' fame would last very long, which is why so many stupid questions were asked during the early part of the Beatles' career. The reporters must have regretted not asking something more serious.

2/7/1964 JFK Airport

Q: "Does all that hair help you sing?"
PAUL:
"What?"
Q: "Does all that hair help you sing?"
JOHN:
"Definitely. Yeah."
Q: "You feel like Sampson? If you lost your
hair, you'd lose what you have? 'It'?"
JOHN: "Don't know. I don't
know."
PAUL: "Don't know."

  

Hahahaha, that's the funniest thing I've read all day!

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

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29 May 2013 - 1.41am

There was a really funny short one with Paul, I've been trying to find it on Youtube but can't.  I just remember at the end the reporter was like "I just have to ask, did Yoko break up the Beatles?"  Paul does this little chuckle, and with a nice amount of sass, he's like "No", giving her this look like, "Are you really asking me that?".   

 

Expert Textpert:  Nice new picture!  a-hard-days-night-john-1

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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29 May 2013 - 1.44am

LongHairedLady said

 

Expert Textpert:  Nice new picture!  a-hard-days-night-john-1

Thanks, it's from September, 1980.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

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Linde
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29 May 2013 - 10.56pm

A while ago I've gone through some press conferences and interviews on some website, and in most of them I was stunned because of the amount of stupid questions. I'll look if I can find some. Must be plenty of them in there.

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30 May 2013 - 9.15am

I love this, and will never get tired of it. Taken from the interview that mmm mentioned above:

Q: "I'd like to direct this question to messrs. Lennon and McCartney. In a recent article, 'Time' magazine put down Pop music. And they referred to 'Day Tripper' as being about a prostitute..."

PAUL: (nodding jokingly) "Oh yeah."

Q: "...and 'Norwegian Wood' as being about a lesbian."

PAUL: (nodding) "Oh yeah."

Q: "I just wanted to know what your intent was when you wrote it, and what your feeling is about the 'Time' magazine criticizm of the music that is being written today."

PAUL: "We were just trying to write songs about prostitutes and lesbians, that's all."

- - -

Q: "May I ask about the song 'Eleanor Rigby?' What was the motivation or inspiration for that?"

JOHN: "Two queers."

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Egroeg Evoli
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31 May 2013 - 4.43am

Here are some stupid questions:

Q: "Ringo, would you show us your grey hair?"

RINGO: "No."

~~~

Q: "Have you ever measured your hair to see whose is the longest?"

BEATLES: "No!"

GEORGE: "I think mine is anyway, 'cuz it grows faster than the others."

JOHN: "I'm usually a close second."

~~~

Q: "Paul, I saw a picture of your father and I notice that he has thinning hair."

PAUL: "Mmm-hmm."

RINGO: "But he's 65, what do you expect!"

(laughter)

Q: "When your hair starts thinning, what will you do?"

PAUL: (laughs) "Let it thin, you know."

GEORGE: "Grow a beard."

~~~

Q: "I'd like to ask you all a personal question about your hair. How can you sleep at night with it that long?"

JOHN: "Well, when you're asleep you don't notice."

(laughter)

PAUL: "True, true. Ha! That told him."

GEORGE: "How do you sleep with your arms and your legs still attached? It's the same."

RINGO: "You get used to it."

GEORGE: "Maybe that's why we've been up every night."

PAUL: "Yeah, maybe THAT'S why we have parties. That's it. We can't sleep with this long hair."

(chuckles from reporters)

PAUL: "Great!"

 JOHN: "People have only had short hair since the world war. So they've been sleeping for all those thousands of years with long hair."

PAUL: "It's not a problem, I tell ya. It's just as much a problem as having short hair, which to you seems like normal."

JOHN: "It's more of a problem having short hair, having to keep it short."

~~~

What is it with reporters and The Beatles' hair?!

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31 May 2013 - 2.22pm

The hair the hair the hair, it even confuses the reporters, they couldn't tell who is who. But these days if the Beatles donned the hair today, people will say Bieber here. So I ditched Arthur for the Abbey Road look.

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Von Bontee
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31 May 2013 - 8.20pm

I occasionally wonder if it was only the Beatles who faced all those stupid questions from the media in those days, or if they were typical of the standard. Like, did Elizabeth Taylor or Frank Sinatra receive questions about what they thought about the arms race and African independence? Was it only the pop stars who got all the inane "What's your favourite colour?"-type questions?

If that's the case, then it's really no surprise that the reporters all focused on the hair in '64 - that would clearly be the most interesting thing they could possibly think of asking.

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!"
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1 June 2013 - 9.21am

I think the general idea was that they were young men who didn't have an opinion on anything beyond the latest fashion, or whatever. I doubt it crossed their minds to ask them about anything more serious than when they last had their hair cut. People like E. Taylor or Sinatra weren't in the pop business where you were lucky if you lasted more than a year and, perhaps more importantly, they were older and, therefore, could talk about ''grown up'' subjects.

Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.

(Passover - I. Curtis)

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1 June 2013 - 2.52pm

This is one of my favorite interviews due to John's flippancy with his responses. The very brief interview starts at 1:56 in. If I had simply posted the transcript, it would have been an injustice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....Hb2wajIjp8

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1 June 2013 - 4.35pm

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Love you, Johnny!  heart

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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1 June 2013 - 5.21pm

That was awesome!  Pure John <3

"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

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Little Piggy Dragonguy
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2 June 2013 - 1.04am

fabfouremily said
I love this, and will never get tired of it. Taken from the interview that mmm mentioned above:

Q: "I'd like to direct this question to messrs. Lennon and McCartney. In a recent article, 'Time' magazine put down Pop music. And they referred to 'Day Tripper' as being about a prostitute..."

PAUL: (nodding jokingly) "Oh yeah."

Q: "...and 'Norwegian Wood' as being about a lesbian."

PAUL: (nodding) "Oh yeah."

Q: "I just wanted to know what your intent was when you wrote it, and what your feeling is about the 'Time' magazine criticizm of the music that is being written today."

PAUL: "We were just trying to write songs about prostitutes and lesbians, that's all."

- - -

Q: "May I ask about the song 'Eleanor Rigby?' What was the motivation or inspiration for that?"

JOHN: "Two queers."

Lol, I, too, could never get tired of this. 

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2 June 2013 - 8.19am

Interviewer: Ringo, why do you wear so many rings on your fingers?

Ringo: 'Cause I can't fit them through me nose.

 

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