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Nov 17, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
» What Goes On - The Beatles Anomalies List
Website that lists all the flubs, mistakes, chatter, and other weird noises in Beatles records.
I Feel Fine
In the fade out, people report hearing a barking dog. It’s not a dog, but Paul freaking out and making woop/woof noises. Very realistic, but no dog!
From this Reddit thread on production errors in pop music. (via @leelefever)
Aug 08, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Nov 06, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
I’ve always referred to the Beatles as elevator music, because that’s exactly what they were. “Michelle” in German is the one Beatles song that meant something to me, because I was in Germany when I was seven years old and heard it on the radio and thought it was really pretty. I mean, I didn’t know they were the Beatles. I’ve never sat down and listened to a Beatles record from beginning to end. Those guys just didn’t mean a fucking thing to me.
Oct 14, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
While My Guitar Gently Beeps - The Beatles - Rock Band - NYTimes.com
I took this snapshot of a NYTimes pullquote a few years ago. Here’s Paul McCartney on Rock Band, emulating his heroes, and why The Beatles started writing their own tunes:
“Miming was always fun. When I was growing up, there was always, on TV, people who mimed to records. It was a thing people did. I always admired the way they had to learn every little nuance.” McCartney’s own musical beginnings weren’t too different from picking up Rock Band and pretending to be a star, he pointed out. “I emulated Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis. We all did.” The group might have kept going that way, he said, except that they’d find themselves backstage, “and we’d hear our complete set being played by the band before us.” That’s the reason, he said, he and Lennon started writing their own songs. “It’s grown to something so big, but it really just started as a way to avoid the other bands being able to play our set.”
I have vivid memories of making a fake guitar out of cardboard and a yardstick and playing along to Genesis records when I was a kid…and it’s funny, but I consider that part of learning to play the guitar! I mean, when you want to play an instrument so bad that you’ll make a fake one and pretend to play it…that’s when you know you’re on to something. (I did the same thing for drums with gallon tubs of ice cream and wooden spoons…)
May 26, 2011
John Lennon on being accused of “ripping off” black music:
…we loved the music and wanted to spread it in any way we could. in the ’50s there were few people listening to blues - R + B - rock and roll, in America as well as Britain. People like - Eric Burdons Animals - Micks Stones - and us drank ate and slept the music, and also recorded it, many kids were turned on to black music by us.
It wasnt a rip off.
it was a love in,
Reminds me of Stravinsky’s quote: "You ‘respect,’ but I love."
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