53 years of A Hard Day’s Night on Beatles Day!

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On 10 July, 1964, The Beatles released A Hard Day’s Night, both the single and the album. They came back to Liverpool on that day for the premiere. 

It was the only Beatles album to feature just Lennon-McCartney songs and it entered the UK charts on 18 July. Side one contained songs from the movie soundtrack and the other side featured six more songs. It hit number one on 25 July 1964, where it remained for an astonishing 21 consecutive weeks. In all it spent 38 weeks in the UK charts, and by the end of 1964 had sold more than 600,000 copies. 

A

  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Tell Me Why
  • I’ll Cry Instead
  • I Should Have Known Better (instrumental)
  • I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
  • And I Love Her (instrumental)

B

  • I Should Have Known Better
  • If I Fell
  • And I Love Her
  • Ringo’s Theme (This Boy) (instrumental)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • A Hard Day’s Night (instrumental)

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About the premiere John later said they were very nervous because of being seen as heroes by the Liverpool people and they were afraid people would think they changed since they were in their early Beatles style: suit and a really clean appearance. He was so nervous that he did a greeting gesture similar to Hitler‘s (probably without thinking since he never thought much before acting) but got away with it because people weren’t really paying attention to those things. 

 

The Beatles Day

Since this returning to Liverpool for the premier, this day is considered one of the landmarks in their rise to fame so in 2008 it became official that it would be celebrated as The Beatles Day not only in Liverpool but as also in Hamburg and other cities. 

Others choose to celebrate this day on 27 February in the USA to mark the beauty and peacefulness of the Fab Four‘s music in time for Spring.

 

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And now.. May I leave my favourite song from the album, my favourite scene from the movie and the trailer, here below the single.

 

 

 

 

Happy Beatles Day!

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Happy Birthday Ringo!

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It’s Ringo’s 77th birthday! I’m glad he’s still alive even after all those struggles he’s been through. He was definitely underrated and still is. People always talk about John and Paul when asked about The Beatles and forget George and Ringo. Some people talk about George sometimes but not enough, and mostly don’t care for Ringo. It’s really unfair.

He was a very influent drummer for a lot of musicians these days and still is an inspiration for the youngest generations, also he talked about being a left handed drummer a lot too which is useful to other left handed drummers. 

I love his solo career, I don’t know why people judge it so much. I’m always hearing that he doesn’t know how to make music and that he was an unimportant Beatle and that pisses me off because he doesn’t deserve that. Probably a lot of people will only show respect for him when he’s dead, like usually happens..

I get really emotional when I see his social media posts because he says “Peace and Love” like five times in a row and uses a thousand emojis. I admire a lot his projects for Peace and it’s so important for me that he pays attention to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress and abuse. Here’s the link in case you need:

http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/peacelovefund/

He also contributes to The Lotus Foundation .

http://www.ringostarrart.com/the-lotus-foundation/

One of my favourite Simpsons scenes was about Ringo. Apparently, Marge was a Beatlemaniac as a teenager and was in love with Ringo. She sent him a painting she made of him and he only opened it many years later and replied to her. 

Hopefully, both Ringo and Paul will still celebrate many birthdays and we all love them and I truly desire that Ringo feels loved now and always.

 

Happy birthday Ringo!

John and Paul met 60 years ago!

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On this day, in the year of 1957, John and Paul met for the first time! It all started because John’s band at the time, The Quarrymen, performed  at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. 

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Midway through their first set, 15-year-old Paul showed up to watch the guys play.  Paul got to talk to John after the performance by being presented by a mutual friend and tried to show a bit of his skills on the guitar to John, hoping that he could become a member of the band too.  Even though John tried to be badass and not making it easy for Paul at the moment, two weeks later they were really playing together.

Paul also taught John how to play better the guitar and they became very close, maybe because not only they had in common the passion for Rock’n’Roll as they both lost their mother (Julia was still alive but her relationship with John was really hard and he felt abandoned). 

In the movie Nowhere Boy (a movie about John before the Beatles and until his moving to Hamburg) there’s a scene representing this iconic meeting between the boys and those guitar lessons. The movie’s great! I watched 5 times or something already.

 

Today I wonder a lot about how different things could be if this meeting didn’t happen. If Paul didn’t go to John and tried his luck, if something happened and one of them couldn’t be there, if the party got canceled for some reason, if they didn’t get along.. So many ifs, so many different paths. Maybe they would meet later in other situation and in such a different way but things wouldn’t be the same, I believe. I think they really needed each other’s support at the moment. And by the way, Paul presented George to John and the rest of the group, and convinced him to listen to George and give him a chance. And he was given it. Maybe things really are how they’re supposed to be.

Anyway, thank God they met, thank God John had the crazy idea of starting a Rock’n’Roll band out of nowhere and thank God they were invited to play at that party as also many other things Beatlemaniacs are thankful for.  Paul and John became one of the best partnerships ever and wrote more than a hundred of songs (successful songs) together and both are recognized globally as two of the best musicians the world saw (same for George and Ringo, of course). 

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(McLennon couldn’t miss)

Have a nice day!

 

#Day 30 – a song that I haven’t listened to in awhile

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Boys was one of the first songs I downloaded by The Beatles so it brings me a lot of nostalgia. I remember it was also the first song I heard with Ringo singing and I loved his voice. I think his voice was underrated. Maybe he has always been underrated in general. I also love to see him playing the drums while singing it live. The song isn’t originally theirs but I prefer their version (sorry!).

I like the lyrics even though they’re kind of simple. This song is easy to sing along to and I think it reflects the early Beatles style.

I been told when a boy kiss a girl,
Take a trip around the world

I never thought much about this but even though I’m not a boy and never kissed anyone (it kind of sucks being 16 and never been kissed  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) I think it means that when we kiss someone it’s like we feel super happy or a change in how we see the world or something. I honestly have no idea yet.

FACTS:

  • This was originally recorded by The Shirelles, a popular female vocal quartet who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. John was a big fan of them.
  • Pete Best sang lead on this during live appearances, until he was fired and replaced by Ringo. The song served Ringo well: he often performed it in his post-Beatles career, including on the CBS special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, which aired on February 9, 2014 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the group’s famous Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
  • Although the lyrics talk specifically about boys kissing girls, not each other, the issue of gender-flipped confusion did come up. Paul told Rolling Stone in 2005, “If you think about it, here’s us doing a song and it was really a girls’ song… Or it was a gay song. But we never even listened. It’s just a great song. I think that’s one of the things about youth – you just don’t give a s–t. I love the innocence of those days.”
  • At the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Ringo and Green Day – who were each inducted at the event – took the stage to perform a rousing rendition of this song.
  • There aren’t any more versions of this song.

 

 

 

It was the last day of the 30 Day Song Challenge.. Maybe someday I’ll do one only with their solo songs because I’ve been thinking about it a lot. It would be great.

Have a nice day!

#Day 29 – a song currently stuck in my head

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Within You Without You is one of the songs with the strongest message in my opinion. I identify a lot with everything George writes and I’d love to know him. Maybe on the other side or something that would be possible.. I meditated listening to this song a few times already and it’s great but I always end up singing it too. I love this song and I love it a little more every time I hear it again. It was definitely important in music and their evolution as a band of course.

The lyrics are some of the greatest if not really the greatest, I believe. It’s really hard to decide which part of the song is my favourite.

We were talking
About the space between us all
And the people
Who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth
Then it’s far too late when they pass away
This is so true.. There are a lot of people who hide themselves behind a “wall of illusion”. They spend their whole life pretending to be someone else and then it’s too late. This scares me because I’ve been doing the same for a long time by hiding my sexuality and who I really am and my struggles pretending everything’s fine and that I don’t care about nothing but actually I do. I do too much. I hope this won’t last much longer and that when I die, I die free and passing the message of freedom and love.
with our love
We could save the world,
if they only knew
We could really save the world with our love. It might sound cliché but it’s true. Love is capable of everything and could move more than a mountain. I wish more loving people were in charge of the countries, banks, etc, and not heartless and selfish people who are only worried about filling their pockets through lies and privilege. 
We were talking
About the love that’s gone so cold
And the people
Who gain the world and lose their soul
Back to those who are in charge, it shocks me how some looked so good people and someone to be trusted and suddenly they become powerful and turn into another person. It’s like they really lost their souls like if they had to give it away in order to welcome power and luxury. This world’s complicated.
FACTS:
  • This was the only song George wrote that made it onto the album. He also contributed Only A Northern Song, but it was left off the album at the last minute. It was initially intended to go on the first side of Sgt. Pepper between She’s Leaving Home and Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.  George wrote this as a 30-minute piece. He trimmed it down into a mini-version for the album.
  • This was one of his first songs to explore Eastern religion, which would become a lifelong quest. He believed in reincarnation, which helped him accept death in 2001, when he lost his life to cancer.
  • Although this song is billed as being recorded by the Beatles, George was the only Beatle to play on the track. There is no guitar or bass, but there are some hand-drums. He spent weeks looking for musicians to play the Indian instruments used on this. It was especially difficult because Indian musicians could not read Western music.
  • The laughter at the end was George’s idea to lighten the mood and follow the theme of the album. Some people thought it indicated that the song was included on Sgt. Pepper as a joke.
  • Some other artists who sang this song were Oasis, Patti Smith and The Flaming Lips.
Life flows on within you without you..

#Day 28 – a song that reminds me of my boyfriend/girlfriend

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Don’t Bother Me is another great song written by George and I identify with it at the moment. Since “she” went away I don’t feel very happy and I’ve been getting pissed off pretty easily.

The lyrics are good and I think it’s one of their coolest songs for me. It sounds great and it kind of calms me down listening to it.

I know I’ll never be the same 
If I don’t get her back again 
Because I know she’ll always be 
The only girl for me

Lately I’ve been feeling lonely and since she left I feel it even more. She doesn’t need me but I need her and when she’s okay she gives me so much confidence and happiness.. but when she’s mad or with somebody else she doesn’t care about me at all. But she’s perfect for me, I think I could manage to survive in a relationship with her but that’s impossible because she’s straight. I’ll miss her a lot but at least I can relate to this song ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

FACTS:

  • This was George’s first recorded song. It was his response to critics who claimed he wasn’t an important member of the group because he didn’t write songs. George never regarded this song very highly, stating, “I don’t think it’s a particularly good song… It mightn’t even be a song at all, but at least it showed me that all I needed to do was keep on writing, and then maybe eventually I would write something good.”
  • George wrote this when he was down with the flu in a hotel room in the Northeast of England. The Beatles chauffeur kept various tapes which the band were working on. Years later these were sold off at one of the London auction houses. This song in it’s very earliest stages is available on bootleg and features George working the music and lyrics out as he goes along. George stated, “I wrote the song as an exercise to see if I could write a song. I was sick in bed. Maybe that’s why it turned out to be ‘Don’t Bother Me.'” 
  • This song has a darker, more pessimistic mood that was uncommon of The Beatles main sound, but would come to be George’s trademark stamp. This is actually part of what made the Beatles’ formula work: Paul was the chirpy, positive one, and George was the melancholic counterpart.
  • George may have thought very little of this song, but his friend Tom Petty didn’t share this sentiment. “I thought it was just the coolest song, like nothing I’d heard in rock,” he told Rolling Stone in 2014. “I’d say, ‘Well, I like it. A lot. If you did that today, I’d say it was really good.’ And he’d go, ‘Well, you’d be wrong.'”
  • Other recorded versions of this song are sung by The Smithereens and Luis Alberto Spinetta, for example.

 

 

 

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Don’t bother me!

#Day 27 – a song I make fun of

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Revolution 9 is such a weird song and I  think that’s why it’s cool. I make fun of it because it reflects The Beatles.. I mean, they were unpredictable. Always. That’s their middle name, I believe. They have songs with lyrics that decades later are still being tattooed even by the youngest people (I want to have some tattoos honouring them someday) and songs with lyrics that shocked by their simplicity. They didn’t need to show how great and talented, innovative, they were because the world knew and knows. I think at some point they won that freedom. This song became kind of a fandom joke and has lot of memes dedicated to it (I love those!) and it’s really funny to show this song to people because they always make a weird face like “what the hell is that? they suck”. They’re pretty innocent  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

The lyrics are the simplest ever.. Beatle thing!

Number nine, number nine
Number nine, number nine

I have nothing to say about this. “These lines saved my life”. No, not really this time!

FACTS:

  • John wrote this with contributions from Yoko Ono. It’s a highly experimental piece, which he once called “The music of the future.” It is the most controversial and bizarre track on the album – you have to have a very open mind to appreciate it. John told Rolling Stone that this was, “an unconscious picture of what I actually think will happen when it happens; that was just like a drawing of revolution. He added: “All the thing was made with loops, I had about thirty loops going, fed them onto one basic track. I was getting classical tapes, going upstairs and chopping them up, making it backwards and things like that, to get the sound effects. One thing was an engineer’s testing tape and it would come on with a voice saying ‘This is EMI Test Series #9.’ I just cut up whatever he said and I’d number nine it. Nine turned out to be my birthday and my lucky number and everything. I didn’t realize it; it was just so funny the voice saying ‘Number nine’; it was like a joke, bringing number nine into it all the time, that’s all it was.”
  • Paul and George Martin hated this and tried to keep it off the album.
  • This is the longest Beatles song – it runs 8:15. It also took longer to complete than any other track on album.
  • This helped fuel the Paul is dead” rumors. If played backwards, you were supposed to hear the car crash where Paul died, and a voice saying “Turn me on, dead man.” Also, playing the line, I’m not in the mood for wearing clothing” in reverse eventually becomes a rather odd but clear reversal, “There were two, there are none now.”. This is referencing the rumor that Paul died in a car with “Lovely Rita” and that the two were burned away after the wreck. The rumor took off in October 1969 when a listener called the radio station WKNR in Detroit and told the DJ Russ Gibb about the backward message. When he played it backwards on his show, listeners went wild and spent the next week calling in and offering their own rumors. The story quickly spread, and Paul helped it along by laying low and letting it play out.
  • John felt the number 9 was quite significant. He was happy that, after he changed his name to John Ono Lennon, his and Yoko‘s names collectively contained 9 O’s. >>
  • According to the book The Beatles, Lennon And Me, by John’s childhood friend Pete Shotton, one evening, John was with him in the attic of his Kenwood home, tripping on LSD and smoking a few joints. They messed about with John‘s Brunnel recorders, fiddling with feedback, running recordings backwards and creating tape loops. Opening the windows for some fresh air, John and Pete began to shout whatever was on their minds at the trees outside, the recorder running. This night’s lark was to later captured on Revolution 9.
  • This was parodied on an episode of The Simpsons. When the guys for a group called The B-Sharps, Barney meets a girl during recording. He exclaims at the studio that he’s making the music of all time. The song is Barney’s girl friend (with striking resemblance to Yoko Ono) saying “Number 8” and Barney burping.
  • Charles Manson thought that when they screamed the words “Right!” it was actually “Rise!” meaning the black community rising over the white people. He was of course crazy, and thought The Beatles were warning about a race war.
  • Other versions of this song can be heard by Marilyn Manson (who made his own version of it with a slightly different title) and Phish.

 

 

This song deserves a meme..

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Stay weird!

 

#Day 26 – a song by my favourite band

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Lovely Rita is a great song and it has an amazing story, of course. They were always great at storytelling. It wasn’t hard to think about my favourite band btw! I didn’t think much about the song also, Lovely Rita immediately came to my mind and I don’t know why.

I love the lyrics because it’s a story and it’s a cute song. I also love the sounds they make at the end of the song, I’m addicted to it honestly.

Got the bill and Rita paid it
Took her home I nearly made it
Sitting on the sofa with a sister or two

It’s my favourite part of the song. For no special reason, it’s just that I feel happy while singing it. I’m not sure about what Paul means with “Took her home I nearly made it” but leave that to the imagination. It’s a really nice song and I should put all the lyrics here.

FACTS:

  • Paul wrote this as if he fell for a meter maid while she was taking his plate number. He said: “I was bopping about on the piano in Liverpool when someone told me that in America, they call parking-meter women meter maids. I thought that was great, and it got to ‘Rita Meter Maid’ and then “Lovely Rita Meter Maid’ and I was thinking vaguely that it should be a hate song: ‘You took my car away and I’m so blue today’ and you wouldn’t be liking her; but then I thought it would be better to love her and if she was very freaky too, like a military man, with a bag on her shoulder. A foot stomper, but nice. The song was imagining if somebody was there taking down my number and I suddenly fell for her, and the kind of person I’d be, to fall for a meter maid, would be a shy office clerk and I’d say, ‘May I inquire discreetly when you are free to take some tea with me.’ Tea, not pot. It’s like saying ‘Come and cut the grass’ and then realizing that could be pot, or the old teapot could be something about pot. But I don’t mind pot and I leave the words in. They’re not consciously introduced just to say pot and be clever.” (from Beatles In Their Own Words).
  • Paul and Beatles producer George Martin both played pianos. Martin played the honky-tonk style in the middle.
  • Combs and paper were used to create odd background noises.
  • Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys told Q magazine that this is his favorite Paul McCartney song. He recalled: “I had a sneak preview of Sgt. Pepper when Paul came to visit me in 1967 and Lovely Rita made me laugh my head of. I love the way it comes floating in. The bass line is great and the lyrics are kind of funny too.”
  • Other versions of this song were sung by The Flaming Lips, Fats Domino and Roy Wood, for example.

 

 

 

Have a nice day!

#Day 25 – an acoustic song I love

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Blackbird is such a beautiful song. It’s on a Beatles’ acoustic compilation too. It kind of gives me strength when I listen to it because it’s uplifting. It encourages me to try a little more and not be afraid. It’s really good listening to it at night,in the dark and silence/loneliness of my room.. It’s great to make me wonder if I want to go on like this, always worried about pleasing others more than myself.

The lyrics are wonderful and it’s such a precious song from them.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

I remember when I was a kid I thought when I were older like now (I’m only 16 anyway) I’d be happier because I could have more freedom and be alone more time and just go out with friends. But I don’t even have friends to go out with. With the years it just got worse and I’m pretty lonely at the moment. I don’t identify with most people around me and if my family and friends find out I like girls it will be harder. Some of them have told me already that if I liked girls they would leave me and I can’t live without them so I’m kind of stuck. I can’t move, I can’t be myself. I’ve been waiting to go to another school so I can restart and maybe assume my sexuality (only in school) but I’m really afraid it will turn out wrong and get homophobic comments and stuff against me. 

FACTS:

  • Paul wrote this about the civil rights struggle for black people after reading about race riots in the US. He penned it in his kitchen in Scotland not long after an incident in Little Rock, when the federal courts forced the racial desegregation of the Arkansas capital’s school system. He told Mojo magazine October 2008: “We were totally immersed in the whole saga which was unfolding. So I got the idea of using a blackbird as a symbol for a black person. It wasn’t necessarily a black ‘bird’, but it works that way, as much as then you called girls ‘birds’; the Everlys had had ‘Bird Dog,’ so the word ‘bird’ was around. ‘Take these broken wings’ was very much in my mind, but it wasn’t exactly an ornithological ditty; it was purposely symbolic.”
  • Only three sounds were recorded: Paul’s voice, his Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, and a tapping that keeps time on the left channel. This tapping sound is a bit of a mystery, although in the Beatles Anthology video Paul appears to be making the sound with his foot. Some sources have claimed it is a metronome.
  • This was one of five Beatles songs Paul performed on his Wings Over America Tour in 1976.
  • Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told Q magazine that he feels this is the greatest Paul McCartney song. He commented: “It’s such a beautiful piece of music, perfect in composition and performance, and in its lyrics and in the range of his voice. Just learning that song made me a better guitar player and gave me a better appreciation of songwriting. To me it’s just musical bliss.”
  • Blackbird Singing is the title of a book of poems Paul wrote.
  • The song has already been covered by Dave Grohl, Desmond Dekker and Julie Fowlis, for example.

 

 

 

Take these broken wings and learn to fly..

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