Sunday, October 26, 2008

Beatles Halloween BOOtleg

Beatles Halloween BOOtleg (on bobbing for Apple Records. of course)

Yes it's that time of year again, Beedle Peedles !
Election Day is not the only scary day coming up.
Go get ready to light up your Jack-O-Lanterns
since Halloween is just around the corner.

While I was lounging around, getting over an awful cold,
I was trying to think of a way to tie in The Fabs with
All Hallows Eve. The Happy-Go-Lucky Mop Tops are usually
associated with Peace, Love, Joy, Fun, etc. But of course there
has been lots of scary events associated with The Beatles
as well.

With that in mind, I came up with a list of Fab-related songs
for Halloween. There weren't too many really "scary" tracks,
but I listed songs about children, sweets, darkness, costumes,
as well as various Halloween figures, like ghosts, ghouls, and the devil.
Some of the songs were included because of it's title,
even if the contents have nothing to do with Halloween.
(In other words, for comedic value.) I hope you enjoy it!
  1. Ringo: Spooky Weirdness
  2. Paul: No More Lonely Nights
  3. Paul: Magic
  4. George: Beware Of Darkness
  5. George: Here Comes The Moon
  6. Beatles: Mr. Moonlight
  7. Beatles: Little Child
  8. Paul: Dress Me Up As A Robber
  9. Beatles: Act Naturally
  10. Beatles: Baby's In Black
  11. Beatles: With A Little Help From My Friends
  12. Paul: Friends To Go
  13. Paul: Follow Me
  14. Beatles: Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
  15. Beatles: Your Mother Should Know
  16. George: Awaiting On You All
  17. George: Behind That Locked Door
  18. Beatles: There's A Place
  19. Paul: Let 'Em In
  20. Beatles: Don't Pass Me By
  21. Paul: I'm Carrying
  22. George: Try Some Buy Some
  23. Beatles: Savoy Truffle
  24. George: Unknown Delight
  25. Beatles: Not A Second Time
  26. John: Instant Karma !
  27. Traveling Wilburys: The Devil's Been Busy
  28. John: Scared
  29. Yoko : Don't Be Scared
  30. John: Mr. Hyde's Gone (Don't Be Afraid)
  31. Beatles: Chains
  32. George: The Art Of Dying
  33. Beatles: Run For Your Life
  34. Paul: Magneto and Titanium Man
  35. Ringo: Devil Woman
  36. Beatles: Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  37. Elvis Costello: So Like Candy
  38. Beatles: Devil In Her Heart
  39. Yoko: Women Of Salem
  40. George: Blood From A Clone
  41. Beatles: Yer Blues
  42. Paul: Live and Let Die
  43. Beatles: I Am The Walrus (They Are The Eggmen)
  44. George: Devil's Radio
  45. Barenaked Ladies: Be My Yoko Ono
  46. Yoko: Yes, I'm A Witch
  47. George: Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  48. John: My Mummy's Dead
  49. Beatles: I'm Looking Through You
  50. Ringo: Back Off Boogaloo
  51. Paul: Run Devil Run
  52. Beatles: Helter Skelter
  53. Beatles: I'm So Tired
  54. Beatles: When I Get Home
  55. Beatles: The Long And Winding Road
  56. Beatles: Get Back
  57. Paul: Gratitude
  58. Paul: Eat At Home
  59. Ringo: Satisfied
  60. Beatles: It's All Too Much
  61. Heather Mills Feat. Paul McCartney: VO!CE

    (Note: I'm a fan of Yoko's, and the BNL song was
    included as a little joke. The same cannot be said about
    Heather Mills.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Sorry for the long delay between posts. My Blogger account was blocked, but now it seems to be OK. Before I was so rudely interrupted, I was working on an elaborate post about Paul, but since it's John birthday tomorrow, I'm going to write a quick piece about him instead. Unfortunately I do not have the time needed to type everything I wish to say in order to get this posted by October 9th. Life is what happens to you when you're typing other blogs.

Everything about John is tinged with sadness, knowing how his life ended. Yoko is doing what she feels is best for Lennon's legacy. One cannot fault her for most of her decisions. John is now thought of mostly as a peacenik - which is how Lennon was quoted as saying he wished to be remembered. What greater legacy can one have ? John was always advertising "peace", and what message could be more relevant, or timeless?

As I'm typing, I'm listening to the new Dylan box set. Would Lennon have as impressive a collection at this stage of his career if he was still alive? It's a question that unfortunately cannot be answered.

In the early 1980s, RCA went about refurbishing Elvis' image. One such result was an album called Rocker. This collected Presley's rocking songs on one LP, with a cool picture of The King on a motorcycle, and an treasure trove of Elvis at his rocking best. They even re-released "Blue Suede Shoes" - with a picture sleeve - on blue vinyl. It helped redefine Presley as a musical rebel.

So for Lennon's birthday, I have a list of 24 solo tracks to listen to in tribute to what would have been John's 68th birthday. It call it PLAY LOUD! , after the inscription on the inner label of the early Plastic Ono Band Apple 45s. It's not really a bunch of "rockers". It's just the more aggressive side of John's music. It's the material that's not "soft rock" - there are no quiet ballads here. It's Rock'n'Roll, politics, autobiographical material, and anything else that I felt would fit. It's a collection for people who only know John's softer side. This music is angry. It's exhilarating. Most of all, it's real.

1 New York City
2 Instant Karma
3 Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
4 Whatever Gets You Through The Night
5 Gimme Some Truth
6 Meat City
7 What You Got
8 I Don't Want To Be A Soldier Mama
9 Power To The People
10 Well Well Well
11 Rock and Roll People
12 Slippin' and Sliddin'
13 Move Over Ms. L
14 Blue Suede Shoes
15 Ain't That A Shame
16 Well (Baby Please Don't Go) (with Zappa)
17 Hound Dog
18 Attica State
19 Working Class Hero
20 John Sinclair
21 Cold Turkey
22 Tight A$
23 I'm Losing you
24 I Saw Her Standing There (with Elton John)

I don't have time to figure out if this fits on a single CD (probably not), but I always thought the song "New York City" could have been a single - you could even use the One-To-One footage for a video.

Anyway, I need to go - but hopefully this inspires you to dig out some of John's music, and hopefully it won't be tinged with too much sadness.