Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Beatles Double-Play on a Lousy Spring Day

Greetings.  The Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" via video in May, 1966.  Some say this is the first music video.

It's worth noting Paul is playing with a chipped tooth - a result of a motor scooter accident in December, 1965. One of the earliest notions of the "Paul is Dead" phenomenon.

I just heard "Rain" earlier today - a somewhat underappreciated song in comparison to the rest of the Fab's catalog.  It includes on of the first example of "backwards masking", the idea of taking the lyric and reversing them.  We've of course heard it countless times since then.  In case you're wondering what the reverse lyric is, it's:  
"When the sun shines," "Rain," and "If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads"
"Paperback Writer" is pure brilliance. Here's Macca playing it at Citi Field on July 18, 2009 (yes, that was the show I was at).

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