John Lennon was never one to beat around the bush when it came to how he really felt about The Beatles songs. But did you know that the late star once described one of his own tracks as basically signifying nothing? Spotted by Far Out Magazine in Lennon’s 1980 Playboy interview, the song in question is Yellow Submarine’s Hey Bulldog.
Lennon said: “I’m not an album person.
“There’s too many fill-ins and padding.
“I like the inspired stuff, not the created, clever stuff.”
And he described Hey Bulldog as: “A good-sounding record that means nothing.”
Originally called She Can Talk To Me, Hey Bulldog has become something of a fan favourite in more recent years.
While Paul McCartney said of the song some 14 years later: “I remember Hey Bulldog as being one of John’s songs and I helped him finish it off in the studio, but it’s mainly his vibe.
“There’s a little rap at the end between John and I, we went into a crazy little thing at the end.
“We always tried to make every song different because we figured, ‘Why write something like the last one? We’ve done that.’”
McCartney added: “We were on a ladder so there was never any sense of stepping down a rung, or even staying on the same rung, it was better to move one rung ahead.”
Next year, a new documentary film on The Beatles’ Let It Be sessions is released.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Beatles: Get Back features tons of unseen and restored footage of the Fab Four.
The filmmaker is setting out to show that the band wanted to stay together, providing a revisionist version of the original Let It Be movie.
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Speaking with Rolling Stone, Jackson said: “Even though Let It Be wasn’t filmed with the breakup in mind it was filmed 14 months earlier.
“I can just imagine that if you were going to the cinema in May of 1970, and you just heard that the Beatles had broken up, then you’re obviously going to look at the movie through a particular filter.
“I think that has led to it being known as the breakup film. But it’s not really a breakup film in the slightest.
“Just me personally as a fan, looking at the 56 hours, I get a sense of a group that wants to do something different, but they’ve run out of places to go.”
The director continued: “They never wanted to repeat themselves — they didn’t want to make Sgt. Pepper 2.
“There’s even conversations we’ve got on film where they’re discussing, ‘Maybe if we went back and became the Cavern Club band again’ — becoming the lunchtime bender gang.
“Because they can’t play a stadium that’s bigger than Shea. They’ve done complex albums. They’ve done simple albums.
“You get the sense that they really don’t want to break up. That’s the overriding impression I get. They’re a forward-moving band, but they’ve run out of places to go.”
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