Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tin Pan Alley: The Beatles

     Yeah, so remember when I said I was going to make this a monthly thing? Yeah, well, it's been four months since I did my first one on Dean, and so obviously I am a failure on a gargantuan level. I've been meaning to do one of these bad boys forever now, but somehow I always forget to actually do it so while it's on my mind, I'm going to finally do my second Tin Pan Alley (and hopefully it will actually become a monthly series on here).

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     Well, as I told you, just because the series title is Tin Pan Alley that doesn't mean I'm just sticking to that period of time in the music world. I love music from the 20s-60s plus some Paul McCartney after The Beatles, but for this post we're just going to look at my top ten favorite song of The Beatles.

The Beatles
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1. I Saw Here Standing There . . . (Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Record/CD: Please Please Me)
  • This is the song that got me interested in The Beatles. I was so resistant about liking them because I felt as though I were betraying Dean and Frank and all the rest of my people if I did that. I couldn't help it though. This is song is just so . . . fun! It always gets my foot tapping.

2. Honey Pie . . . (Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Record/CD: The White Album)
  • This song has everything that I like: old Hollywood and Paul's vocals. I really love this song.

3. Cry Baby Cry . . . (John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Record/CD: The White Album)
  • Thanks to my teacher for A.P. Lit, I cannot help but to analyze almost everything now: my books, films, and songs in search of the hidden messages because as my teacher assures me . . . they're there. And when I analyzed Cry Baby Cry . . . well, it made me want to cry. John did a superb job, and then Paul's add on at the end which is apparently supposed to be a part of another song, which would make some think that it wouldn't mesh together, but because it's The Beatles it works.

4.  Yesterday . . . (Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Record/CD: Help!)
  • Talk about heartbreak. The lyrics just kill me. And Paul is a genius for though the song was credited as Lennon-McCartney, Paul wrote this all by his lonesome; and that's exactly what the song gives off the feeling of: loneliness.


5. The Long and Winding Road . . . (Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Record/CD: The Blue Album)
  • Paul. Just stop. You're killing me.

6. Help Me! . . . (John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Record/CD: Help!)
  • Love this song, though I can't really say who's version I like of this better: The Beatles or Jerry Lewis and his son, Gary.

7. Lady Madonna . . . (Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Record/CD: The Blue Album)
  • Very jazzy. Me like.

8. Eleanor Rigby . . . (Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Record/CD: Revolver)
  • "All the lonely people, where do they all come from/All the lonely people, where do they all belong?"

9. Drive My Car . . . (Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Record/CD: Rubber Soul)
  • I wish I had someone to drive my car . . . though I have no intentions of becoming a star. Fun to sing a long to and it just makes me want to move. "Beep Beep, Beep Beep, yeah!"

10. Come Together . . . (John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Record/CD: Abbey Road)
  • Damn good song.

     There we are then: the second edition of Tin Pan Alley. I don't really see how someone can't like The Beatles. They were so eclectic and talented that you have to like at least one of their songs. Now, I don't like all of their songs because there's just some that make me scratch my head and go "Huh?" but even so, there will never be another The Beatles. Oh, and I would like to point out just in case you didn't notice, Paul is my favorite.

5 comments:

azw596 said...

A great group of favourites, thanks for continuing your feature!
I know so very well your resistance about liking them, and feeling your betrayal of your homegrown loves. Felt the same way in '64, and believe it or not, all these years later I'm still reluctant to fully enjoy them!!! "Yesterday" would be my top pick from those you've chosen.
Many, many thanks for your excellent selection and comments!

Classic Film and TV Cafe said...

My faves are probably PENNY LANE and TICKET TO RIDE (though I may like the Carpenters' slowed-down version even better). Saw today where all the Beatles albums are being re-released...on vinyl!

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VP81955 said...

Interesting choices...though this McCartney fan would have to substitute three of them with "Things We Said Today," "I've Just Seen A Face" and "I'm Down" (Paul channeling his inner Little Richard).

VP81955 said...

Two more worthy of mention: "Oh, Darlin'," from "Abbey Road," and an unorthodox choice -- "Soldier Of Love" from the Beatles' BBC sessions. John Lennon covers this Arthur Alexander tune (he's the guy who had a hit with "Anna," which the Beatles covered early on) with soul and conviction...a really great record. (Marshall Crenshaw, who played John in a touring production of "Beatlemania," did a fine version on his first album.)