Take a swing at the latest BeatlesTest™ and go beyond the fan-favorite classics into the nooks and crannies of the most fabulous catalog in rock history.
When the transition occurs between the two songs we are totally unprepared, the shift so unpredictable, abrupt yet so smooth.
It’s not about drugs. It’s about the big snooza-palooza, one of Lennon’s lifelong “passions.” Hey, nap dog.
The yeah-yeah-yeah’s are a foundational assertion that signaled the start of the 1960s. The ’60s of lofty legend and conservative loathing.
An odd mood, unyielding rhythm, Eric Clapton’s spot lead guitar, plus palpable group tension turn the work into a major masterpiece.
No one ever claimed John Lennon was an easy-going, mellow kind of fellow. The height of paranoid stalking songs.
Paul McCartney is one of the least likely candidates to win the title “Founder Of Heavy Metal,” but here he nabs the crown.
“Twist and shout” is a code phrase if not for having sex itself, then certainly for what today we would call, “dirty dancing.”
Aside from the famed title line, “I am the walrus,” the song gives us nuggets like “I am the eggman,” and “Goo-goo-ga-joob.”
Filled with strange reflections and brain-teasing aphorisms, it surely is one of The Beatles’ Grade A prime rockers.
Its power to amaze and move us continues well into the 21st century. An argument for love, peace and tolerance. What an achievement.
Take the first BeatlesTest™ (with more on the way) and assess your knowledge of the Fab Four and their expansive and timeless catalog.
In the words of Dr. Timothy Leary, “turn on, tune in, drop out.”
Hey, hound dog, how does it feel to have fun, fun, fun on the stairway to heaven?
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