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Friday, August 25, 2006

John has always been my dad's favorite, and I think that's what led me to be a strict John man myself. Through my experience learning about and listening to The Beatles, I've been in a number of debates with Paul-, George-, and even Ringo-lovers, but I always secretly felt those people were either stupid or just didn't know what they were talking about. Sure, Paul may be cuter, but John is an artist.

I was in Waterloo Records with Lan a few years ago when Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" came on.

"When I hear this," Lan said, "it makes me wonder how anyone could ever wonder who the real genius in The Beatles was. I mean, if you just listen to everything each of them did after the band broke up, it's pretty clear that Paul obviously has a gift for melody, but is just kind of a sappy romantic at heart, and John is just a genius."

I recently read John's 1971 Rolling Stone interview with Jann Werner, and found what I think is an interesting coincidence:
John:I learned lots from Paul and George, in many ways, but they learned a damned sight lot from me--they learned a fucking lot from me. It's like George Martin, or anybody: Just come back in twenty years' time and see what we're doing, and see who's doing what--don't put me--don't mark my papers like I'm top of the math class or did I come in Number One in English Language, because I never did. Just assess me on what I am and what comes out of me mouth, and what me work is. . . .
Paul's career is obviously the more successful--he's the wealthiest man in England--but there's no doubt to me that Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, and to a lesser extent Mind Games, stand out over anything Paul did alone during or after The Beatles. Here's to my dad, for raising me right.


Blogger Cibbuano said...

yes, but don't you think his post-Beatles stuff would have been a little less pretentious with Yoko Ono?

8:02 PM  
Blogger Madge DoRightly said...

Yoko put one of her well-known billboards up in Houston last week

"Think Peace"

She has had a connection with the place, she and John did court battles here over child custody with her ex. Come on cibbuano, give her a break...


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