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Under appreciated songs by the Beatles. Part 2.

Posted December 31st, 2010 at 07:19 AM by PraiseGod_Barebones

Helter Skelter

So confession, I'm actually a huge White Album mark, it is in fact my favourite Beatles album. I concede that it is not the best Beatles album, not by a long way but I love the strange variety on the self titled album. From the strange bluesy warbling on Rocky Raccoon, to the inverted Beach Boys Back in the USSR even the avant garde Revolution 9 but my favourite track on the album is The Beatles rockiest number Helter Skelter and song now more closely associated with Charles Manson than with its creators. If Back in the USSR tribute to the Beach Boys then Helter Skelter is a tribute to the high octane work of The Who. The lyrics are nonsense (unless you're that crazy cat Charles Manson) but the power of the song doesn't lie in its lyrical content, instead it lies in the guitar and the delivery of the vocal which is at times Mick Jagger like. From the opening guitar that blows your socks off if played loudly to the closing remarks by Ringo (not as many think John) this songs defies everything that would have been assosiated with the The Beatles just a few years before and shows that the one of the greatest things about the band was the ability to go out on a limb, do something different from regular scheduling and still blow you away.

'I've got blisters on me fingers'
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    I love Back in the USSR. The Beatles do the the Beach Boys better than the Beach Boys do the Beach Boys!
    Posted January 1st, 2011 at 10:02 AM by pixi666 pixi666 is offline
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    Indeed, and with that rye Beatles humour to boot. Plus the Beeb actually banned Back in the USSR because they suspected that it was actually 'Backin' the USSR', wouldn't surprise me if it was as it's very in keeping with The Beatles love of a good in-joke.
    Posted January 2nd, 2011 at 04:18 AM by PraiseGod_Barebones PraiseGod_Barebones is offline
 
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