Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Beatles Beat

Paul McCartney is apparently bummed that people are missing out on nature's "birdsongs" when they walk around listening to their iPods instead of keeping an ear open for the world's everyday sounds. McCartney is quoted as saying "Headphones remind me of work - whereas for most people it's the opposite.
The thing is, you get sealed off from the world, and that's fine when you're making a record. But, when you're actually just walking around, you're gonna miss birdsong, and that's so special." Maybe Paul could mix in a little Andrew Bird next time?

In other interesting McCartneyisms, Sir Paul apparently appreciates his unique status as a former Beatle. He reportedly says, "You know, there were only four people in the Beatles, and I was one of them. That means that only three other people in the universe experienced that and that's pretty amazing. I try not to think about it too much in case it gets overwhelming. It's great and I just feel blessed." Wait, what about all those claiming to be or hailed as the "fifth Beatle"?

Speaking of fifth wheels, Yoko Ono made recent headlines after quotes were attributed to her about drug use. Yoko is reported as talking about heroin use and how the pair dabbled, but never got hooked: "Luckily we never injected because both of us were totally scared about needles. So that probably saved us and the other thing that saved us was that our connection was not very good. Our connection kept getting us a lot laced with baby powder. We said, 'What is this?' But that saved us probably."

In other Yoko news, it appears she has granted permission for Lennon's "Imagine" for an Amnesty International awareness campaign. The song is also featured on a fundraising CD, Instant Karma: The Campaign To Save Darfur, that features Lennon covers and is aimed at raising funds for relief efforts in the region.

Also in the category of permissions to use songs, Schultz says that if you weren't lucky enough to get one of the bracelets for Paul McCartney's "secret" Wednesday night show at New York City's HighLine Ballroom, you may be able to get tickets to see Beatallica as they tour the country on their 2007 Twist & Mosh tour; which would pretty much be the next best thing (or third best . . . or maybe tenth best). A riotous blend of Beatlemania and Metallica sturm und drang, Jaymz Lennfield, Grg Hammettson, Kliff McBurtney and Ringo Larz, are poised to hit the road with tongue firmly in cheek in support of their upcoming release, Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band. Surprisingly, the satirical mashup of two of the more notoriously litigious bands has not been buried under a mountain of "cease and desist" orders. To the contrary, it seems the Metallica boys are fans. As for Sony/ATV Publishing: it seems they are willing to tolerate Beatallica, which given their typical lack of humor or understanding is as close to a rave as you'll get from that camp. First The Grey Album, then the Beatallica. It's terrifying how close we may be to Rock Star: Beatle Nova.

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