posted on May 3, 2006 at 7:00 am

as you can tell was watching johnny lennon last a night
on the old pox box via a dvd
hard to get a fix on that man
the songs he wrote….
jesus, i mean
i look at a lotta songwriters
most of em ya can sorta figure out how they did it
but with lennon..
how the hell would he have written strawberry fields in 1966
even after 40 years this song leaves me bewildered
as he wrote it he opened up a huge new category
a new way to rock
a way of incorporating irony
weariness
surrealism
existentialism
distance
detachment
hope and hopelessness
and believe me folks
there wasnt any o that in rock before lennon
strawberry fields
walrus
julia
#9 dream
instant karma
come together
across the universe
l i t s w d
who knows how he did it
not me
i dont care who you comin’ from
tthis stuff is the creme de la creme
of what ya can do within rock
dark beauty
the invocation of another state
another way to see things
goodbye 1950s hegemony narrow suitntie
shortbacknsides
momsapplepie
these songs demolished that paradigms ability
to say “this is all there is”
with a song
with a pop song…!
everything on strawberry fields
the strings
the mellotron flutes
the guitars
the indian instruments
its an introduction to the 5 million other pointsa view
other than cold war pleasantville
it was anathema to the “straights” who were
going along on the beatles thing
“oh yeah…those lovable moptops…”
but come rain on the b side of pback writer
and then fields itself
all the mums n dads jumped off the bandwagon
“dont know why they had to go all strange….”
because strange is what we need grandma
in strangeness lies individuality
because this humdrum mundane world is an illusion
got some people sucked in
and a song like this is an invitation
to open the door to that 99% of yerself
where you never been or even knew was there
an artistic form of shock
i tell ya s fields sounded like it was being beamed in
from another groovy world
in 1966
a place where maths n headmasters n work
seemed ridiculous
the rah rah rah of the rugger buggers
the bullying
the jockeying
the pressure to BE SOMEONE
make money
cope with the system
john lennon offered a glimpse of an alternative

i guess at some points it all went to his head
but who could judge a success on that scale
he put up with a lotta shit when he fell from grace
his life was routinely threatened
his wife was ridiculed and abused
he was fucking hounded by the fbi n cia
thats how powerful a threat his songs were
the “straights” turned on him
and they got him good
but he aint the first artist thats happened to
nor will he be the last
the gossip rags are turning it into an artform themselves
be all that as it may
i pay homage to the man
somewhere on a level with bob dylan
as to guys who created the framework
that all us other rock writers work within
but they can never be equalled
because they came first
with no precedents
and
that is rocks tragedy inna way
and that is why all those english rock mags
are always dylan lennon beatles stones
because an argument lennon had with his chauffer
is more interesting by far
than an interview with jack rockstar whos album
is number one this week
we all labour in these giants footsteps
thats just the way it is
you cant get bigger or better than those guys
thats a built in assumption
thats why it was all so silly with oasis
i mean
C’MON!!!
whats the point in pretending….
the gallaghers aint the beatles
they couldnt be

i still believe your number one saving grace is originality…..
to see if you can bend it
not reproduce it…
thats how the the big guys got big in the 1st place
anyway
i got bloggers cramp
adios, mein amigos

25 Responses to “imagine no possessions…..no need for exorcists”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2006 at 7:57 am #

    give peace a chance

  2. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 3 May 2006 at 8:04 am #

    THE BEATLES were a GODSEND and so is THE CHURCH BAND, don’t ya know…
    mjnjr

  3. avatar
    adrak | 3 May 2006 at 8:30 am #

    I agree sk, it would take 30 secs or less to write a number 1 song with the current formulae that your hear clogging the airwaves. I always scrap any song ideas if the start sounding like the usual garb. It gives me more satifaction to write songs that I wanna listen to myself – adding my own touch…
    😉

  4. avatar
    rubikon | 3 May 2006 at 9:20 am #

    Old Johnny Lennon was a Genius of that there is no doubt – I shed a tear when that man died.

    Douglas Adams was once asked are Oasis as good as the Beatles? he replied That they were not even as good as the Rutles – nuff said.

    Mr Gallagher blatantly and cynically rips off anyone and everyone – Beatles/Dylan/Bolan/Slade!/Stones et al, whilst secure in his cynical knowledge that the “kids” of today have probably not heard the originals.

    Personally, I can’t see the point in making music unless you at least strive to be original. With any Art if you’ve got nothing worthwhile or original to say, you should just shut the F##K up.

    (sorry for the vernacular but you know what I mean).

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2006 at 9:31 am #

    i guess at some point it went to his head …

    Now that made me laugh. Were you inferring this is a bad thing? Coz it reminds me of a young, and only slightly ironic old, steven kilbey. Or perhaps it hadn’t gone, but was always in your head and simply hasn’t left.

  6. avatar
    Fandorin | 3 May 2006 at 11:13 am #

    “because strange is what we need, grandma”

    a perfect churchy t-shirt slogan.

    Because strange is what we need!

    Wunderbar!!

    The Church. Quality Space Rock. More than 25 years experience. Crafted using only the finest ingredients using special transmigration processes.

    Buy Your CHURCH CD today!

    …because strange is what we need

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2006 at 11:16 am #

    at any given time u always have to go back to these guys, the lennons the dylans…everything is sourced from those days, and they sourced it themselves from others but they were the pinnacle.last summer i spent the whole summer listening to dylan…it blew me away…40 years on and it blew me away, inspired me, rejuvenated my love of music. we’re either getting old or the young guys have nothing up their sleeves. maybe both.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2006 at 12:14 pm #

    fully agree!!!
    john & george are/were true gurus!

  9. avatar
    sue cee | 3 May 2006 at 12:58 pm #

    Magical Mystery Tour always takes me right back to a beautiful place. Did you ever do your own version of I Am The Walrus if you know what I mean?

    cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce!

  10. avatar
    John Garratt | 3 May 2006 at 1:39 pm #

    Uh oh, you insulted the Gallaghers. Get ready for a feud.

  11. avatar
    rubikon | 3 May 2006 at 1:49 pm #

    Don’t worry – it will probably go right over their heads

  12. avatar
    On second thoughts | 3 May 2006 at 1:50 pm #

    Don’t forget Paul McArtry – he did write “the Frog Chorus” after all.

  13. avatar
    Pete Best | 3 May 2006 at 1:54 pm #

    Can I have my drum sticks back now

  14. avatar
    captainmission | 3 May 2006 at 1:56 pm #

    oh i do love old bob dylan, did ya see that doco where he picks up his electric guitar and the audience just go nuts, screaming and shouting ‘judas’ and he just turns to his band and says, ‘turn it up.’
    ahh, rock and roll, it all started there.

  15. avatar
    The Eggman | 3 May 2006 at 2:19 pm #

    Picture the scene – an OASIS rehearsal

    Noel: “I write the fookin songs”
    Liam: “I sing the fookin songs”
    Noel: ” Yeh, but I WRITE the Fookin songs”
    Liam: ” I FOOKIN SIIING the Fookin Songs”
    Noel: “Yeh BUT I WRIITE! the FOOKIN SONGS”.
    Liam: ” And I SIIIING the FOOOKIN SONGS”.

    repeat ad nauseum or until one or the other gets KEBONGed over the head by a blunt musical instrument

  16. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 3 May 2006 at 2:46 pm #

    Go to http://www.youtube.com input The Beatles and stay a few hours.

    Just watched RAIN (at the very end Lennon says “That’s the first record with backwards music on it.”)

    and of course, Strawberry Fields Forever. Very marked contrast.

    Lovely stuff for a foggy Wednesday.
    Cecilia
    x

  17. avatar
    starfish | 3 May 2006 at 2:48 pm #

    Weird, am I awake now? Imagine my surprise at reading SK’s bloggy this morning. The last thing I did last night (2:00 a.m./GMT -5) was read the 1966 chapter in the book titled “Beatles Gear.” The last section goes in depth specifically on “Strawberry Fields” – the Mellotron brass sample used first, then flutes on take 7, then George Martin taking on the unprecendented studio task of splicing together take 7 of the original session with the Dec. 8 sessions orchestral version.

    By the way, you can hear an Indian instrument called a surmandal (played by GH) at verse 2 (1:18) and verse 3 (2:04).

    SK, you are tapped into a collective consciousness.

  18. avatar
    dig | 3 May 2006 at 3:23 pm #

    walrus

  19. avatar
    CouldBeAnyone | 3 May 2006 at 3:34 pm #

    My three year old walks around the house singing “I am the walrus”. Oh, and songs by The Church. I try to brainwash him with good music while I can.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    dear sk
    i too am in awe of
    the beatles

    soundtrack
    to my childhood
    hardwired into
    my being

    too beautiful
    to even grasp
    sometimes

    but just know
    sk and the church
    create those
    too beautiful
    amazing
    bring me to tears
    moments too

    love
    diane

  21. avatar
    Joe Burns | 3 May 2006 at 6:31 pm #

    SK – we are so on the same page…
    EVERYTHING in music can be traced back to The Beatles.

    I am as floored by S.Fields as you are. And equally as floored by that squiggle of feedback they left on the introduction to ‘I Feel Fine’ back in 65. Then they release the statement that their manager wanted to delete it from the mix, but they wanted to leave it on the track to make it sound more “real” more “immediate”…

    If you take the definition that “modern” art contains within itself a reflection of the process of making the art itself, then this song back in 65 may be the very first MODERN ROCK SONG! That squeal of feedback that lingers just longenough to disorient the listener before they pluck the main riff from the vibrating ether… right there in that two seconds… just think about the legacy that feedback took on after that song…

    now when a musician leaves feedback on a song, or in a performance it somehow makes the song more “real”, more “immediate”, more “visceral”, more “rebellious”…. How much of the history of guitar playing can be traced back to that moment in 1965!

    so much to answer for…

  22. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 3 May 2006 at 8:23 pm #

    AMEN
    …in every way…

    How’re your daughters coming along, mein lieblings sanger?

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 May 2006 at 9:11 pm #

    As to Lennon`s uncanny ability to write and perform songs that will live forever, may I humbly suggest that a few thousand acidtrips had something to do with it……? He started doing that in the mid-sixties and was constantly on acid (so the story goes) throughout the sixties. In fact, he got so involved, high and spaced out that the only thing preventing him from leaving his mind and body behind altogether was by doing heroin which got him grounded again. The acidexperience of egotranscending beauty and mystery combined with the skills of a highly talented songwriter could explain a thing or two (maybe….).
    A parallell can be found in Hendrix who, when not on acid, was known to be a shy almost timid person who kept in the background away from the spotlight. But when on acid (usually brought to him by Lemmy (of Hawkwind fame) who got a few tabs as thanks for being the deliveryboy) the man entered the stage like a wizard and turned the guitar into a magic toy of the Gods making ELECTRIC music that will never die…..

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 May 2006 at 11:37 am #

    Just please dont let Britney have any of that stuff

  25. avatar
    Rubikon | 4 May 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    To the last anonymous: I think that should be compulsory.


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