Haddy Grimble* to y’all! (A Christmas post…)

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Christmas time, in case you haven’t noticed. It’s Christmas Eve down here in our rather large, isolated corner of the globe known as Australia, so I decided I should do a post wishing all my followers a very haddy Crimble and a merry New Year**!

Most of you who are reading this might be freezing in the Northern Hemisphere, and experiencing a White Christmas! But it is Summer in Australia, and as usual, Christmas in Adelaide will be in the mid-twenties. (Which is surprisingly cool for Summer…) And I haven’t been in a very Christmassy mood this year. We only put up a few Christmas decorations on the weekend. I haven’t listened to any Christmas songs of my own will, excepting The Beatles’ Christmas Records and ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’. Bah humbug. But anyway, I thought I would prove I am not the Grinch in disguise and do a post on how to celebrate a ‘All You Need Is The Beatles’-style Christmas with an ‘All You Need Is The Beatles’-style Christmas playlist! So here goes…

Those of you who've watched 'George Harrison: Living In The Material World', you'll remember that story about the Apple Christmas Party and the Hells Angels. (Google it.) This is from the same event...

Those of you who’ve watched ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World’, you’ll remember that story about the Apple Christmas Party and the Hells Angels. (Google it.) This is from the same event…

 

‘Christmastime (Is Here Again)’ — The Beatles!

A Beatles Christmas song! With Beatle harmonies! Yay! tangerinetrees’ perfect Christmas song…

For those of you who don’t know anything about this song, The Beatles released Christmas records every year. But these records were only available to their fan club. This song is from the 1967 Christmas Record, which was originally about seven minutes long. This edit was used in 1995 as the B-side to ‘Free As A Bird’. The Smithereens did a very enjoyable cover, which I will post below:

 

‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ — John Lennon

Hands down my favourite officially released and easily obtainable Christmas song! (The above is my favourite of all time.) The song was based off a 1969 Johnandyoko campaign using billboards reading ‘WAR IS OVER!’ in 11 cities. The mantra chanted by the children’s choir/Yoko is all the more relevant today — war will be over, if we want it. Clearly the governments don’t want it to be over…

But on a less serious note, I need to deal with the subject of Yoko. So Yokes, I love your contemporary art, and I think you were a great influence on John, but you and singing… Erm, you and “singing”… Let’s just say that I wouldn’t encourage to give up your day job.

John sings wonderfully, though. In fact, ‘Happy Xmas’ is one of my favourite Lennon vocals. (Among everything else he ever sang! 🙂 )

‘Wonderful Christmastime’ — Paul McCartney

Okay, so this isn’t exactly Paul’s best. (And yes, I like Wings a lot more than I did six months ago. ‘Band On The Run’, ‘Mrs Vandebilt’ and ‘Call Me Back Again’ are three of my favourite songs. And pretty much all of their good songs are really dance-able.) Yes, it’s a bit cheesy. Yes, I think the lyrics are a bit limited. But anyway, it’s Christmas. And it’s Paul. I’d rather listen to Paul sing a bad Christmas song than, say, Wham! (*shudders*). And I guess I do like this song. 🙂

‘Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem’ — Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish indie-pop band that wrote one of my favourite films, God Help The Girl. And they did a Christmas hymn! And it sounds good! Festive sounding guitar…

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs — ‘All I Want For Christmas’

I’ve just started to get into The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and I found this whilst trying to find a nonexistent Black Keys Christmas cover. (The Black Keys are one of my other favourite bands, by the way.) I dig it! Christmas songs sound strangely good when recorded indie-style…

The Kinks — ‘Father Christmas’

I love The Kinks. And whilst I’d rather listen to ‘All Day and All Of The Night’ or ‘Sunny Afternoon’ than I would the above, I have to admit that it’s pretty damn good for a Christmas song. The overdriven guitars are pretty awesome, too.

‘Jingle Bell Rock’ — Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire sound drunk, but I don’t really care. I really like Arcade Fire, and this is just how I’d imagine an Arcade Fire Christmas song to be.

(And finally…)

The Beatles’ Christmas Records!

Every year from 1963 to 1969, The Beatles recorded a short “Christmas record” which was distributed among their fan club. I’ve already posted part of their 1967 Christmas record above, but here are all seven in their entirety. My personal favourite is the 1966 record known as ‘Everywhere It’s Christmas’, which begins at 15:40. But I, of course, enjoy all of the records… John’s wit is in full bloom, and George is also very, very funny. They must have had a lot of fun making these records!

And there you go! tangerine’s Christmas playlist in a (you guessed it) nutshell! And now I’ll take the opportunity to wish you all a merry Chrimble, haddy Grimble and a festal Christmas! Hope you all have a really gear holiday season. Good day sunshine until another day 🙂

*No, I have not lost my ability to spell. I’m referencing a poem in one of John’s books — In His Own Write — called ‘Haddy Grimble, Randoob!’

**Referencing The Beatles’ 1963 Christmas record.

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Standin’ In The Garden, Listening To ‘Watching Rainbows’

The bootleg this post will revolve around. I don't own it (yet...naughty bootleg-buying me!), but I know the song well, and love it dearly.

The bootleg this post will revolve around. I don’t own it (yet…naughty bootleg-buying me!), but I know the song well, and love it dearly.

Well, yay! It’s finally holidays again! Two lovely weeks of freedom! I thought I’d do a short thing today (‘Huh?’ I bet you’re thinking. ‘tangerinetrees99 absolutely does not do short!’ Well tangerinetrees is going to prove she can – and yes, she did just feel a sudden urge to refer to herself in the third person) on something that deserves its own post, so here goes.

Those of you who read my post from two weeks ago, My Twelve Favourite Beatles Lead Guitar Parts (you can read it here), will know I mentioned a song called ‘Watching Rainbows’. I’m pretty sure I said I’d do a post on it, so here it is!

In short, I. Love. This. And I think it should have been released, either in this form or in a different, re-recorded version. But anyway – here’s some background info:

‘Watching Rainbows’ was recorded in midst of the Get Back sessions – Wikipedia has supplied me with the exact date, which is the 14th of January, 1969. This was, in fact, recorded without George, as he had temporarily quit the band during this period. George’s absence explains the lack of bass, as Paul was on lead guitar. As you will hear, it is John’s song, so he is obviously on vocals and on that GORGEOUS electric piano. Ringo (again, just slightly obviously. I hope you are good at seeing sarcasm in print) is on drums.

You may recognise a couple of riffs. The first one of these is at the start, and sounds a bit like the main riff of ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’. (The riff was later used in ‘I Know (I Know)’ off Mind Games, for all you Lennonites like myself out there!)

Did you know that ‘Watching Rainbows’ was in fact the origin of this riff? There are three songs that make up ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ – obviously Paul’s, well, ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, Johns’ ‘Everybody Had A Hard Year’ and ‘Watching Rainbows’! A riff that sounds similar to ‘Hey Bulldog’ is also used at the end. Other songs that ‘WR’ is often associated with include ‘I Am The Walrus’ (‘WR’ has the line ‘Standin’ in the garden, waitin’ for the English sun to come and make me brown’ – ‘IATW’ has the lines ‘Sitting in an English Garden waiting for the sun / if the sun don’t come you get your tan from sitting in the English rain’) and ‘Mean Mister Mustard’, which was rehearsed directly before.

‘Watching Rainbows’ has been widely bootlegged, and was in fact the title of a 1978 bootleg album of Get Back outtakes! But I’m not here to promote bootlegging (that would be, erm, illegal). But here’s the song, and here are the lyrics, directly copied (with some spelling/grammar fix-ups from me) from lyricsmode.com (yes, they had the lyrics to an obscure Beatles bootleg!). Make sure you listen to it, as it is an absolutely amazing song, and incredibly good for a random Threetles jam!

Standin’ in the garden, waitin’ for the sun to shine /
Hand my umbrella, with this dirt – I wish she was mine /
Everybody doves, think a thing; it didn’t come /
Instead of watching rainbows, I’m gonna make me some /
Instead of watchin’ rainbows, I’m gonna make me some /
Standin’ in the garden, waitin’ for the English sun to come and make me brown so I can be someone /
Lookin’ at the bench of next door neighbours /
Cryin’ to my mum, I’m tryin’ to set sabres /
Everybody’s got to have something hard to grow /
Well, instead of watching rainbows under the sun /
You gotta get out son, and make you one /
You gotta get out son, and make you run /
Because you’re not gonna make it if you cry, cry, though /
Shoot big!
Shoot big!
Whatever you do, you gotta kill somebody to get what you wanna get /
You gotta shoot big!
You gotta shoot big!
Until you shoot big /
I can’t stand.

So there you go. Enjoy!

And just to finish off, you may or may not know that iTunes have released a free EP called 4: John, Paul, George, Ringo to go along with their brand-new Beatles solo-career masters! The tracks are as follows: ‘Love’ (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, from their 1970 self-titled album), ‘Call Me Back Again’ (Paul McCartney and Wings, from their 1975 album, Venus and Mars), ‘Let It Down’ (George Harrison, from his 1970 triple-album All Things Must Pass) and ‘Walk With You’ (Ringo Starr, from his 2012 album Y Not). John and George have the best tracks by far (well, I have to confess I actually haven’t heard the other two tracks, but as a general rule, John and George’s solo careers are the best out of the four), but it’s free! I downloaded it last night, and be sure to do so too! I believe it’s only free for a limited time…

Oh, and Dhani Harrison recently played a version with his band (NOT thenewno2) of his dad’s ‘Let It Down’ (also featured on that EP!). I really like it – and gosh, he sounds a lot like George! Here it is:

Good day sunshine! 🙂

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL McCARTNEY!!

The birthday boy in a cat costume!

The birthday boy in a cat costume!

 

As all Beatlemaniacs will know, it is Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE’s 72nd birthday, today! The electrifying riff on ‘Birthday’ is playing (I’m still making my way through the White Album…), George’s ‘What Is Life’ was just on the radio (yes, I know – wrong Beatle – but I’m still in a Beatle-y mood from it), and I was going to say I was really, really happy, but ‘Yer Blues’ has just come on, and the lyrics are slightly extremely depressing (not that I care – I love the song!), but not even those words are going to dampen my mood. Happy birthday, Paul!

Now, Paul may be my third-favourite Beatle, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love him (not as much as I love his song-writing partner, John), all the same! Though I prefer John’s (and in many cases, George’s – he’s my second-favourite) songs, there is no doubt that Paul was a truly one-of-a-kind songwriter with a very large amount of talent! I will say now that I dislike much of Paul’s solo/Wings career (DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON ‘SILLY LOVE SONGS’ – I hate that song…), but even I will admit that there were some very good songs, which I will post later. He was, however, a fantabulous songwriter within The Beatles, especially around the Help!/Rubber Soul/Revolver period (i.e. ‘For No One’, ‘The Night Before’, ‘I’m Looking Through You’, ‘Here, There and Everywhere’), though. My theory (and a lot of other people’s) is that he needed John (as a friend/competition/song-writing partner) to write such poignant, beautiful, experimental songs as he did in the ’60s; John has said that Paul is capable of writing beautiful lyrics (note ‘The Fool On The Hill’ and ‘Hey Jude’), but the latter was never really aware of it. I think such talents were more evident whilst he was a Beatle, ’cause John’s competition was more also more evident. The above is just my opinion – probably because I’m a very strong Lennon Lover – but I wonder if anyone else agrees? Regardless of what I just wrote, I think Paul was/is very, very cool (the song that has just started playing – ‘Helter Skelter’, which I love – is more proof) and that he was/is equally as talented.

I’m going to post some YouTube clips of my favourite – because I’m not generally a fan of Wings/solo Paul (as you may have already gathered, I’m a Plastic Ono Band type of gal), I’m going to include some of his Beatle compositions:

 

 

This is ‘For No One’, we’re talking about – it is too beautiful for words (excuse cliché), END OF STORY! (Yay; ‘Long Long Long’ – which is one of my favourite George Beatle songs – just came on! Sorry – completely random.)

 

 

I love ‘The Night Before’, almost (if not as much) as ‘For No One’ – I couldn’t find the proper clip from Help!, ’cause the song is all split up in the film (there should be a revolution on YouTube – guess the song (clue: it doesn’t involve a ‘9’)), but here are some parts of the film sequence, plus some bits from ‘I Need You’!

 

 

Now onto some Paul solo stuff – this is one of two of his solo songs that I really like (the other one will be below, though it’s fairly obvious if you know who my favourite Beatle is). It’s quite Beatle-y, which I probably why I like it so much. According to Mum (who shares my views on Wings), ‘Uncle Albert’ is quite a good song – must listen to it at some point. I don’t mind ‘Band On The Run’, either, but I don’t like it as much as above or below.

 

 

 

Okay – of course I love this song! In fact, I’m going to listen to it now (‘Savoy Truffle’, though it is fab, can wait). I mean, what Lennon Lover doesn’t?! It is just so sweet and heartfelt  – thank you, Paul! You can just feel how close he and John were, by listening to even just the first notes

 

Just a couple of other things (if I can see the screen – ‘Here Today’ always makes me tear up) – most people know that a few weeks ago, Paul was ill and had to cancel his Japanese dates. As far as I know, he is sort-of better now, but he has had to postpone all his concerts up until October, or something, so he can make a full recovery. Get well soon, Paul! When he’s better, maybe he can come and do some gigs in Australia – he hasn’t toured here since 1993 (before I was born), so maybe he will see that it’s time he came, again. I know for a fact that millions of people would go, including myself – and I’d make sure he’d come to Adelaide, all right! If he wasn’t going to come down South, I could do something similar to what Bob Francis did for him, John, George and Ringo-turn-Jimmie back in ’64 – wouldn’t that be cool?

But anyway, I wish you a beautiful birthday, Paul – thank you for the wonderful music you and John, George and Ringo made five decades ago! Good day sunshine, for now.

 

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