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Dave Grohl is God

I love this MAN..and I’m not ashamed to say it.

Dave dedicated his award to Kurt Cobain and gave a shout to the Pixies! A living LEGEND!


Help!

Another Beatles album and another masterpiece. This probably isn’t as much of a stylistic jump forward as Beatles For Sale or Rubber Soul will be. However, Help! manages to strengthen their artistic integrity. There’s not only more of Lennon’s Dylan-posturing, but just a little bit more innovation. As if you’d expect anything less from them!

John dominates this record again with the contribution of three A+ scoring songs, but Paul stays strong in the running with two A+ scoring songs of his own! George contributes two ditties, but again his songwriting still seems to be in the formative stages (although he is still a lot better than most songwriters from the era). John’s Help! starts things off in a remarkably energetic way. It’s a fast-paced rocker with some excellent chord progressions and two melody-lines going at once. And, as expected, the thing is catchy as hell. The Beatles were feeling very overextended at this point of their careers, and you can guess that he wrote this to vent some of that frustration. As a result of that, I have thought about it to vent my frustrations from time to time!

‘You Got to Hide Your Love Away’ is one Lennon’s Dylan-inspired acoustic folk numbers, and it has a melody that’s immediately lovable. Lack of creative melodies is a common criticism I have of folk music in general, but John knew exactly how to fix that! ‘Ticket to Ride’ has been so well incorporated in our culture that we probably don’t realize how unusual it was for the time. Those loud, thundering drums and that droning guitar tone has been compared to heavy metal, and that comparison isn’t unjustified. (Of course, it’s not heavy metal… but it begins to approach that style!)

Paul wrote ‘Yesterday’, of course, and it’s one of the first rock songs to incorporate a string quartet. (Though the string quartet idea was George Martin’s.) Classical music snobs like to point out that such an arrangement wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if it was introduced in the classical realm, and they’re absolutely right! However, the idea was certainly bracing, and it points its way toward progressive rock. Furthermore, it works perfectly with Paul’s sweet, folksy melody. Paul’s other A+ contribution was ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face,’ which is certainly an unusual take on folk-rock. The acoustic guitar is strummed like mad, and Paul’s melody is sweet and breezy!

The second half of the albums kicks off with the Ringo sung country number ‘Act Naturally’ which seems so out-of-place, it becomes comical yet ‘It’s Only Love’ has some haunting guitar sounds and a beautiful John vocal. ‘You Like Me Too Much’ re-introduces Piano into a Beatles album and works as a very nice unassuming enjoyable track. ‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’ is a wonderfully great Simon And Garfunkel rip-off… I get the history confused sometimes. If it actually invented Simon And Garfunkel ( it does sound a hell of a lot like them ) then hats off to those Beatles lads! If not, hats off to them anyway, it’s a super fun song. We get ‘Yesterday’ today and then to round everything off we get something a little older, a little goodbye as such because ‘Dizzie Miss Lizzie’ is one of those Rock N Roll John vocal scorchers. Excellent.


Please Please Me

The Beatles first album is a very good one in the catalogue. Although this is ‘pop’ or whatever you want to call it, the music is innovative, lively and enjoyable.

The story behind that legendary and incredibly raw vocal performance on “Twist and Shout” stems from a terrible cold that Lennon had. Scanning the track listing, even the non-seasoned music listener would notice that there’s a distinct lack of the most well-known of the well-known Beatles originals present here. That’s because this is their first album, and they’re young and inexperienced! But holy crap, look at the songs this album does have! “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Misery,” Please Please Me,” “Love Me Do,” “There’s a Place” … if you are anything like me, you should be salivating at the mouth!

“I Saw Her Standing There” is that raucous opener. Whoever thought The Beatles were wimpy instrumentalists need to get that notion out of their heads immediately! You’re just going to have to accept that Ringo’s toe tapping drumming kicks your backside, that riff is rough and infectious, and even George’s very rusty guitar solo comes off as awesome! None of that mentions that the song is just about the catchiest thing ever, but that goes without mentioning! That’s followed up with “Misery,” a very happy ballad. Even though the composition is incredibly simple, it has the uncanny ability to just leap out of the speakers. That’s their magic at work right at this early stage!

“Please Please Me” is one of the surefire standouts, and everybody in the world knows that! Everything from that happy-go-lucky beat, that simple and immediately recognizable harmonica line and that remarkably catchy melody. I mean, it is so much fun and unpretentious, and it’s even great to dance to! “Love Me Do” is another one of those songs that everybody knows by heart whether they like it or not. It’s such a simple ditty! But listening to it, it’s impossible to write it off. Not that I would even want to.

Naturally, Please Please Me has it’s insubstantial original compositions. It wouldn’t be the first Beatles album if it didn’t! Lennon’s “Ask Me Why” tends to sound a bit flat and McCartney’s “P.S. I Love You” doesn’t quite have that spark the other songs had. George Harrison takes over the lead vocals in the Lennon/McCartney “Do You Want to Know a Secret” and shows his lack of vocal prowess right at this early stage. Heck, Ringo even sounded better than George, who took the lead vocals in one of the covers, “Boys!”

Anyway, the fact that everyone needs to hear their relatively inciting material goes to prove how awesome they were! Nothing else can be said about that.