Beatles Song Countdown: 215-211

215: I Wanna Be Your Man

Album: With The Beatles
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Singer: Starr

Verdict: Lennon hated this. While Lennon hated everything, he and Paul gave this to Mick and Keith because they didn’t care about the song (and I suspect, let Ringo sing it for the same reason). The Rolling Stones released it as a single and it went to #12 on the British charts, which tells you a lot about the quality of the charts that week. Their version is slightly better, which is like saying that Baby Geniuses is better than Baby Geniuses 2. The song is almost two minutes long and there are barely more words in the song than in its title. Pure rubbish.

214: Dig It

Album: Let It Be
Writer: All of them
Singer: All of them

Verdict: The album version is a tiny slice of a jam session. And if you thought the 51 seconds on Let It Be was a waste of time, by golly the full jam will make you wish you could waste another 51 seconds rather than subject yourself to the torture of the real thing. To wit, a very young Heather McCartney can be heard making some obnoxious whiny noises that, you know, kids do when put in front of a mic. It’s no wonder Paul left it off Let It Be…Naked.

213: Magical Mystery Tour

Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Writer: Lennon/McCartney
Singer: McCartney

Verdict: The opener of the album and theme song of the titular movie is nothing more than a lazy drug reference filled with circus noises and some uninspired trumpet playing. Paul’s voice is okay; I actually like hearing him sing the word “magical mystery tour” and Lennon’s backing vocals (“and that’s an invitation”) are nice, but the sum of everything is just obnoxious and I skip it.

212: Maggie Mae

Album: Let It Be
Writer: Traditional song, arranged by all of them
Singer: Lennon/McCartney

Verdict: An old British folk song about a prostitute who robs a sailor. This arrangement just takes the chorus and changes some words, and feels incomplete without the surrounding verses (indeed, it clips in at a wee forty seconds). It also feels pointless on the album; McCartney agreed, removing it from Let It Be…Naked. It’s not irritating, but I would never go out of my way to listen to it.

211: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Album: Past Masters, Volume Two
Writer: Lennon
Singer: Lennon/McCartney

Verdict: Okay, I’m reading that Paul once told Mark Lewisohn that this was probably his favorite Beatles track. Which clearly means Paul was high as a fucking kite during the interview or just messing with the guy. The entire song is almost four and a half minutes of Paul and John yelping the title of the song amidst some obnoxious sound effects. Described as a music hall comedy number but I’ve never been so much as amused.

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11 thoughts on “Beatles Song Countdown: 215-211

  1. Hmm. Seems my general apathy toward the Beatles is trumped by love of lists – specifically ones of yours.

    Glad to see “Magical Mystery Tour” down there. I remember as a kid hearing it and wondering if it was a joke after the first repetitive minute or two.

    I’m curious about this yelping track, so now I have to find it.

  2. I’m not putting Magical Mystery Tour in the top 100 or anything but 213 is kinda harsh. There’s at least 5 songs from the White Album that are worse.

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