New Who Post On Mindless Ones

This one’s on Human Nature

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6 Responses to New Who Post On Mindless Ones

  1. Elliot Easton says:

    Andrew, you state that “If I Fell” contains the only old-time traditional pop music intro in The Beatles cannon. Have you forgotten “Here, There and Everywhere”?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I suppose I phrased that rather badly (it was my first book, and I’m frankly rather embarrassed by it now, a few years later). The difference I see between the two is that the intro to Here, There, and Everywhere is very short and based around the same chords as the verse — it’s an intro, like the intro to, say, Eight Days A Week.
      The beginning of If I Fell, on the other hand, seems more like a verse — in the old use of the term, for the part of the song that only comes up once, before the refrain, like in White Christmas “The sun is shining, the grass is green/The orange and palm trees sway”. It’s in a different key, the chord changes don’t relate all that closely to anything that follows, and it’s quite a long section on its own.

      I do think there’s a distinction there, but I may have been splitting hairs and certainly phrased it badly. Should I ever do a second edition of the book (unlikely, but possible) I’ll change that.

      Incidentally, if you’re *that* Elliot Easton, I’ve been enjoying the Tiki Gods album very much…

  2. Elliot Easton says:

    Yes, I am “that” Elliot Easton (The Cars) and thank you very much for the Tiki Gods comment!. These are most definitely not criticisms, more the comments from one fan to another, but when you say “Eight Days A Week” is the only Beatles track to have a fade in, I would suggest to you that “I Want To Tell You” may well be another example. While not as pronounced the effect is similarly coming from a distance to the forefront. Would you agree?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      It’d be fine if they were criticisms — I have no problem at all with people pointing out where I went wrong, especially in that book. And you’re right — I Want To Tell You does have a (very, very quick) fade-in.

      (Just to clarify, I originally wrote those essays as blog posts and when I was persuaded to turn them into a book, I didn’t really know what I was doing when it comes to fact-checking — none of my other books are this inaccurate).

  3. Elliot Easton says:

    “Nowhere Man” has no 12-string guitar. The effect was achieved by dual Stratocasters played by John and George. Also, the G-B minor-Bb major to A minor and D in the intro
    is found nowhere else in “Here, There and Everywhere”. Just sayin’…

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I’ve just checked and you’re right again here — I suspect that when I was checking who played what on that, I checked Revolution In The Head, where the musician listing just has Lennon as “acoustic rhythm guitar” but the body of the text says that.
      And you’re right that those precise changes aren’t found anywhere else, but the chords are (the Bb isn’t, but the F#m7 later on is obviously related). I’d say the intro to Here There and Everywhere is a variation on the musical material in the main body of the song, while If I Fell is totally different material. But I’m splitting a very, very small hair there…

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