The one-day festival, on September 28 at New York’s Central Park, is held in efforts to end extreme poverty worldwide — so it’s a slightly different cause than what Wonder championed during his headlining set. Still, as the enduring musician explained why he performs “Imagine,” he showed why his protest cover song was relevant. More »
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In the spirit of reviving all things Lee, we’ve compiled this playlist of piano-packing pop stars, all of whom — whether they want to admit it in their cool little hearts or not — owe a debt of gratitude to the first man to make pianos hip since Tchaikovsky. Well, may “hip” isn’t the right word for the rhinestone encrusted, old-lady-arousing Lee…. perhaps we should say, Leee-gorgeous! More »
We had to kick things off with Will Smith‘s 1998 single, “Just The Two Of Us”. Sampling Grover Washington Jr.‘s 1981 song for lovers, the Fresh Prince shifted the track’s message to one about a father and his son. The video stars Will’s son Trey, and features a glimpse of Jada Pinkett-Smith very pregnant with future action star, Jaden. Mike Meyers went on to parody the song in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, but even Mini Me doesn’t distract from the underlying sentimentality in celebrating the father-son bond. More »
After the jump, find out who did John and Paul proud, who made us hang our heads in shame, and which Scottish and Australian instruments made their TV debut on American Idol. More »
ARTIST: The Beatles
TITLE: “Revolution 1 (Take 20)”
WEB DEBUT: February 2009
ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: As a Beatles mouthbreather, I’ve heard about the lost bridge between the bluesy single “Revolution” and the experimental “Revolution #9″ for years. “Revolution 1 (Take 20)” is probably more casually experimental than most of the so-called “experimental” pop bands out there now. (I like Spoon and Wilco as much as the next guy but removing a rhythm guitar track or ending a song in a noise jam does not make you an experimental band, and yet still I see those terms bandied about in relationship to them and others.)
“Revolution #9″ might have been mind-blowing back in the day, but it might have been pretty grating, too. This eases you into its experiments, as the song, complete with awesome doo-wop backing vocals, slower tempo, and a sloppy sitting-around-the-mic vibe, gradually devolves into something more akin to “#9″, although it pulls up the reins right before it loses all sense of its original self. There’s this great buzz of a guitar (?) that leads out of the verse that keeps going and building, and, eventually, a woman (Yoko?) starts talking about…. something under the coaching of Lennon. In the end, it trades more in congeniality than cacophony, and, for that I prefer it (for the time being) to its more famous cousins, perhaps those two songs now seem more like canon than music to me.
Full 10 Minute take of The Beatles’ “Revolution 1″ Leaks [Twelve Major Chords via The Day Jobs]
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ono and John Lennon‘s Bed-Ins For Peace, where they holed up in hotel rooms for a week at a time (once in Amsterdam, once in Montreal) as a way to protest war and portend the press’ tendencies toward covering any stunt celebrities engaged in while badmouthing stars and their antics at the same time. To celebrate the anniversary, Ono is asking people to stage bed-ins of their own. Sure, the press won’t spread out and cover every single one, but that’s what Flickr is for, right? [Imagine Peace]
Good news: the Pope (Benedict, that is) has forgiven John Lennon for saying he was bigger than Jesus! It seems like a strange thing to do, given that Lennon wasn’t Catholic and it didn’t seem like Yoko was exactly begging for forgiveness, but I guess when you’re God’s representative on Earth, everything is your responsibility, huh? Anyway, if it took Lennon 42 years to be forgiven, I guess Andres Serrano should look for a letter on Vatican stationery around about 2031. [NME]
“ONO’s ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’ (THE REMIXES) Hits #1 With A Bullet On Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart This Week!!” [Blurt]
Well, someone out there still has discretionary income: The drum head that appeared on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went up for auction yesterday at Christie’s London outpost, and it realized a price of £541,250, or $1,067,346. Imagine if that money had been used to, you know, buy actual Beatles albums–I’m sure the halls of EMI are filled with people fantasizing that exact scenario. The price of the drum almost makes the £421,250 ($830,706) that John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “Give Peace A Chance” went for seem quaint, no? Details on the drum skin’s measurements and materials after the jump.
The legendary hand-painted bass drumskin used on the front cover of the Beatles’ ground-breaking 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the drumskin painted in gold, red, blue, green, pink and magenta and mounted on hardboard — 30.5in. (77.5cm.) diam, the skin mounted on a matched rope tension wooden bass drum painted in regulation military blue and red, with laminated hardwood shell with Boosey & Hawkes Ltd., 295 Regent Street, London. label [drum not original]; accompanied by a corresponding copy of the album; and a hand-written letter from Sir Peter Blake, signed, stating This is to confirm that…I have examined the painted drumskin that appears on the L.P. record ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club’ by The Beatles, and that is the same drumskin, and is the genuine, original one painted by Joe Ephgrave…, 1p. (3)
Imagine how much more money would have been spent had the drum been real!
The Beatles [christies.com]