Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I've Heard That Song Before
Reading Ian MacDonald's "Revolution In The Head" is not for the faint of heart. A dense, occasionally interesting, and mildly annoying chronicle of The Beatles in the studio, RITH recounts chronologically, every song the Mop Tops recorded and its context in 60's culture....sort of.
I'm guessing the title of the book comes from how you feel while trying to piece together the footnotes, which take up more space than the specific song information on each page. Still, with some patience and a bottle of Advil, you will glean some worthwhile information, especially if you're a Beatles fanatic.
John Lennon attempted to write a song in the style of Smokey Robinson, and used "What's So Good About Goodbye" as the launching pad for "Ask Me Why."
I didn't know that. I don't think I had ever even heard the Smokey tune.
Well, here are both. Listen and compare.
WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE
ASK ME WHY