Saturday, March 08, 2008

Listening to 'your old mate' Brian Matthew's Sounds of the Sixties on the Light Programme, as is my Saturday morning wont, I realised that Heather Mills McCartney missed a trick in her abortive campaign to turn the world against her ex-husband. Now, I like Macca and find it extremely hard to believe that he ever showed Linda his hairy back hand. In this, I am far from alone, with the result that many now think of HMMcC as a lying psycho nutjob. If, however, she had said "Listen to 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer'. A person who concocts such a dark, depraved fantasy is capable of anything. I rest my case", it might well have worked. As Brian Matthew played it, I was reminded what a truly horrible little song it is, its twee bippety boppety nursery rhyme backing track masking the brutal toolkit homicide lyrics. Bugger 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' being all about acid, or Charlie Manson claiming that everything he did was motivated by 'Helter Skelter'. Did Peter Sutcliffe have a well-worn copy of Abbey Road?

2 comments:

Robin Carmody said...

As far as I'm concerned, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" sums up precisely why the Beatles needed to split precisely when they did.

LF Barfe said...

It's the sole clunker on that album. I can't even bring myself to hate 'Octopus's Garden'. But yes, thin end of the wedge and all that.