John Lennon playing the bass on “Helter Skelter”

Usually, when someone shares an isolated audio, it’s to show beautiful, exemplary singing or playing. This is not the case here. When Lennon played bass on "Helter Skelter," it was to was specifically because he was not a bass player. They wanted ragged playing. — Read the rest

John Lennon called this song “one of the greatest strange records”

Rosie and the Originals’ "Angel Baby" (1960) is a classic doo wop ballad, beloved (and covered) by John Lennon. Lennon was a fan of the flipside of that record too, "Give Me Love," but only because it’s wonderfully awful. From Jonathan Cott’s book Days That I Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon & Yoko Ono:

"This is really one of the greatest strange records,” [Lennon] remarked. “It’s all just out of beat, and everyone misses it. The A side was the hit, ‘Angel Baby’— which is one of my favorite songs — and they knocked off the B side in ten minutes. I’m always talking Yoko’s ear off, telling her about these songs, saying, ‘Look, this is this! This is this… and this… and this!’"

(via r/ObscureMedia)
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