10 facts about the music of the Beatles that you (maybe) did not know …

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In a Rolling Stone Article I found an interesting article naming 10 facts of Beatles recordings you might be interested in. For the first time I was impressed by an article like this:

The 49-year-old composer and sound engineer Scott Freimann has already followed the work of the Beatles at a young age and wrote a number of successful books about the band. For example, “Deconstructing Sgt Pepper”, “Looking Through A Glass Onion” from the “White Album” and “Tomorrow Never Knows” on “Revolver”.

As a sound engineer and Beatles expert, he has put together ten facts about recording techniques and musical references that you probably did not know:

1. Paul played the lead guitar on “Ticket To Ride”.

Widely recognized as a bass player, Paul McCartney played lead guitar in various pieces. As in “Ticket To Ride”, “Taxman”, “Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band” and “Good Morning Good Morning”.

2. The Kazoos in “Lovely Rita” have been recorded on pocket combs, wrapped in EMI toilet paper.

The toilet paper was “very thin,”  because EMI was really stingy. Their roady Mal Evans was sent so that he gets it.

3. The bridge in “A Day In The Life” was inspired by “Hey Joe”.

Paul McCartney was a big fan of Jimi Hendrix, directly after his arrival in the UK. Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” inspired the down-sliding bridge to “A Day in The Life”.

4. The intro to “I Feel Fine” was borrowed from Bobby Parker’s “Watch Your Step”.

John Lennon was a fan of R & B guitarist Bobby Parker of Louisiana, whose hit single “Watch Your Step”, the Beatles had played in 1961 and ’62 at concerts. The riff inspired “I Feel Fine”. Led Zeppelin used the same riff still much more apparent on ‘Moby Dick’.

5. “Her Majesty” originally appeared as a part of the “Abbey Road” medley.

When the 23-second “Her Majesty” was cut out of the medley, which was the second side of “Abbey Road”, it was packed to the end of the tape. As it later turned up there, the band decided to let it as a hidden track on the album. “The last chord is missing because it was the first of ‘Polythene Pam'” said Freimann.

6. John and George sung “Frere Jacques” on “Paperback Writer”.

You can hear parts of “Frère Jacques” in the backing vocals.

7. George played bass on “She Said She Said”.

It is a rare Beatles recording on which Paul McCartney did not play.

8. Paul played drums on “Back in the USSR”.

On “Dear Prudence” as well.

9. “Good Morning Good Morning” was inspired by a cereal advertising.

The World’s most widely known, with the exultant cock.

10. The flamenco guitar intro to “Bungalow Bill” was actually a Mellotron.

Beatles fans have long speculated about which Beatle played guitar at the beginning of “The Story Of Bungalow Bill Continuning” by Freiman however, it is merely “someone who plays a sound on the Mellotron and then triggers a loop.” A Mellotron is an electromagnetic piano, which is now named for legal reasons, Novatron.

The Beatles. Copyright. And a Funny Interview.

On the 4th of November, the copyright term for sound recordings and performer’s rights in sound recordings was increased from 50 to 70 years in the UK.

Depending on how you look at it, this means that  –

  • Some of Rock and Roll’s biggest hits will not be made available to the public domain until 2033, to be –

    a) Ruined by the likes of PITBULL
    b) Used to take music forward (eg. The Grey Album)

  • Musicians and corporations behind those musicians stand to profit from re-releases and will continue to generate profit in a purely selfish manner.

Dj’s in both the EDM and Hip Hop industries have a valid argument that music should be available to re work, re mix and sample. Without sampling, it may be argued that these two styles would not exist. My personal beef with this remix culture, however, is that I don’t want my children to grow up listening to the pop star of the day singing over an over produced, tacky, sped up version of an amazing song like Blackbird.

Conversely, Fran Nevrkla, the chairman of the music licensing body Phonographic Performance Limited questions “where is the investment going to come from to fund the next generation of bands such as U2 and Coldplay?”

This law comes as no coincidence and is a result of of much pressure from powerful figures in the industry.

In a speech at the music conference Midem in June this year, Nevrkla put extreme pressure on government legislation, highlighting the “crucial importance of IP rights to the British and global economy.”

So what has happened since this law was changed?

Interestingly, seven days after the announcement of the copyright change, The Beatles’ Apple organisation released On Air Live At The BBC – Volume 2. This release came almost 20 years after the release of Volume 1. Surely at this rate, Apple, EMI and Universal will be milking the money out of Beatles fans for years to come.

Next Tuesday, 59 Beatles bootlegs will be officially released, the CD will include outtakes, demos and live BBC performances. Whilst they are circulating online and are not actually that rare, this is just another opportunity for these corporations to make money. How big is the unreleased discography and how much of it will we never hear? This release comes due to another recent change to the copyright law that makes unreleased material free of copyright – and therefore in the public domain – 50 years after it has been recorded.

If the Fab Four were around today, I wonder how they would feel about this issue – would they sit back and reap the benefits, or would they see it as the music they lovingly created for the world being stolen from the public domain? I’d like to think the latter…

FIND YOUR GREATNESS

How does Nike sound like? I think that question is very difficult to answer…

The sports company has been using very different genres of music for its campaigns, from electronica to classical music, as you will see in the following videos.

Nike free music shoe 

Find your greatness

Take control with Andres Iniesta and Sarasate’s music

 

I do not have any idea how does the Japanese DJ duo Hifana transformed Nike’s flexible runn+ running shoes into musical instruments. Is it actually possible? Or is it a kind of trick? Anyway the result is spectacular!

How does Nike approach to music? Is there any evidence of integration of music and sports?

Thanks to the evolution of digital music distribution and the proliferation of music streaming services, the company has adapted its strategy and created new products to fit consumer’s demand.

Nike and new music products:

The company, together with Apple has launched Nike+ app, a running application that allows the consumer to listen to any kind of music while practicing sports. The application is available for iPhone and Android and can be purchased on App store.

Additionally, the new iPod nano can be synchronized with iTunes library without connecting an external device or sensor.

Nike has also participated in the design of a video game called Kinect Training for Xbox 360, putting together individual training and music.

Artist endorsement and events:

As well as other companies Nike has partnered with some artist such as Rick Ross, The Neptunes, Rakim, Nas and KRS-One who had appeared in some TV spots.

In addition, Nike and the singer and songwriter Katy B collaborated in the organization of an exclusive event, The First ever Nike Training Club Live Festival, held in London on the 7th of July of 2012 at Old Billingsgate Market. The initiative was specially created for girls and aimed to bring together sport and music. The attendants could participate in some training sessions, get free professional massages or even get daring neon color manicure!

NIKE Training Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curiosities:

Nike was actually in trouble in 1987 as the company decided to use The Beatles song “Revolution” in a commercial, without Apple Records, The Beatles’ recording company permission.

As a result, Nike had to pay $250,000 to Capitol Records Inc., which was the owner of the North American licensing rights to the recordings, in order to use the original recording for a year.

Nonetheless, after such incident Yoko Ono gave her authorization to Nike to use John Lennon’s song “Instant Karma” in another advertisement.

Another recent incident occurred in June 2009, when Eddie Van Halen accused Nike of treading on his trademark, regarding the use of graphic stems from his red/white/black striped pattern seen on his “Frankenstein” guitar, which he has held the rights to since 2001. Eddie was asking for the impoundment and destruction of all the Nike Dunk Lows shoes, as well as all profits from its sales and damages.

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What do you think about Nike’s design? Were they using Van Halen’s design, or is it just a coincidence?

References:

http://nikeinc.com

http://nikeinc.com/news/nike-training-club-live

http://www.katybofficial.com/gb/home/

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.1650/title.all-souled-out-an-analysis-of-hip-hop-endorsements

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eddie-van-halen-sues-nike-over-guitars-signature-color-scheme-20090617

http://business.transworld.net/15967/news/eddie-van-halen-suing-nike-over-dunk-lows/

Monica Manubens