Name the most infuriating Beatle ?
And the answer is John, he is also the most fascinating, the most obviously scouse as well; a little edgy, cuddly and possessing of a huge talent that he seemed to be able to turn on and off at will sometimes just to annoy those around him he also may steal the silver not because he needs or wants it but because it would be a laugh.
My Dad will tell you tales of growing up with John, I am pretty sure he is not being truthful, especially as he is a lover of the tall tale. He also leans back smirks and then launches into a long convoluted story that rolls along adding in Liverpool landmarks at will. I think he does it simply to amuse/bemuse the American relatives who seem to sincerely believe that everyone from Liverpool of a certain age must have been close intimate friends with the Fab Four.
It is my contention that the only Lennon collection you really need to own is Shaved Fish. Throw in a few other songs from the later albums if you need to and you have a perfect collection. Concise biting and a perfect distillation of the wit, romance and politics of Mr Lennon.
For the sake of full disclosure I own everything available by the man and the small beat combo he was a member of. I enjoy the majority of it even some of his experiments with the wife. However the album I return to most often is Shaved Fish for my Lennon fix as it hits all the necessary points. Yes there are things I miss when listening, I want Working Class Hero or Watching The Wheels but the collection is complete without them too.
So yell shout and scream but I will remain true to my contention. Shaved Fish rules it is perfect.
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Fraid I can’t forgive the album for splitting Give Peace … into halves.
After hearing McCartney’s solo debut, I might have given the ‘most infuriating’ title to Sir Paul. For the reasons you mentioned with John, bottomless talent but he didn’t always feel like using it.
But when he did (on that album’s Maybe I’m amazed), ahh, there’s the talent!