You know my name

By |2015-02-15T12:41:33-08:00September 11, 2010|Beatles tributes|

John and Paul and -- aha! the old switcheroo! You've probably seen the Experimental Jetset T-shirt design with the Beatles' first names written in Helvetica. It is "an attempt to create an archetypical shirt by stripping down the concept of a rock band to its bare essentials," according to the creators, and I own it in limited-edition tote-bag form (as seen here), thanks to my fashionable friend Betz. I carry it around the city a lot, because it's a perfect just-in-case-I-buy-something bag (holds a lot; folds up small). And because it's attention-getting, people tend to stare at me, or rather [...]

Killing Joke

By |2014-07-03T18:51:40-07:00January 30, 2009|McCartney|

MOLLIE WILSON REILLY • Did anybody else see McCartney on The Colbert Report Wednesday night? It was a pretaped interview, and it was...uncomfortable. At least, I thought so -- what do you think? The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive Why so prickly, Sir Paul? Where's that sense of humor? And why is the editing so choppy? At first it seemed so disjointed I thought maybe it was a spoof interview -- either they were matching answers with different questions (as they sometimes do on these humorous TV programs), or perhaps -- given the constant [...]

Not a second time

By |2019-08-07T03:39:15-07:00August 28, 2008|1965, concert, Paul McCartney|

Macca in Israel, 2008(If I've learned nothing else in my short life, I have at least learned never to mention Israel in polite company. But I'm throwing that lesson out today, because this story is Beatle-related, and how divisive could that be?) McCartney's playing Tel Aviv in September! So says Ethan Bronner in the New York Times, recalling that the Beatles weren't welcome there back in 1965. The official permission required to withdraw precious foreign currency to pay the band was denied because a ministerial committee feared the corrupting influence of four long-haired Englishmen singing about pleasure. As the committee [...]

The News in Welsh

By |2015-09-18T23:36:20-07:00March 31, 2008|Television|

MOLLIE WILSON REILLY • I've been thinking about Patti LuPone over at Restricted View, and I never think of Patti without thinking of Life Goes On, the TV series she starred in when I was growing up. Though the role was not officially a musical one, Patti did lead the cast in singing the theme song: "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da." It was bouncy and fun, and it was my introduction to the song. You won't hear it on the DVDs -- high licensing costs -- but you can hear a really bad recording of it here. Recalling it got me thinking about other Beatles songs [...]

Give us a kiss.

By |2015-02-12T11:59:34-08:00February 12, 2008|AHDN|

MOLLIE WILSON REILLY • Hi folks! Consider this a public service announcement. Showing tomorrow, throughout the day, on the Independent Film Channel, for reasons unknown to me: A Hard Day's Night, probably the best movie ever made in a rush with the express intention of cashing in on a fad. I know my fellow Dullbloggers need no introduction to this movie, and probably don't need to watch it on television, either. At this point I suspect we can all just cue it up in our heads. But I post this (and cross-post it over at Restricted View) for all those who do not [...]

Happy ever after in the marketplace?

By |2015-01-16T18:09:41-08:00February 4, 2008|McCartney|

In 1966, after a secret car accident, bassist Paul McCartney was replaced in the group by actress Angela Lansbury MOLLIE WILSON REILLY • This week, Mimi Smartypants expresses a dislike of the Beatles. Generally I feel like this is her funeral (and it's amusingly put as always) -- but the specific circumstances have me puzzled:During these last few workdays I have been running a lot of stupid errands---post office, Walgreen's, etc---and could I maybe just go one day without hearing a goddamn Beatles song? I don't know who decided that the Beatles are the Lowest Common Denominator of crowd-pleasing shopping [...]

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