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The Beatles song Ringo Starr called “total madness”

The Beatles song Ringo Starr called “total madness”

The Beatles song Ringo Starr called “total madness”
November 16
10:33 2021

The Beatles were unafraid to push the boundaries in a spectrum of different directions. Whether it was shifting their sound through fields of psychedelia or taking influence from India, the Fab Four always attempted to redefine popular music.

However, sometimes they pushed things into areas that even the band themselves struggled to comprehend. One experimental effort, which Ringo Starr later referred to as “total madness”, was written by Paul McCartney to bark back at The Who’s Pete Townshend. In an interview with Melody Maker, the guitarist had boasted about making “the loudest, rock ‘n’ roll record” of all time, which made Macca take it upon himself to write an even bolshier anthem.

While speaking as part of the Anthology, McCartney explained: “I was in Scotland and I read in Melody Maker that Pete Townshend had said: ‘We’ve just made the raunchiest, loudest, most ridiculous rock ‘n’ roll record you’ve ever heard.’ I never actually found out what track it was that The Who had made, but that got me going; just hearing him talk about it. So I said to the guys, ‘I think we should do a song like that; something really wild.’”

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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