Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

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Bungalow Bill..?

A gem (unheralded or otherwise)
16
25%
Good
18
29%
Average
10
16%
Poor/minor
19
30%
 
Total votes: 63

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Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby The Modernist » 29 Apr 2010, 23:01

Continuing our series of lesser discussed Beatles tracks, what do we make of this Lennon number from 1968..?


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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Bungo the Mungo » 29 Apr 2010, 23:03

Oh, I absolutely love it, and always have. And I've never understood the dislike.

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Postby Snarfyguy » 29 Apr 2010, 23:06

Kind of a dud, relatively speaking, but not a stinker.
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Postby PENK » 29 Apr 2010, 23:06

It's rubbish.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Jeff K » 29 Apr 2010, 23:08

If this song was done by anyone other than the Beatles, you'd be bashing it.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Bungo the Mungo » 29 Apr 2010, 23:09

Everybody is bashing it!

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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby The Modernist » 29 Apr 2010, 23:09

I don't mind it within the context of the album, but I've never enjoyed it much.
There's something unpleasant about that plodding, but strident chorus, and hitting you with it right at the start seems to make it worse.

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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Guy E » 29 Apr 2010, 23:11

I probably consider it something less than a true gem, but voting categories being limited, that's how I voted.

I really love listening to the White Album.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Mr Maps » 29 Apr 2010, 23:25

M! wrote:I don't mind it within the context of the album, but I've never enjoyed it much.
There's something unpleasant about that plodding, but strident chorus, and hitting you with it right at the start seems to make it worse.


I concur and voted average.
I like the tambourine in the second half.
It's a nice set up for While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Muskrat » 29 Apr 2010, 23:38

I like to think I could dislike a record while appreciating the craft that went into it.
This isn't one of those records.
Close to the bottom for me, Beatles-wise.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby trans-chigley express » 29 Apr 2010, 23:40

Mr Maps wrote:It's a nice set up for While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

This is it exactly. On its own it's a enjoyable but distictly minor but sequenced the way it is on the album really enhances it. I voted minor but I wouldn't want the White Album to be without it.

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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Mike Boom » 29 Apr 2010, 23:59

Its great, fantastic, fab etc etc

Just because its fun, doesn't mean its a lesser track and certainly skewers its intended victim. Ive always liked the "Captain Marvel zapped him right between the eyes" bit.

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Postby Piggly Wiggly » 30 Apr 2010, 00:04

I voted gem.

It's got that sepia toned wooden White Album darkness all over it.

Excellent track. Sounds super duper homemade, in the best possible way.

I could do without the song that follows it.

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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Bungo the Mungo » 30 Apr 2010, 00:11

Sir John San Juan And His Old Lady wrote:I voted gem.

It's got that sepia toned wooden White Album darkness all over it.

Excellent track. Sounds super duper homemade, in the best possible way.


Yes.



Oh, isn't the White Album just so GREAT?!

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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Piggly Wiggly » 30 Apr 2010, 00:14

Sir John Coan wrote:
Sir John San Juan And His Old Lady wrote:I voted gem.

It's got that sepia toned wooden White Album darkness all over it.

Excellent track. Sounds super duper homemade, in the best possible way.


Yes.



Oh, isn't the White Album just so GREAT?!


It's the one Beatles album with a bit of spook to it (no Billy Preston jokes, please).

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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Charlie O. » 30 Apr 2010, 00:43

Muskrat wrote:Close to the bottom for me, Beatles-wise.

Same for me.

Which, again (c.f. "Wait"), doesn't mean I don't like it.

But I like it rather less than "Wait".
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Muskrat » 30 Apr 2010, 00:45

Well, let's see: I like it more than Revolution No. 9, and less than Honey Pie. Howzat?

(Upon reflection, I prefer Howzat to any of those)

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Postby Charlie O. » 30 Apr 2010, 00:47

:lol: I like it less than either of those, but more than "What's The New Mary Jane"!
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Muskrat » 30 Apr 2010, 00:52

Charlie O. wrote::lol: I like it less than either of those, but more than "What's The New Mary Jane"!


Well, yeah...
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bil

Postby Johnny Dumfries » 30 Apr 2010, 00:53

Voted Good - far from a classic, but perennially happiness-inducing.

To be fair, set up nicely by Macca's previous wacky experimentalism.
The quiet flamenco guitar intro with sudden loud chorus never fails to lift the spirits.
Great Chris Thomas mellotron too.
Classic Yoko mini-lead vocal.
Macca's bubbly minimalist bassline.
The whistling at the end

...what's not to like? Ten times better than the joyless Harrison monstrosity that follows, for sure