Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

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Bungalow Bill..?

A gem (unheralded or otherwise)
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Average
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Poor/minor
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby ORORORO » 19 Feb 2018, 22:06

Anyone sane doesn't like that one!
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Charlie O. » 19 Feb 2018, 22:38

Sanity is overrated.

There was also one on "Wait" and one on "Flying" (though someone else may have started that one). Was there one on "What's The New Mary Jane"?
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby ORORORO » 19 Feb 2018, 22:43

Charlie O. wrote:Sanity is overrated.

There was also one on "Wait" and one on "Flying" (though someone else may have started that one). Was there one on "What's The New Mary Jane"?


I don't think so.

There was quite a few, I think.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Carl's Son » 19 Feb 2018, 23:36

This song wouldn't have made it on to any other Beatles album, but then again the white album is my favourite.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby pcqgod » 20 Feb 2018, 03:36

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

Postby toomanyhatz » 20 Feb 2018, 03:49

Apparently I never commented or voted.

It's slight, I suppose, but it's got so many nice "Beatley" touches - the dropped beat in the chorus, not just the Yoko vocal, but John's cartoonish falsetto response, the mellotron outro - I mean, the "if it was anyone but the Beatles" comments miss the point - nobody but the Beatles could've put it in such a perfect context.

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

Postby Vic Snazell-Sprey » 20 Feb 2018, 09:29

15 idiots.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby ORORORO » 20 Feb 2018, 09:37

Indeed.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby LeBaron » 20 Feb 2018, 12:21

German Dave wrote:15 idiots.


Go on and make that 16, now that you mention it.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Charlie O. » 20 Feb 2018, 14:37

Very Stable Baron wrote:
German Dave wrote:15 idiots.


Go on and make that 16, now that you mention it.

Oh, I thought he was talking about the ones who voted "gem"!

I don't hate it, but "Bungalow Bill" is a great example of the Beatles making some kind of magic out of the most meager of materials. I think any adult not deeply invested in the group (as I of course am) would have a hard time discerning anything compelling in this dull-witted and toothless song as a song, much less be bothered to pick apart the arrangement/performances/production looking for any minor elements to savor. I can imagine JL entertaining the kids at Camp Rishikesh with this one - once - but perhaps it ought to have stayed there.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby ORORORO » 20 Feb 2018, 14:44

You of all people! I’m VERY disappointed
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Postby Charlie O. » 20 Feb 2018, 14:49

And I'm very right.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby ORORORO » 20 Feb 2018, 14:55

I don't think so!

I don't think it's as slight as some of you are making out. It's great fun, Lennon in mock-moronic mode entertaining the kiddies with this preposterous tale. His vocal is ace, there's no sign of the horizontal mumbling that makes up half of his other contributions to the album. And I love the way it sounds like a hundred Beatles hangers-on come in for the chorus. Adorable.

There are all kinds of bits - studio additions, mostly - that elevate it. Apparently (and I might have learned this here) that's a Mellotron sample at the start and not a 'live' acoustic solo. If that matters...



Why does 'Yellow Submarine' get a pass and this not, anyway?
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Charlie O. » 20 Feb 2018, 15:17

Super-Jank wrote:I don't think it's as slight as some of you are making out. It's great fun, Lennon in mock-moronic mode entertaining the kiddies with this preposterous tale. His vocal is ace, there's no sign of the horizontal mumbling that makes up half of his other contributions to the album. And I love the way it sounds like a hundred Beatles hangers-on come in for the chorus. Adorable.

There are all kinds of bits - studio additions, mostly - that elevate it. Apparently (and I might have learned this here) that's a Mellotron sample at the start and not a 'live' acoustic solo. If that matters...

You almost make my point for me. There's one sentence in there that has something vaguely to do with the quality of the actual song; everything else you say is about how smartly it's been dressed up.


Super-Jank wrote:Why does 'Yellow Submarine' get a pass and this not, anyway?

I don't think that's accurate - there are plenty here who hate "Yellow Submarine", and obviously plenty who find "Bill" praiseworthy. But I'll bite: "Yellow Submarine" is a make-no-bones-about-it children's song that manages to not talk down to anybody, and it sounds like all contributors are having a wonderful time (as, by eyewitness accounts, they did have). "Bungalow Bill" is a smug and condescending (as well as dull-witted and toothless) "protest song" disguised (sort of) as a children's song, and to my ears the joviality seems forced (I always feel like the applause and cheering at the end is because it's finally over).
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby never/ever » 20 Feb 2018, 15:51

Bungalow Bill sounds like something they would bang out at 6am before rehearsals, slightly hungover from last night and with no coffee in sight (I think the cheering at the end is for the coffee lady finally showing up).

YS at least has a joyously enjoyable singalong - character. They are better when they just fun around rather than Are stuck in morose mode.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 20 Feb 2018, 17:28

The best part of Bungalow Bill is the segue into AMGGW.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Pansy Puff » 20 Feb 2018, 17:40

Why would people not like this song? It's fucking magic. Those chords are so lovely, but the typical Lennon trick on the E and the Fm are just brilliant.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 20 Feb 2018, 17:41

K wrote:Those chords are so lovely, but the typical Lennon trick on the E and the Fm are just brilliant.


Pffft. Totally overreaching.
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Re: Beatles songs no 4: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill

Postby Pansy Puff » 20 Feb 2018, 17:42

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K wrote:Those chords are so lovely, but the typical Lennon trick on the E and the Fm are just brilliant.


Pffft. Totally overreaching.

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

Postby Snarfyguy » 21 Feb 2018, 05:36

toomanyhatz wrote:It's slight, I suppose, but it's got so many nice "Beatley" touches - the dropped beat in the chorus...

I've spent more time considering that detail than it probably warrants, but there you go.
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