A couple of days ago, Ringo Starr, the drummer for that band that used to be The Beatles, turned 70. Yes, he’s that old. Actually, he’s the same age as Tom Jones. And younger than Clint Eastwood. But that’s not the point. The point is that to commemorate his birthday, I listened to The Beatles’ album called Help!. And yes, it was only because that happened to be the only Beatles album at hand.
But here’s the thing: After years of listening to the darned thing, I’ve only just realised something: The album is probably the saddest Beatles album ever. Yes, yes, I know, all the songs sound so… happy. But if you look at the lyrics, you’ll realise the whole thing is just one mopey Radiohead album – but way before Radiohead. Continue reading ‘HELP!: The saddest Beatles album ever’