Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sam Backhouse Writing Stuff

I am sick to bloody death of having my posts deleted by the stupid narrow minded administrators of these waste of time Facebook groups. I don't know why I bloody bother with them. I've joined a group where you can post songs from the 1960's and I decided to post the best cartoon song of all time, Bare Necessities from the Walt Disney film The Jungle Book (1967) and the administrator of the group has deleted it meaning that they thought that it was irrelevant to all the other songs which are mostly bloody Beatles songs. In my opinion, Bare Necessities is a better song than every single Beatles song put together. 
I grew up on the Beatles but I am getting a bit sick to death of them at the moment- probably because everyone keeps going on and on and on about them all the time, saying bullshit like they are the best band of all time, they were the most inspirational band of all time, music wouldn't be the same without them, Sgt. Pepper is the most inspirational album of all time but Revolver is better, Paul McCartney was a great singer and he still is... I disagree with every single one of those things. 
The Beatles, experimental? They were experimental but not the most experimental band of all time as a lot of people think they were.
The most experimental songs they ever made was George Harrison songs and John Lennon may have made a few songs that were a bit nonsensical such as I am The Walrus, but that was nothing new. 
George was the best Beatle, and John was the second.
Paul can't sing and he still can't sing now and Ringo never had it.
When the Beatles performed they just stood still like they were stiff and hardly moved. In fact Ringo was the one who moved the most.
The Beatles are extremely overrated and The Velvet Underground are extremely underrated.
I don't know if many people know that the first album that the Velvet Underground ever made, released in 1967, The Velvet Underground and Nico, is quite possibly the most influential album of all time. The album may have only sold 30,000 copies when it was released but it is said that everyone who bought that album and listened to it later formed a band. This is absolutely true. 
If it wasn't for the Velvets there would be no David Bowie, no Talking Heads, no Siouxsie and the Banshees, no Joy Division, no Television, no Jesus and Mary Chain, no Stooges and quite possibly no New Wave movement taking place in the 1970's. Sure bands like the Who, The Yardbirds and the Stones could be classified as proto-punk and influenced a lot of punk bands but I think The Velvets influenced the most Punk and New Wave bands and they are still continuing to influence bands today even.
Without the Velvet Underground tens of thousands of bands might not even exist.
The Velvets were far more experimental than the Beatles, and their music sounds like nothing else. The Beatles just sounds like the Monkees, the Beach Boys, the Crickets and millions of other boy bands. Their sound is not distinctive. I've heard hundreds and thousands of songs that sound exactly like the Beatles and the reason why they were so influential and so many bands were like them is most likely because Beatles songs are so bloody easy to copy as there's hardly any skill to the songs at all.
Most of the lyrics to the Beatles songs aren't what I would consider artistically creative and mind bending (e.g Love Me Do is just 'love love me do' over and over... Hey Jude is 'na na na na na na na na na na na Hey Jude' over and over again I think 13 or 18 times at the end of the song, Ob La Di Ob la Da is another song with repeated lyrics... yes you've guessed it Ob La Di Ob la Da, etc... I know it's just the chorus and choruses are repeated but I just think it's a bit overdone in this song).
The Stones on the other hand, and I have absolutely no idea why most people seem to be comparing the Beatles to the Stones- the lyrics to their songs are well thought out, and I could name over 100 songs by them which have strong lyrics that read back like poetry rather than songs, such as Live With Me, Sympathy for the Devil, Street Fighting Man, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Loving Cup, Paint it Black, Get off of my Cloud, 19th Nervous Breakdown, As Tears Go By, Play With Fire, Wild Horses, Sway, Midnight Rambler, etc...
I bet I couldn't even name that many that the Beatles wrote from the top of my head. Um... A Day in the Life, er... Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, um... no I do not think Strawberry Fields Forever is worth putting in- I don't know why this song is so popular, the lyrics aren't that great... um... er... Yellow Submarine- I don't know- the song's a bit naff though...
Hell. I can't name many songs by the Beatles that have amazing lyrics.
I'm getting a bit bored of writing now so that'll do.
I don't completely hate the Beatles. I just don't like them as much as I used to, and I've noticed that over the years my interest in the so called 'Fab Four' has gone downhill more and more.
Maybe when I'm a lot older I will get back into them again.
Who knows.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Sam Backhouse Cartoons


 I've been drawing L'il Shrimp since 2004 when I was 13.

Mary Mary your chest is hairy
How do you make it grow?
It's long as well, and bloody hell
You're only a little girl!

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
I don't know how she did it. There can't have been much room.
                                                          Bring back the 1960's...


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