The Beatles were without a doubt the best known English rock band in history. Ever since they’re formation in 1960, they basically revolutionized rock and roll, with influences from various genres. The band enjoyed huge popularity and its albums are still being bought today because of the complexity present in composition, the deep lyrics and the energy they put into every single song.
Below are the top 5 Beatles tunes that are considered to be the strangest of all their songs.
5. Within You Without You
This song was written by George Harrison and it was featured on the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, which is one of the best albums by The Beatles according to fans. The track is basically built around Harrison’s composition and he played with various Indian musicians that are not named. Producer George Martin is the person responsible for arranging the strings section and the tambura part of the song was overdubbed by Neil Aspinall and Harrison. What is interesting is the fact that Harrison wrote the song in a special Indian script which allowed the musicians from India to be able to play the song.
4. I Am The Walrus
This weird Beatles song was written by John Lennon, although it was credited to both McCartney and Lennon. What most people do not know is the fact that it was also featured on the Magical Mystery Tour movie and album and the song is a combination of 3 songs that Lennon was working on at the moment. A special verse of nonsense words was added because John heard that the primary school where he went was analyzing Beatles lyrics. Walrus is a reference to “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll. Lennon later said the walrus was Paul.
3. Tomorrow Never Knows
This is the last song of the Revolver album, although it was actually the first one that was recorded. It is mainly written by Lennon and it is interesting because of a special vocal part that was put right through a Leslie speaker. It also utilizes ADT and that was unheard of at the time. In addition, the flanger effect was new at that point in time since nobody was using it on instruments. The result was a really weird song that was actually loved by their fans.
2. Revolution 9
Revolution 9 is the longest officially released song by the Beatles. It appears on the White Album and the attempt was to create a revolution with the use of sound. Influences came from Ono’s avant-garde style and works of various composers like Edgard Varese and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Various elements were included in the song and many of the loops included manipulation through distortions, stereo panning, fading and echoes. McCartney did not want to have the song included on the Beatles album but it was eventually added. Number 9, number 9, number 9……
1. What’s The New Mary Jane?
This is a song that was recorded for the very well known White Album and its original placement was supposed to be between Happiness Is A Warm Gun and Glass Onion. Unfortunately, the song was not included as it was too long and the album was also getting way too long. This is a very similar song to Revolution 9 because of the fact that it is experimental. According to Lennon, the work on the song started with George, himself and Yoko simply fooling around. The result was a song that is considered to be the weirdest of all Beatles songs but is still appreciated by all fans.
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