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Re: Stamp Out The Beatles ?
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2008, 08:51:57 AM »

I've got a CD called "Beatlemaniacs!!!", it's got 24 obscure songs about the Beatles and one of the songs is called "Stamp out the Beatles". It was recorded in 1964 by The Hi-Riders. Pretty funny to hear these guys sing about how they're going to 'stamp out the Beatles'... Cause who's ever heard of The Hi-Riders?
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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2008, 08:56:29 AM »

Funny fact: Elvis Presley's manager Tom Parker produced both the pro- and anti-Elvis merchandise. His theory was that since people were going to make "I Hate Elvis!" buttons anyway, it would be best if he would be the one cashing in on it!
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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2008, 09:01:42 AM »

those r so cool!!!
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Re: Stamp Out The Beatles ?
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2008, 07:53:51 AM »

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I highly doubt it. The first wave of defense consisted of American recording artists-- hardly the Bible bashing type! It also involved concerned parents who could not believe the length of the Beatles' caveman hair. Clearly society would end if this shaggy look caught on.

The Evangelical Christain network only decided to turn anti-Beatle after everyone's favorite deejay Tommy Charles (also station manager of WAQY in Birmingham) decided to make a publicity stunt out of Lennon's comments after Datebook published them to a mass teen audience. To Charles' credit, he dropped out of his own campaign (cancelled his planned Beatle bonfire) because he was afraid the wacky Klan would jump on his bandwagon. Too late, they already did, and staged a belated burning about 2 weeks later. So this publicity stunt went awry when the rabid religious people jumped on board (if you can call racist terrorists "religious", although they consider themselves that).

This clip does a nice job of covering the "Jesus controversy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs9m_G41fH0


I ran into this article:

They went out with a bang


Did someone throw a firework at the Beatles in Memphis - and did it end their touring career? Colin Fleming on the discovery of a remarkable lost tape of a seminal gig

Tuesday July 1, 2008
The Guardian

In the summer of 1966, the Beatles had just recorded Revolver, rock's first full-on foray into what a band could pull off in the studio. But they were still every bit a live, coming-to-your-town touring band when they trekked off for world tour number three. It was a tour that, in the wake of John Lennon's claim that "we're more popular than Jesus", would lead to record burnings and death threats in America's Bible belt.

Beatles obsessives have long talked about what happened on that tour, and in particular what happened at a gig in Memphis. Someone shot at the band, goes one theory. A car backfired, runs another. The general consensus, though, is that someone lobbed a cherry bomb, a powerful type of firework, at the stage, while the Beatles performed their second set. Depending on who you listen to, or which web chatroom you log on to, the Beatles stopped short - or carried on as though nothing had happened. Some people say the band were frightened by the explosion - they had mistaken it for a gunshot, each looking around to see if one of them had been shot down. Whatever the truth, collective decisions rarely come faster. As Lennon said, that was it. Last tour. We're done here.

And then, late last year, word started going around: a tape that had long been hoped for, but no one really thought would ever turn up, would soon be up on the web. It turned out that two teenage girls had lugged a portable tape recorder to the Memphis show. There were already plenty of 1966 shows available as bootleg recordings, including a number from Tokyo in near-perfect fidelity for the era. But the Memphis gig was the stuff of fantasy.

If you collect bootlegs, as I do, you live for that moment when incredulity gives way to wonder. The tapes of the 1966 Tokyo gigs don't inspire any wonder: they're a good indication of how poor the band was throughout much of their final world tour. But when I first heard what has been dubbed the "Cherry Bomb Tapes", after tracking it down online, I heard a group raring to go. These guys were up for it. However, once we get to If I Needed Someone, swagger turns to humility mighty fast. Someone does indeed set off a cherry bomb, or some kind of backyard explosive, and the men of the moment blast off into double-time, Lennon positively flogging his rhythm guitar.

With audible proof of the explosion comes debate. What, for instance, would have happened if that cherry bomb had never gone off? Touring was still a possibility for the Beatles, pre-cherry bomb. That firecracker is the sound of a decision, a ne plus ultra moment for a band that was already contemplating a seismic shift in how they were going to do business: in the studio, with rock'n'roll taking life as collage art, rather than the stuff of teenybopper caprices and the night out at the baseball stadium.

The Beatles' alleged telepathy gets a lot of play in the assorted versions of their story - like George Harrison's oft-cited remark that he wasn't sure what "we" thought about God yet, as though thoughts passed from Beatle to Beatle without need for articulation. But to have the life all but scared out of you - to share that experience with three other people, and arrive at the same conclusion - isn't so much telepathy as basic humanity coming to the fore. The band who get terrified together tend to retreat together, especially when their art is better served in doing so.

Let's consider Pepperland, and how the distance from the band's final tour to the experimentation of Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane was bridged by what went down in Memphis. Once that cherry bomb went off, with no need to worry about recreating their studio work on stage, the Beatles were free to tear loose. Before long, the rest of the heavy hitters would follow suit. The Stones ended up with the jumbled Their Satanic Majesties Request, while Brian Wilson, forever in heated competition with Lennon and McCartney, soon found himself going mad. Studio fever, almost. But the demarcation had been established. Touring was no longer at the heart of what it meant to be a rock'n'roll band. If what you did in the studio was big enough, you didn't have to worry about whose town you weren't going to next. It was all about the vinyl now.

The best bootlegs function as great lost masterpieces: the 1966 Bob Dylan show in Manchester was the classic live recording of his career, but languished in the vaults for 40 years before getting an official release; check out the Stone Roses live at Glasgow Green in the summer of 1990, when even their staunchest followers were wondering if they could still cut it. Most bands, if they're lucky, have one great live album. If you want to know what those bands were really like at their best, you have to go underground.

The Beatles didn't even really get their one classic live album, unless you count the patched-together Live at the Hollywood Bowl, from 1977. But the Cherry Bomb Tapes are much more than just a live recording. It's not especially uplifting to hear a band playing as though they have just been shot at, and a lot of listeners will find their pleasure quotient ratcheted down by the sound quality. But what you're really listening for is history, the sound of a collective, immediate decision. And while the historical cachet of bootlegs typically centres on their artistry, the Cherry Bomb Tapes are different. They're about history itself, a distillation of a tall tale into the here and now, folklore becoming tangible.
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Re: Stamp Out The Beatles ?
« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2008, 08:27:45 AM »

Excellent article. Thanks Cor. Unfortunately, they're crap recordings, but essential for the historical value.
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Re: Stamp Out The Beatles ?
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2008, 02:29:23 PM »

I was about to post this. Thanks for that additional info. It's pretty clear from people's first-hand accounts that it was a cherry bomb in the balcony (not thrown on the stage-- that piece of misinformation got put into Peter Brown's book and has been floating around for years) was the noise in Memphis. By the Beatles' own accounts, it was the accumulation of factors that led to a halt in touring (including almost being electrocuted at yet another show). But I certainly think the Memphis incident was a big factor.

Cor's story can be found here: http://music.guardian.co.uk/pop/story/0,,2288298,00.html



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Re: Stamp Out The Beatles ?
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2008, 06:33:17 PM »

I've seen Dhani Harrison with that shirt on in the Concert for George DVD. It's a purple sweatshirt that I think was George's. You can see Dhani wearing it in the second disc of the DVD both in the Extras and on the Theatrical Version of the concert. There's also an amusing thing in the beginning of the Theatrical Version where Eric Clapton is talking to Ringo and in the background you can see Dhani shaking his guitar upside down 'cause a pick is stuck in it, haha.
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