Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Too much! Too much!

Have you ever read something and had it inspire you to do something?

Not something earth-shaking, but something fun?

Well, I was in the lastfmfeeds FriendFeed room when I saw what Joffi222 was listening to - "It's All Too Much" by the Beatles.

If you're not familiar with the song, here are a few tidbits:
  • It was recorded around the time of "Magical Mystery Tour."

  • It was not actually released until its inclusion in the "Yellow Submarine" animated movie.

  • It was written by George.

  • If you consider its psychedelic nature on a scale of 1 to 10, it rates an 11.
And that's BEFORE you include the animation:

My quibble with this snippet is that it doesn't include the entire song, including the percussionistic "Too much! Too much!" ending - quite a contrast to what comes before. ("Lovely Rita, Meter Maid" similarly turns around at the end.)

And here's a songfact:

The following exchange is from a George Harrison interview in the June 19, 1999 issue of BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: Question -- "At the End of `It's All Too Much' there are snippets of Jeremiah Clarke's `Prince of Denmark's March' and the Mersey's 1966 [No. 4 U.K.] hit `Sorrow.'" GEORGE HARRISON: "You mean on the fade out? Yeah, with `Your long blond hair/And your eyes of blue.' That was all just this big ending we had, going out. And as it was in those days, we had the horn players just play a bit of trumpet voluntarily, and so that's how the `Prince of Denmark' bit was played. And John and Paul just came up with and sang that lyric of `your eyes of blue.' But just a couple of years ago somebody suddenly tried to sue us for that!" Incidentally, the "Prince of Denmark's March" was composed in 1699 and was later played at Prince Charles's and Princess Diana's wedding in 1981.

- Susan, Toronto, Canada
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