Frog Chorus, Anyone?

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Every week, we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS to spend at any of the many Golden Discs branches nationwide.

All we ask is for a tune we can play at an unspecified time next week

This week’s theme: The Beatles solo.

What post-Fab effort from John, Paul, George or, possibly, Ringo do you deem built to last and – whisper it – up there with the best of their former band’s catalogue.

To enter, please complete this sentence:

‘The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is__________________________________because______________________’

Lines MUST close at 6.15pm MIDNIGHT

No ‘Imagine’.

Sorry.

Golden Discs

Thanks Bertie Blenkinsop

61 thoughts on “Frog Chorus, Anyone?

    1. ivan

      hahah – i saw the post (and no comments, esp this one) and muttered ‘do they want me to get *any* fuppin’ work done this afternoon…’

      All I’ll say at this point is that whilst ruling Imagine out is (subjectively) a correct choice, I’ll have no truck with anybody dissing the Frog Chorus. Played it at full blast last week (Herself not in, natch) and it sounds AWESOME. A big sweeping overblown orchestral epic, built on 3 and a bit chords.

      Now, i’m off for a think but it’ll be summat by Macca, won’t it? Or The Wilburys.

      1. Bertie Blenkinsop

        Still been known to break out the tennis racket for Gilmour’s solo on No More Lonely Night’s if I’m honest :)

    1. Brother Barnabas

      i used to have the US 7-inch of that + my sweet lord

      was a double-A side

      my grandad gave it to me. i gave it to a girl in my school who i was trying to woo.

  1. Gareth

    My Sweet Lord by George Harrison because of the way the song builds with each instrument joining makes for great listening. Also it is a very singable song.

  2. BLEATLE

    Live And Let Die. For its time it was very ambitious. It’s got that epic classical element, the Bond drama and lyrically it’s The Beatles all rolled into one. It’ll stand the rest of time as a rock classic.

  3. seanydelight

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is Wah Wah, by George Harrison because its what they would have made if they didn’t split up.

        1. ivan

          whatever about singles/songs, it’s hard to argue against All Things Must Pass being one of the best post Fabs albums.

          Obvs (peers down) it’s no Wilburys Vol 1, but you can’t have *everything*….

  4. Janet, I ate my avatar

    can’t stand the Beetle
    there I said it
    they put the hairs on me back up and not in a good way

  5. Penfold

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is Handle With Care written by Harrison, and primary vocals for the track, with The Travelling Wilburys because it introduced a host of amazing artists in one of the, if not the greatest super-group to a new generation. Opening track to my favourite albums from the 80’s and the first I bought for myself, I think with my communion money.

  6. Boj

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is Maybe I’m Amazed (live version) by Paul McCartney because it’s a great love song with a great guitar solo, simple as that.

  7. DeKloot

    Ok. The Beatles. Now we’re talking.

    So George had some proper rippers. For me my favourite is What Is Life.

    Ringo even gave it a shot. The most popular Beatle amongst the Beatles. George helped him write Photograph. Remember the line he sang “All I’ve got is a photograph and I’ve realised you’re not coming back anymore.” At a Concert for George? Jaysus not a dry eye in the Kloot house when that’s played.

    John was prolific. My favourite John song is Working Class Hero.

    But I was always a Paul guy. The melodies and the layers. They just do something to me. Big and bombastic and fun like Band on the Run. But not my personal favourite.

    So to cut to the chase, my favourite post breakup Beatles song is “Maybe I’m Amazed.”

  8. Fergus the magic postman

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is “Band on the Run” by McCartney & Wings because it sounds like two different songs running into each other and the entire structure is unorthodox a little like the Beatles classic “A Day in the Life”, and it’s great.

    1. Cool_Hand_Lucan

      Great choice but I’d argue that it sounds like three distinct songs.

      First song: “Stuck inside these four walls”

      Second song: “If I ever get out of her”

      Third song: “Well the rain exploded with a mighty crash”

      1. Fergus the Magic Postman

        Yeah, you could deffo argue that. It’s just that when I first heard it and taped it off the radio, I did genuinely think it was two songs, with “Well the rain exploded” being the second song. It’s the way it fades in without a proper transition, yet it works so well as a transition.

  9. scottser

    he finest post-Beatles song by a beatle is ‘jet’ by mccartney because it shows how his genius mind works. it’s a song inspired by a puppy born of his mad, dirty stop-out of a labrador and feelings of being intimidated by his father-in-law for the first time. and it’s catchy as hell.

  10. Odockatee

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is Imagine by John Lennon because you just know from the opening muffled piano chord what song it is, even with the muted drums slightly dating it to the 70’s, it still has this timeless quality if you know what I mean. And it makes you think. And its still the go to track for people in any kind of sad or tragic event even all these years later. Some say I’m a dramer, but I’m not the only one

  11. Pip

    Bit of a minority report but The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is C Moon, by Paul and Wings (B side of Hi Hi Hi) because it seems so simple and yet transports you above the clouds in an instant, and you’re not even sure why.

  12. Dualtagh Walsh

    The finest post-Beatles song by Beatle a is Something by young George Harrison because it’s a song that soothes the soul………..be it rubber or a normal of unknown material soul

  13. Oisin Murphy

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is Wah Wah by George Harrison, because it sounds as fresh as the day it was first recorded and should have been on Abbey Road.

  14. ivan

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is Macca’s The Back Seat of my Car because for me, it could’ve sat on Abbey Road and nobody would turn a hair.

    It’s pedestrian enough really for the first 3 minutes, if you can call that achingly lovely melody ‘pedestrian’ but it’s at around the 3 minute mark where the repeated ‘We believe that we can’t be wrong’ gets repeated that it really starts to cook. First there’s a key change, a slowdown of tempo, a wee drum fill and then fuppin’ hell does he cuts loose with the kind of screech that ten years earlier was puttin’ manners on lairy sailors in Hamburg. Meanwhile, underneath the yowling there’s an orchestral motif/descending baseline thing that I’m pretty sure Guns’n’Roses had their eye on when they were winding down November Rain, which falls into a false ending, it all goes a bit mad for twenty seconds and all you can think is ‘Jaysus’.

    If the song stopped before any of that McGubbins kicked off, it’d *still* be better than 75% of John’s solo output; the fact that it doesn’t and instead he just spends the last minute and a half simply showing off (because he’s Macca) in the way he does is mesmerising and sickening in equal measure. Probably rather like the man himself.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8pulOnIE5Q

    1. Please

      thanks Ivan
      I’ve mostly successfully avoided Macca’s solo output to date because I could never really get beyond a the veggie burgers and b the sight of Linda Eastman-Kodak on tambourine, I just had to (but couldn’t) let it go :)

      I don’t mind Band On the Run and even Mull of Kintyre now after a difficult time with it, but Jet is rubbish – sorry to whoever picked that. I can even tolerate Ebony and Ivory, rage probably tempered by sentimentality at the nature of Jacko’s untimely demise.

      So I’ll check out your recommendation is what that all means, and thanks for posting it. In fairness you actually answered the question asked whereas many of us went off on a tangent in our answers :)

  15. H

    Give Ireland back to the Irish by Wings, I have always just loved the fact that it existed. I was quite young when I first heard about it and it was the first time I ever came across anyone from outside Ireland expressing nationalist sentiments.

    1. f_lawless

      The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle has gotta be John Lennon’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday (sans Yoko version)” because it was a genuine show of compassion and solidarity with those Irish who were being oppressed by the British state at the time, granted that some of the lyrics in the song now seem dated or simplistic
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emzGfxJOpCg
      Apparently Lennon was so angered by Bloody Sunday in 1972 that he once met with a leading member of the Provos in New York and offered to do a fundraiser for the Republican cause!

  16. ouch

    Some great raw John Lennon tunes on the Plastic Ono Band album, Mother, God or Love are amazing. Always loved that ‘Nobody Told Me’ song that was released around the time of his death..

    1. Please

      Flowing successfully from my response to Ivan above I’m gonna give it another go and actually answer the question asked: what post Beatles song would actually fit on one of their records?

      In fairness any of Lennon’s rock and roll album would for a start. Maybe Bertie or Ivan can remind us the name of it?

      But for a fully fledged solo piece that would fit on a Beatles album, for me it would be Instant Karma.
      No particular reason, I can’t articulate why, but it just has a feel of something that could easily have been considered for Sergeant Pepper or Abbey Road

      1. ivan

        Ringo’s Photograph that DeKloot mentions would fit on anything from White album onwards (and would’ve been better than Octupus’ Garden or Don’t Pass Me By) and of course most of the All Things Must Pass album could’ve been on White/Let it Be/Abbey Road ‘cept John/Paul/Egos.

        Course then there’s this… :)

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsyfvYyxjp8

  17. Dub Spot

    Second attempt: Finest song by a post-Beatles Beatle is George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” because of that Phil Spector produced wall of sound blended harmomic, chant-like chorus of the Hari Krishna and Christian dieties and because the song’s power reached the inner mind to the extent thatHarrison was found to have subconsciously plagiarised “He’s So Fine”, a 1963 hit for the New York girl group the Chiffons. Great introduction to Mr H’s slide guitar technique too.

  18. rebelbrowser

    Is no one going to point out that if you play Maybe Im Amazed backwards you get a cracking recipe for lentil soup?

  19. Dub Spot

    Third entry: Live and Let Die by Sir Macca with Wings was – admit it – pretty good as a Bond theme.

  20. Ollie Cromwell

    The finest post-Beatles song by a Beatle is Imagine by John Lennon because like all the best songs it has a simple memorable melody and the lyrics are even more relevant now than when they were written half a century ago.

  21. Please

    My favourite is Mind Games

    Nothing really encapsulates the Yoko Ono era and her influence – mostly for good in my opinion like the stunning crescendo to “Yes is the answer” in that song.

    I also like #9 Dream for the same reasons – some true collaboration there

    For a solo piece though it has to be Woman. What an awesome, honest, moving piece of work

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