All Together Now is a classic example of The Paul McCartney Paradox.
1. It is an inane lyrical car crash that fills out "The Yellow Submarine" sound track.
2. A hook so perfect that If you are not singing along by the 2nd chorus you probably don’t have a pulse.
Both are true. Such is the genius of Paul.
It first appeared in Yellow Submarine in 1969, as both an animated sequence and as a performance by The Beatles themselves at the end of the film. In this context it sounds very much a last-minute contribution to the soundtrack, with nursery-rhyme lyrics such as
“A, B, C, D / Can I bring my friend to tea?” … being as profound as it gets.
It was actually recorded a couple of years before, during the Magical Mystery Tour period, and may have originally been composed by McCartney for the 1967 Our World TV special that featured the band’s performance of All You Need Is Love – the international flavour of that show may be behind the use of multi-language captions in the second of the Yellow Submarine segments.
Recently it has been used not only for child-friendly covers by The Muppets but also in high-profile Ad campaigns – Andre 3000’s version for Nike in 2010 and this year’s Sprint wireless campaign.
At the other end of the cultural spectrum, 1970’s football hooligans across Europe would bounce on the terraces singing the chorus again and again until delirium ensued, then pumped up with adrenaline they beat each other to a bloody pulp.
The Ukulele Version, recorded by Bill’n’Dave’n’Carl at the worst pub in Woolwich just before closing time last Saturday Night captures a similar spirit.
You can hear the sheer joy of shouting and dancing on a pub table as it is about collapse.
The beer is flowing. Grandma, fuelled by Port & Lemon, has her teeth out and is improvising a melody based on Native American Tribal chants. Adele is getting her knickers off again. The sulky teens are at the back of the pub, heads bowed, texting their mates.
It a lovely night out.
This is an apocalyptic knees up at The End Of The World featuring some distinctly unsavoury lyrical re-writes and an invitation to a meat raffle…
Fist Of Pork, anyone?
ABOUT THE ARTIST
MenWith Ven previously recorded String ‘Em Up, an aggressive and potentially libellous rant described as:
“the first electro-pub classic, a soundtrack for irrationally irritating times”.
When not at the betting shop or down the pub they translate 13th Century Italian poetry into rhyming slang.
They know you love it.
from Yellow Submarine
released August 14, 2012
Ukulele Version #145 recorded Last Saturday night: Closing Time.
Bill: Meat Raffle Announcer
Carl : The Landlord
Dave: Pub Organ and ukulele
Mrs Carl: Grandma, Great Grandma,
Lissetta Stubbs: Racist granddaughter with Jamaican boyfriend
Adele : Unwanted Stripping and tuneless ranting
Harry Feeney Barratt, Gabriel Marsh, Casper Marsh & Gus Clift: Sulky teens sitting at the back of the pub texting while sending of aggressive vibes
Produced by David Barratt at The Worst Pub in Woolwich, closing time last Saturday night
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