For those of you who don’t know, my music taste is unusual for a person of my age. In other words, it’s actually good (the subjectivity alarm has been pressed). It’s predominantly 1960s and decreases in the neighbouring decades. It’s not to be rebellious (or to be rebellious by not being rebellious like every other teenager, that probably doesn’t make sense) as I genuinely like (most) of my songs, mainly because a certain radio station played many of the hits in my youth. The Beatles is obviously a liked band of mine, my favourite even. As you may have guessed, my favourite song is a Beatle song. Now, what might this be? Ringo, drum roll please…
Real Love, that’s the one. As you may have noticed, it was featured in a weekly video in the form of a fake live concert, here. It’s an excellent song by an excellent band, but it might not have made the cut without the background to the song.
It’s a mid ’90s song, which is around thirty years ahead of The Beatles’ writing period. John was shot and killed back in 1980, leaving Paul, Ringo, and George several years before he got cancer. Yoko Ono gave them a couple of John’s old demos that were not released, being Free as a Bird and Real Love, clearly the latter I prefer. Both were evidently put into hits by the remaining three. A shit load of editing for the many takes of Real Love and Real Life were combined to produce a good quality version of the song, and the others put in their vocal and instrumental contributions.
Watching the mock concert, it felt like I was on one of the drugs they took in the later part of their band career, like there was a unity even though John was dead, and it was due to the song itself. Finally, there is a connection to my Get a life… post (you don’t need to read that shit), as the song was the end of the line of Beatles songs and was in my lifeline.
Oh, by the way, this song was not played by BBC Radio 1 as they did not think it was a modern song despite being a new release. Although I can see their point, it was a futile defence as the average buyer of the song was a teenager and the average age of a Radio 1 listener is 33 (when they aim for viewers to be much younger). Consequently, when I come into power, Radio 1 will be replaced by Party propaganda.