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Oh darling

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 ~ 2pm

Paul Westerberg’s sonic experiment “49” — a beautiful tussle of home-recorded songs, some presented in full, some only rising up for a few snippets at a time and then falling away away, in one nearly 49 minute unbroken track — ran into a snag. He was selling it for 49 cents for about a week, before someone stopped him. At first theories were that he pulled it himself to make it a surprise limited edition, or that Amazon was upset that he’d put 49 minutes into one 49 cent track. But now there’s inidcations that it was stopped by bad people.

There’s a part in the mix where he sings the words “Oh darling”. Apparently the words “Oh darling” may be owned by the Beatles, if they’re sung in a way reminiscent enough to evoke their song “Oh darling” from an album made in the 1960s.

He only sings those words for a few seconds, but due to the nature of the recording, the Beatles lawyers may not have even listened to the album and realized that he only sang it for a few seconds. To be fair, he sings “I think I love you” by the Partridge Family for a full chorus, but the Partridge Family didn’t complain. If brought to court, Paul’s “Moulin Rouge” moments would likely be allowed under the terms of fair use, since previous rulings have stated that songs that are referenced for only a few seconds in the course of another work are ok.

Just more proof that the remaining Beatles are assholes through and through. Not just Yoko.

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  1. on August 6th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    It’s not like this sort of thing is unexpected anymore.

    I would like to argue that Yoko isn’t an asshole. Sure, she’s crazy and makes weird music, but it was John and George who broke up the Beatles.Paul blamed Yoko as part of his 6 reasons because he wanted to make it seem as though he and John would’ve worked things out. In reality, Yoko or not, they were going to break up. John even tried to involve the other Beatles in the projects he later began with Yoko.George, meanwhile, felt he was being overshadowed by Paul and John, so he wanted credit as an equal or he wanted out. Add to this the problems early on at Apple Records and it really has very little to do with Yoko Ono

    Yoko herself, meanwhile, is a free spirited, musically diverse, open minded music producer now. If anything, she’s far more supportive and open about the use of her music, going so far as to mentor a lot of Japanese bands by allowing them to cover music she owns the rights to. Admittedly, not a whole lot of people want to cover her stuff, but calling her an asshole isn’t at all accurate.

  2. Will said,

    on August 7th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    I was not being serious, but to be fair: I lay no blame on Yoko for the end of the partnership that was the Beatles. My only reason for personally believing Yoko may be an asshole are from her later years when she tried to omit from John Lennon’s history — through consistent omission from all biographical statements — John’s first wife and his first child, and when she took a song that John sang about another woman and added a bit of recording of him whispering “I love you Yoko” to it in, in what was construed by most reviewers as an effort to create the false impression that the song was for her. Her art and her own music was bold and, while not at all to my taste, are held in respect by serious art critics. But her manipulation of John Lennon’s legacy is abhorrent (it reminds me of our current criticisms of China, this Olympic week), and for that reason alone I’d agree with people who call her an asshole. But then again who isn’t, sometimes.

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