“I was sitting in my brother’s bedroom at 2am, listening to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ again and again, especially the line when John seems to say, ‘I buried Paul’. I remember thinking that he really is dead, and the Paul we see is a fake one. That song is the key influence on the Lips because it all comes down to the morbid but beautiful area between life and death. Always hovering above us is the idea that Paul McCartney is dead. And how could they be so smart back then when Paul McCartney is so dumb now?”
-Wayne Coyne, Soundtrack of my life: Wayne Coyne
“For years, all we could hear was the left side of the system. I listened to Sgt. Pepper a lot, not realising that huge chunks of vocals and instruments were missing. When I hear a proper mix, it sounds wrong. My versions sound better! They have this eerie, empty quality.”
–Wayne Coyne on listening to The Beatles’ growing up… but only the left side!
For the second week of “One Speaker-Fab Four-Two for Tuesday” we’re taking a listen to the two tracks Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips picked as their Fab Four favorites as part of Mojo’s July 2006 all-star panel selecting The Beatles’ “101 Greatest Songs”… but we’re only listening to the left speaker.
Every Tuesday we listen to two Beatles songs with only one half of the stereo mix. This week it’s Wayne Coyne’s fav Strawberry Fields Forever (anybody who doubts Ringo’s drumming skills has never listened to just the left side of this classic) and Drozd’s pick, Julia (which has a powerfully sparse intro without the right speaker).