Polls, polls, polls. Gotta love ’em. We do love them actually. It seems that John and Paul’s feuds after The Beatles have landed them in the top-10 rock feuds of all time. While not the most violent of the feuds (Biggie/Tupac gets the honors there) in all of music, it is the most literate and acidic in my opinion.
I find it funny that the brief article makes no mention of the wonderful partnership that happened prior to the feud, but drama sells stories. I suppose they just overlooked it.
If you haven’t listened to the music of the Lennon/McCartney feud years. Here are the two most commonly referred to tracks. We hadn’t listened to them for a while, so we thought it would be appropriate to post them here. I also find it interesting that George was able to remain impartial during the feuding by playing guitar on both of these tracks below.
“Too Many People” – Paul McCartney – Ram
(One of three songs, alongside “Dear Boy” and “The Back Seat of My Car“, that John Lennon felt were directed at him)
“How Do You Sleep” – John Lennon – Imagine
- Where should the Lennon/McCartney feud have ranked on the list? And, do you have any other favorite rock feuds?
(Let us know in the comments below.)
Here’s what we’ve read.
Fightin’ Words: “The only thing you done was yesterday/ And since you’re gone you’re just another day” (‘How Do You Sleep?,’ Lennon)
Lennon managed to puncture two of his former collaborators’ songs with one shot on this bitter dis from ‘Imagine.’ Lennon’s was responding to McCartney’s own bitter pills on his solo releases, which featured a photo of a beetle getting screwed and the line “You took your lucky break and broke it in two.”
Lennon expressed regret for the feud before his death, and McCartney has grown wistful for his old mate in recent years. Still, Macca couldn’t resist lobbying to have his name reversed with Lennon’s on some credits. Yoko was not amused.
Judges’ Decision: McCartney, by default