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I Can't Help It, I'm A Born Lever-Puller

Here are the sixteen questions from Sunday's Beatles Quiz, along with Q's answers and commentary (identified with the letter "Q") and some additional comments by me (identified with the letter "A"). Yes, I know I probably didn't need to explain that, but since "Q" and "A" usually mean "question" and "answer", and since this is already a pretty long post anyway, I figured it couldn't hurt.

1.Into which song, at which Paul's sheepdog Martha [my dear] was present, did Paul McCartney insert a message of love and peace to dogs around the world?
Q:Yeah, seaya, it was worded wrong. It's fixed above. The answer is Day in the Life. For the ending, all instruments in the orchestra were instructed to begin at their lowest E, proceed to their instruments highest E within a set number of measures, and drop immediately to their lowest E. This faded out the song. The "message" inserted was a dog whistle, which was blown as the orchestra's last chord fades into nothingness. I know, maybe playing a shrill sound that only dogs hear (and prolly pisses em off) wasn't the best way of showing love for dogs worldwide, but tell that to Macca.
A:Although Q came up with all sixteen questions, I was the one who was actually to blame for the bad phrasing on that one.
 
2.Which song was inspired by a 1960s Kellogg commercial?
Q:Good Morning, Good Morning is the correct answer. John was sitting at a piano one morning, and the aforementioned commercial came on, and he liked the way the phrase sounded over and over again and wrote a song around it.
 
3.Which Beatles song began with getting on a tram into town?
Q:In My Life. John set out to write an introspective, um, retrospective song. And he realized how boring it really was, get on the tram, get off, go to a shop... so he reorganized and out came the incarnation  we know today.
A:As I just said to someone the other day, I really need to scan some of my pictures from my 1987 trip to Liverpool...
 
4.What song, cut from the album, did Patti Harrison demand to be reinstated?
Q:Wild Honey Pie. There's been argument over the double LP "white album" as to whether it might not have been chiseled down to one really good album. (ie: take out Revolution 9) So this one was on the cutting room floor, so to speak. Patti loved it and threw a hissy fit, convincing everyone in the room to either see her point of view, or try to get her to shut the hell up. Either way, it was back on the album.
 
5.Which direct stereo mixed song features the Beatles warbling Frère Jacques off-key on the left track?
Q:Paperback Writer. It really sounds horrible. Two bonus points here though... first, you can use Revolver (and this single) like karaoke. The lead vocals are all on one side. I was thrilled when I discovered this. Second, this song and its other side, Rain, are also notable for being one of the first uses of film to promote a song (video) and a way to kill a contract (they owed Sullivan a few more appearances and did one of them with these two songs)
A:Although Q came up with the original questions and answers, we came up with the incorrect answers together. Most of them we chose because they were close to the correct answer – written by the same Beatle, or in the same time frame, or also fitting the theme (dogs in the first question, vehicles in the third, or featuring something French for this one). Some of the wrong answers I just put in there as a joke, and I can only hope/assume that some of you also chose them as a joke…
 
6.Which McCartney-penned song originated in Liverpool with Paul in a blackturtleneck attempting to woo women at parties?
Q:Michelle. While working on Rubber Soul, their first album to contain only their original material (some say this goes to the soundtrack to Help!, but the arrangements of the instrumentals were done by George Martin, who was not technically a member of the band.) they needed a few extra tracks. Lennon asked Paul about "that song you used to try to snag the birds with". He'd sit and try to look all bohemian and mumble French sounding words. (it never worked, btw...)
A:This one is the only one with six possible answers instead of five, because Q insisted on adding the incorrect "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" at the last minute. Oh yeah. That's a subtle way to woo women at parties. ;)
 
7.John Lennon, drunk, played this recording backwards and liked it – "It sounded like an old Indian."
Q:Rain. Those who said Taxman get partial points... the solo on that song resulted in much the same way, they put the tape on backwards and liked how it sounded.
A:There's partial credit? Darnit, now I have to go back and re-score people's answers…
 
8.On the day this album was released, Paul saw Jimi Hendrix perform the entire record at a bar.
Q:Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the correct answer. The club was a place called The Bag O' Nails in London, and McCartney was, to say the least, duly impressed.
A:Although you must admit that it would have been cool to see Jimi Hendrix perform the entire White Album.
 
9.Which Lennon-penned ditty was inspired by Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?
Q:"Do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell? We're standing right by a wishing well". This is the beginning of I'm Wishing from Snow White, and from there we get the inspiration for Do You Want to Know a Secret?
A:Short People by Randy Newman has absolutely nothing to do with The Beatles or Snow White, BTW.
 
10."It's really a lovely tune, I mean, when you take out all the Indian crap, it's a lovely melody." -Paul
Q:I dunno. I think even without all the Indian crap it's still mediocre at best, but the quote is in reference to The Inner Light.
A:Ignoring the relative quality of George's sitar songs for the moment, I just took the occasion of composing this question to sing "Bangladesh" to the tune of Bang Your Head.
 
11.Which song was originally intended to have 500 Tibetan monks chanting in the background?
Q:I've heard many comments about this quiz being teh hardnezz... but many of the answers seem logical (ok, to ME) with some background knowledge. This is one I thought more people would get. Tomorrow Never Knows was based largely on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which Lennon had been reading at the time. Naturally, what better way to acknowledge this than having 500 Tibetan monks chanting in the background? No word on why they weren't... maybe they were too busy parading yaks at the time (reference the Onion for that one....) but they went instead with the mechanical drone and melange that exists on record today.
A:I didn't know the answer to this one, but at least I knew it wasn't "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey" (which I included as a possible answer over Q's objection).
 
12.The John Lennon song which he himself hated the most.
Q:The song is that poster-song of domestic violence, Run for Your Life. Although I prefer that over two scary hippies in bed singing with Hare Krsnas. And Tom Smothers was there, on guitar. WTF? Cause ya know, when I think of John Lennon and protest, I think Smothers Brothers. No, not really. ;Strange bedfellows, I suppose.
A:Apparently Q is unaware of the Smothers Brothers' problems with CBS censors over such issues as the Vietnam War which led to the cancellation of their show.
 
13.Which Beatles song was written as an homage to the style of Roy Orbison?
Q:Yup. Please Please Me. It was slow, very "chingy" (Which is not a word, but if you've heard at least one Orbison tune that is not Pretty Woman, you get what I mean...) with Lennon reaching for high crescendos at the end of the lines. Very sort of Crying (one of those aforementioned "not Pretty Woman" tunes...) It was George Martin who insisted they play it about 25bpms faster. The Beatles were somewhat horrified at playing it that fast, but he turned out to be right as it was their first hit.
A:Feh. We all know that this song was originally "Please Please Me, Man" and written by the Fifth Beatle, the Dominant One, Clarence Walker.
 
14.This Lennon song resulted from a rant by an acid-soaked Peter Fonda.
Q:Peter Fonda - "I know what it's like to be dead, man!"
John Lennon - "Dude! Shut the hell up!" (or Liverpudlian idioms to that effect)
-repeat ad nauseum- And so it was that Mssr. Lennon, who could not get his companion to shut the hell up (rap up, perhaps...) that he turned the situation to his advantage and created a very tasty guitar-driven song known as She Said She Said. If it's not on your 100 best guitar songs list, it is indeed a crime.
 
15.Which impressive drum intro was the result of Ringo having diarrhea on a live broadcast?
Q:Ok, seriously. Only one of you got this one, and it makes me kind of sad. What, pray tell, is impressive drum-wise about the other songs? Day Tripper is the most interesting beat, but it's repeated throughout. Now, on the other hand, the fill that comes into the second half of Hey Jude gives the song a kick in the ass. And all because of Ringo's ass. Whoulda thunk it.
A:Just to save you guys the trouble of looking it up, the person who got it right is fapiece, who got the best overall score (15 out of 16 correct).
 
16.What song did John Lennon have to record lying down?
Q:Yup. This is the one I got wrong and A got right. But I should point out I threw it out at the last minute so we'd have the max. # of questions. The answer is Revolution. I brain-farted myself into thinking it was Strawberry Fields. Alas and alack.
A:When she asked me the question, I immediately answered "Revolution". When she told me I was wrong, I was willing to take her word for it – she clearly knows a lot more about the Fab Four than I do. However, when we saw some other knowledgable people (such as richteaboy and blargblarg) answering "Revolution", I looked it up and saw that I was correct.

If anybody wants their individual quiz grades, let me know.

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