Magical Mystery Tour, There’s no Mystery Really

Last night, Saturday 6th October, the BBC repeated the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour film. There has been a vast array of comments on this film from ‘rubbish’ to ‘phenomenal’. What amazes me is how some people are surprised that the parents of the time hated it whereas the younger generation loved it. It wasn’t just the kids that  loved it the ‘arty farties’ loved it too. Please don’t be upset by the term arty farty if you are one, I mean no disrespect, I too have been put in this class from time to time.

Isn’t that how it should be? Children today must be aghast when they come home from school and see mum bopping around the kitchen to Rihanna while dad is on the computer trying to get tickets for Glastonbury. I mean, is nothing sacred?

When I watched Alice Cooper on Top of the Pops my dad used to peek over the top of his newspaper and say something along the lines of, “What the bloody hell is that!?” When Monty Python came on he didn’t even bother peeking.

Magical Mystery Tour was ground breaking because it was the first. There was no plot and to be honest it was just a little bit of nonsense, which is exactly what popular music should be. I’ve heard Noel Gallagher say that people try to work out the deeper meaning of his lyrics. There aren’t any, but he’s not going to complain if people want to think there are. It just adds to the whole Gallagher legend.

When President Obama sang Al Green’s song to Al Green he wasn’t making a political statement, he was having a bit of fun. I love the way people have this thing about making out that pop music has a serious side. Have you seen X-Factor? Dear Lord, it’s more serious than national elections. It’s a talent contest, people, that’s all, nothing more nothing less. I use the word talent loosely. I watched five minutes of said X-Factor last night. There was a girl, pretty I agree, but she looked like Shania Twain, she moved like Shania Twain and she sounded a bit like Shania Twain, so whats the point?

See? I have become my dad, my sons can at last relax and get me slippers for Christmas ;-)

About charliecountryboy

Follow on Twitter:- Chas_countryboy. Carpenter and Carpentry Lecturer. Volunteer @www.enham.org.uk, writer, musician. Abhorent dislike of social injustice.
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6 Responses to Magical Mystery Tour, There’s no Mystery Really

  1. Saw Alice Cooper in concert! It was a total happening. Can you tell MY age??? :-)

    • charliecountryboy says:

      I didn’t have the chance to see them at their height I must have been around 14 years old, that must make you ……. ha. Thanks for reading ;-)

  2. Ginger Ray says:

    I use the term artsy fartsy as well. So funny!!! I actually live in a city that is pretty artsy fartsy and my family isn’t. I don’t have anything against it, but I wish our Mayor would realize that the entire city isn’t this way. We have so many art sculptures costing way too much money as we drive by different areas, art fairs, plays, etc. In our schools they spend grants and other money on sports and arts. In some of the classes their aren’t even enough books to go around!! What’s wrong with that picture? Nice checking in on you. Take care!

    • charliecountryboy says:

      Thanks Ginger. Sounds like there’s a priority problem. So many problems today, I’m teaching 16 year olds carpentry and 50% of them can’t even calculate fractions. That’s after 11 years of so called education ;-)

  3. Ha! made me laugh, this one. I am a curmudgeon of the highest order, but there are a lot of things which are just too good to grumble at, like Horrible Histories and the like. But pop music provides much grumble-fuel, because unlike when I were a gal, it is facile and commercial beyond words. I already have a pair of slippers.

  4. Thanks Kate, glad you laughed. I’m purely a barefoot guy, Huck Finn to the death say I ;-). Apparently the Shania Twain type girl was voted off the same night I watched for five mins. Hope it wasn’t anything I said ha.

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