Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 12: A Taste Of Honey

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As we shuffle gainfully (gainfully? Sure!) towards the end of the album we first get to sample “A Taste Of Honey”. How does a ballad like this stack up against the rest of the album? What do liminal spaces have to do with anything? Why is Billy Dee Williams mentioned? And, perhaps most importantly of all, why do our Mexican and Swedish listeners get a shout-out?

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 11: Do You Want To Know A Secret

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It’s George’s turn at the old microphone stand with this Side Two ditty, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”. How does he compare alongside messers Lennon and McCartney when it comes to vocals? Is everything being taken entirely seriously? And why did anyone think it was a good idea to mention the semiotic thickness of the text? These, and many fewer, questions are answered right here!

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 10: Baby It’s You

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JG and Andrew continue through Side Two of Please Please Me with “Baby It’s You”. How does the second Shirelle’s cover go (and does the album really call for two of them)? How many sha-la-la-la-la’s are strictly necessary? And just how seriously should those backing vocals be taken?

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 9: Please Please Me

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We reach the title track of the first album this time as JG and Andrew tackle “Please Please Me”. Is the track mighty enough to deserve having the album named after it? How impressive is George Martin this time out? And can the conversation actually remain on track? (surprisingly, yes!). 

Since this is posting on 25th December I would also be remiss if I didn’t turn to face you, break the fourth wall speaker and say, “Incidentally, a happy Christmas to all of you at home!”

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 8: Ask Me Why

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For this episode JG and Andrew tackle “Ask Me Why”, which given the fairly muted reaction seems like an entirely valid question. How’s Lennon doing on the old lead vocals? Is there much going on anywhere else? And just how long can two people string out a conversation that clearly isn’t going anywhere?

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 7: Boys

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We delve into Ringo’s first vocal for this episode as we discuss “Boys”. Is it a decent cover version? Does Ringo manage to make a good impression? And how long will it take before we inevitably get round to mentioning Thomas The Tank Engine?

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 5: Chains

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This week JG and Andrew find themselves in Chains as another song on Please Please Me gets the Stuffology treatment. Is is any better or worse than the last track? Why was it so popular at the time? And how does George get on?

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast: Episode 4 – Anna (Go To Him)

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Shuffling right along through Please Please Me we come to this, the first cover. How do the Beatles manage with material not of their own making? How does Lennon’s first lead vocal (well, that we’re talking about anyway) come off? And is it better than Misery (and perhaps more relevantly, could it be worse?)

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 4: Misery

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We deal with the second song on Please Please Me this episode as we tackle the all-too-aptly named “Misery”. Does the song justify its spot as the second track on the album? How does the style fit with the rest of the tracks? And just why do Pink Floyd get name-checked?

 

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Beatles Stuffology Podcast – Episode 3: I Saw Her Standing There

We reach the first track of the first album on today’s episode as we discuss “I Saw Her Standing There”. Does it make for a good album opener? Is it a good representation of the band? And just how well (or otherwise) does the 70’s Lennon cover with Elton John stand up? (hint: not great!)

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