Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

There are few figures more sad or forlorn in Liverpool's pubs than those relics from the Merseybeat era. You know the type: they'll insist on telling you that they either knew the Beatles, or were in a band which could've been as big as the Beatles. Perhaps the best example of this breed of sentimental Scouser is Pete Best. He was the Beatles' drummer before the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine replaced him at the behest of Lennon, McCartney & Harrison, purportedly jealous of the female following that Best apparently enjoyed.
All these years later, Best insists he's not bitter (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2008/11/24/pete-best-i-feel-i-m-the-luckiest-of-all-the-beatles-100252-22325642/ ).
The only valid comment from Best in what turns out to be little more than a puff-piece for his new album is, "It's important that the city's culture moves on".
Unfortunately, due to lachrymose garbage like this, that isn't always possible. Best's comments on McCartney & Starr amount to a read-between-the-lines invitation, particularly the terse comments about his successor, with whom he seems to share a gift for lyric-writing.

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