George Harrison, Somewhere In England (1981)
I’ve been a George Harrison fan since I could remember his name…which is to say one of my first memories is asking my dad and my uncle what “the other guy in The Beatles was called?” I knew the two main songwriters and the drummer – their names stuck. I reckon I was five, maybe four. Anyway, The Beatles were big in my life from an early age, and for all my life. And I wanted to know the fourth Beatle, the guitarist; the “quiet one”. I just couldn’t remember. My dad and uncle played a game, pretending they didn’t know. It fucked me off. I remember this, think of it often. I wonder if that’s why, for a while George became my favourite Beatle (for those playing at home, the correct answer is actually: Paul McCartney). Anyway, I was so into George – and still am. I went off him for a while when I realised he was actually a bit of a cunt. That’s – recently – sold him to me. I mean we’re all struggling in this world, between who we think we are, who we’d like to be, and who we actually are; I reckon George knew that struggle, dedicated the post-fame part of his life to it. Made some great music too. I love his solo albums – even the shittier ones. And truth be told, this one isn’t one of his greatest – but it does have All Those Years Ago on it. Which is one of his greatest songs. And proof George was a bit of a cunt; wrote the song for Ringo, actually for him and about him – in tribute to him and their musical connection and friendship. Then John Lennon died so, cynically, he took it back, added in some John-lines and had a hit. Good on him eh. He did far more than just that – in both the cunt-stakes and the underrated-musical-genius stakes too.
Sample Track: Blood From A Clone
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