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Do you feel it? Where would you have got your arrangement from? PM: We were well into the Coasters but I'm not sure how we came to do that one. It may have been our own arrangement.
I looked at the recording scene and realised that a few people were taking offbeat songs, putting them into their acts and modernising them a bit. So I looked at a few songs with that in mind. That one always intrigued me. They used to appear on telly and the greatest thing about them was they had a volume pedal!
I was the force behind that, the others thought it was a real soppy idea, which I can see now! We modernised that because, again,-it's a lovely song, the Dietrich recording. I used to spend time at home looking at B-sides of this and that and thinking "Oh, we could do a good version of that".
And those songs then went down quite well with the club crowds, but when it came to the recording studio there had to be more integrity behind it. We figured, "Now, wait a minute, we are now starting a reputation, a major reputation, hopefully, so we must be careful as to what we do".
PM: I loved it. I loved the variety of artists that went there. These days you go to a recording studio and you tend to see other groups, other musicians, because that's where the industry is now, that's where the money is. But then you'd see Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Barenboim. There'd be a lot of acting. PM: Yeah, in number two. We were working and he came in wearing his navy blue pin-striped suit, carnation, [adopts upper crust voice] " Hello! But we were quite pleased, he gave us a big grin and stuff, he seemed like a nice bloke.
You'd see classical sessions going on in number one we were always being asked to turn down because a classical piano was being recorded in number one and they could hear us. And the echo chambers, we used to have a laugh because you could patch in to other people's echo chambers. One of the great things about Abbey Road was that it almost became our own house, especially by the time Sgt Pepper was going on.
A lot of people didn't work past ten in the evening and we did. We were pretty free on our time schedule because we weren't touring by then. ML: Was working late a deliberate thing, so that no one else would be in the building and you'd have the run of the place?
PM: No, we'd just heard that Sinatra recorded late, that's all I can remember. Somebody said "Sinatra never records until ten in the evening" and we thought "That sounds groovy! It was just a chance observation by someone that made us think "Great, we can have an evening out and then pop along later. Let's try it for a change. We were operating in quite a zany manner.
ML: You were also attending other sessions, for other artists, weren't you? PM: They'd ask me. Because we were doing so well many people would stick their head around the door and say " Give a listen to this track for us, will you? Cliff Bennett asked me to produce and I loved it. The only reason I don't do all that now is that I'm married with kids. I just don't have the time.
But that's something I do like, just to wander in and out of a studio and see who's doing what, "That's good, that guitar solo's no good, you ought to fix that" and just give a few pointers. Yes, I did do quite a bit of that. Some of those were pretty good songs! PM: John and I were a songwriting team and what songwriting teams did in those days was wrote for everyone unless you couldn't come up with something or wanted to keep a song for yourself and it was a bit too good to give away.
In our minds there was a very vague formula and we could do it quite easily. I read something just this morning where Geoff Emerick was saying that he and George Martin could sit and not say anything throughout a whole session and people would think they were very weird.
It was just that they read each other. You sometimes would pull one out of the drawer and say, "Maybe this would be good for you".
It was quite pessimistic. And in the end Kenny Lynch did it. Kenny used to come out on tour with us and he used to sing it, that Paul McCartney interview was one of his minor hits.
ML: With Bert Weedon on guitar as a session man! PM: Was he? I know I've never been so surprised in ms life as to find a chit in Abbey Road for Ivor Mairants, a session fee chit. I mean, he was a God to us.
He had shops! You don't do sessions when you've got shops do you?! And I saw the MU form, signed by Ivor. He'd obviously just done a session.
ML: I'd like to throw one or two song titles at you and perhaps you could give me quick two-sentence answers about the writing and recording of them.
PM: You don't get couple-of-sentence answers with me! We sagged off school and wrote it on guitars and a little bit on the piano that I had there. I remember I had the lyrics "just 17 never been a beauty queen" which John it was one of the first times he ever went "What? Must change that That's really the major recollection. To us it was just an opening line that, but you see I told you you wouldn't get two sentences!
We were quite conscious of that. We wrote for our market. We were aware that that happened when you sang to an audience. Personal pronouns. We always used to do that. It was always something personal. ML: P. I Love You' PM: Exactly. We were in a rut, obviously! ML: Why did you open the song with that "one, two, three, four! You didn't open any other songs with a count-in.
PM: There always was a count-in on the front of songs but I think that one was particularly spirited so we thought " We'll keep that one, sounds good". PM: I can't remember much about that one. That's one of them. ML: I suppose that when you've had about compositions published you can't remember them all. PM: That's what I mean. I remember the name of the tune. Some of them You just knew that you had a song that would work, a good melody. It was a bit Shirelles. I always consider that as your first major, really major song.
PM: You know, that was on an album and the first person I heard single it out was the disc-jockey David Jacobs, who was pretty hip. Still is actually he knows pop music. He was always quite an expert, for one of the older generation. I remember him singling it out on his radio show and I think from that moment it did become a big favourite for people. And I heard it differently. Till then I'd heard it as an album track.
But when he played it on his radio show, and it went over to however many million people on network BBC, it was like "Woh! That is a good one". I always liked it. I think it was the first song where I wrote the words without the tune. I wrote the words on the tour bus during our tour with Roy Orbison. We did a lot of writing then. Then, when we got to the gig, I found a piano and worked out the music. That was the first time that I'd actually written that way.
Let's face it, if you were in my position, which was working with John Lennon, who was, we know, a great, great man And that's what it was. I wasn't just talking about it I was living it. I was actually working with the great John Lennon. And, similarly, he with me. It was very exciting. Say you're in C then go to A minor, fairly ordinary, C, change it to G. And then F, pretty ordinary, but then it goes [sings] "I got arms" and that's a G Minor.
Going to G Minor and a C takes you to a whole new world. It was exciting. We would listen to George's ideas too, because he was a producer and a musician and he obviously knew what he was talking about. There was good to and fro. One really great thing about work in the early days was that they were better conditions than I enjoy now. If I go into a session now I'm invariably the artist, I'm probably the producer, I'm certainly the bass player and so on and so on. I'm involved with the remix engineer.
I'm involved in all the steps. Whereas then the great thing was that you just went in, sang your stuff and then went to the pub.
And then they mixed it, they rang you up if they thought there was a single, you'd just ring them up "Have we got a hit? Great, luxurious conditions if you think about it.
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Now, as I say, you take everyone's PM: That's right. We loved that bit and we rehearsed it a lot. John and I wrote that in a hotel room, on twin beds, during an afternoon off.
Your book The Beatles Live! They worked their little asses off! Here I am talking about an afternoon off and we're sitting there writing! We just loved it so much. It wasn't work. ML: That's a marvellous song, and just a B-side! PM: Yeah, a monster. And we just loved singing that three-part too.
We learned that in my Dad's house in Liverpool. The Beatles' advancement from year to year, album to album, never ceases to astonish me. It was so tangible. PM: Yeah, the Beatles were a pretty good group! Not a bad group, I must say! We knew we were good. People used to say to us, "Do you think John and you are great songwriters?
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I sometimes look back to those days and think "God, which is right? No pay and a lot of time in the pub or a lot of pay and no getting away from the studio? ML: Listening to the original tapes I was struck by the economy of it all. George Martin or Geoff Emerick or Norman Smith will put the red light on and John Lennon, who must have been very aware of the time, keeps saying "Oh, the red light's on, let's go, let's start".
PM: Oh yeah, whenever the red light was on that was it, we had to go, that was our signal. Now it's very relaxed. I' ve now got my own studio and we hardly ever put the light on. The other cute thing was that the engineers had to identify each recording. Geoff Emerick was so shy that he didn't want to speak on tape; some people hate to hear their voice on tape.
Geoff and the others had to say "RM1" , which was remix mono one, or "RS2", later, "remix stereo two", and Geoff would go [fast mumble] "RM1", pressing the button down. He hated doing that. Those are the things you don't get these days. One thing I'll never forget at EMI was the "pop" " classical" switch on the right-hand-side of the console! And the control knobs were great big RAF things, that was the state of the technology then. We used to like them though, and actually they were much better than the fiddly little things these days because then if you put treble on you actually heard treble come on.
Now you put treble on and it's nothing. I really do think those valve machines were more fun to work with. A lot of people think that, I know Geoff Emerick does, and I still keep some valve equipment myself because it gives you a record-y type sound.
That's why a lot of people won't go to digital. Analogue is warmer, and you can defeat the machine. The engineer would say "No, no, no, this is not allowed, we have to keep it just before the red or a little into the red! And the acoustic would come back like an electric, it wouldn't distort too much, it would just mess around with that original sound.
It'd make it hot. You'd defeated the machine, you'd actually screwed it up a bit. They're harder than ever to defeat now. They've thought of all that. If you' re going to work in the red now there's a little computer that comes in and says "Limit!
They're all so clever these days and you can't actually screw up. Norman Smith was a great engineer, we were all so sad when Norman became a producer because we wanted him as our engineer, he was dynamite.
But Geoff was dynamite too, in fact that was the great thing about all of the EMI guys. I still think of it in the same breath as the BBC and the government. Anyone you get who's been EMI trained really knows what he's doing. They actually used to have to come to work in ties and suits and white coats which is lovely, like another age!
There's power in John's voice there that certainly hasn't been equalled since, and I know exactly why: it's because he worked his bollocks off that day.
The whole album only took a day so it was amazingly cheap, no-messing, just massive effort from us. But we were game, we'd been to Hamburg for Christ's sake, we'd stayed up all night, it was no big deal. We started at ten in the morning and finished at ten at night, it sounded like a working day to us!
And at the end of the day you had your album. There's many a person now who would love to he able to say that. Me included! It has an urgency, it's a very "instant" album.
PM: That's right. You see I believe in throwaway as a great thing. A great comedian will throw his gags away and I think in music it's very similar. I often find that my demos turn out better than the finished recording.
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Phil McDonald was there and I got in I always used to get in early because I lived just around the corner and all the equipment was set up from the day before so I ran in and said "Just do this, Phil, go on, it'll only take 20 minutes" and I threw it away, I mean it's really nice. I did two demos that I was very pleased with. And I said to Badfinger, "Look, lads, don't vary, this is good, just copy this down to the letter.
It's perhaps a little hit undignified for you, a little hit lacking in integrity to have to copy someone's work that rigidly, but this is the hit sound. Do it like this and we're all right, we've got a hit. No one will know anyway. Do you remember that one.? PM: That was a Johnny Preston song that we'd rehearsed in Liverpool along with all our Cavern stuff and it was just in our repertoire. It wasn't a big one that we used to do, we'd pull it out of the hat occasionally, and we also recorded it.
PM: Yeah, it's the same. John and I were very equal. You see, since John's death this thing has emerged it's quite natural, you can't blame people he's emerged as the martyr that he didn't want to he.
I heard an interview, the day he died, in fact, where he said "I'm not gonna be a bloody martyr, they're all trying to make a martyr of me. I've just got a few things to say, thank you very much, I'll say 'em, goodnight. When I die the good sides of me will emerge. They'll say, "Oh, did you know he did that in one take? Hey, he wasn't so had," because I've become known as a soppy balladeer, and John of course did a lot to encourage that myth when we were having rows. He really tried to put that about but he knew otherwise.
I was about There's actually a few from then. ML: I know of the title but that's all. I thought it up in the pictures, someone in a film mentioned it [imitates an actor in a film] "we're thinking of linking" and I came out of there thinking "That should be a song. Thinking of linking, people are gonna get married, gotta write that!
Pretty corny stuff! I seem to remember writing it just after I'd had the flu and I had that cigarette I smoked when I was 16 the cigarette that's the "cotton-wool" one. You don't smoke while you're ill but after you get better you have a cigarette and it's terrible, it tastes like cottonwool, horrible. I remember standing in the parlour, with my guitar, looking out through the lace curtains of the window, and writing that one.
ML: How come a song like that would take six years to be recorded? It's on your fourth album. Fifty songs had gone under the bridge by that time. PM: It wouldn't have been considered good enough. I wouldn't have put it up. In fact it was one of our most successful songs. They might have been perceived as Paul McCartney singles and maybe John wasn't too keen on that. PM: Ah, you see, I'd never thought of it like that. In a group, these jealousies don't take much to form.
There's a recording of that.
One take and it went no further. PM: [Laughs and pulls face. PM: Some of them we just couldn't get behind! I must admit, we didn't really, until later, think of Ringo's songs as seriously as our own. That's not very kind but it's the way it was. Ringo, in fact, had to be persuaded quite heavily to sing. But generally we never thought of those songs as being that good. I think John and I were really concentrating on "We'll do the real records! In the end you gave that to PJ Proby but you tried to do it yourself first.
There are re-makes and all sorts of things at Abbey Road. PM: There were a few songs that we were just not as keen on, or we didn't think they were quite finished.
This was one of them! PM: Yes, we'd started to learn what was involved. And it was all so fascinating, being allowed to do it, being allowed to actually sit in the studio, because, as I say, on those first sessions you didn't feel you were allowed to join in. During that first audition with Tony Meehan we never even saw him! He was there but we let ourselves in the back door of Decca.
But eventually we started to change things. As we got more power they started to let us sit there during a mix. Then you'd say "I don't want to interfere, Geoff, but push my guitar up!It has an urgency, it's a very "instant" album.
People used to say to us, "Do you think John and you are great songwriters? Visibility Others can see my Clipboard. And Geoff Emerick used to have these packets of Everest cigarettes always sitting by him, and we thought "That's good, it's big and it's expansive". I think John and I were really concentrating on "We'll do the real records!