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Friday, July 16, 2004
11:12 PM

Fear of a White Album

Okay, so I finally went and ordered the White Album on Amazon. This will sound weird, but I kind of used to have this complex about it. See, I didn't want to listen to it because I was scared of the part at the end of "Helter Skelter" where Ringo screams "I'VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS!" Now, mind you, this was back when I was probably 9 or 10 years old. But I've still only ever listened to the record all the way through once and that was probably 15 years ago. It still kind of creeps me out, though...it's white all over! There's no stuff on the cover! It has weird songs like "Revolution 9"! Now, of course, I do own several albums that consist mostly of blood-curdling screams (e.g. Naked City's "Torture Garden"), and that doesn't seem to freak me out. So how big of a horrorshow could this little white recording be? I'll find out in 5-9 days!

Yes, my dear, the White Album is a little strange. I never listen to "Revolution 9" because it annoys the heck out of me. And it's odd to pair songs like "Revolution 9" and "Helter Skelter" with songs like "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" and "Birthday".

However strange some of the songs are, and however weird they seem to go together, they're all of them friggin' brilliant. I adore the country-humor in "Don't Pass Me By", the classic rock of "Back in the USSR", the tangible sadness in "Julia", and the guitar solo in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

Plus, there's a picture of a naked John Lennon in the liner notes.

Excellent choice, Mikey. There's nothing to be afraid of.... enjoy!
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