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A blog by Scott E. Shepherd · A continuing look at popular music, past, present and future.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

We Still Love It "Eight Days A Week"

Today I was in my car listening to the oldies station when the Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" came on, and it struck me how stupid this song really was. Now before I get thousands of angry responses from irate Beatle fans, let me clarify - I do really like this song. In fact it is a shining example of the Beatles brilliance.

Had any other band came up with the premise of "Eight Days A Week" (I love you so much, even an extra day each week wouldn't cover it), most people would write it off as silly tripe - this is the stuff of Herman's Hermits and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Yet somehow coming from the Beatles, it's pop brilliance. Is this because we, the majority of music listeners have been so indoctrinated into the mythos that everything (or nearly everything) the Beatles did was great, so EDAW must be great? Or is that the Beatles were actually so good they could take a fluff song like EDAW and make it one of the best pop songs ever recorded?

Part of the equation is when the song was released too. No rock/pop band worth its salt would write and record a song like EDAW today and expect it to chart. However in 1965, when the oldest member of the Beatles was still only 21, there was still an air of innocence that has been lost from pop music ever since.

"Ooh I need your love, babe,
Guess you know it's true.
Hope you need my love, babe,
Just like I need you."

It seems so simplistic when you just write out the lyrics, but there is a complexity in the way these lyrics are delivered. Compare them to Herman's Hermits "I'm into Something Good,"

"Woke up this morning feeling fine,
There's something special on my mind
I met a new girl in my neighborhood.
Something tells me I'm into something good."

Lyrically, both songs convey the same sentiment of fresh young love. But we can hear both songs in our minds and somehow we know "Eight Days A Week" is better.

The Beatles wrote some of the best and best-known pop music of the 20th century. While critics will point to Sgt. Pepper and Rubber Soul as evidence of their genius, I maintain that it's songs like "Eight Days A Week" that show the Beatles' true genius. Over forty years after it's release, it still stands out from its peers and still resonates with listeners today.
Posted at 9:58 am ET