Cold turkey.


27 Responses to “Cold turkey.”

  1. mcarp555 says:

    1969 John, with his beard, white suit and Casino, is just such an iconic look for him (one of many).

    John had this suit, George wore white at Bangladesh, I know Paul had at least a white jacket in a late ’69 photo shoot; I wonder if Ringo had one. That would be an interesting photo montage. Sort of an updated MMT image.

  2. Kwai Chang says:

    The Colours…
    For The Sake Of The Colors.
    Where are they from?
    Oh, England.
    What an unfunny Union Jack…
    Isn’t that thing really supposed to be White?
    What? Surrender???
    No, but if all four wore white, they’d be The Colonels.
    3 cheers for…WAIT! Four cheers for Imperialism.
    (This time we’re using guitar strings and vinyl instead of asphalt)
    Hip hip…

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    Think of it this way:
    Colours = “Col. Ours”

    …the same way The IRS = “theirs”

    historical minutiae or supernatural baloney?
    I don’t know…I got an ‘A’ in history…
    and, a ‘B’ in baloney

  4. can only imagine what the result wouldve sounded like if paul agreed to record this for the beatles.

  5. Kwai Chang says:

    @johnny silver…
    Thank you!


  6. Kwai Chang says:

    Cold Turkey as a Beatles single would have changed the groups navigational heading into the proper direction…Their best album yet. It Don’t Come Easy would have been it’s title.

  7. hey Kwai, paul mustve felt like he was walking the edge of a cliff: he wanted the fabs to keep going on, but doing so meant he had to appease an increasingly volatile john. yet on other hand he didn’t want to let john just steamroll over the rest of them with wild n crazy stuff. have to give paul credit: as much as he wanted John to be actively engaged in being a Beatle, he stood his ground on this one. in hindsight, it would be easy for someone to say paul made the wrong call here. they weren’t turning each other anymore and things were becoming forced. i think another beatle album after abbey road couldve been a huge disaster. who knows.

  8. btw throwing this out there – patti boyd said in her autobiography that as soon as george found out that john was quitting he got furious with john. since george was supposedly the one that was so suffocated by being an “economy class” beatle, i find her comment to be curious. maybe george didn’t like it because the timing would eff up the royalties percentage dealings going on then, who the hell knows.

  9. Kwai Chang says:

    To hear Lennon say stuff like “the best thing in Liverpool is the road out of there” is completely pretentious. How would he know? The great Mimi provided him with a privately owned residence which means you get to do bougeois stuff like name your house/lot/acre/’Park’…
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn! The same kind of reverse psychology(Klein’s) MUST have been at play when someone thought the best thing to do was to start drilling holes in the hull of the HMS Beatles. As if cross promotion (the divorce/HowDoYouSleep/PieceOfCake) could ever be better as a revenue generator. So, you want to be a guinea pig? Jump into the blades of stupidity.
    None of that was genuine. We see now, the friendship was never out of kilter. There’s a picture of John and Paul partying in L.A. 1974.
    Yawn, again! Paul…go shave!

    (Yawwwwn, again)

  10. I’ll have what he’s having

  11. Kwai Chang says:

    Hey, May…
    Loving Memory should’ve been the name of your book!

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    Don’t forget…
    it really only takes one(1) coincidence to add up to a fact.
    File Under: Sloppy Damage-Control
    There are at least two other snaps from the pool-side backyard-do here on this blog. Kieth Moon was there I think.
    Toot And A Snore was the worst boot ever…
    The 1974 Andean Snowstorm…worst in L.A. history. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

  13. yes, Moon was there. first time the photos appeared was in a keith moon bio that came out in ’80-’81. crapped a Buick when i first saw the pics because i was a who fan and had no idea that those pics were in there. These pics + “I Need You” by the who cements keith moon’s compulsive obsessive need to be loved by the Fabs.

  14. Kwai Chang says:

    To be fair…
    May Pang may have mentioned the party.
    If so, I completely and sincerely apologize.
    I read the book…when I was sent to Ken Fritz’s house for remodeling work, he asked if I liked the Beatles. Then, if I’d read May’s book. When he said I’m the guy who had John thrown out of the club, I convinced him I had read the book. We ended the discussion with him repeating “I never should’ve gave them the warning. I shoulda just had them ejected…I never should have talked to them”…as he walked away. Very cool man, also represents George Benson.

  15. mcarp555 says:

    The best story in May’s book is the one about when Ringo sat down at his kit in an L.A. studio to jam with John and noticed his drums had been adjusted.

    “Who’s been messin’ with me drums?”

    “Paul was here last night; he played ’em”, said John.

    Ringo grumbled, “He’s always messin’ with me things!”

  16. Kwai Chang says:

    Thank you, mcarp555!
    I guess a different part of the story gets left out depending on who’s telling it.
    Do we know where George was this weekend?
    Ringo was obviously there with John and Paul…
    “But all i got is a photograph
    And i realise you’re not coming back anymore.”
    (scroll down to 1656)
    I found this accidentally while looking for Brian Wilson pictures.

  17. Kwai Chang says:

    I just found a pic of Harry Nilsson with J+P same party!
    Bender! Now, I’m pretty sure May didn’t mention any of this.
    Divorces bore me!

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    So, I’m a little resentful…
    that such a yarn could be spun for so long and SO many had opportunity to clarify the fakery…but, chose to act ignorant.
    Ethical chicanery. A ‘knew’ low!
    (Hi, Mom!)

  19. mcarp555 says:

    I don’t think those pictures were taken the same day (Paul’s hair and ‘soul patch’ are very different, even if the same shirt), and I don’t think it’s the same time frame as the studio jam. I don’t have access to my copy of May’s book to check.

    I think it’s fair to say that Ringo and Paul and John were in the same area around the same time, but not all three together at any point (you can have any two, but not all three).

  20. Kwai Chang says:

    I hope you are right…
    Thanks, mcarp555!
    And, it certainly doesn’t shed any new light on Steel And Glass(Paul Or Klein).
    Unless Paul is the LA tan and Klein is the NY walk/talk.
    The song must be about being between the two…(John in the middle)
    Who is it Who is it
    (Who are they Who are they)

  21. kwai, ringo saw JP&G three weeks later at the beverly hills wilshire hotel for an apple meeting. all that said, if the discussion is about the time of the J&P jam session than Yes it seems very probable that ringo saw J&P in that time frame. ringo was out clubbing in the area the night of the J&P jam session w/ moonie and nilsson. so he was definitely around.

  22. mcarp555 says:

    I thought ‘Steel & Glass’ was about Klein only.

  23. Kwai Chang says:

    Thanks, guys.
    In the last hour I convinced myself the song must be autobiographical…
    in the last five minutes…I’m wondering WHO is it? “WHO” is it?
    Possibly about Keith Moon. A handwritten note to Phil Spector from John claims “I didn’t pee on the console…I left at 11:30…it was Harry and Keith. Charge the damages to Capitol.”
    Case: Unsolved

  24. mcarp555 says:

    It’s not like Phil was the most rational person in this group, either. The only record producer to take the phrase “shoot off your mouth” literally.

  25. Keith Bratley says:

    I just don’t see those songs as Beatles records.
    Cold Turkey is so personal to John, as is Power to the People and songs like Instant Karma.
    Even Gimme Some Truth and Jealous Guy (performed as Child of Nature) which were tried out during the Let it Be sessions, I just can’t envisage as Beatles songs.
    I can see songs like Maybe I’m Amazed, Junk, Teddy Boy and Another Day as Beatles songs.
    Is this the Paul being commercial and John being personal thing, or just my own perspective (being a huge John fan)?

  26. MarkC says:

    Was Plastic Ono Band Lennon that much different than 68-69 Lennon, such as Julia, Revolution, an Yer Blues?

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