Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day Tripper

Stunningly Good Footage of "Day Tripper"

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the "Day Tripper" music video.



"Day Tripper" is a Beatles song that played a decisive role in the career of Paul McCartney despite the fact that John Lennon wrote the vast majority of the song, with Paul only contributing in a major way to the verses. Lennon actually was quite gracious about giving Paul partial credit for "Day Tripper" and an ideal example of their collaboration. Paul largely agrees, but he seems to feel that he contributed to the song a bit more than John seemed to indicate.

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The Beatles recorded "Day Tripper" on 16 October 1965 and released it on a double-A side single with "We Can Work It Out." Lennon was vociferous about not treating "Day Tripper" as the "B" side, as some thought might be the case. Since "We Can Work It Out" was largely a Paul McCartney composition, with him singing lead, this set up a massive class of egos that could only be resolved by the record-buying public. After its release on 3 December 1965 in the United Kingdom and 6 December 1965 in the United States, the public quickly sided with... "We Can Work It Out." While "We Can Work It Out" became a smash hit, "Day Tripper" also did quite well, peaking at No. 1 in the United Kingdom and No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. With this victory in his pocket, Paul McCartney was emboldened to take a larger leadership role in the Beatles which he never relinquished until quitting the group in 1970.

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John Lennon and George Harrison.

"Day Tripper" is a typical John Lennon song in the sense that it isn't really about what it says about. While in the common vernacular a "day tripper" is a tourist to a beach or other attraction, the "day tripper" in the song is something other than that. In John Lennon's personal slang, the day tripper is not a tourist or person on holiday, but rather someone who pretends to be cool (hippies) but really aren't in that life completely. Which is why it was so important to "find out" this important fact about the girl in question before being taken in by them. Yoko Ono, presumably, was the real deal and not a "day tripper." Or, if you listen to Paul's take, it was the same general idea, only relating to drug use.

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George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

There is no question that "We Can Work It Out"/"Day Tripper" is one of the greatest singles of the rock era. Which did better at the time is almost irrelevant, they are both fabulous songs. Anyway, "Day Tripper" was yet another smash hit for the Beatles and a highlight of John Lennon's career. While recorded during the "Rubber Soul" sessions, "Day Tripper" later made its way onto the Beatles' "Yesterday and Today" (US), "A Collection of Beatles Oldies" (UK) album, and the 1962-1966 compilation album released in 1973 (the "Red Album").

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The Beatles filmed three music videos on 23 November 1965. They then were known as "promotional films" and were lip-synched performances (with that fact fairly obvious from the video) intended for air on whatever television programs were interested. Thus, you may see different versions of the "Day Tripper" music video floating around.


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