Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rocky Raccoon

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"Rocky Raccoon" with "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" was a free Capitol Records giveaway at certain record chains in July 1982 with purchase of any Beatles album.

"Rocky Raccoon" is not a typical rock and roll song, to put it mildly. Paul McCartney has admitted that "Rocky Raccoon" was a spoof of a certain type of Western song. Paul also has noted:
Rocky Raccoon is quirky, very me. I like talking blues so I started off like that, then I did my tongue-in-cheek parody of a western and threw in some amusing lines. I just tried to keep it amusing, really; it’s me writing a play, a little one-act play giving them most of the dialogue. Rocky Raccoon is the main character, then there’s the girl whose real name was Magill, who called herself Lil, but she was known as Nancy.
If I may be permitted to translate, Paul was just having a little fun with "Rocky Raccoon." Some folks way down yonder may not get his style of humor, but "Rocky Raccoon" is a brilliant deconstruction of its faux-genre along the lines of what "Saturday Night Live" might have done 20 years later.

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Do you recognize this fellow? If you don't, it's okay. But if you do, guess which Beatles song inspired his creation?

You may think that "Rocky Raccoon" is a throwaway Beatles song, just some album filler that padded the two-disc White Album. Well, maybe so, opinions will differ. But "Rocky Raccoon" in some ways has had the most enduring cultural impact of any Beatles song. What, you say, what about "Hey Jude" and "A Hard Day's Night"? Well, go watch "Guardians of the Galaxy" and its sequels and try to figure out which character reminds you of the song. "Only to find Gideon's Bible" - anyone who thinks Paul has trouble with lyrics just skips over songs like "Rocky Raccoon" from the White Album. In fact, John Lennon picked out that arcane but true-to-the-theme reference as typically Paul and a dead giveaway that he, Lennon, had nothing to do with "Rocky Raccoon."

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