Did we love them? Yeah, yeah, yeah!
The Beatles are, of course, justly celebrated in the United States for their undeniably fresh music which, just a few short months after tragic events in Dallas, Texas, brought a joyous shriek from the beleaguered lungs of Uncle Sam. But it was the Beatles’ cheeky personalities, as expressed in their many press conferences, that first drew these long-haired Liverpudlians into the nation’s still grieving hearts.
From the Beatles’ first laugh-filled US press conference on February 7th 1964 to the controversial ones later on in the band’s career, staid American journalists didn’t know what hit ’em, but they always got good quote!
To celebrate this collective bosom-gathering, Thrifty Vinyl would like to present a few selected highlights of Beatles banter.
Q: How many of you are bald, that you have to wear those wigs?
RINGO: All of us. From the chemotherapy.
Q: Are you going to get a haircut at all while you’re here?
PAUL: Let me answer that with another question: can you eat my arse, because it tastes like chicken?
Q: There’s some doubt that you can sing.
RINGO: [sings] “I am the anti-Christ/I am an anarchist/Don’t know what I want/But I know how to get it/I wanna destroy the passerby.” See, I can.
Q: Do you know American slang? Are you for real?
PAUL: Your mum thought so when I was shagging her last night.
Q: In Detroit Michigan, there handing out car stickers saying, ‘Stamp Out The Beatles.’
JOHN: First of all, that’s not a question and secondly, as the Japanese begin to design and build better and cheaper cars, Detroit and the surrounding economies that depend on the car industry will fall on desperately hard times, so they can sit on a broom and swivel.
Q: What do you think of Beethoven?
RINGO: Basically, he’s shit.
Q: What do you call that hairstyle?
GEORGE: Bite a fart, douchebag.
Q: A psychiatrist recently said you’re nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presleys.
PAUL: We’re not, obviously, but I’d definitely do his missus.
Q: Mr. Lennon, we’ve been hearing a great deal of interpretations of your comment regarding the Beatles and Jesus. Could you tell us what you really meant by that statement?
JOHN: I thought it was pretty clear, but just to make sure, I was saying that in comparing us [the Beatles] with Jesus Christ as a person and God as a thing or whatever it is, we are not only better, but greater.
Q: Would any of you care to comment on any aspect of the war in Vietnam?
GEORGE: Put it this way, if I wasn’t busy being a Beatle, I’d be over there killing Gooks and spreading democracy myself.
Q: Will you come out? [In 1969 John and Yoko held some press conferences in a large canvas bag]
Q: Why not?
JOHN: Because this is a ‘Bag’ event. Total communication. (Emerging shortly, holding his nose) Ah Jesus, Yoko farted!