Part 60 now, and for this slice, I have the Fab Four back again with a clip of them performing “I Should Have Known Better,” from their movie and record of the same name, A Hard Day’s Night. This is simply one of my favorite songs of all time. And I mean that with total sincerity. To understand me, Willie Simpson, is to understand that the early Beatles mean everything to me, and that this song in particular is probably at the top of that list. Why? Because its guileless sublimity is unmatchable by anyone. It’s the kind of song that make the Beatles so unbelievably special to so many people around the world. First of all, the lyrics are brilliant. John just captures the uncontainable desire of a young man discovering true love for the first time. The part where he sings, “I should have realized a lot of things before, if this is love you gotta give me more, give me more, hey hey hey, give me morrree,” is just so exuberant and true, that it borders on madness. In other words, its perfect rock and roll. Oh, and the middle eight where even though the words are still positive, the music casts a note of anxiety as he almost pleads the, “when I tell you that I love you,” is just genius. The Beatles just knew how to use their music to capture people’s hearts. And to top it off they somehow managed to knock out practically the entire soundtrack to the movie starring them in less than a week, and its timeless and perfect and real, and that’s all I can say about this masterpiece.
Tags: 60s rock, A Hard Day's Night, A Hard Day's Night Movie, Brit Pop, British Rock, English Rock, Fab Four, George Harrison, George Martin, I Should Have Known Better, John Lennon, Mersey Beat, Paul McCartney, pop music, Richard Lester, Ringo Starr, Rock and Roll, the Beatles, willie simpson