Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Eastman Was An Animal!

National Lampoon - Magical Misery Tour

In 1970, John Lennon gave an interview to Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine. It was the longest interview he ever gave and oh boy, was he in a mood. Bitter, caustic, angry, defiant and utterly devoid of any humility whatsoever, he rants and rages at opponents both real and imagined.

Anyway, we already know this don't we? I didn't gather you at my knee for a history lesson did I? So let's cut to the chase. In 1972 National Lampoon released the album 'Radio Dinner'. Most of the material now sounds horribly dated and many of the cultural references have long since been locked away in the dusty, forgotten cupboards of antiquity. The final track, however, makes wading through all this primordial sludge worthwhile. The song is performed by Tony Hendra, who played the tour manager in Spinal Tap, it's called 'Magical Misery Tour' and it's one of the funniest things I've ever heard. Every line has been lifted from the Rolling Stone interview and the music superbly parodies the sound and chord progressions of Lennon's output at the time. Of course, the bigger a Beatle obsessive you are, the funnier it is but there is enough here for even those with a mere passing familiarity with The Greatest Story Ever Told.

It's his birthday today, he was an arrogant, self obsessed, sociopath but so what? So's Kool Keith and he's ace.

Happy Birthday Johnny la.

The full lowdown on 'Radio Dinner' at Mark's Very Large National Lampoon Site
Official John Lennon website
John Lennon at Wikipedia

Domino Jones.