Obladi oblada : like or don't like.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by BeaTleBob5, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. BeaTleBob5

    BeaTleBob5 John, Paul, George, Ringo & Bob Thread Starter

    Obladi oblada, a Paul McCartney song which appears on the 1968 The Beatles album (a.k.a. The White Album) has taken a beating from critics and music listeners over the years. In fact Obladi oblada was voted as the worst song ever in an online survey. I'm curious to find out what the members of this site think. As for me I personally disliked Obladi oblada for years but I've sort of come around to liking it ... somewhat in the past year or so. Hence the reason why I've started this thread. What I've come around to liking about the song is it's overall musicality which I find is based quite a bit on McCartney's household musical background while growing up. Anyways, I digress.

    It would also be interesting to read your personal reasons for your vote.
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  2. Thievius

    Thievius Blue Öyster Cultist

    I like it. I don't consider it top tier by any means, but I like it.

    Funny thing, was it re-released in the mid 70s as a single? I remember buying the 45 when I was a kid.
  3. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Forum Resident

    I like it all right. Sure, it's McCartney pop, some might say trite, but it doesn't warrant the opprobrium it gets IMO. It just fun. And, it's part of the Beatles White Album. It fits right where it is.
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  4. Prudence1964

    Prudence1964 Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    Never understood the hate for this song. It wasn't trying to be deep and meaningful. I like it a lot and audience love so it when Paul does it live.
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  5. dbone828

    dbone828 Only Visiting This Planet

    I voted like, but I'm really more neutral about the song. I don't think it's one of their best songs, or even one of the best songs from the White Album. I also think it's one of the Beatles' more over-exposed songs, recognizable to many mainstream listeners, while many of their better songs are less known. That being said, I don't dislike the song, and I can say I do enjoy it. I do not think it is one of their worst songs, and find it puzzling when I hear it considered one of the worst songs of all time.
  6. altaeria

    altaeria Forum Resident

    The Offspring apparently liked it.
  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    like it...my Mom loved it...she played it often.
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  8. BigBadWolf

    BigBadWolf Forum Resident

    Kernersville, NC
    I voted like it. In fact, I like pretty much the entire catalog except one. Revolution 9 just doesn't do it for me
  9. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

    Brooklyn New York
    I tend to view the White album as a whole rather than a collection of songs. Obladi is part of that experience and it would be incomplete without it. I enjoy it if I hear it out of context.
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  10. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

    Arkansas, USA
    Hate it.

    Worse than Maxwells Silver Hammer.

    Worse than We Built This City.

    Need I say more?
  11. idleracer

    idleracer Forum Resident

    :kilroy: The production is better than the song itself. One of those instances where John's hamfisted style of pounding on the piano was actually put to good use. That piano and the distinctive vocals are the only things separating it from a typical Ohio Express or 1910 Fruitgum Company record from the same period.
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  12. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Love it. Always have. Never questioned it.
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  13. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Maybe they didn't like the lyrics.
  14. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    Southern IL
    I love it, it's an important part of the tapestry known as the White Album.
  15. Electric

    Electric The Medium is the Massage

    Vancouver, CANADA
    There isn't a track on the White Album I don't like.
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  16. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Is that the intro I shoulda been in?

    Like it a lot! Macca classic
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  17. mcchocchoc

    mcchocchoc Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    I like that song a lot. I remember one time in about 1980 when the family went down to Atlantic City for the day, being too young to go into a Casino all day with the parents my brothers and I spent the day in a gigantic arcade. They had a big jukebox in there and I kept pumping coins into it all day playing that one song over and over.
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  18. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    I like it. I also know a guy who hates The Beatles but likes that song. :shrug:
  19. J. Umbari

    J. Umbari Forum Resident

    Without a doubt
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  20. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

    Placerville, CA
    I like it OK, sure. But where does it rank among my favorite Beatles tunes? Not in the top 40.

    Say, is this another Beatles thread? :p
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  21. ChrisScooter1

    ChrisScooter1 Forum Resident

    Athens, GA
    This is a fine little novelty/children's tune by Macca. It doesn't find it's true voice for me until one hears the stereo mix. The original take (on Anthology) shows it to not have enough teeth and sounds way too much like later softy Wings era Paul; clearly the rest of the band is NOT into it (nor would they ever, apparently). The mono mix of the released take still doesn't have enough of the random noises and percussion in it and Lennon's more acerbic background vocal is not mixed high enough. The stereo adds the edge for me, I can actually hear Lennon's manic frustration finding its way onto the song and propelling Macca to put the ole tongue in the cheek a little harder.
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  22. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Michigan, USA
    I voted like. John once called it "granny music" .. it sounds more like children's music to me - a dichotomy which perhaps speaks to its universal age-appeal? Its as good as any of the Beatles best non-standout* pop songs ( *by this I mean relative to their catalog ; examples of standouts would be 'Yesterday', 'A Day In The Life', 'Norwegian Wood', 'In My Life', 'Something', 'Hey Jude' ). It's a well-crafted pop song that is fun and the musicianship is impeccable, notwithstanding its popularity or lack thereof.
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  23. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    I was 7 years old...it was the hook that reeled me in to the Beatle boat.
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  24. rancher

    rancher Unmade Bed

    This is the song that John was hating and Paul said it just needs an intro, so John walked over to the piano, pounded it, and said basically, “there’s your intro”. Read that in some special edition liner notes or some such thing :cool:
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  25. stevechang64

    stevechang64 Forum Resident

    santa monica, ca
    I like this song for the sound of it. Love the piano then comes in the acoustic guitar and then that bass. Also love John’s almost screaming vocal during the chorus part. Johns vocal is what I pick up the most in there

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