What competitive bands or musicians did John Lennon admire

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Ephi82, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. mercuryvenus

    mercuryvenus Forum Resident

    Maryland, USA
    Yeah, of course -- but it's not clear what OP means by "competitive bands." It would be clearer if he/she had said "what bands was Lennon competitive with?"
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  2. Norbert Becker

    Norbert Becker Forum Resident

    I recall him being on a radio interview around 1974 and really having high praise for
    Elton John “Your Song”
    Ann Peebles “I Can’t Stand The Rain”
    Steely Dan “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”
  3. Lemon Curry

    Lemon Curry (A) Face In The Crowd

    Mahwah, NJ
    ..that he admired
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  4. skydropco

    skydropco Rock 'n Roll Nurse

    The Raspberries

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  5. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    St. Louis
    Lol, I was just having fun because of all the people who say music is not a competition.
    If you're successful it is.
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  6. Ephi82

    Ephi82 Still have two ears working Thread Starter

    S FL
    What? The music business isn’t competitive?
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  7. TimeWarper

    TimeWarper A Well Respected Man

    He liked at least some of The Kinks’ material.

    -He had ‘See My Friends’ on his personal jukebox.

    -Their is also the famous story of him constantly playing ‘Wonderboy’ for at least a couple of moments during 1968.

    Whilst it isn’t John, I know Paul was impressed with The Easybeats.

    -The story is that while he was driving around, he heard either ‘Good Times’ or ‘St. Louis’ on the radio (various versions of the story exist) and “flipped his wig” immediately asking the radio station to play it again.
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  8. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    You didn’t say anything about the music business in you post. Music isn’t a competition, it’s art. Art is not a competition.

    Lots of artists treat it that way, sadly, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s not a competition.

    You couldn’t have picked a worse artist to back up your argument, too...competing with his contemporaries was never Lennon’s thing. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have recorded with the ones he admired most.

    He didn’t admire his competition...he admired his colleagues.
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  9. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    St. Louis
    I'm sure early Lennon was competitive.
    Or instead of the toppermost of the poppermost The Beatles were going to play for drinks at clubs.
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  10. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    You’re sure? I’m sure that you’re not sure.

    But I do like the playing for drinks part!
  11. paul62

    paul62 Forum Resident

    Down to Earth
    ELO and 10cc were "the sons of The Beatles", musically, in John's estimation.
    "Like A Rolling Stone" and "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35" were on John's mind during January 1969 (the former when busking "Dig It" and the latter when recording "I've Got A Feeling"): "I Want You" was also busked and I think this may have inspired John's song "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
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  12. paul62

    paul62 Forum Resident

    Down to Earth
    O'course Chuck Berry was one of John's eternal favourites, too.
  13. Larry Mc

    Larry Mc Forum Dude

    Did John say this?
  14. 905

    905 Forum Resident

    St. Louis
  15. Larry Mc

    Larry Mc Forum Dude

    Is this what John thought thread or a what you think John thought?
  16. mercuryvenus

    mercuryvenus Forum Resident

    Maryland, USA
    Are you kidding? Lennon was insanely competitive, as were all of them, at least until they made it.

    Quote from him: You have to be a bastard to make it. That's a fact. And the Beatles were the biggest bastards on Earth.

    Proof: They fired Pete Best because he wasn't good enough. Just the first totally ruthless move they made to make it big.
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  17. Radagast

    Radagast Forum Resident

    Did he actually say that? Seems like "She's So Heavy" is Beatles doing Vanilla Fudge.
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  18. Jaycat

    Jaycat Forum Resident

    Harvard, MA, USA
    Yeah, I remember him being quoted at the time, "it may be a new morning for him, but not for me."
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  19. cybermedios

    cybermedios Active Member

    In wich song of Vanilla Fudge?
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  20. Gary7704

    Gary7704 Jesus saves, Esposito scores on the rebound.

  21. goodboyfred

    goodboyfred Forum Resident

    I remember a interview where John mentions that he likes what he’s heard of Neil Young. Could of been in Lennon Remembers.
  22. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    He preferred 50s stuff.
  23. Radagast

    Radagast Forum Resident

    It reminds me of their hit "You keep me hanging on" and their demented LP "The beat goes on". Was Paul doing a Tim Bogert in his bass playing on that track - where else did he ever play like that? :)
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  24. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    Didn't John like the Captain Beefheart, Safe As Milk album but then later the song Beatle Bones and Smokin Stones with the reference to Strawberry Fields Forever was off-putting to him?
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  25. Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs Forum Resident

    Per Don McLean, Lennon read a book on (Richard) Marx.

    In my limited defense, I waited for some serious responses before posting this.
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