Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ringo Starr: Off the Record

I've watched Ringo's HBO special twice now.

The best part is when Ringo sits down at the kit and plays the drum parts of 'Ticket to Ride', 'Back of Boogaloo' and 'Come Together'. He discusses how he came up with the bits and demonstrates. Being naturally left-handed, he shows how he sometimes would drum backwards (going from the floor tom to tom-tom instead of the other way around), and the unique pause in 'Ticket' beat that was an influence of listening to and playing swing music.

But it astonishes me how he, like Patty Boyd in her recent bio, repeats the same stories we've heard a million times.

How during the 'White Album' he felt the other three were connecting and he wasn't meshing with them anymore. So he goes around to talk to them and they all say, 'I thought it was you three who were connecting!?'. And he leaves for a while and when he comes back, George had the studio all decked out with flowers, blah blah blah.

The 'Yer Blues' session is a small room, playing as a 'real' band...yadda yadda yadda.

And how the elongated Rubber Soul cover was an accident because the proof sheet slipped and gave it that weird look.

And host Dave Stewart sits there smiling and nodding. You know he's thinking, 'Yeah, I've seen the Anthology, I've read the books...how about something new, Ring?'.

But it is worth watching. And Ringo is very cool. Laid back and funny. Whereas recent interviews with our Paul tend to show him as a self-promoting ego-maniac. But hey. What else is new?


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