Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Listening To The Beatles

I'll be mailing out the second Book of Kills Singles Club single next week. Please note that it probably will not be sent out until Thursday.

It's that time of year when I listen to all of The Beatles albums in a row in the order in which they were originally released. The one thing that always surprises me every time I listen to those beloved recordings is that I always hear something I hadn't heard before on every single album, and often times on every single song on each album...whether it be a quirky instrumental riff or an unusual vocal bit or a production touch by George Martin (or some unsung engineer) that somehow had slipped by my ears in the past. Thanks, The Beatles! I'm halfway through 1963's WITH THE BEATLES, by the way...the 31 track PURPLE CHICK bootleg version. Much better than the official release.

“You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?...'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.' First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That's what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche...or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can't hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced back to 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand.' And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.”  -- David Levithan (Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist)

“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'.” -- Kurt Vonnegut

"I think maybe people see bands and musicians as some sort of superhero unrealistic sport that happens in another dimension where it's not real people and not real emotions. So, I grew up listening to Beatles records on my floor. That's how I learned how to play guitar. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be a musician." -- Dave Grohl