Genius Is Pain

Posted in Something about the Beatles on August 12th, 2009 by bill

Happened to think today of an old favorite: “Magical Misery Tour,” Tony Hendra and Michael O’Donaghue’s take on John Lennon, circa 1970. It originally appeared on the National Lampoon’s Radio Dinner album, but I am linking here to a YouTube video created by one Rick Moore, which adds somewhat to the entertainment value:

What I didn’t know until today, or had forgotten until today, was that all (or almost all) the lyrics are things that John actually said in interviews. For a fairly lengthy dissection, go here.

This song is itself a work of genius — I love the way they rhyme “fuck you” with “the sky is blue” — and therefore of pain; so do your career a favor and put on your headphones before turning it up to 11.