Saturday, March 21, 2009

How Do You Do It?

Sorry, kids, but as forewarned this is my fastest blog post ever. I have spent the entire day in a gigantic convention center crafting a beautiful, beautiful booth that will no doubt lure in all kinds of buyers interested in writing POs for my company. Oh yes. They will come. But I am exhausted, and about to head out for dinner in Chicago, and to go hear Czar, a regal metal band (I do occasionally listen to other music) and I am squeezing a Beatles listen and a shower in as quick as can be.

So, let's all listen to "How Do You Do It?"-- the song that producer George Martin wanted to be the Beatles' first single. They didn't very much like the song, and protested that their own songs were better. Martin didn't really believe them even after they delivered "Love Me Do," which is, indeed, much better than "How Do You Do It?", which was written by some kind of professional songwriting team that I am too harried to look up at the moment. Anyway, Martin ended up giving this one to Gerry and the Pacemakers, who had a #1 with it, so Martin's instincts weren't completely off.

The Beatles' version, on Anthology 1, is played with plenty of skill and even more indifference. So let's listen to this one with the bemusement that it so richly deserves, and then let's rush on with our lives and hope there's a better song tomorrow.

"How Do You Do It?," released in the U.K. and the U.S. disc 1 track 23 of Anthology 1, November 21, 1995.
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  1. A bit too quick for fact checking! ;)

    Martin proposed "How Do You Do It" as the Beatles' *second* single, following the #17 success of "Love Me Do." Lennon & Co. came up with "Please Please Me"... and it became a hit, and "How Do You Do It" was, I believe, the first hit single for Gerry & The Pacemakers".



  2. Thanks, Tim! That's true... my brain is all fried out. But it was thanks to George Martin that they ever sped up "Please Please Me" to make it the hit that it became... so they still could have done it without him...

  3. Say Megan, I am linking to this blog at my site: Would you mind reciprocating? That'd be great. Also, feel free to become a contributor. Email me at: tim (at) hyperarts (dot) com. Cheers.