John Lennon is one of the most acclaimed classical rock musicians of all time, however, he has once likened the songs on one of his albums to “diarrhea”. Interestingly, it is not clear whether he made the comparison in a negative way. Here’s what he had to say – and how the world reacted to this “diarrhea” album.
John Lennon revealed the ‘stupid’ way he wrote songs
John released his fifth studio album, Walls and bridges, in 1974. His next album, 1975’s Rock n roll, was a collection of covers of vintage songs. He won’t be releasing his next album, a collaboration with Yoko Ono called Double Fantasy, until 1980.
In an interview with Rolling stones Jonathan Cott, John said writing songs was usually torturous for him. Part of the reason was that it dealt with self-doubt. He said his process was “stupid”.
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John Lennon reveals why ‘Double Fantasy’ songs sounded like ‘diarrhea’
Cott asked John if he had a relatively easy time writing the songs for Double Fantasy. “Not really,” John revealed. “It actually took me five years for them to come out. Constipation for five years, then diarrhea for three weeks [laughs]! The physical writing took place within three weeks. Elsewhere in the interview, John made a less scatological comparison, saying Double Fantasy was like a resurrection of himself and Yoko.
To explain the creation of Double Fantasy, John relayed a story that Yoko told him. “A king sent his messenger to an artist to ask for a painting, he paid the artist the money and the painter said, ‘OK, come back,’” John said. “So a year goes by, and the messenger comes back and says, ‘The king is waiting for his picture,’ and the painter says, ‘Oh, wait,’ and whips him right in front of him and says, ‘Here.’
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“And the messenger said, ‘What is this? The king paid you $ 20,000 for that shit, and you knocked it off in five minutes? ‘ John added. “And the painter replies, ‘Yes, but I spent 10 years thinking about it.’ And there’s no way I could have written the Double Fantasy songs without these five years.
How did the audience react to ‘Double Fantasy’ compared to other John Lennon albums?
This raises an interesting question: how did the public react to Double Fantasy? The album reached No.1 on the Display panel 200, remaining on the chart for 77 weeks. By comparing, Walls and bridges reached number 1 and remained on the Billboard 200 for 35 weeks, while Rock n roll hit # 6 and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks. It is certainly possible Double Fantasy was relatively successful because John published it a few weeks before his death. Whatever the reason, the audience seemed to be kissing Double Fantasy – though John compared it to feces.
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