John and Paul and Eve of Destruction
4 Aug 2006 19:52:23 -0700
The book "Turn Turn Turn" by Richie Unterberger quotes John and Paul as
disliking the song "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire written by PF
Sloan. Even Paul Simon chimes in as not liking it. I'm surprised as
I think the song is okay. There were many other covers of it by the
Turtles, and an 80s cover by an REM-like band Red Rockers.
John and Paul, as well as Simon, were more subtle in their writing
style. Their work was more open to interpretation.
"Eve of Destruction" just kinda put it out there.
It's easy to 'complain and whine'... much harder to be positive in light of
so much 'negativity'.. The Beatles' REVOLUTION was much better Art, while
still trying to 'make the point'.
Yes...there was nothing subtle about EVE OF DESTRUCTION. I think it fits in
better with today's ethic...sort of like the current 'sledgehammer' playing
of certain TV ads three times in a row to sell a product... "Head On...apply
directly to the forehead!" Head On...apply directly to the forehead! Head
On...apply directly to the forehead!" I also notice the multiple showings of
the same commercial, one after the other. (I'm watching much too much TV!)
dave (...bang bang Maxwell's silver hammer...)
HardOn: Apply directly to your foreskin. HardOn: Apply directly to your
foreskin. HardOn: Apply directly do your foreskin.
'hey! protest is the in thing! we need to do a protest song!" sort of
Yes, you've got it. "Eve of Destruction" always seemed to me a "fake"
protest song. A lame imitation of what Dylan and Ochs were doing, with
the sole aim to cash in. It completely lacked sincerity, right down to
the ridiculous "rugged" voice.
It was heavy-handed, but it worked at the time, and I sorta dug it back
40 years later, I did a parody of the lyrics.
John made no comment about this song.
Paul was the one who made comments saying
that he didn't like the song.
Paul didn't like "Revolution" either-!!