Classic Rock

Blondie’s drummer on the Fab Four’s first album.

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People of my generation in the States all cite The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show as a lightbulb moment. Everyone mentions it. I’ve since come to realise that for you guys in the UK

The Beatles were more like boys next door, not particular­ly unusual. But for people in the States, the way they used English colloquial­isms in their songs seemed so exotic. When the film

A Hard Day’s Night came out you actually heard them speak, their personalit­ies came to the fore, another major insight for people in America.

Introducin­g… The Beatles was the first UK album Please Please Me,

minus a couple of tracks . Back in the day, I’d have bought the mono version because the stereo was a dollar more. But we’ve all since come to know that The Beatles were only present for the mono mixes, the stereo stuff was done later.

It kicks off with I Saw Her Standing There and ends with Twist And Shout.

It’s mostly covers of stuff by Arthur Alexander, Buddy Holly and girlgroup songs like Boys, Chains and

Baby, It’s You. I always thought it a bit weird having Ringo singing Boys.

Even to this day it seems odd. It was very unusual then for any guy groups to do girl-group stuff. A Taste Of Honey would make me cringe, but the whole album’s so eclectic. And that eclecticis­m was a role model for everything we did with Blondie.

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MY FIRST LOVE Beatles The INTRODUCIN­G… THE BEATLES By Clem Burke
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