Title: Hey Bulldog
Artist: The Beatles
Album: Yellow Submarine
Year Released: 1969
What It Is: Some may say it’s a trifle, and well, yeah it is. But it’s a Beatles trifle, with Lennon AND McCartney both seemingly having fun together. Recorded during the sessions that produced “Lady Madonna”, “The Inner Light” and “Across The Universe”, this wasn’t seriously considered as a single, but saved to the Yellow Submarine film soundtrack. In fact, it was only recorded because they had extra time in the studio, and a film crew was there because they filmed the promo for “Lady Madonna”.
Riffage / Hookage: A surprisingly hardish-rock riff for a Beatles song, and a strong bass line from Paul.
Cowbell?: There’s tambourine, but Ringo hits no bells.
Words Of Wisdom: “Big man walking in the park
Wigwam frightened of the dark
Some kind of solitude is
measured out in you
You think you know but you haven’t got a clue”
The reason the track devolves into goofiness, the legend says, is that Paul misread the lyrics to be “measured out in news”.
Mixology Report: If there’s one Beatles song that is obscure, then it’s this one. This makes it an excellent mix choice!
Top Five Genius Results: The Who – I Can’t Explain
Cream – Tales Of Brave Ulysses
Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow
Wings – Listen To What The Man Said
Led Zeppelin – The Lemon Song
That last one….WTF?
For The Good Of The Order: I find it incredible that this is just a tossed-off song. It’s got a good riff, a hook, a sense of fun and is well put together. 99% of the bands in the history of rock couldn’t do something this good if they were trying.
Here are two clips. The first is the Beatles in the studio:
The second is from the Yellow Submarine movie, or as I like to say, acid-trips for tweens. Roky Erikson only had a TWO-headed dog: