I think Beatles fans who are honest with themselves will agree that The Beatles could be major assholes — especially towards women, and especially in the early days. There will be more on this later if I ever fucking finish those posts about Yoko Ono that I promised forever ago. Anyway, the misogyny, particularly but hardly exclusively John’s, often came out in their songs. What I personally see to be the lowlights are below.
This is a song that requires no introduction. And the misogyny is a special shame considering the fact that it’s a pretty good guitar riff and a good vocal by John.
Shorter John Lennon: You leave me, I’ll kill you. It’s a simple as that — but with rhyming!
Even the title makes me cringe.
Shorter John: Now Cynthia, don’t you remember when I accidentally knocked you up and then I bought you down at the registry office? I own you fair and square, goddammit, and property does what it’s told — especially when it pertains to other potential buyers.
[Interesting tidbit from the YouTube video page: “You Cant Do That was performed in the concert scene of “A Hard Day’s Night” but was eventually cut from the film. The producer thought the song was too menacing for the cuddly moptops to be singing in their movie.” Good for you, Dick Lester. At least someone had a bit of sense.]
This song reads like a textbook domestic violence case.
Shorter George Harrison: Oh, you think you’re going to leave, do you? Now we’ve been through this many times before, and we both know I won’t let that happen. You’re mine, you hear me, MINE.
Contrary to popular belief, this song is not in fact about Paul’s dog. Everyone wants to believe that it is since a.) his dog was named Martha and b.) it sounds like he’s talking to a fucking dog. Sure, it’s weird that he’s calling his dog his inspiration, but it’s a million times better than the alternative, and back when I convinced myself into believing this I actually kind of liked the song. Unfortunately, though, he apparently wrote it about ex-girlfriend Jane Asher. Worse, the lyrics are supposed to be a taunt about the circumstances of the breakup. No wonder she dumped your ass, Paul. I mean, this and she caught you in bed with another woman.
Shorter Paul McCartney: Women are bitches. Um, literally.
Yet another really catchy song ruined. Good harmonies, too.
Shorter Paul: If you refuse to respond to my unwanted attempts at contact, it just means you’re immature. Now answer your phone, or something bad’s going to happen.
Oh and by the way? Yes, The Beatles were in fact apparently all stalkers. Jesus.
And just because I need to end on a happy note, a video of the Beatles not being assholes towards women, complete with George looking really cute, John and Yoko in matching capes, Paul looking like an axe murderer (2:44), and a kick ass bass line:
I know that I had to drop a couple of picks, so what are your top 5?