Saturday, July 16, 2011

the anatomy of a post-help! hit (the white album)

After a one-day break (apologies, but I was just way too tired to post after seeing Paul at Yankee Stadium on Friday :) ), here's the White Album categorization. I look forward to hearing your dissenting opinions on what's sure to be a tough one. :)

Ballads (7)
Dear Prudence
I Will
Mother Nature's Son
Long, Long, Long
Good Night

Novelty/Parody Songs (12)
Ob La Di, Ob La Da
Wild Honey Pie
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
Martha My Dear
Rocky Raccoon
Why Don't We Do it in the Road?
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Honey Pie
Savoy Truffle
Revolution 9

Straight Rock (8)
Back in the USSR
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I'm So Tired
Yer Blues
Helter Skelter
Revolution 1
Cry Baby Cry (unsure about this one)

Rockabilly-style Rock (1)
Don't Pass Me By

Psychedelic Rock (2)
Glass Onion
Happiness is a Warm Gun

So there you have it. I look forward to hearing everything you disagree with. :)


  1. Hi Chelsea,

    I pretty much agree with you - maybe "Martha my dear" a ballad, but i'm not sure.
    For quite a few years i didn't play this album as i found it a bit disjointed, but recently i got into it again. Listening to it now, i think it shows just how versatile the lads were and how they were and still are ahead of any other group.

  2. Hi Steve,

    Wow, we agree on something! :) I put Martha My Dear in the novelty category because I felt like Paul was writing a 1940s-style tune in a tongue-in-cheek way, since it's about his dog.