Tuesday, 8 September 2009

"Fellas, coincidence and fate figure largely in our lives"

Agent Cooper once said that when two events, pertaining to the same object of enquiry, happen at the same time, we must pay the strictest attention. On this particular occasion, the object in question is The Beatles. At around a quarter to twelve, Freaky Trigger's Tom Ewing posted on his Twitter account, 'A number one hit from the world The Beatles destroyed' followed by a link to his Tumblr blog (the track in question was called 'Diamonds' by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, 'this was what Young Britain sounded like just as the Beatles started to impact,' claims Ewing). Just a few hours earlier, at about half past eight, an article by Caroline Davies is posted on The Guardian website. The computer game, Guitar Hero, whose eagerly anticipated Beatles edition has just been released to rave reviews, is under fire from Bill Wyman, of all people, for discouraging kids from learning to play real instruments, "It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument," he claims. It is perhaps interesting to note in passing, that in both these instances The Beatles are involved in the erasure of something, an older way of doing things, perhaps.