"Fookin' hell!" is what Paul McCartney says at 2:58 of "Hey Jude". He's hit a clam on the piano on an earlier take and the curse makes it onto the drum mics or some other open mic.

At 2:56 some other McCartney-ish imprecation is delivered that sounds like he's singing the right piano part, and then he mutters the immortal words.

Listen to it- isn't that crazy? It's Th' Beatles fookin' "Hey Jude", man. It's not an album track by The Damned, you know?

An earlier take of ad libbing is also audible all over the overheads in the first several bars of the epic outro before the final vocal comes in.

Yeah, I know it's nothing by today's standards but it's like finding a frame of beaver in the original 16 mm print of "Dumbo".


Anonymous brent.meister.general.com said...

Not exactly in the same league, but I'm pretty sure that in the quiet piano bit before the final chorus of Daydream Believer, one of the Monkees blows a raspberry/drops his guts.

3:00 AM  
Blogger fgfdsg said...

Well, it's not beaver in 'Dumbo', but it is a beaver with bonus jubblies, and it's still Disney.

True Story.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

Thanks to digital technology, all sorts of interesting historical anomalies are being discovered in old tapes.

Revealed so far:

Robert Johnson farts as he hits the last chorus of "Hellhound On My Tail."

"Handel's Messiah" almost ruined during the last six minutes when a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir burps a-la Homer Simpson.

Bill Haley uses the mic - the fuckin' mic - to scratch his crotch while the tape is rolling.

Bob Dylan blows his nose during "Hurricane" - three times.

Kenny G. Just Kenny G. Hey, that's enough of a cock up right there.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

I don't care what he says so long as it's not from Joko's mouth. AG does not like Joko and the only thing she wants to hear out of her and that no talent son of hers is nothing!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Ben said...


I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's "Bloody hell." Nevertheless it's a pretty astounding discovery, and I'm floored. Literally. Whatever it means to be literally floored. Perhaps turned into a floor. I dunno.

Bloody hell, that's a damn fine song - If only there were just one minute of "nah nah nah nah" instead of four...

5:19 PM  
Blogger fgfdsg said...

Do you think the 'oh' at 2:57 is actually McCartney making the mistake and crying out in annoyance.

ie. "Oh... fookin' hell".

I looped it and manipulated the sound a bit to try and bring it forward a bit more. Check it out.

Right Click On This, Select 'Save Target As' To Avoid QuickTime

11:00 PM  

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