All You Need is 1970

Cidu Bill on May 18th 2017

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30 Responses to “All You Need is 1970”

  1. Olivier May 18th 2017 at 10:39 am 1

    This is beyond optimism : half of them are dead.

  2. Winter Wallaby May 18th 2017 at 10:48 am 2

  3. Fluffy Bunny Slippers May 18th 2017 at 12:30 pm 3

    Olivier #1 : He prefers to see the half that are still alive, he is an optimist after all.

  4. Ted from Ft. Laud May 18th 2017 at 01:03 pm 4

    WW - It wouldn’t surprise me if some (marginal) national news sites picked that story up and ran with it. Neither humor nor fact checking are well understood at a lot of places…

  5. Winter Wallaby May 18th 2017 at 01:22 pm 5

  6. DemetriosX May 18th 2017 at 01:37 pm 6

    A couple of years ago, there was talk of putting together a band with Zack Starkey, Dhani Harrison, Julian Lennon (I think, might have been Sean), and one of Paul’s kids. Problem is that none of Paul’s kids is all that musical. Dhani and Julian look and sound scarily like their fathers. It could have come close.

  7. James Pollock May 18th 2017 at 01:47 pm 7

    “He prefers to see the half that are still alive, he is an optimist after all.”

    He’s REALLY optimistic, and assuming that John and George faked their deaths to escape the public eye, like Elvis did.

  8. Scott May 18th 2017 at 02:09 pm 8

    And the band name “Zombies” has already been taken.

  9. James Pollock May 18th 2017 at 02:43 pm 9

    Strictly speaking, the “eye chart” doesn’t say that the Beatles will PLAY again.

    They could, in fact, “get back together”, although some digging would be involved.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jzDr–7E6o

  10. Mark M May 18th 2017 at 03:41 pm 10

    To Bill’s point, or at least what I think is his point, the optometrist/optimist play on words is worth a chuckle. But maybe a fresher optimistic remark would have been clearer. Though it was clever use of “Get Back” on the eye chart. Maybe the next chart could read “You Won’t See Me”.

  11. James Pollock May 18th 2017 at 05:03 pm 11

    “Maybe the next chart could read “You Won’t See Me”.”

    Living is easy with eyes closed…

  12. Cidu Bill May 18th 2017 at 05:14 pm 12

    Mark M, my only point was that the guy’s late for hoping the Beatles get back together.

  13. James Pollock May 18th 2017 at 06:09 pm 13

    The thing is, people have been hoping the Beatles would get back together for almost 50 years. That’s not very long compared to, say, people who’ve been waiting for Jesus to make his second appearance on Earth, but you’d have to be pretty optimistic to STILL be waiting for it to happen.

    Now, there are some more examples (until recently, Cubs fans waiting for a World Series title)

    George Harrison did famously say that “there will be no Beatles reunion so long as John Lennon remains dead”, but it should be noted that George was the first to join him in Rock n’ Roll Heaven.

    John famously said “we’re bigger than Jesus”, which was taken poorly by people predisposed to take things John said poorly, but… and this is important… how big would they be if they came back before He did? It would be a truly religious experience. It would also be nice if he’d come back and tell Yoko to stop being a dick to Paul, and let him have first songwriting credit for “Yesterday”, which seemed like a truly reasonable ask.

  14. turquoisecow May 18th 2017 at 06:42 pm 14

    Sirius XM started a Beatles-exclusive channel today. I wonder if this was timed that way on purpose.

  15. PeterW May 18th 2017 at 09:32 pm 15

    In high school, a friend told me the dark, tasteless joke, “what do you need for a Beatles reunion? Two bullets!”

  16. Brent May 19th 2017 at 01:46 am 16

    Other bands have had members die and been replaced without becoming a different band. So it’s certainly possible for Paul and Ringo to reform the Beatles with new members.

    But the Ramones, that would really be getting into Ship of Theseus territory.

  17. Proginoskes May 19th 2017 at 01:46 am 17

    @ PeterW: That was an update of a joke from before George dying. The punchline was: “Three more bullets.”

  18. James Pollock May 19th 2017 at 03:12 am 18

    “Other bands have had members die and been replaced without becoming a different band.”

    The “missing” member doesn’t have to be dead.

    And other bands have “eras”… where they are the same band, but there is a different flavor. Van Halen had success with David Lee Roth, but swapping out DLR for Sammy Hagar led to some productive work, too. Black Sabbath went from Ozzy Osbourne to Ronnie Dio and back again. (And has at some point or other replaced everybody but Tony Iommi, I think.) AC/DC successfully replaced Bon Scott. (Yes, I know… all hard rock bands. Maybe if you play loud enough, nobody notices the lineup change?)

    The Doors and Queen tried to keep on after losing their frontmen, and… it didn’t go well in either case.

  19. Boise Ed May 19th 2017 at 03:40 am 19

    turquoisecow [14}: Really? All Beatles all the time? How long would it take for that to become excruciating?

  20. Kilby May 19th 2017 at 05:06 am 20

    This is a heck of a lot of analysis for a cartoon panel that looks like it was scribbled with a quill pen made from a road-killed pigeon.

    P.S. Normally I prefer it when cartoonists do their own hand-lettering, but in this case I’d be more than willing to make an exception.

  21. Ignatz May 19th 2017 at 07:21 am 21

    “This is beyond optimism : half of them are dead.”

    That’s not a problem: they made five more albums after Paul died.

  22. Ignatz May 19th 2017 at 07:26 am 22

    Boise Ed (19): “turquoisecow [14}: Really? All Beatles all the time? How long would it take for that to become excruciating?”

    And I don’t see the point. I have all the Beatles on my computer, and can play the folder(s) at random any time I like. Who would be interested in such a station if they didn’t already have all the music?

    There use to be an internet Beatles station that also played a lot of stuff related to the Beatles: cover versions, originals that the Beatles covered, Pete Best solo, stuff like that. That could at least be interesting.

  23. Mitch4 May 19th 2017 at 07:51 am 23

    Ed #19 and Ignatz #22, I can see the utility of it for when you feel like maybe up to an hour of Beatles, then tune to something else. Ignatz Mouse, it doesn’t require a completist like you may be to enjoy something like this - - and anyway even if I already had all the tracks, there is a difference between random play and a curated DJ experience. (I mean the older sense of DJ.)

  24. Ian D Osmond May 19th 2017 at 01:19 pm 24

    To be fair, Queen has, and they rock as well as they ever did.

  25. jajizi May 19th 2017 at 03:03 pm 25

    I agree about the lettering (Kilby @20) — I spent some time trying to decide what was meant by “anoptometrist”. Some sort of non-optometrist? But wouldn’t that somewhat undermine the joke?

  26. B.A. May 19th 2017 at 03:34 pm 26

    My first grade teacher told us to leave the width of a finger between words.

  27. Kilby May 19th 2017 at 11:50 pm 27

    @ B.A. (26) - Mine did too, but back then my fingers were a lot smaller.

  28. James Pollock May 20th 2017 at 01:21 am 28

    “My first grade teacher told us to leave the width of a finger between words.”

    Mine told me to stop doodling cartoons.

  29. B.A. May 20th 2017 at 01:39 am 29

    Kilby (27), I’m trying so hard not to make a Trump joke.

  30. Meryl A May 23rd 2017 at 02:07 am 30

    After George died I could see Paul and Ringo getting together - not as the Beatles, but as two friends playing some sort of large charity concert. Three Beatles would be missing one, but two just as friends is different.

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