Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quote of the day: 'Bigger than Jesus'

"When they started burning our records...that was a real shock, the physical burning. I couldn't go away knowing I'd created another little piece of hate in the world so I apologized." -- John Lennon commenting on when people starting burning Beatles' records in reaction to his comment about the band being more influential with young people than Jesus.


Mister Jimmy said...

I remember that episode. The incident got taken completely out of context and became "Lennon says we're more popular than Jesus".

Taken in context, he was right.

Chris said...

For anyone interested, my use of the phrase 'bigger than Jesus' is actually a reference to an episode of the Simpsons.

In that episode, Homer's barbershop quartet (called the BeSharps) hit the big time, and the plot line was a parody of the Beatles' rise and fall. 'Bigger than Jesus' was the title of the BeSharps second album and clearly was a send up of the Lennon controversy.

Joltin' Django said...

I'll probably get in trouble by saying this, but I'm still trying to figure out what's the big deal 'bout John Lennon. He was a left-wing koo-koo, for sure, and maybe that fact puts blinders on the lense through which I try to appreciate him. However, if he was supposedly the Beatles "main guy," how come I find myself drawn to songs sung by Paul and tunes arranged by George?!