Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vatican digs The Beatles

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Vatican media are praising the Beatles' musical legacy and sounding philosophical about John Lennon's boast that the British band was more popular than Jesus.

Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano recalls that Lennon's comment outraged many when he made it in 1966.

But it says in its Saturday edition that the remark can be written off now as the bragging of a young man wrestling with unexpected success.

The newspaper as well as Vatican Radio last week noted the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' "White Album."

It said the album demonstrated how creative the Beatles were, compared with what it called the "standardized, stereotypical" songs being produced today.


Anonymous said...

The bard Dylan befriended the mop tops in '64 with what was then referred to as a "doob"

Hulking Brute
formerly Sharpstown, TX

Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia: The word "joint" ultimately comes from French, where it is an adjective meaning "joined" (past participle of the verb joindre) derived from Latin junctus.

By 1821, "joint" had become an Anglo-Irish term for an annexe, or a side-room "joined" to a main room. By 1877, this had developed into U.S. slang for a (usually shady) "place, building, establishment", especially referring to an opium den. By 1935, "joint" was being used to refer to the hypodermic needles used to inject heroin and other drugs; this may have been influenced by the secondary meaning of "joint" in the sense of something done "in common" or shared. Its first usage in the sense of "marijuana cigarette" is dated to 1938.

The term spliff, also referring to various styles of marijuana cigarette rolled with tobacco, is of Jamaican English origin, but has spread to western countries, particularly Britain, Europe, Canada and the United States. Its precise etymology is unknown, but it is attested as early as 1936. While Jamaican spliffs are generally conical in shape, those elsewhere tend to be cylindrical and of varying lengths.

Now where in the heck did the term "doob" come from notwithstanding the Doobie Brothers who were fond of the doob?

Baytown Bert said...

Banjo, I never felt John Lennon's remark was offensive and folks did take it out of context. I was 14 when he said it too.

Anonymous said...

Beatles are so yesterday. Who gives a shit about them? Beatles, Speatles....boring.