Nightmare Fuel: John Lennon
An eerily prophetic photo from 1968, photographed by Tom Murray
When John Lennon
started recording outside The Beatles
catalogue his solo output was more personal and, as a result, sometimes sounded a lot creepier too.
Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins
Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions
- Turn out the lights and listen to "Two Virgins". The album is a terrifying playlist of disjointed noises, shouts, and clatterings brought about by John and Yoko stumbling around a recording studio in the middle of the night. You could be forgiven for thinking it's the audio from a horror movie.
- The album begins with Yoko's announcement: "This is a piece called Cambridge # 1969". Then she provides a Jump Scare by starting to scream for a very long time!
- "Baby's Heartbeat". A heartbeat monitor recording of John and Yoko's unborn child. This would be charming in a way, were it not for the fact that the child died in miscarriage, making the two minutes of silence that follow on the record all the more morbid. And this all happened before the record came out, so they could have kept this from the album. But they didn't, thus we share their pain and horror.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
- Some of Yoko and John's screaming during "John & Yoko" can catch you by surprise.
- "God" has a far too bouncy tune to be a dirge and far too funereal to be a rhapsody, the piano chords have this biting quality like a wild animal snapping at you, and Lennon's vocals sound about twelve times as ghostly as they did in The Beatles' "A Day in the Life".
- It's a Tear Jerker to hear him denounce each of his influences, finally ending with The Beatles and then sing "The Dream is over... I was the Walrus/But now, I'm John."