Trivia / John Lennon

  • Author Existence Failure: Various remixes, outtakes, and demos of unfinished Lennon recordings have been released, starting with the Milk and Honey album. This included Lennon's fellow Beatles adapting two low-quality Lennon home demos into "new" Beatles songs in 1995, "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love."
  • Billing Displacement: How I Won The War, a 1966 film in which Lennon has a supporting role as Private Gripweed, was marketed with Lennon prominently featured. Roger Ebert noted this in a contemporary review of the film and it remains true in the recent DVD release.
  • The Bully: Lennon was notorious for being this in his school years. Although gradually mellowing out as he matured, throughout his whole life he would always carry nasty shades of it.
  • Christmas Rushed: Double Fantasy was originally conceived as a double album, but John and Yoko eventually opted to put out the songs that were ready as a single album in order to get the record out in time for the 1980 holiday shopping season. The songs left off the album were eventually released, with Lennon's in varying states of completion, on Milk and Honey.
  • Creator Breakdown: His highly acclaimed 1970 solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, was the fruit of months spent in "primal scream" therapy, during which he brutally confronted his feelings of Parental Abandonment and disillusionment with his life as a Beatle. Another single from this era, "Cold Turkey," is about his struggle to get over his heroin addiction.
    • To a less dramatic extent, there's also Lennon's earlier Beatles songs, "I'm a Loser" and "Help!", the product of what he later called his "fat Elvis" period, in which he felt depressed, trapped and empty inside after the thrill of Beatlemania had worn off.
    • Some of his later solo albums also reek of unfortunate situations taking their toll on the musician. Mind Games speaks from a time of disillusionment and a nagging threat of deportationnote . After that is Walls and Bridges, where John does not seem to be much better off for his temporary split from Yoko Ono.
  • He Also Did: Contributed a sketch to the famously ribald show Oh! Calcutta!.
  • History Repeats: When John saw for the first time a picture of Yasuda Zenjirō, who was Yoko Ono's grandfather, he supposedly said "that's me in a former life", to which she responded "don't say that. He was assassinated". Come 1980, and what would the tragic fate of John Lennon be?
  • Old Shame: He hated several of his old Beatles songs due to their misogynistic lyrics, especially "Run for Your Life", which he is on record as having said he wished he had never written.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Lennon liked to write in the first person. As his career went on and especially after he met Yoko Ono his music became more personal and even exhibitionistic, with a lot of songs dealing with his relationship with her and his own search for truth, love and wisdom in life.

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