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  • 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.
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  • Black Sheep Hit: If you didn't already know "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" was a Lennon song, you wouldn't guess it on first hearing. It's more R&B sounding than his usual work, and you can't pick out his voice because the song is for all intents and purposes a full duet with Elton John. And it was his only US #1 solo hit during his lifetime.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Give Peace a Chance" (1969) or "Instant Karma!" (1970); both were Top 10 hits.
  • 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.
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  • Creator Recovery: He was entering this when he was murdered. Double Fantasy was reflecting his new hopes for the near future.
  • He Also Did: Contributed a sketch to the famously ribald show Oh! Calcutta!.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: As the Beatle most in tune with the zeitgeist of his era, much of his work has a dated quality these days, particularly the psychedelic later-period Beatles songs, the True Art Is Incomprehensible material with Yoko, and his fondness for the Protest Song in his solo career. It's been suggested that this is a big reason why younger generations who get into The Beatles seem to gravitate more toward Paul (and George).
  • What Could Have Been: While in Canada during a Bed-In for Peace, he was asked to play Woodstock and was eager to do so, but he couldn't get back into the U.S. due to immigration problems. Talks also broke down because the festival organizers also only wanted either him alone or the Beatles, and he wanted to perform with the Plastic Ono Band.
  • Written for My Kids: He wrote "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" for his son Sean.


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