The Who Caught The Beatles Swearing Instead Of Singing
John Entwistle, The Beatles - Michele Cadonna, The Beatles / Youtube
From the late Thunderfingers-dedicated book (written in reference to the pile of notes he left behind), John Entwistle hosts an expose of a particular event where he caught the band uttering cuss words.
The Ox: The Last of the Great Rock Stars was written by Paul Rees, who was granted access to the notes left behind by Entwistle thanks to the full support of the musician’s family. During one show in Blackpool, England in 1964, The Who just opened for the band and were relaxing in their dressing room. The band had a direct feed running from the stage to their dressing room, where Entwistle noted that “the Beatles had figured that since the screaming couldn’t be stopped and no one out front in the audience could possibly hear a thing, then they might as well have some fun. Soon the four of us were crying with laughter at the words they were singing and which only we were able to pick up on. ‘It’s been a hard day’s c–k… I wanna hold your c–t…’ They struck a last chord, and they were gone. And we got on with the task of packing our own gear away.”
Entwistle’s son, Christopher, said that he wanted the book to be authentic as it could be. “My father wasn’t an angel. But he was a lovely bloke, generally. I didn’t want it to be a fluff piece. I didn’t want it to be something that said, ‘Oh, gosh. How wonderful. Wonderful wonderful.’ I wanted it to be the story,” he told Rolling Stone. He continued, “Much of it was eye-opening and sometimes painful, because some of his exploits, shall we say, were not at a level where I thought they were at. And I imagine he didn’t tell me because I was his boy, basically.”
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey weren’t part of the book’s creation, because they weren’t “great friends.” He continued, “The only place they knew Dad anyway was onstage. They worked together brilliantly, but they were never friends. Well, they were at the very beginning and at school. That’s when they had the relationship. But afterwards they were just completely different people. They didn’t really get on outside of work.”