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Slank

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Slank is the biggest Indonesian rock band. It was founded in 1983 by teenagers in an alley street in Jakarta called Gang Potlot.

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Clockwise below left: Ridho, Bimbim, Kaka, Abdee, Ivanka

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History 


Early years

Bimo Setiawan Almachzumi (Bimbim) created Cikini Stone Complex in the early 1980s. The band only covered Rolling Stonessongs. In 1983 the band broke up. 

Accompanied by his colleagues Denny and Erwan, Bimbim created the band Red Devil. For the guitarist Bimbim brought in Bongky. In December 1983 they changed their band name to Slank because they looked “selengean” (“rebellious” or “unruly”). 

The group’s initial lineup consisted of Kaka (vocals), Pay (guitars), Bongky (bass), Indra Qadarsih (keyboards), and Bimbim (drums). Their first album, Suit suit…hehehe, was not released till 1990. From there, more albums, most of them commercially successful, followed, but Slank was plagued by a number of defections, some involving personal issues, others having to do with internal tensions based around creative decisions. The negativity was overcome, and over the next 20 years, Slank was able to increase their profile, tour the world and maintain commercial success. In 2007, Slank released their 20th album, Slow But Sure. 

Suit suit…hehehe (1991) was an enormous hit. Their subsequent success inspired the formation of other bands, such as Dewa.

Their first three albums, awarded by BASF Indonesia for Best Selling Albums on BASF tapes and the fourth album Generasi Biru went multi-platinum, with several songs making in into Indonesia’s top charts.

Slank became the first MTV Indonesia icon in 2005. 

Various Changes 

Since its inception, Slank’s band members have changed frequently. Reasons have ranged from drug use and woman to money and differences in musical styles. The best line up of the band were Kaka (vocals), Bimbim (drums), Pay (guitar), Bongky (bass) and Indra (keyboards). In 2007, Slank released the new album, Slow But Sure; the album’s first single “Slalu Begitu” was played heavily on Indonesian radio stations.

In 2008 Slank toured the U.S. and Europe. They have also played in various Asian countries, such as Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea.

Having more than fifteen albums sold and occasionally causing political controversy in Indonesia, Slank decided to travel to the USA to record their first English-language album, Anthem for the Broken-Hearted. Blues Saraceno was chosen to be the producer of the album. They recorded and mixed the album in only twenty-two days. 

“If you want the world to see what you want to say, you better go to the highest mountain. And for music, the highest mountain now is in the U.S.A.”, says Abdee Negara. 

Java Jazz Festival 2009 

In 2009, surprisingly, Slank was invited to take part in the well known Java Jazz Festival.

Their invitation to a jazz festival by Peter F. Gontha was meant as a challenge to see if they had what it took to perform in a jazz music setting. Their show, attended by thousands, successfully transformed their songs into jazz. In the spirit of reaching a greater jazz audience by combining genres, this show featured Michael Paulo, Ron King and Tony Monaco. It later was described as a “once in a lifetime experience”. 

Slankers 


For more than two decades, Slank has managed a healthy attitude towards their music career, which in turn has helped them throughout the years. Slank has also gained somewhat of a cult status in Indonesia, Slank fans are known as ‘Slankers’, and they have a reputation for devotion. They wave their Slank flags, which consist of the word ‘Slank’ shaped into a graffiti-style butterfly. They sing along with several punk rock songs and perform a stadium-worthy call-and-response routine. According to one of the guitarists Ridho, ‘Slankers’ span all ages from children to adults.

Biopic 


In 2009 Slank took part in a movie called Generasi Biru that depicts their life and journey. The movie was directed by Indonesian film director Garin Nugroho. For this film Slank made a single, “Slank Dance”, which contains a unique dance style created by their fans, the Slankers.

Band Members


Current members

  • Akhadi Wira Satriaji (Kaka) — vocals
  • Bimo Setiawan Almachzumi (Bimbim) — drums
  • Abdee Negara (Abdee) — guitar
  • Mohammad Ridwan Hafiedz (Ridho) — guitar
  • Ivan Kurniawan Arifin (Ivanka) — bass guitar

Discography


Studio Albums 

  1. Suit suit…hehehe (1990)
  2. Kampungan (1991)
  3. Piss (1993)
  4. Generasi Biru (1994)
  5. Minoritas (1996)
  6. Lagi Sedih (1997)
  7. Tujuh (1998)
  8. Mata Hati Reformasi (1998)
  9. 999 + 09, Vol. 1 (1999) (double album)
  10. 999 + 09, Vol. 2 (1999)
  11. Virus (2001)
  12. Satu Satu (2003)
  13. Road To Peace (2004)
  14. PLUR (2004)
  15. Slankissme (2005)
  16. Slow But Sure (2007)
  17. The Big Hip (2008)
  18. Anthem For The Broken Hearted (2009)
  19. Jurus Tandur No.18 (2010)
  20. I Slank U The Album (2012)
  21. Slank Nggak Ada Matinya (2013)
  22. Restart Hati (2015)
  23. Palalopeyank (2017)

Live Albums

  1. Konser Piss 30 Kota (1998)
  2. Virus Road Show (2002)
  3. Slank Bajakan (2003)
  4. Reborn Republic Slank (2005)

Movie Soundtracks

  1. O.S.T. “Get Married” (2007)
    riginal Soundtrack “Generasi Biru” The Movie (2009)
    .S.T. “Get Married 2” (2009)

International Albums

  1. Since 1983 – Malaysian Edition (2006)
  2. Slank feat. Big Hip – Japan Edition (2008)
  3. Anthem For The Broken Hearted – USA Edition (2008)

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Artist Biography by Chris True


Although constant roster changes and internal tensions pestered the band, Indonesia’s Slank was able to face the adversity head on, and record and release 20-plus albums in a career that was to last for more than 25 years. Formed in Jakarta in 1983, Slank — the group’s initial lineup was Kaka (vocals), Pay (guitars), Bongky Marcel (bass), Indra Qadarsih (keyboards), and Bimbim (drums) — would ply their trade for a number of years before finally landing a deal and releasing their first album, Suit Suit…Hehehe, in 1991. From there, more albums, most of them commercially successful, followed, but Slank was plagued by a number of defections, some involving personal issues, others having to do with internal tensions based around creative decisions. The negativity was overcome, and over the next 20 years, Slank was able to increase their profile, touring the world and maintaining a high commercial value. In 2007, Slank released album number 20, Slow But Sure.

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Cikal bakal lahirnya Slank adalah sebuah grup bernama Cikini Stones Complex (CSC) bentukan Bimo Setiawan Sidharta (Bimbim) pada awal tahun 80an. Band ini hanya memainkan lagu-lagu Rolling Stones dan tak mau memainkan lagu dari band lain, alhasil mereka akhirnya jenuh dan menjelang akhir tahun 1983 grup ini dibubarkan. 

Semangat bermusik Bimbim yang masih membara membawanya kembali membentuk band baru bernama Setan Merah bareng dua saudaranya, Denny dan Erwan. Untuk menambah amunisi, Bimbim lantas mengajak Bongky untuk mengisi posisi gitaris. Pada bulan Desember 1983 mereka ganti nama menjadi Slank, sebuah nama yang diambil begitu saja dari cemoohan orang yang sering menyebut mereka cowok selengean.

Formasi Slank ketika pertama kali didirikan adalah Erwan (Vokal), Bongky (Gitar), Denny (Bass), Kiki (Keyboard) dan Bimbim (Drum). Mereka sempat tampil di beberapa pentas dengan membawakan lagu-lagu sendiri sebelum Erwan memutuskan mundur karena merasa tidak punya harapan di Slank.

Tak lama kemudian Parlin Burman (Pay) dan Akhadi Wira Satriaji (Kaka) bergabung dengan Slank, disusul dengan masuknya Indra Chandra Setiadi (Indra) beberapa tahun kemudian. Dengan formasi Bimbim (Drum), Bongky (Bass), Pay (Gitar), Kaka (Vokal) dan Indra (Keyboard) mereka mulai membuat demo untuk ditawarkan ke perusahaan rekaman. 

Setelah berulang kali ditolak, akhirnya tahun 1990 demonya diterima dan mulai rekaman debut album Suit-Suit… He He He (Gadis Sexy). Album yang menampilkan hit Memang dan Maafkan itu meledak dipasaran sehingga mereka pun diganjar BASF Award untuk kategori pendatang baru terbaik. Album kedua mereka, Kampungan pun meraih sukses yang sama. 

Keterlibatan para personelnya dengan narkoba sempat melahirkan keretakan di tubuh band yang bermarkas di jalan Potlot ini. Pada saat menggarap album keenam (Lagi Sedih), Bimbim selaku leader akhirnya memutuskan untuk memecat Bongky, Pay dan Indra.

Sebagai gantinya mereka merekrut Ivanka (Bass), Mohamad Ridho Hafiedz (Ridho) dan Abdee Negara (Abdee). Formasi ini bertahan hingga saat ini dan mereka terus melahirkan karya-karya yang menegaskan eksistensi mereka di dunia musik Indonesia. 

The Future of Music


Indonesia’s most popular band shows how American musicians can support themselves.

By Ray Huling,  January 25, 2009

Indonesia’s biggest rock band, Slank, revealed the future of music a couple months ago at a small, dark bar in Boston, where their long-haired front man, Kaka, kicked off the gig. Grinning broadly, his body chiseled and bare-chested, he addressed the audience in Bahasa, the dominant language in Indonesia, and the kids went crazy. Slank fans are known as ‘Slankers’, and they have a reputation for devotion. They waved their Slank flags, which consist of the word ‘Slank’ shaped into a graffiti-style butterfly. They sang along with several punk-rock songs and performed a stadium-worthy call-and-response routine. One fan even held up a New Hampshire license plate with SLANK imprinted right below “Live Free or Die”. 

“Welcome, college boys!” cried Kaka in English. “Boston University!” he said, to wild cheers. “Stanford!” he said, to confused looks and laughter. “Where are we?” he asked. 

He was kidding, of course. Sitting on their tour bus before the show, knocking back Heinekens, you’d find Slank to consist entirely of thoughtful, well-spoken, good-humored guys, all of whom have paid very close attention to the U.S. for a long time. After selling millions of records and causing the occasional political controversy in Indonesia, they’re now touring the States to promote their first English-language album, Anthem for the Broken-Hearted. “If you want the world to see what you want to say,” says Abdee, one of the guitarists, “you better go to the highest mountain. And for music, the highest mountain now is in the U.S.A.” 

It’s true. The United States remains today’s music capital. But tomorrow? Anyone curious about where the music business is headed should look to Slank and their compatriots. The music industry in their native Indonesia suffers from piracy rates somewhere above ninety percent. Major record labels there, even more than here, have lost millions in record sales over the past ten years, and continue taking a huge cut of performers’ revenues from song sales. Indonesian musicians have to diversify their means of income in order to make a living—and that includes doing wide-ranging tours in small venues, like Bill’s Bar in Boston. 

Slank is a curious blend of old and new. To listen to Slank is to hear the rock of yore, but to watch them live is to see where Western stars may eventually end up. Imagine Lil’Wayne playing Charmaine’s Bar in Jakarta—not for the kicks, but for the money. Economic and technological trends seem to be taking us in this direction. So let’s investigate a little further into how music works in Indonesia, and what it portends for American recording artists. 

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, one whose inhabitants sometimes riot over perceived affronts to Islam, but that discrete fact paints an incomplete portrait. The country, which divides along ethnic, linguistic, religious, and geographic lines, is quite unlike certain other Islamic nations. Indonesian kids, especially middle-class ones, smoke and drink. They take pictures of themselves smoking and drinking and post them on the Internet. Sure, people still get married at twenty, but husbands and wives can now enjoy matching tattoos—and post pictures of them on-line. These are not possibilities in Saudi Arabia. 

The Indonesian affection for rock music is also something of an anomaly. In most of the world, hip-hop gives voice to youthful rebellion. Indeed, the Mediterranean triangle of France, Morocco, and Algeria now produces the world’s best rap. Indonesian rebels remain apart, firmly in the camp of guitars, harmonies, and sung lyrics. Thus Slank has an archaic sound to American ears—classically pure rock’n’roll. This purity is significant. 

Slank explains this predilection by suggesting that Indonesians identify with the U.S. of the sixties, rather than the nineties. The country experienced a long period of economic growth under Suharto’s dictatorship, along with intense oppression. Since the Indonesian Revolution ousted Suharto a decade ago, a fairly well-educated populace has endured economic stagnation, religious conflict, and massive governmental corruption. “It’s like everybody wanted to scream for freedom since 1998,” says Abdee. 

This scream carries the timbre of political rock. As did the Anglo-American music of the sixties, Indonesia’s rock contributes to social movements. Slank uses its cultural and economic capital to criticize and sway politicians. “Before we came,” says Abdee, who’s wearing a Who t-shirt and has a hairstyle reminiscent of Ronnie Wood’s, “we had a song that made the Indonesian Parliament…what do you call it?…freak out!” 

In April of last year, the band performed “Gossip Jalanan” (Street Gossip) at an anti-corruption rally. The song—first released in 2004, but amplified by the occasion of the rally—refers to a slew of Indonesia’s problems: corruption, prostitutes, gangsters, drug dealers, gamblers. The lyrics even include a common acronymic pun. In Bahasa, the Indonesian Constitution is “Undang-Undang Dasar” or ‘UUD’. Indonesians joke that ‘UUD’ really stands for “Ujung-Ujungnya Duit” or “All about the money.” Despite a popular fondness for such jokes, Indonesian legislators looked unkindly on Slank. The Parliament’s House Disciplinary Council threatened to sue the group. 

“They want to put us in jail,” says BimBim, Slank’s drummer and founder, a browner and handsomer version of Joey Ramone. “Then the TV news had a vote: who do you believe? The legislature or Slank? 99% believed Slank.” 

Calls for prosecuting Slank faded when, a couple of days after the scandal broke, Al Amin Nur Nasution, a member of the Parliament’s lower House and husband of a famous traditional singer, found himself arrested for corruption. In the presence of an alleged prostitute. 

Scandal is not Slank’s preferred method, however. They are primarily a Message Band—again, with all of the sincerity and straightforwardness of a sixties icon. They’ve articulated a creed for themselves: Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect, which, in Indonesian fashion, they compress into an acronym, PLUR. Consider it a modern, Indonesian brand of ‘bagism’, only without any irony. Slank instantiates their world-view in their music by addressing certain themes in every record. “We always have four elements,” explains Kaka. “We talk about youth; we talk about love, romance; we talk about social politics; we talk about nature. Always these four things.” 

“Sometimes…five,” interjects Abdee. 

BimBim nods vigorously: “Party!” 

As viewed from the audience, Slank is fun. They deliver that good ol’ rock’n’roll experience. At one point in their performance at Bill’s Bar, Kaka offered a copy of their new record to any girl who would come onstage and give Ridho, the band’s second lead guitarist, a kiss, which a young, Indonesian girl proceeded to do, shyly, on Ridho’s cheek. (The band has also suffered numerous break-ups and personnel changes because of drug problems—it balances social responsibility with traditional rocker indulgence.) 

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Slank Performance at Java Jazz Festival 2009


By  Riandy Kurniawan – Mar 8, 2009

This is one of the big headlines. For the first time, the Indonesian phenomenon with millions of fans, Slank, rocked this year’s Java Jazz Festival 2009! Who could predicted that Slankwould have their moment at the biggest jazz event in the world. But yes, it happened tonight. Just like Kaka the vocalist, told us that their performance was meant to be a task from Peter F.Gontha to see how they deserved being in a jazz festival, the whole show that attends by thousands succesfully transformed their songs into jazz. In the spirit of reaching greater jazz audience by combining genres, this show which featured Michael Paulo,Ron King and Tony Monaco was really a feels like a lifetime experience.

Dolores O’Riordan

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O’Riordan dan The Cranberries, 13 Maret 2010

Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan (/oʊˈrɪərdən/; lahir di LimerickIrlandia6 September 1971 – meninggal di London, Inggris, 15 Januari 2018 pada umur 46 tahun) adalah seorang musisi, penyanyi, dan penulis lagu asal Irlandia. Ia memimpin band rock The Cranberries selama 13 tahun sebelum band ini bubar pada tahun 2003 dan aktif kembali tahun 2009.

Album solo pertamanya Are You Listening? dirilis pada bulan Mei 2007 dan diikuti oleh album No Baggage pada tahun 2009. O’Riordan terkenal dengan suara mezzo-soprannya yang memikat, serta yodeling dan aksen Limerick yang kuat. Ia tampil sebagai juri pada acara The Voice of Ireland selama musim 2013–14 di RTÉ. Pada bulan April 2014, O’Riordan bergabung dengan band Jetlag (sekarang bernama D.A.R.K.) dan mulai merekam materi lagu baru. Pada bulan Mei 2017, Dolores menyatakan bahwa ia telah didiagnosis mengalami gangguan bipolar.

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Kehidupan Awal


Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan lahir dan dibesarkan di kota Ballybricken, County Limerick, Irlandia. Ia adalah putri dari pasangan Terence dan Eileen O’Riordan dan anak bungsu dari tujuh bersaudara. Ia mengenyam pendidikan di sekolah FCJLaurel Hill Coláiste di Limerick.

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The Cranberries

Pada tahun 1990, O’Riordan mengikuti audisi dan dikontrak sebagai vokalis utama sebuah band bernama The Cranberry Saw Us (kelak berganti nama menjadi The Cranberries). Band ini merilis lima album, yaitu Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993), No Need to Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999), dan Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001), serta album kompilasi lagu-lagu terpopuler berjudul Stars: The Best of 1992–2002 (2002), kemudian istirahat pada tahun 2003.

Sepanjang 1990-an, O’Riordan dikenal sering mengganti gaya rambut, mulai dari potongan sependek bahu hingga sependek telinga dalam berbagai warna.[butuh rujukan] Ia kadang tampil tanpa mengenakan alas kaki di panggung.

Pada tanggal 25 Agustus 2009, saat mempromosikan album solonya, No Baggage, di New York City di radio 101.9 RXP, O’Riordan mengumumkan reuni The Cranberries dalam rangka tur dunia. Tur dimulai di Amerika Utara pada pertengahan November, kemudian Amerika Selatan pada pertengahan Januari 2010, dan Eropa pada Maret 2010. Musisi Denny DeMarchi juga mengiringi para anggota The Cranberries; ia memainkan kibor dalam album-album solo O’Riordan.

Band ini memainkan lagu-lagu dari album solo O’Riordan, banyak di antaranya lagu klasik The Cranberries, serta lagu-lagu baru yang dikarang sendiri oleh band. Tanggal 9 Juni 2010, The Cranberries tampil dalam upacara pembukaan Olimpiade Khusus di Thomond Park, Limerick. Ini adalah pertama kalinya band ini pentas di kota asalnya dalam dalam kurun 15 tahun.

Pada tanggal 26 Mei 2016, band ini mengumumkan bahwa mereka merencanakan tur di Eropa. Konser pertama diselenggarakan tanggal 3 Juni.

Karier Solo

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O’Riordan di panggung Pavarotti & Friends 1995 di Modena, Italia

Pada tahun 2004, ia tampil bersama penyanyi Italia Zucchero dalam album Zu & Co. menyanyikan lagu “Pure Love”. Album ini juga menampilkan penyanyi-penyanyi lain seperti Sting, Sheryl Crow, Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Macy Gray, dan Eric Clapton. Pada tahun yang sama, ia bekerja sama dengan komponis Angelo Badalamenti dalam album musik film Evilenko. Ia menyanyikan beberapa lagu, termasuk “Angels Go to Heaven”, lagu pengiring filmnya.

Pada tahun 2005, ia tampil dalam album Jam & Spoon, Tripomatic Fairytales 3003, sebagai vokalis tamu dalam lagu “Mirror Lover”. O’Riordan juga menjadi pemeran kameo dalam film komedi besutan Adam Sandler, Click, dirilis tanggal 23 Juni 2006, sebagai penyanyi pernikahan yang menyanyikan versi alternatif “Linger”, lagu The Cranberries, diiringi biola.

Singel pertamanya, “Ordinary Day”, diproduseri oleh pemenang BRIT Awards, Youth, yang pernah memproduseri The Verve, Embrace, Primal Scream, U2, dan Paul McCartney. O’Riordan tampil secara langsung di The Late Late Show pada tanggal 20 April 2007.

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O’Riordan mempromosikan album solo pertamanya, Are You Listening?, pada tahun 2007

Are You Listening? dirilis di Republik Irlandia tanggal Mei 2007, di Eropa tanggal 7 Mei, dan di Amerika Utara tanggal 15 Mei. “Ordinary Day” adalah singel pertamanya yang dirilis pada akhir April. Video musik “Ordinary Day” direkam di Praha. Pada bulan Agustus, “When We Were Young” dirilis sebagai singel kedua dari album tersebut.

Pada tahun 2006, O’Riordan terdaftar sebagai satu dari sepuluh perempuan terkaya di Irlandia.

Pada 19 November 2007, ia membatalkan sisa tur Eropanya (Lille, Paris, Luksemburg, Warsawa, dan Praha) karena sakit. Pada Desember tahun itu, ia tampil di beberapa klub kecil di Amerika Serikat, termasuk Des Moines, Nashville, dan konser gratis di Charlottesville, Virginia. Album keduanya, No Baggage, dengan sebelas lagu dirilis pada Agustus 2009.

Pada tahun 2008, O’Riordan dianugerahi EBBA Award. Setiap tahun, European Border Breakers Awards mengakui kesuksesan sepuluh seniman atau kelompok seniman baru yang mulai dikenal pendengar di luar negara asalnya dan merilis album internasional pertama pada tahun sebelumnya.

Ia menjadi juri The Voice of Ireland musim 2013–14 yang ditayangkan di RTÉ.

D.A.R.K.

O’Riordan mulai merekam materi lagu baru bersama JETLAG, kolaborasi antara Andy Rourke dari The Smiths dan Ole Koretsky, pada April 2014. Mereka kemudian membentuk trio bernama D.A.R.K. Album pertamanya, Science Agrees, dirilis bulan September 2016.

Kehidupan Pribadi


Pada tanggal 18 Juli 1994, O’Riordan menikahi Don Burton, mantan manajer tur Duran Duran. Keduanya dikaruniai tiga anak. Tahun 1998, mereka membeli peternakan seluas 61-hectare (150-acre) bernama Riversfield Stud di Kilmallock, County Limerick, lalu dijual pada tahun 2004. Mereka kemudian pindah ke Howth, County Dublin, dan menghabiskan musim panas di kabin kayu di Buckhorn, Ontario, Kanada. Tahun 2009, keluarga O’Riordan pindah permanen ke rumahnya di Buckhorn.

Pada Agustus 2013, ia pulang untuk menetap di Irlandia. Ia dan Burton berpisah pada tahun 2014 setelah 20 tahun menikah, kemudian bercerai.

Ia dibesarkan sebagai penganut Katolik Roma. Ibunya adalah penganut Katolik taat yang memilih nama putrinya seperti Lady of the Seven Dolours. Dolores menyukai almarhum Paus Yohanes Paulus II. Usai menemuinya di Kota Vatikan, O’Riordan mengatakan: “[Paus] sangat baik, sangat tenang. Saya sangat menggemarinya. Saya rasa beliau benar-benar peduli dengan orang miskin dan suka bertemu masyarakat. Saya melihatnya saat beliau berkunjung ke Limerick ketika saya masih kecil. Senang rasanya bisa membawa ibu saya bertemu beliau.” Ia bertemu Paus Yohane Paulus II dua kali, tahun 2001 dan 2002. Ia tampil atas undangan Paus Fransiskus tahun 2013 dalam konser Natal tahunan di Vatikan.

O’Riordan dinobatkan sebagai anggota kehormatan University Philosophical Society (Trinity College, Dublin).

Pada tanggal 10 November 2014, O’Riordan ditahan dan dituduh terlibat dalam pemukulan di dalam pesawat Aer Lingus dari New York ke Shannon. Seorang pramugari dan polisi dipukul, lalu O’Riordan ditahan usai mengunjungi rumah sakit.

Pada Mei 2017, ia mengaku kepada seorang pewawancara bahwa ia didiagnosis mengidap gangguan bipolar dua tahun sebelumnya dan sering mengalami gejalanya selama bertahun-tahun. The Cranberries menyebut “sakit punggung” sebagai alasan pembatalan tur Eropa bagian kedua pada Mei 2017. Pada akhir 2017, O’Riordan mengatakan bahwa ia sedang memulihkan diri dan tampil dalam acara pribadi.

Kematian

Pada tanggal 15 Januari 2018, O’Riordan meninggal dunia secara tiba-tiba pada usia 46 tahun di tengah jadwal rekaman di London, Inggris. Penyebab kematiannya di London Hilton on Park Lane tidak diungkap ke publik.

Presiden Irlandia Michael D. Higgins adalah salah satu tokoh pertama yang menyampaikan belasungkawa. Ucapan dukacita pertama datang dari berbagai tokoh musik, termasuk Dave Davies (The Kinks), Hozier, pembawa acara James Corden, dan Kodaline. Taoiseach Irlandia, Leo Varadkar, juga menyampaikan belasungkawa atas meninggalnya O’Riordan.

Diskografi Solo


Album Solo

  • Are You Listening? (2007)
  • No Baggage (2009)

Penampilan Lain

  • Moose “Soon Is Never Soon Enough” (1992; vokal latar)
  • Touch of Oliver “Carousel” (1993; vokal latar)
  • Jah Wobble “The Sun Does Rise” (1994; duet)
  • “God Be With You” dalam musik film The Devil’s Own (1997; lagu solo)
  • “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll” (lagu amal untuk A Children’s Promise, sampul Rolling Stones, 1999; vokal)
  • “Ave Maria” dalam Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ (2004; lagu solo)
  • “Angels Go to Heaven” & “The Woodstrip/There’s No Way Out” (digubah oleh Angelo Badalamenti) dalam musik film Evilenko, 2004; vokal)
  • Zucchero “Pure Love” (2004; duet)
  • Jam & Spoon “Mirror Lover” (2005; vokal)
  • Angelo Badalamenti “The Butterfly” (2006; vokal)
  • Film, Click, disutradarai Frank Coraci, dibintangi Adam Sandler. Ia tampil sebagai vokalis band yang menyanyikan “Linger” (2006)
  • Giuliano Sangiorgi “Senza Fiato” (2007; duet)
  • “Centipede Sisters” dalam musik film digital Roll Play 2 (2008)
  • “Cryopian D” (vokal dan campuran) dari piringan hitam “Like a Puppet Show” yang dirilis oleh Sandro, John Malkovich, Eric Alexandrakis (2015)
  • Tampil bersama the Cranberries dalam episode seri TV “Charmed” (menyanyikan ‘Just my Imagination’)

 

 

 

 

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The Beginning

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How do you begin a biography of the Beatles? I mean honestly, what can you say that can summarize such a spectacular revolution, not only in music but in world consciousness? Their scope of influence stretches from music to film and even dabbles in politics and the art of friendship. Their story is inspiring, sparking many to get up out of their chairs and try something new. The Beatles pioneered so much in their short time together, changing the world for generations to come.

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It all began in 1957, Liverpool England, the second most unlikely place in the world to give birth to stardom (the first being Demorest, Georgia). John Lennon had learned the banjo at a young age, moving quickly to the guitar and then starting his own band. Dubbed “The Quarry Men”, this high school skiffle group played around Liverpool, changing members more frequently than they changed socks. Soon, a young Mr. Paul McCartney sauntered up to John in between concerts. After hearing him play the guitar, John said “Hey. Join me band, we?ll become the most popular group in the world.” Not wanting to appear anxious, Paul waited a day before saying “Alright, sure.” The famous Lennon-McCartney duo was born.

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Eight months later Paul had a suggestion for a new recruit. Three years their junior, George Harrison was nonetheless a wizard on the guitar. John was hesitant to allow such a young person into the band, but George won him over. Two weeks before his 15th birthday, George officially became a member of the band. I don’t know about you, but my fifteenth birthday wasn’t nearly as productive as his…

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The Quarry Men continued to play in and around Liverpool. Their name went through several changes over the coming months. After using and discarding the Quarry Men label, Johnny and the Moondogs enjoyed a brief stint, followed by The Nerk Twins. Finally, John hit upon something when he conjured “The Beatals” as their new official title, wanting an insect reference similar to Buddy Holly’s “The Crickets”, the whole beetle theme continued through their next five names: The Silver Beetles, The Silver Beats, The Beatles, The Silver Beatles. At last, after going through more metamorphoses than a caterpillar, the ‘silver’ was dropped (again), leaving the short and sweet, ultra catchy and very rememberable, The Beatles.

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Their logo was based on an impromptu sketch by instrument retailer and designer Ivor Arbiter.
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The Beatles 016Some phenomenal changes were in the air as the universe began to stitch together the group that would spark so much change throughout the world. Though they didn’t know it at the time, but this group of young men were setting their foundation for their climb to the top of the world. All they needed was a big break.

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Abbey Road Studios has been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology. We excel in recording, mixing, editing, mastering and audio restoration.

Our facilities are some of the best in the world with award-winning engineers, wonderful acoustic rooms, an unrivalled microphone collection and a highly sought-after mixture of unique, historic audio equipment and cutting-edge recording technology.

The studios are also a unique venue and we host a limited number of exclusive events per annum.

 Top Ten most Technically Innovative Beatles Songs 28 April 2014 Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, co-authors of 'Recording the Beatles', have compiled a list of the top ten most technically innovative Beatles songs for Mojo magazine. As they explain,

Top Ten most Technically Innovative Beatles Songs
28 April 2014
Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, co-authors of ‘Recording the Beatles’, have compiled a list of the top ten most technically innovative Beatles songs for Mojo magazine.
As they explain, “The group’s remarkable thirst for newness, allied with the ingenuity of their producers and engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, gave rise to cutting-edge sonics and daring studio exploration – now often taken for granted.”
Check out the top ten here.
Brian and Kevin will be speaking at ‘The Sound of Abbey Road Studios’ events this weekend, along with Beatles engineer Ken Scott. The last few tickets are available here.
Abbey Road Meets... Ken Scott 27 March 2014 We put your questions to renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott this week. Ken is one of the speakers at ‘The Sound of Abbey Road Studios’ events, where he will return to the very room where he worked on his first session nearly 50 years ago: The Beatles putting the finishing touches to their album ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in Studio Two. An esteemed engineer, producer and pivotal figure in Abbey Road Studios’ history, Ken has also worked with Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Lou Reed, to name but a few. Thank you to everyone who participated and sent in questions; the standard was high and it was tough choosing which ones to put to him. Here is the interview in full.
Abbey Road Meets… Ken Scott
27 March 2014
We put your questions to renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott this week.
Ken is one of the speakers at ‘The Sound of Abbey Road Studios’ events, where he will return to the very room where he worked on his first session nearly 50 years ago: The Beatles putting the finishing touches to their album ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in Studio Two.
An esteemed engineer, producer and pivotal figure in Abbey Road Studios’ history, Ken has also worked with Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Lou Reed, to name but a few.
Thank you to everyone who participated and sent in questions; the standard was high and it was tough choosing which ones to put to him. Here is the interview in full.
Visit Abbey Road's legendary Studio Two 11 March 2014 We are pleased to announce ‘The Sound of Abbey Road Studios’, unique talks taking place in April and May featuring special guest former Abbey Road Studios Engineer Ken Scott. The talks mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two, where many iconic artists have recorded including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Elton John, Oasis and Adele. Event hosts Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, return for the third instalment of this fascinating talks series with a brand new lecture exploring the evolution of recording techniques and equipment, many of which were pioneered at Abbey Road Studios. In addition to the informative and entertaining stories behind these techniques, the lectures will include demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment, some of which has been used on many landmark recordings over the studios’ 82 year history. For the first time in the series, Brian and Kevin welcome a special guest. Renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will be returning to speak in the very room where he recorded tracks by legendary artists including Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck and the Beatles. An esteemed producer and pivotal figure in Abbey Road Studios’ history, Ken has also made records with The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Lou Reed, to name but a few. With Brian and Kevin’s incredible knowledge of Abbey Road Studios’ history and its role in the development of audio production plus Ken’s unique insight into life at the world’s first purpose built recording studios, these talks promise to be a captivating experience for all classical, rock, pop and film score fans.
Visit Abbey Road’s Legendary Studio Two
11 March 2014
We are pleased to announce ‘The Sound of Abbey Road Studios’, unique talks taking place in April and May featuring special guest former Abbey Road Studios Engineer Ken Scott.
The talks mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two, where many iconic artists have recorded including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Elton John, Oasis and Adele.
Event hosts Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, return for the third instalment of this fascinating talks series with a brand new lecture exploring the evolution of recording techniques and equipment, many of which were pioneered at Abbey Road Studios. In addition to the informative and entertaining stories behind these techniques, the lectures will include demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment, some of which has been used on many landmark recordings over the studios’ 82 year history.
For the first time in the series, Brian and Kevin welcome a special guest. Renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will be returning to speak in the very room where he recorded tracks by legendary artists including Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck and the Beatles. An esteemed producer and pivotal figure in Abbey Road Studios’ history, Ken has also made records with The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Lou Reed, to name but a few.
With Brian and Kevin’s incredible knowledge of Abbey Road Studios’ history and its role in the development of audio production plus Ken’s unique insight into life at the world’s first purpose built recording studios, these talks promise to be a captivating experience for all classical, rock, pop and film score fans.

The Ride to the Top

The Beatles did not immediately jump out to stardom. In fact, their climb was somewhat like a roller coaster, a slow clanking to the top, the suspense building and waiting for that first plunge over the hill. For months they toured Liverpool and the surrounding towns trying to build a fan base. Eventually they made their way Hamburg, playing to a particularly rowdy crowd. The boys were forced to rev-up their performance for the demanding audience, teaching them how to become true showmen. Upon returning to Liverpool, they discovered some of their fame had preceded them.

Brian Epstein, a record store owner in Liverpool, got wind of the Beatles about this time. His interest was piqued, so he went to watch them perform one night. At first glance, they appeared like most young Liverpudlians at the time: uncouth hair, leather jackets and dark trousers. But when they played, their synthesis created something marvelous. Something about their energy when together inspired Brian to become their manager. He pulled some strings and got the boys a few auditions. Sadly, they were unfruitful. This didn’t dampen their resolve, however, and Epstein continued lobbying for the band until he finally secured an audition with George Martin at Parlophone records.

Martin, as it turns out, loved their sound. He, too, was an early victim of the Beatles’ undeniable charm and catchy beats, succumbing to their charismatic energy like Bugs Bunny to a carrot. He cleaned them up, put them in tailored suits and gave them a resounding thumbs-up (It was Brian Epstein who suggested they wear suits). The only part of the package he didn’t seem to like was their drummer, Pete Best. In a move that still raises eyebrows to this day, Epstein was asked to replace Pete before the deal would be complete. Richard Starkey, our beloved Ringo Starr, would take his place, completing the rock and roll quartet. The Beatles were complete.

Being the superstar producer like he was, Martin decided these lanky Liverpudlians should take over the world. After consulting history books and noting that marching over mountains with elephants was not successful, he decided to take the musical route. After several mildly-successful singles released in the UK, the album Please Please Me was recorded in a 12-hour studio session and released in March of 1963. It was a hit, topping the charts for over 6 months. Not too shabby for one day’s worth of work; much nicer than minimum wage.

I Want To Hold Your Hand hit the enterprising shores of America at the end of 1963, floating to number one like a rubber ducky. Their new look was also a big hit. Teens loved their off-kilter appearance, collarless suits, mop-top hair and quirky personalities. The Beatles quickly became known for their plucky sense of humor and constant silliness. In an interview conducted in February 1964, a reporter informed the Beatles that Detroit University had a ‘Stamp out the Beatles’ movement. The boys nodded, and Paul replied with his characteristic head bob “We’ve got a Stamp out Detroit movement!” After laughing, the interviewer continued. “They think your haircuts are un-American.” John retorted, “Well, it was very observant of them because we aren’t American, actually.” Such flippant and unrestrained joy in life was infectious, only increasing their charm and lovability.

The Beatles then hopped on a boat and sailed over to the U.S. (via jet plane) for their famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. In what was the highest rated program to that date, the famous words “Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles!” introduced the rag-tag bunch to the television world. They hopped, they sang, they played, they laughed. People loved it. The souls of the world were opening up to a new era of thought, instigated by the quartet of young clowns from Liverpool. Their songs were simple but touching, the tunes catchy and enjoyable. America fell for the Beatles’, and their success was only beginning.

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A sure-sign of being “on the top” would be having a lunchbox with your image on the front. Or a pencil sharpener. Or a pair of socks. Or bubblegum. Or all of the above and much more. Beatlemania settled upon the world, nestling us in the warm winged comfort of the four boys from Liverpool. Their timing couldn’t have been better to start their ascent up the pedestal of stardom. The world was on the verge of an enormous change, and the Beatles, with their budding creativity, would foster the revolution.

As any comic book teaches us, good never comes without evil. Critics reared their ugly heads and had their say, proclaiming the Beatles were nothing but a fad that would die as soon as the next group of cute guys with guitars came along. Shortly after being proved embarrassingly wrong, the same critics tucked their tails and ran, beginning lives of insurance salesmen to retain a shred of their dignity.

The Beatles’ answer to the critics: make a movie. Nothing short of borrowing Santa’s magic sleigh could allow the group to tour every city on earth, so, A Hard Day’s Night was created, sending their images to even the smallest towns and earning them a world-wide reputation for being the happy-go-lucky fab-four they were. Accompanying the movie was an album of the same name, a soundtrack of sorts, launching their career even higher into orbit as thousands of teenage girls watched the movie and swooned.

On the personal side, the band members were molding together in an even tighter knit than before. They were growing up and growing together, stepping into their own personalities more deeply than before. A Hard Day’s Night was the first Beatles album written entirely by the band, showcasing their creativity and ingenuity even this early in their career. John and Paul flexed their lyric-writing muscles in preparation for the records to come.

Since becoming household names, John, Paul, George and Ringo had unwittingly become workaholics. Touring schedules were hectic, hopping the boys across cities, states and countries in a matter of months. And being stars comes with its fair share of responsibility; now they had fans to attend to, those loyal people who could never get enough Beatlemania. The first few years of their success gave them little time to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Beatles for Sale was released in early December 1964, but contained only a handful of original songs. By the end of 1964, the consensus was clear–-slow down and concentrate on the music.

With a bigger budget and more explorative souls, the Beatles produced another movie/album combo six months later. Help! was released to glowing fans, featuring Ringo as the “Starr” of the show. (Yes, that was a bad joke, but I had to!) The album featured more original hits by the Lennon-McCartney duo, including the most-covered song in the history of music, Yesterday. This record also showed off John’s vocal abilities and range, his heart rising and falling with his voice to enchant everyone.

The Beatles were only getting better. They established a pattern of constantly pushing the limits of both society and themselves (and the music industry) and setting ever-higher standards for their work. Each successive album built upon the last as they continued to mesh as a group, their personalities growing more integrated by the day. The universe had stitched them together as if they were destined to be, now they just had to grow as a group to become a whole. Much like a ball of yarn becomes a sock, actually.

Rubber Soul has been called the first true Beatles album, symbolizing their break from traditional love songs and moving into a more eclectic form of songwriting. Every tune was an original, and a few were more original than others. In My Life has been called the greatest song ever written, giving haunting memories of that ruggedly familiar feeling of nostalgia explicated so poetically by John. Norwegian Wood featured an instrument unfamiliar to most western ears, the sitar, played by George Harrison. Such a blending of cultures and sounds was indicative of the group’s collective charm and charisma as well as the budding movement of non-violence and love growing throughout the world.

Never satisfied with milking old formulas, the experiments continued. After Rubber Soul came Revolver, a veritable fruit smoothie of melody, harmony, love, traditional style and something very new. If Rubber Soul was a single step into originality, Revolver was a full game of hopscotch. Songs such as Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine and Tomorrow Never Knows showcased the talent waking up from a long winter’s nap within the group. Fully comfortable with themselves, with each other, and with their music, the Beatles had shoved their sticks in the ground and were preparing to pole vault across the lines of normality even farther.

The renaissance of culture and consciousness was in full-swing at this point. Hippies, those free-willed 15-25 year olds with a penchant for peace, were leaving their homes and striking out on their own, rejecting the old and forging into the new. The Beatles were doing similar things at this time, releasing the traditional styles of music and breaking into their own style. Were the Beatles a catalyst for this movement of change or did they just ride the universal waves? The answer is, undoubtedly, a little bit of both.

After turning up the creativity in exponential notches for their previous albums, the Beatles did their most creative work to date with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The brainchild of Paul, the name was a nom de plume of sorts for the Beatles, giving them an excuse to wear crazy outfits. The album features many musical firsts, as per the usual Beatles’ style. Each song blends smoothly into the next, creating the impression that the whole album is one grand concert, complete with applause and screaming fans.

Sgt. Pepper was also the “coming-out” album for the Beatles. Although they had been innovative on their previous recordings, Sgt. Pepper proved they were never out of fresh ideas to experiment with. Their voices can really be heard on this album; they sound more aware, more grown up and more settled in their roles as world musicians. At this time, psychedelic drugs were in full swing in many countries around the world, and the Beatles experimented with their effects as well. While many say this was the source of their creativity in the later years, at best it only contributed to their inherent innovation. Still, Sgt. Pepper was inventive and fresh, becoming an instant hit and long-term inspiration for many.

The Beatles’ were about to embark upon a gauntlet of changes beginning in 1967. Paul sketched out a plan for a new movie, this one completely unscripted. The idea was that a group of actors would be placed on a bus with the Beatles and taken for a ride through their imagination. A “magical mystery tour” of sorts. Work began on the album and movie in the spring of ’67, but was interrupted by several major events. Their manager since the beginning, the man who discovered the Beatles, Brian Epstein, passed away. This was not only an emotional blow to the group, having lost a trusted companion and friend, but a work-related strain as well. Without a manager to handle the business details of the band, the work fell onto the members. Paul had a very proactive attitude toward the process, immediately taking responsibility and encouraging the others to do so as well. John and George had very different opinions, and Ringo didn’t seem to mind either way. The first internal strain had begun to form, one that would, in combination with many other factors, lead to the eventual breakup of the Beatles.

The Beatles also visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the man becoming famous in America for bringing an ancient Indian technique of meditation to the world. Seeking spiritual knowledge just as we all were, the Beatles traveled to India with the hopes of gaining enlightenment. Each band member had a different experience there, creating a larger rift between them. They came back unfulfilled on one level but full of creativity on another. Magical Mystery Tour was finished shortly after, releasing both the movie and the album before the end of the year.

The tension created by the loss of their manager and by the varied experiences in India was taking its toll. This combined with John’s insistence on having his new love interest Yoko Ono present at the studio (despite his band-mate’s wishes) made the situation more harrowing. At one point, Ringo actually left the group. The Beatles were far from through with their creative streak, however, as their very next album would show.

In stark contrast to their previous two works, the The Beatles (The White Album) featured a simple white cover with “The Beatles” inconspicuously written on the front. Its simplicity was a foil to the complex music found within. Over two dozen songs filled the inside of this plain white wrapper, each more different than the last. From crazy psychedelic songs such as Wild Honey Pie to somber melodies in Julia, Blackbird and I Will, the White Album would become famous for containing more musical styles than many artists had dabbled with in their entire careers. Such was the nature of the Beatles’ free spirit and inventiveness, the four personalities melding together to allow the freedom and ingenuity for the various styles to come forward.

The band owed United Artists another movie (thanks to those fun things called ‘contracts’), so it was decided to make an animated movie based on the song Yellow Submarine (Songtrack) previously released on Revolver. The soundtrack by the same name featured only four new songs by the Beatles, George Martin creating the orchestral pieces and arranging the other songs.

The Breakup

Unfortunately, the band felt they were running out of steam. Tensions had grown and the overall feeling was that the Beatles were near their end. A final album was planned, but even the details of it could not be agreed upon. The producer favored Paul’s ideas, causing John to withdraw from many sessions in resentment. George and Ringo felt unneeded and refused to show up at many rehearsals. Though the band’s problems were increasing, their music did not seem to suffer the same fate. Abbey Road, planned as a farewell album, featured tight vocals, haunting harmonies and the famous You Never Give Me Your Money medley, pulling many songs together in one long enjoyable ride. Abbey Road was released in the fall of 1969, but the Beatles still were not done with the world, or so it seemed.

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Paul tried to convince the others to do a handful of concerts to re-establish their core group of fans. John and George were against the idea. What resulted was the famous rooftop concert staged in London. At its conclusion, John said the famous line “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition!”. They still had their magic. Songs recorded here were combined with other Beatles material and mixed by Phil Spector. Let It Be (recorded before Abbet Rd) was pieced together and released to the world, an unintended finale to the Beatles’ tromp through the world.

Their end officially came on December 29, 1970. The Beatles, the world’s most influential group of musicians, had been through it all. From rising from obscurity to a serendipitous beginning, they floated on the waves of fame and rode them all the way to America. There they delighted fans and critics alike, awing them with their playful sense of life and harmonious music. They had merchandise, millions of fans, and even a mass album burning in the mid 60’s when John stated they were “more popular than Jesus”. Up and down, side to side, the Beatles traversed it all. It was the symbolic end of an era the Beatles had helped create. The world was changed because of them, and it would never be the same. As John said at the conclusion of the rooftop concert, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition!”

Post-Beatles:

The four men went their separate directions. John became known for his political activism and his own music career, often combining efforts with wife Yoko Ono. His most famous post-Beatles song, Imagine (from the album of the same name), encouraged unity and peace between nations. It was a ballad for world harmony, encouraging everyone to imagine a world free from war, united as one.

Though his career after the Beatles was successful, it did not reach the height of what he had accomplished in the band. His final album was released in late 1980, rising straight to number one almost everywhere in the world. In December of the same year, John Lennon was tragically murdered by a gunman outside his Manhattan apartment. The world cried collectively when they heard the news, as one of the greatest revolutionary songwriters had moved on from this world and to the next. His work would live on, affecting the lives of billions of people throughout time.

George Harrison, often referred to as the “quiet Beatle”, slowly came into his own after the breakup of the band. He released several albums and singles sporadically, including rock’s first triple album, All Things Must Pass. He had a growing interest in Hinduism and eastern meditation techniques spurred by his meetings with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Throughout the 90’s he fought a battle with lung cancer, one that would eventually take his life in November of 2001. This gentle soul, one who was forever advocating love and spirituality, was cremated, his ashes rumored having been spread on the holy river Ganges in India.

Paul enjoyed a successful solo career after the splitting of the Beatles, continuing to produce albums to this day. Ringo released an album that topped the charts in the late 80’s but was otherwise not very active in the music industry. In the mid 1990’s, coming together for the closest thing to a Beatles’ reunion possible, Paul, George and Ringo agreed to allow a three volume six CD Beatles’ Anthology 1, Anthology 2, Anthology 3 (with accompanying television shows) to be produced, containing unreleased recordings, demos, and two new songs. Free as a Bird and Real Love, originally written by John but re-recorded from his demo tapes. It was both a tribute and a retrospection for the Beatles, reminding the world and a new generation that they were the most influential band ever to grace our globe.

John Lennon once said in reference to the Beatles’ popularity, “We were just a band that made it very very big, that’s all.” In some ways he’s correct. The Beatles was a band, four men from Liverpool, that rose to fame as any band would. When they made it to the top, the world was ready for change. The combined energies of these four created something spectacular, something undeniably unique. This allowed for unmatched creativity and ingenuity, the pinnacle of human potential expressed in their group. Their message is timeless, their songs unique and dear to everyone’s heart. They are sure to delight and inspire listeners for the rest of time.

~by John Bardinelli © 2004 Beatlesnumber9

A SHORT BEATLES HISTORY

Founded in Liverpool during the late ’50s by guitarists John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, with drummer Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe on bass,the Beatles were initially a skiffle band, playing a British variation of American folk music. The band — which went under several names before arriving at the Beatles — incorporated numerous American rock & roll, rhythm & blues, and pop music influences in their playing and songwriting, most notably the sounds of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Arthur Alexander. By the early ’60s, they had developed significant popularity in Hamburg, Germany, where dozens of Liverpool bands were booked into local clubs, and this soon translated into success in their hometown, where the band’s mixture of solid American rock & roll and careful music articulation made them stand out from the rest of the city’s music scene. Sutcliffe left the band in 1961 and McCartney took over on bass. After finding their manager Brian Epstein — who got them an audition with George Martin, the head of EMI Records’ tiny Parlophone label — the band was signed to a recording contract in 1962. Ringo Starr replaced Best on drums soon thereafter, and the group’s lineup was set.

By the spring of 1963, the Beatles’ singles and albums were breaking sales records in England, and they were officially introduced to America in February 1964 with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show followed by a whirlwind tour. The group had been signed the year before to do a movie, and, through a stroke of good luck, they were turned over to producer Walter Shenson, director Richard Lester, and screenwriter Alun Owen, who together created A Hard Day’s Night, probably the best rock & roll movie ever made. This film, a black-and-white, documentary-style, fictionalized account of the fishbowl lives that the Beatles were leading during the first wave of Beatlemania, was popular with parents as well as their teenage children, and critics loved it, too. (Andrew Sarris called it “the Citizen Kane of jukebox movies.”) The mix of the four personalities — Starr’s honest, earthy, clownish presence; Harrison’s cutting, funny personality; McCartney’s pleasant, engaging presence; and Lennon’s snide, sarcastic wit — won over audiences around the world.

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The band’s follow-up movie, Help! was made on a much bigger budget and in color, but it failed to repeat A Hard Day’s Night’s success, suffering from an unfocused script and a good, but not great, selection of songs. The group was generally as unhappy with the results as everyone else, although the film did make money and have some entertaining moments. The Beatles tried directing and producing their own television film, 1967’s Magical Mystery Tour, but the result — outside of a couple of scenes and a handful of good songs — were amateurish. In 1968, they provided the songs for the psychedelic animated feature Yellow Submarine, and made a brief onscreen appearance at the movie’s conclusion. The divisions that would eventually lead to the group’s break-up were chronicled in the 1969 documentary Let It Be, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, with impressive results.

The Beatles’ exposure to movie-making whetted their appetites for filmmaking on a variety of levels. Lennon had an acting role in Richard Lester’s anti-war satire How I Won the War, while McCartney wrote the score for the John and Roy Boulting comedy The Family Way. Meanwhile, Starr acted in the film Candy, while Harrison produced the soundtrack to the Indian movie Wonderwall. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, the Beatles’ corporate entity, Apple, acquired the distribution rights to various movies, including El Topo and La Grande Bouffe, and made a number of films, most notably Born to Boogie, directed and produced by Starr, and The Concert for Bangladesh, co-produced by Harrison. Starr also took an occasional acting role, most notably in the David Puttnam-produced period drama That’ll Be the Day. McCartney also composed and performed the title song for the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die, but it was ultimately Harrison who became the most active of the Beatles in filmmaking. Through his company Handmade Films, he helped produce such hit pictures as Monty Python’s Life of Brian – Criterion Collection and the fantasy Time Bandits (Special Edition). The end of the ’70s also saw the lingering mystique of the Beatles parodied by Monty Python alumnus Eric Idle and Bonzo Dog Band-founder Neil Innes in the film The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash, in which Harrison made a cameo. ~ Bruce Eder.

Discography

Original UK LPs

  1. Please Please Me (1963)
  2. With the Beatles (1963)
  3. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  4. Beatles for Sale (1964)
  5. Help! (1965)
  6. Rubber Soul (1965)
  7. Revolver (1966)
  8. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  9. The Beatles (White Album) (1968)
  10. Yellow Submarine (1969)
  11. Abbey Road (1969)
  12. Let It Be (1970)

Compiled from many sources