- I Feel Fine
Name = I Feel Fine
Writer = Lennon/McCartney
B-side = "
She's A Woman"
23 November 1964(US) 27 November 1964(UK)
Recorded = Abbey Road
18 October 1964
Format = 7"
Rock and roll
Length = 2:18
Capitol 5222 (US)
Last single = "A Hard Day's Night"
(UK-1964) --- "Matchbox" (US-1964)
This single = "I Feel Fine"
Next single = "
Ticket to Ride"
"Eight Days a Week"
"I Feel Fine" is a
riff-drivenrock song mainly written by John Lennon(although credited to Lennon/McCartney) and released in 1964 by The Beatlesas the A side of their eighth UK single. The song reached the top of the charts on December 12 of that year, displacing The Rolling Stones' " Little Red Rooster," and remained there for five weeks. The b-side was She's A Woman, mainly written by Paul McCartney.It also reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100in late 1964.
"I Feel Fine" burgeoned from its distinctive guitar riff, written by Lennon while in the studio recording "Eight Days a Week."cite web |url=http://beatlesbible.com/songs/i-feel-fine/ |title=The Beatles Bible: I Feel Fine] "I actually wrote 'I Feel Fine' around the riff which is going on in the background," Lennon recalled.Fact|date=July 2007 "I told them that I'd write a song specially for this riff so they said, 'Yes. You go away and do that,' knowing that we'd almost finished "
Beatles for Sale". Anyway, going into the studio one morning, I said to Ringo, 'I've written this song but it's lousy,' but we tried it, complete with riff, and it sounded like an A side, so we decided to release it just like that."Fact|date=July 2007 Lennon's riff was based on one found in "Watch Your Step", a 1961 release written and performed by Bobby Parkerand covered by The Beatles in concerts during 1961 and 1962. The two songs also sharing a remarkably similar Latin-style drum pattern, although Paul McCartney has claimed that the drums on I Feel Fine were inspired by Ray Charles's What'd I Say.cite web |url=http://beatlesbible.com/songs/i-feel-fine/ |title=The Beatles Bible: I Feel Fine] The Beatles would continue to feature guitar riffs in their songs, most notably in numbers like " Day Tripper", " Ticket to Ride", " And Your Bird Can Sing", and " Paperback Writer."
At the time of the song's recording, The Beatles, having mastered the studio basics, had begun to explore new sources of inspiration in noises previously eliminated as mistakes (electronic goofs, twisted tapes, talkback). "I Feel Fine" marks the earliest example of the use of feedback as a recording effect—artists such as
Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, and The Whoused feedback, but Lennon remained proud of the fact that The Beatles were the first group to actually put it on vinyl.cite web |url=http://geocities.com/~beatleboy1/dba04sale.html |title=Songwriting & Recording Database, "Beatles For Sale"] This subtle shift in their approach to recording became a lasting element of the group's later career, making itself widely apparent on albums like "Revolver" and " Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".Fact|date=July 2007
The intro to "I Feel Fine" starts with a single, percussive (yet pure-sounding) note (a high "A" harmonic) played on Paul's Hofner bass guitar that sustains, perhaps beyond any song previously recorded. It is then (famously) transformed and distorted via feedback. “John had a semi-acoustic Gibson guitar. It had a pick-up on it so it could be amplified… We were just about to walk away to listen to a take when John leaned his guitar against the amp. I can still see him doing it… and it went, ‘Nnnnnnwahhhhh!” And we went, ‘What’s that? Voodoo!’ ‘No, it’s feedback.’ Wow, it’s a great sound!’ George Martin was there so we said, ‘Can we have that on the record?’ ‘Well, I suppose we could, we could edit it on the front.’ It was a found object– an accident caused by leaning the guitar against the amp.” - Paul McCartney. While sounding very much like an
Electric guitar, John played it on an acoustic (a Gibson model J-160E),cite book| title = Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments, from Stage to Studio | edition = Revised edition (November 1, 2002 - Paperback)| last = Babiuk| first = Andy | coauthors = | year = 2002| publisher = Backbeat Books| id = ISBN 0-87930-731-5 | pages = pp. 146–147] employing 1960s sound effect devices to make the acoustic guitar sound more electronic. The intro riff around a Dmaj chord progresses to a C, then a G, where the G major vocals begin. Just before the coda, Lennon's intro riff (or ostinato), is repeated with a bright sound by George Harrisonon electric guitar (a Gretsch Tennessean), followed by the surprisingly more "electric" sound of John on amped acoustic.cite book
title = The Beatles - Complete Scores
author = The Beatles
year = 1993
publisher = Hal Leonard Corporation
isbn = 0-7935-1832-6
pages = ] cite book
title = Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles
edition = Hardcover
last = Emerick
first = Geoff
coauthors = Howard Massey
year = 2006
publisher = Gotham
id = ISBN 1-59240-179-1 ASIN B000NA1XSA
pages = pp 94–95] cite book
title = Beatles for Sale
last = The Beatles
year = 1964
publisher = Capitol
id = ASIN: B000002UAI
pages = ]
UK, the song was released on the LP format on A Collection of Beatles Oldies. A true stereoversion can be found on the "Past Masters Vol 1" and "Beatles 1" CDs.
* Queen - In the Mannheim, Germany leg of the
Magic Tour, Brian May played the opening riff of the song.
Sweethearts of the Rodeorecorded a country version of "I Feel Fine" in 1988, releasing their version as a single.
The Punklesdid a Punk cover of this song on their first album.
Les Fradkinhas an instrumental version on his 2005 release- "While My Guitar Only Plays".
*Turner, Steve. "A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song", Harper, New York: 1994, ISBN 0-06-095065-X
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