Thursday, August 16, 2012

All You Need Is Love My Ass

If you're anything like me you've always assumed this Pete Best guy was somewhat to blame for his fate. This article makes it clear that the guy was fired. So it's really a double whammy, first you get fired, and then you become a punchline for a joke about monstrous bad luck or horrible judgement, and the reality is, he just got fired. Talk about adding insult to injury.

The reality is that Pete Best rocked. His mom is right. The others were just jealous. They went with Ringo and when I was growing up lots of people thought Ringo was kind of inept but charming so the Beatles handled it correctly. If they had gone ahead with Pete Best, John, Paul and George would have ended up in the backseat. It would've been Pete Best and who? As it stands they picked a guy they could outshine.

Also revealing that the Beatles are such rotten bastards collectively that they couldn't even be bothered to give the guy a few bucks, or even ring him up on the phone. They probably sat around in their big Rolls Royce on acid and laughed at him. Maybe they called and when Pete Best answered they hung up! Prank call. And the whole time they are doing this they are coming on with all their peace and love bullshit. All you need is love my ass. Pricks.

John, Paul, George and Pete. It doesn’t really have the same ring to it but in 1960 it was Pete Best behind the drum kit for the Beatles and not Ringo Starr. That changed on August 16th, 1962, however, when Pete Best was fired from the Beatles.

According to, Best joined the group in 1960 when John, Paul, and George needed a drummer for a gig in Hamburg. They had met Best at the Casbah Coffee Club, owned by Best’s mother, the year prior and invited him to come play. After the Hamburg show, the not-quite-fab-four started booking gigs around Liverpool.

Best was reportedly the most popular Beatle at the time and some credit him with the group’s initial popularity in Liverpool. But the four members didn’t mesh together on a personal level. As an example, Best was the only member that did not adopt the “bowl” cut.

Best was fired from the Beatles in 1962. The following year the group recorded its first album, Please Please Me, and were nearly immediately struck with Beatlemania.

The reason’s for Best’s firing remains a bit of a mystery. Some claim that the three Beatles didn’t like Best personally. Others say that they were just more impressed with Ringo Starr. Best’s mother said that the rest of the group was jealous of her son.

In 2009, the fifth Beatle talked to Spinner Magazine about his life with, and without the Beatles. Best said that he still isn’t sure why he was kicked out of the group but said that he was pretty sure it didn’t have to do with talent.

Best, who was included on 10 songs in the Beatles’ Anthology, said:

“Being on Anthology, people had a bigger insight into what my drumming was about. From that point of view, I’ve always held my head up high and said, “Yes, it wasn’t the drumming ability.” There have been conspiracy theories — the hairstyle, jealousy, antisocial, didn’t speak enough, Brian [Epstein, the Beatles' manager] may have felt threatened — it goes on and on. I’ve long passed that.”

Best also dropped another interesting piece of information. Best was fired from the Beatles on August 16th, 1962, and hasn’t spoken to any of his former band mates since that day.

“You find that hard to believe, but it is true. I played three of four times on the same bill as them as the support band, so we’d be coming off and they were going onstage. There were things to be said but that wasn’t the place to hear your differences, onstage, so there was no communication. We’d pass like ships in the night. Some people say, ‘Well, why the hell didn’t you just pick up the phone?’ and I’ve always said, ‘Well, have you ever tried to phone a Beatle? It just doesn’t happen. You couldn’t get to them.”

1 comment:

  1. I met a guy from Liverpool who was old enough to have been part of that whole scene and he was raving to me one day about how great Pete Best was, Ringo sucked and that the early Beatle songs were ghost written by Denmark Street pro songwriters. Maybe if I had seen Best perform in the flesh I would have a different opinion but every time I hear a track with Best on it, it positively sucks balls. No power, no swing, no groove and his meter tends to drag. Great hair and handsome only works if, a) you're the band leader, the main focus a millionaires love object or b) you know where the bodies are buried.