#74 "I Wanna Be Your Man (Mono Master​)​"

by We're Late For Class

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In a misguided stab at crossover acceptance, we're RE-releasing "I Wanna Be Your Man (Mono Master)" to respectable digital outlets like iTunes, Amazon, Shazam and other big time retailers.

That's right, we've gone legit - even springing for the necessary licensing so that Lennon & McCartney get their splits for "writing" this 1964 hit for The Rolling Stones, though (as you'll read below) their authorship has been irresponsibly challenged and questioned (ahem). The Record Store Day people didn't appreciate any of it, either.

So, completists who've already gotten this track before, don't need this one again. But, for those just noticing all this for the first time, what follows is our original cover story about this cover.


released January 1, 2018
"Most people aren’t aware that Lennon & McCartney's 'I Wanna Be Your Man' is actually a re-write of an old blues tune of the same name. 'Blind somebody' recorded it in the early 1950s, and collectors know of a few records out there that have survived. A sure clue that it's not a Lennon/McCartney original is illustrated by how seriously John & Paul treated the song. For a larf, they pawned it off on The Rolling Stones (theories abound that it was a blatant attempt to derail their career). But, Lennon & McCartney ended up laughing even louder at the bank when the Stones accidentally had their first hit single with it. Then... they gave the song to Ringo to sing - a sure sign of something, to be sure. But because copyright laws were so loose in the 1960s, 'I Wanna Be Your Man' has long been considered just another old, co-opted blues tune that got ‘borrowed’ and goosed-up by a band of upper-poppin' punks with a Merseyside beat. Hey, they were kids, what did they know? So, we stripped the song back to its original Mississippi blues roots. This is why we don't do vocals. Consider yourself warned."

Addressing speculation that The Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man” was actually a Delta blues composition dating back to the early 1950s, MOJO magazine’s Fred Dellar laughingly debunked the pre-fab myth when he wrote that “claims by We’re Late For Class have to taken with a huge chunk of Salt Lake City.”

Still, one MOJO reader felt that the “stark John Lee Hooker-styled blues stomp makes a convincing case for their theory.” So... after listening for himself, Dellar considered the band's audio blasphemy, consulted his vast, encyclopedic musical knowledge and offered the singular opinion that he was "...glad WLFC exist."

Yeah... despite our thoroughly sullied reputation, that quote is actually legit! Thanks Fred.


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