Hey Jude

Let’s take a sad song and make it better…

Are you ready to get your Monday earworm on?  Well, no need to waste more of your valuable time with allegedly clever intros or insipid word porn… so let’s just get right to pulling that next underrated hit straight out of that vaunted vault of vinyl valuables we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s got a son of a good song queued up for your audio enjoyment while the Sponkies are digging under the couch cushions for another penny to put on the phonograph arm.  Let’s hear it for the boy…

Being the son of one of the most legendary pop musicians of all time can be a double edged sword.  Sure, you were already born with one foot in the door to the lucrative world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  but it’s also pretty much a given you will never, ever manage to emerge from the shadow your much more famous parent will cast upon you…. even from the grave.  This helps explain why Julian Lennon managed to enjoy some popular success in the 1980’s, and also why he quickly became an afterthought who is starring in low profile blog feature about forgotten songs from yesteryear…

At least he never had to call Yoko “mom” like Sean did…

Julian is probably more famous for inspiring the Beatles hits “Hey Jude” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” than he actually is for his own musical career.  That’s too bad, because the two songs he’s best remembered for today (At least in the US) were actually very good, both coming off his 1984 debut album.  His #5 hit “Too Late For Goodbyes” is a gem that got enough radio and MTV airplay to be remembered by pretty much anyone who lived through that wonderful time in music.  That catchy uptempo number was contrasted by Julian’s other Top 10 hit, which is much slower paced, but just as nice to listen to in my opinion.  It’s one of those songs with a title that appears absolutely nowhere in the lyrics…. the album’s title track, “Valotte”

While the video for “Goodbyes” has Julian and the other musicians jamming to the fast paced song, “Valotte’s” much slower and somber tone is reflected in Julian appearing alone in the same studio with all of the other instruments vacated.  The only other living thing to be found in this video is some creepy guy looking through the window who may be some kind of record producer, or maybe a serial killer that took out the other band members while Julian was in the john (no pun intended)…

Did Mark David Chapman have a son?

I’ll be sitting on a pebble by the river playing another lost song for you next Monday…

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13 Responses to Hey Jude

  1. maybe the footprints of his day are way tooo big… like they probably are too big for efurrybuddy :o)

  2. Piglove says:

    Too Late for Goodbyes mom actually loved. The other ones… not so much. He had great potential but then again can you imagine how hard it is to follow in your dad’s footsteps? Of course, if it was my dad it would be no problem. Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  3. Whenever I hear this song I am completely struck how similar his voice is to his dad. Eerily similar.

  4. crimsonowl63 says:

    First and not to be a bitch but we should never say the name of the killer. It just isn’t done!
    This is a good post except I don’t like Julian and I forgot what both of these songs sounded like. I did listen to as much as I could stand and I still do not like them at all. Most Beatles fans just love poor Julian who was done wrong by Yoko, but I just don’t care for him or his music. That first song about Goodbyes seemed VERY 80s as you say. So you know that one is out. I think he’s trying too hard to sound like John on this album. Sorry, just not my taste.

    • You are right that he seems to be trying to copy the old man, despite what seems to be an acrimonious relationship he had with him. I guess it’s hard to do your own thing though when your father us so famous and everyone expects you to be like him…

  5. I really did like Too Late For Goodbyes and I always thought (still do) that he sounds a whole lot like his Dad. Not at all familiar with the other one – the guy in the window is creepy indeed! EEK!


    • I was surprised it was a big hit, because it definitely did not get played a lot…. now or then. It used to be one of those songs I didn’t care for, but has grown on me quite a bit in recent years…

  6. I wondered what became of Julian. Not really hard or I’d have looked him up, but every now and again a vaguely wonder what became of the children of famous people who never managed to build a career of their own. Now I know. But on a positive note, with a little luck, he remains filthy rich. That’s got to soothe the hurt.

  7. Thomas Bonafede says:

    He’s still making music, much of it quite good. Most recently in 2011 with an album called “Everything Changes”. He released an updated version with some additional tracks a couple of years later. One particular favorite of mine is from a 1989 album called “Mr. Jordan”, a song called “Now You’re In Heaven”. Very 80’s. However, he sounds way more like Bowie on that one than like his dad.

  8. draliman says:

    If I close my eyes he could almost be his Dad. Though I’m sure expert Mer would easily tell them apart.

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