Saturday, March 6, 2010

Alice and The Beatles

Anticipating the release this weekend of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Spinner compiled a list of their staff's "favorite songs inspired by the girl who fell into a rabbit hole." To no surprise, The Beatles made two appearances on the list, one for "I Am the Walrus" and the other for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." John, a Lewis Carroll enthusiast, was the mind behind these songs, and they each feature the kind of colorfully surrealistic lyrics - "elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna," "tangerine trees and marmalade skies," etc. - that you'd expect from someone with a taste for both Carroll and acid. Ah yes, literature and psychedelics: a potent combination.

Also check out this article, which discusses "The 10 Weirdest 'Alice in Wonderland' Adaptations," be they movies, comics, novels, or even video games. It's relevant to The Beatles because, in 1985, Ringo played the Mock Turtle in a TV miniseries of Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Curious, indeed.

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