The January issue of UNCUT is on sale now, featuring an all-star panel of musicians selecting their favourite song by the late Beatle John Lennon.
Which Lennon song “flipped out” Brian Wilson when he first heard it?
Which one reminds Arctic Monkey Alex Turner of his mum and dad?
And when we asked The Who‘s Roger Daltrey for his favourite, what on earth led him to conclude: “I can see why people go completely mad in this business.”?
And there’s many, many brilliant contributions from the likes of Yoko Ono, John Cale, John Lydon, Jarvis Cocker and Liam Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Uncut.co.uk will be running online exclusives throughout the month, today is Roy Wood‘s pick.
(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER
Single from the John Lennon album, Double Fantasy (October 1980). Highest UK chart position: 1
A personal favourite of mine is “(Just Like) Starting Over”, the last single released before his tragic end. It went back to those Lennon rock & roll-type routes that we all loved about his writing, which really made me smile when I heard this song after all those years he spent in retirement. It just makes you wonder what the follow up album would have been like, and what he would have been doing now.
I remember playing at the Alexandra Palace in London sometime during 1968/69 with The Move, together with Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. I’d been onstage before the show sorting out my amp and I was walking back to the dressing room which for some reason was at the other end of this massive hall, with my guitar around my neck.
I spotted John Lennon right in the distance walking towards me wearing his trademark Afghan coat and round yellow specs. It seemed to take ages before we met up. He stamped to a halt and saluted me, Sergeant Major style, to which I did exactly the same. He said “Nice one, man” and just carried on walking. And I did exactly the same. It was a strange and magical experience and I will always treasure that memory. God bless you, John.
Plus! What do you think Lennon’s greatest song is? You can vote for your choice, and tell us why, by clicking here for the special poll. We’ll be publishing your choices in a future issue of Uncut, along with a reader Top 10. VOTE HERE!