quote:Originally posted by Harry
I judge the music based on what they were trying to do.I can see your point, Harry. In in a way your opinion is more objective, mine more subjective.
However, SINYC is a 70s protest record, and IMO, Dylan laid the blueprint for how a protest record works: pithy yet subtle statements, which require more mental effort than merely tossing off profanity to emphasize the injustice. Dylan was awesome in this respect, and I think it also was an indication of high intelligence, so I don't think doing so was beyond John's ability.
I suppose the argument could be made that Lennon was unique by inserting "f___", "Ch___", G__ d___", and whatever other words considered profane to use, (I can't recall any other rock artist getting away with it back then except for Steppenwolf) but to me that's a cop-out. Subtlety succeeds in really making the point even to the opposition, whereas otherwise, it's all comes off as just blow. (Ditto for Paul in Big Boys Bickering.)
I ain't no prude, but when it comes to music with an edge, I prefer it not in the lyrics, but sonically, which Lennon at times could be quite good at (Yer Blues, Cold Turkey, etc.)