October 10, 2011

It's "easy" to answer the question what would John Lennon be like if he were alive today.

"He would love today’s TV with all the channels that are available."

Says May Pang, laughing (and reminiscing about how Yoko assigned her the task of being John Lennon's girlfriend).

ADDED: Oh, yeah, Paul McCartney got married again. That didn't interest me as something to blog about, but having jumped at that Pang bit — portraying John as a guy who would mainly like to watch a lot of television — I find it amusing that Paul's wedding didn't register on my bloggable-o-meter.

IN THE COMMENTS: ndspenelli says:
John Lennon channel surfing...Imagine.
Imagine there's 2,000 channels/It isn't hard to do/Most of them are HD/Video on Demand too...

27 comments:

The Drill SGT said...

Very Asian.

First Wife selecting the Master's concubines.

To maintain martial harmony in the household. :)

Curious George said...

"He would love today’s TV with all the channels that are available."

Sure, but Yoko allow him to watch it?

John Lennon was one whacky dude.

Crimso said...

On a related note, I've caught some of Scorsese's George Harrison documentary currently running on HBO (I'll get around to all of it eventually, thank you HBOGO.com). I'd say it's pretty good. The comments by Phil Spector were cringe-inducing though (because of the source, not the content).

ndspinelli said...

John Lennon channel surfing...Imagine.

timmaguire42 said...

She picked out girlfriends for him? I can't be sure absent a picture, but I had no idea Yoko was so awesome!

285exp said...

The only girlfriend my wife would set me up with would be Lorena Bobbit.

Pogo said...

""He would love today’s TV with all the channels that are available."

TV's been playing those mind games forever

Clyde said...

"She decided her and John would separate."

Yikes! Imagine there's no editors...

wv: bedisms. "Christ, you know it ain't easy..."

MarkG said...

I find it amusing that Paul's wedding didn't register on my bloggable-o-meter.

Paul McCartney is not interesting at all. Lennon might not be that interesting either if he was still alive.

john said...

Paul's alive?

MadisonMan said...

Scraping the bottom of the barrel for relevancy.

William said...

Too much chow fun in later years. Still, she was very beautiful when she was young. It's interesting that Yoko would direct Lennon to a better looking woman. They say romantic love is wanting to make someone happy, and love is wanting someone to be happy. I'm not sure how I would classify this act of love on Yoko's part.

Triangle Man said...

Sounds accurate. He would be just like Ozzy. Watching TV and shouting for his wife to help him fix the remote. "Yoko!"

Patrick said...

In the late 80's, Bruce springsteen had a song called "57 Channels and Nothin' On." A mere 57 channels seems positively quaint theses days.

Fred4Pres said...

Did you catch HBO/Scorsasi's George Harrison documentary? That was pretty interesting too. I got the impression Harrison was a very good musician and not a bad guy, but not very smart.

Psychedelic George said...

The most revolutionary thing Lennon did was drop out and be a househusband, raising his little boy (presumably when the nannies, cooks, and chauffeurs weren't around). He was way ahead of his time on that.

Surfed said...

The. Worst. Lennon. Song. Ever. Imagine that.

edutcher said...

It's beginning to sound like Lennon was a lot more bourgeois, what with his being a closet Reaganaut, than all those deadheads quoting the lyric to "Imagine" could bear.

Feet of clay, feet of clay.

PS Next we'll hear Jobs had pinups of Darth and Rummy in A-stan on his bedroom wall.

EDH said...

Lennon watching FOXNEWS Channel...

Imagine the collective liberal conniption fit.

In a new documentary, it is revealed by John Lennon's last personal assistant that the late Beatle wasn't quite as radical as his fans think. The Toronto Sun reports that Fred Seaman, Lennon's assistant from 1979 until the time of his death in 1980, heard the singer speak fondly of President-elect Ronald Reagan.

"John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter," Seaman told director and songwriter Seth Swirsky in his new documentary 'Beatles Stories.'

"He'd met Reagan back, I think, in the '70s at some sporting event ... Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that ... He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me."

Seaman goes on to talk of Lennon's embarrassment over the youthful resentment that pegged the singer as a liberal, not a conservative. "I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who's an old-time communist ... He enjoyed really provoking my uncle ... Maybe he was being provocative ... but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism."

EDH said...

Was May Pang the first recorded case of a "Hall Pass" being granted?

In which case her nickname could be, I'm so sorry about this: "May Bang."

A. Shmendrik said...

Kate Moss has strapped on the feedbag, relatively speaking.

Titus said...

I saw the George Harrison documentary on HBO and really love it.

I don't know anything about those Beetles.

LordSomber said...

"Imagine there's 2,000 channels/It isn't hard to do/Most of them are HD/Video on Demand too..."

And I imagine today Mark David Chapman would have The Catcher in the Rye on his iPad as well.

Ann Althouse said...

"Was May Pang the first recorded case of a "Hall Pass" being granted?"

According to the article, Yoko herself was having an affair and she wanted Pang to tend to John for that reason. That's the way Pang tells it anyway. So would that be Yoko trying to scheme her way into getting a pass for herself?

Simon said...

MarkG said...
"Paul McCartney is not interesting at all. Lennon might not be that interesting either if he was still alive."

It strikes me that he was boring before and would likely still be boring today. He fancied himself a countercultural, which is boringly trite enough, but on top of that, it's hard to detect anything countercultural about him. Virtually everything he did after the Beatles except the music (and often, that too!) was desperately conventional to the milieu of the 1970s left. Let's sing about peace and be atheists! Aren't we just precious snowflakes! *raspberry* Boring.

Simon said...

You know who was really countercultural in the 1970s? The people who didn't burn their draft cards. The people who didn't grow their hair long. The people who didn't march or whine or feel conflicted about Jane Fonda going to Vietnam. The people who stuck with God and America and got on with their lives despite the cultural meltdown engulfing the country—a meltdown that the boringly conventional Lennon boringly, ordinarily embraced.

kwood said...

I never knew about May Pang and John. I'm genuinely glad to hear that he had a couple of years of fun and intimacy with a good-looking and thoughtful girl before his death.

If Yoko chose her, well then cheers to Yoko for getting at least one thing right. Who know's who (or what) might have glommed on to him had he been simply left to drift on his own.

As a father myself, her (May's) urging John to get back in touch with Julian tells me all I need to know about her character. Good for all of them.