Lost & Found: John Lennon Annoys Paul McCartney
Back in 1968, the Beatles launched a giant multi-media corporation called Apple Corps Ltd., but most people just referred to it as Apple. During a 1968 interview, John Lennon and Paul McCartney explained the intent and purpose behind this new conglomerate. Well, Lennon made a bunch of smartass quips, and McCartney tried to slip in some serious words when he could.
Neither one of them comes off as being well equipped to handle such a massive venture, but McCartney at least seems interested in trying to be. Lennon seems interested mostly in making fun of the reporter. He even does a pantomime of the guy, making fun of him to his face. McCartney’s looks of exasperation make the whole thing as entertaining as an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
This was, of course, only two years before the band officially split. And while it’s become second nature to blame Yoko Ono for the band’s demise, a lot of people would point more than one finger at Lennon. By this time in the band’s history, he’d start to become less involved in the songwriting process. It would seem that him not taking seriously one of the biggest business ventures of the band’s career might make him bandmates and business partners a little uncomfortable too.
Apple Records did go on to give voice to some of the best artists of the time, including James Taylor, Ronnie Spector and Badfinger. Apple Films also made some memorable movies, including ‘Yellow Submarine’ and the Ringo Starr-directed ‘Born to Boogie,’ featuring Marc Bolan. It was a weird fiasco of a film, saved only by the amazing music.
All the best and worst of ‘Born to Boogie’ is summed up in the video below, where Bolan plays an acoustic medley of T. Rex songs during a Mad Hatter-styled tea party.