Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Watching the Wheels" by John Lennon

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0550
Date:  03/28/1981
Debut:  77
Peak:  10
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Rock

16. Watching The Wheels by John Lennon - on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  With Lennon's murder still fresh in everyone's mind, this third and final single from "Double Fantasy" was issued and it followed the others right into the Top 10. However, after two straight #1's in the UK, this song only peaked at #30 there.

ReduxReview:  Along with "Woman," I thought this was a really good song from the album and probably (for me) the one that is most Beatlesque. I was never that much into Lennon's solo works and it seems rockers tend to gravitate towards him, while pop guys like me seem to prefer McCartney's work. But it doesn't mean Lennon didn't have some terrific pieces and this is one of them.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Beginning about 1975, Lennon retired from the music business and basically stayed home to take care of his son Sean and focus on his family. Many folks didn't really understand his decision to do this and there was some odd reactions to it all. Lennon addressed his decision in the lyrics to this song.


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