“Hey Jude” reached #1 on the U.S. singles chart for the first time on September 28, 1968. The Beatles’ all-time classic turns 45 this year.
The original single is about as triumphant as it gets for a rock and roll song. It was originally written as “Hey Jules”, about John Lennon’s son Julian, but was eventually changed. Its “na na na na” coda is one of the most famous endings in rock history.
But the above clip turns the whole song upside-down and inside-out, switching the major chords to minor and vice-versa. The result sounds nothing short of evil.
The epic ending suddenly turns into some kind of dark, disturbing demon chant, while the verses suddenly sound melancholy. It probably won’t ruin the original version for you, but it’s still an interesting listen. Would the song have been #1 if it sounded like this?
MORE ON THE BEATLES:
- Rare Beatles Demo Hits the Auction Block
- Paul McCartney Met John Lennon 60 Years Ago Today
- The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Climbs To No. 3 On Billboard 200
- Beatles Hair Clippings Fetch $10k at Auction
- The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ will be Remixed Next
- Take Virtual Tour Of The Cavern Club; Beatles’ Old Stomping Grounds
- ‘Star Wars’ Fans Record ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Tribute Album
- Ringo Starr Confirms The Beatles are Bigger than Justin Bieber
- The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Turning 50, Trailer for New Documentary Revealed
- The Beatles’ Hometown Plots ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ 50th Anniversary Celebration
MORE ROCK N’ ROLL DIARY EXTRAS:
- Why Does Michael Jackson Own the Beatles’ Songs, and Can Paul McCartney Get Them Back?
- The Summer Festival for Peace and the Evolution of the Charity Concert
- How Led Zeppelin Was Robbed of $200,000
- The Beatles Advertised for Marijuana Legalization, and These 5 Other Rock Stars Would Agree
- Roger Waters and Eric Clapton Together in Hartford, CT, 1984
- 12 Essential Live-Aid Performances on Youtube
- Listen To Eric Clapton At the Boston Garden in 1974
- Listen to Eric Clapton’s 1974 Concert At the Boston Garden
- “Dolly Dagger”: The Session That Saved Jimi Hendrix
- The “Dancing In The Dark” Video That Never Was