Paul McCartney said the Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog” had a rap section. Paul went on to say the Fab Four always tried to be musically eclectic. He said this attitude influenced Ringo Starr’s drumming.
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: In many years, Paul spoke about the origin of “Hey Bulldog”. “I remember ‘Hey Bulldog’ was one of John’s songs, and I helped him finish it in the studio, but it’s mostly his mood,” he said. “There’s a little rap between John and I at the end, we got into a crazy little thing at the end.”
Paul explained why the Fab Four’s music was eclectic. “We’ve always tried to make each song different because we were like, ‘Why write something like the last one? That’s what we did,'” he said.
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Paul addressed the Beatles’ refusal to repeat themselves. “We were always on a stairway to heaven, we were on a ladder, so there was never a feeling of going down a rung or even staying on the same rung, it was better to go up a rung,” he said.
Paul revealed that this approach to music influenced Ringo’s drumming. “That’s why we had weird drumming noises when we were using tables and box lids,” he said. “We said to Ringo, ‘We heard that snare on the last song.’ Now, while a drummer only lines up for an entire album, he keeps the same sound for his entire career!” Paul said the Beatles, on the other hand, were always experimenting.
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“Hey Bulldog” was never single; As a result, it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The Beatles included the tune on the soundtrack for Yellow Submarine. “Hey Bulldog” was one of the original songs on the soundtrack album, which includes new songs as well as previously released material such as “All You Need Is Love” and instrumental tracks. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 25 weeks.
The Official Charts Company reports that “Hey Bulldog” never charted in the UK. Meanwhile the Yellow Submarine Soundtrack hit #3 in the UK. It stayed on the charts for 10 weeks.
“Hey Bulldog” wasn’t one of the Beatles’ hits, but it shows the band was eclectic.
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