Worryingly, if you’re as moderately obsessed as I am by the passing of time, today is already the fourth day of the fourth month of two-thousand and fourteen. All those fours…
At about this time in 1964, the Beatles had an incredible fourteen singles on the the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including five right at the very top of it (‘Please Please Me’, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’) – an achievement that has never been equalled, unsurprisingly.
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, the Beatles’ fourth UK chart-topping hit single, completed in just four takes, topped the charts practically wherever it was released and broke records galore. There were four biggies in the States; other than those already mentioned, it was the biggest jump to Number One (up 26 places) and the first time anyone had had three Number Ones in a row. (Altogether these three – ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’- spent 14 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.)
Although I could probably blog all day about the Fab Four, it’s Friday and nobody should work too hard on a Friday. So, for fun and to help keep you focused on something less taxing than whatever it is you should be doing until the weekend officially starts, how about: songs with a “four”, “for” or even a “fore” in the title, lyric or wherever else they could possibly put them. There are absolutely loads of them.
I missed April Fools’ Day, so be as silly as you can allow yourself to be. ‘Don’t Vier the Reaper’ anyone? Get it? ‘Phenomenal Quatre‘?
You don’t have to limit yourself to just four, either. Here are four songs you might choose to give a metaphorical spin today, from traditional foursomes I don’t believe we’ve mentioned that many times before:
Bon Jovi – Something for the Pain
The Clash – Mensforth Hill
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
Quicksilver Messenger Service – Three or Four Feet from Home
And four lyrics to identify and complete, because that’s always fun:
‘Up on Housing Project Hill
It’s either …’
‘A time to rend
A time to sew’
‘But something sure is wrong
‘Cause I’m so blue and lonely’
So I dub thee …’
Hey, if you just want to listen to and tell us your favourite parts of Led Zeppelin IV, which also has plenty of fours connected, I don’t mind.
The chatroom will be open later today, from 2pm (UK), closing at – yep, you guessed it, four. Everybody’s welcome. Don’t be shy.