The Beatles were great – no – legendary. They transformed rock ‘n roll as we know it. Many argue that pop culture without Beatles would be like Romeo without Juliet, or the sky without stars. Yes, I’ll admit - these guys were BIG. Two of their most legendary albums were Rubber Soul and Sergeant Peppers. The rerun reviews on these albums is almost “Three Stooges – esque”; run round and round in circles with repeated slaps across the face - it’s a bit overdone. So why should I run in circles with these albums? Well, aside from their apparent dinosaur footprint in rock history, these albums tell stories about the evolution of America’s pop culture. The unholy movement to uninhibited sexual liberation and limitless drugs is caught somewhere between “Drive My Car” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. However disgustingly progressive it may have been – we can’t deny it happened.
In 1965, the Rolling Stones released “Can’t Get No Satisfaction”, an obviously salacious song that shows the morphing of music and the general sense of morality – rather – immorality in American pop culture. “I can’t get no satisfaction / I can’t get no girly action / Cause I try and try and I try and I try”. During this decade people began to challenge commonly held beliefs about sexuality and other traditional values. The Beatles, like any other commercial entity, had to compete to stay on top - Rubber Soul was no different. It was released in the winter of 1965. As the title suggests, this is a bit of a glimpse into the Beatles’ soul: very introspective – albeit unpredictable. Paul McCartney deemed it “wacky” because of the variety of music on this record (“The Beatles Rubber Soul”). Each composition possesses uniquely different instrumentation and entirely different subject matter. However “wacky” it may have been for the time, it paved music history, broadened the Beatles’ sound and illustrated growing societal trends.
On Rubber Soul, “Drive My Car” is an...