Counting down the 10 WORST BEATLES SONGS – “Old Brown Shoe” claims the #3 spot and finally puts George Harrison into the spotlight. George was like a bystander in the never-ending competition between John and Paul to write the best songs, but his contributions were usually tasty. (“You Like Me Too Much,” “Taxman,” “Within You Without You,” etc.) This one I don’t care for. The jangly piano sound is trite, it’s stuck on one chord for too long, and the chromatic changes when he finally gets to them are at best false cheer. The lyrics, as epitomized by the title, are suitable for throwing away. I suspect John of urging this as the B-side of “The Ballad of John and Yoko” so as to be sure his A-side would get all the attention.
Counting down the 10 WORST BEATLES SONGS – “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” comes in at #4. This must have been one of John’s favorite old rock and roll songs. The Beatles played it at such iconic venues as Shea Stadium and the Hollywood Bowl. John even cranked it out again post Beatles at the Live Peace in Toronto 1969 gig. It’s an undistinguished three-chord boogie of a tune which gets boring by the second verse.
Larry Williams is one of the only two songwriters the Beatles covered three times (Carl Perkins is the other), and the only non-Beatle songwriter represented twice in this countdown. (His “Bad Boy” started us off as #10.) I actually like his “Slow Down” quite a bit, so I’m inclined to forgive him. In the UK, “Dizzy Miss Lizzie” was the closing song on the HELP! album. In the USA, we heard it on BEATLES VI.