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This
decade’s take on the 1960s’ Helter Skelter 
and Whole Lotta Love

A fairground helter-skelter

I’ve
known about this famous ripsnorter for a while but, somehow, it slipped my mind
to share it. Many of you will have seen it, of course, but for those who haven’t,
catch it here.
Helter-Skelter/Whole Lotta Love: mixed by Soundhog
It was put together by
Soundhog, who I believe is a DJ, producer, composer and ace mash-up man called
Ben Hayes, based in north Wales, UK.  Here’s a link to Ben’s blog if you fancy
hearing more of his stuff.
“Helter-Skelter”,
written and sang by Paul McCartney for the Beatles’ White Album in 1968 is, of
course, the song that “inspired” Charles Manson to go on his murderous spree of
1969. A helter-

Happy days. The Beatles recording Helter-Skelter in 1968

skelter, for those unfamiliar with them, is an old-fashioned British
fairground attraction where a tall spiral slide winds around a tower.

McCartney was inspired
to write it after hearing about a loud, heavy–sounding Who song.
“ I said to the
guys (the other Beatles),” McCartney once said, “I think we should do a song like
that; something really wild. And I wrote Helter Skelter. You can hear the
voices cracking, and we played it so long, and so often, that by the end of it,
you can hear Ringo saying, ‘I’ve got blisters on my fingers’. We just tried to get
it louder. ‘Can’t we make the drums sound louder?’ (I said.) That was really
all I wanted to do – to make a very loud, raunchy rock & roll record with
The Beatles. And I think it’s a pretty good one
.”
“Whole Lotta Love” was
written and recorded by Led Zeppelin for Led Zeppelin 11 (Two) in November

Led Zeppelin recording Whole Lotta Love in 1969

1969.
Willie Dixon was later added to the list of composers after it transpired
Robert Plant had taken lyrics Dixon had written for “You Need Love” for Muddy
Waters and used them on the Whole Lotta Love” recording.

Plant
has been quoted as saying, “That was it, a nick, now happily paid for. At the
time, there was a lot of conversation about what to do. It was decided that it
was so far away in time and influence that … well, you only get caught when
you’re successful. That’s the game.”
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