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Encyclopedia > Maxwell's Silver Hammer
“Maxwell's Silver Hammer”
Song by The Beatles
Album Abbey Road
Released 26 September 1969
Recorded 9 July-11 July, 6 August 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3:27
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon-McCartney
Producer George Martin
Abbey Road track listing
Side one
  1. "Come Together"
  2. "Something"
  3. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
  4. "Oh! Darling"
  5. "Octopus's Garden"
  6. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
Side two
  1. "Here Comes the Sun"
  2. "Because"
  3. "You Never Give Me Your Money"
  4. "Sun King"
  5. "Mean Mr. Mustard"
  6. "Polythene Pam"
  7. "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"
  8. "Golden Slumbers"
  9. "Carry That Weight"
  10. "The End"
  11. "Her Majesty"

"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is a song by The Beatles, from the Abbey Road album, with Paul McCartney singing lead. It was written by McCartney, though the songwriting credit is Lennon/McCartney. This article is about the musical composition. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... For other uses, see Come Together (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Something (disambiguation). ... Oh! Darling is a song of The Beatles composed by Paul McCartney[1] (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and appearing as the fourth song on the Abbey Road album in 1969. ... Octopuss Garden is a song written by Ringo Starr with some help from George Harrison, although it is credited solely to Starr. ... I Want You (Shes So Heavy) is a song by The Beatles, from their album Abbey Road. ... This article is about the song by The Beatles. ... Because is a ballad written by John Lennon[1] (credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles. ... You Never Give Me Your Money is a song by the The Beatles that opens the climactic medley on side two of the album Abbey Road. ... Sun King is a song by The Beatles that appeared on the Abbey Road album. ... Mean Mr. ... Polythene Pam is the name of a song written by John Lennon (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles on their final album, Abbey Road. ... She Came In Through The Bathroom Window is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles on their album Abbey Road. ... Golden Slumbers is a song by The Beatles, part of the climactic medley on their 1969 album Abbey Road. ... Carry That Weight is a song by The Beatles. ... The End is the penultimate song to appear on the album Abbey Road by The Beatles. ... Her Majesty is the name of a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) that appears on The Beatles album Abbey Road. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. ... The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ...

Contents

Structure

The vaudevillian-style song is about medical student Maxwell Edison, who uses his silver hammer to murder his girlfriend Joan, then his teacher, and finally the judge during his murder trial. Despite the grim subject matter, the song is bouncy and upbeat. The "Silver Hammer Man" coda seems to be a deliberate pastiche of Mason Williams' 1968 song "Long Time Blues"; the arrangement and performance of this coda echo the arrangement and performance of the titular line in Williams' song nearly perfectly. Additionally, the coda appears after the song has already resolved to a nice conclusion, which invites speculation regarding whether the "Silver Hammer Man" coda was perhaps a nod to (or a tease on) Williams.[1] This article is about the musical variety theatre. ... For other uses, see Hammer (disambiguation). ...


In the film Let It Be, McCartney attempts to teach the song to the rest of the band, who are clearly less than enthusiastic. McCartney can be heard sniggering at 1:22 as he sings the line "... writing fifty times I must not be so ..." on the studio recording. This is often rumored to be because as McCartney sang the line "so he waits behind," Lennon mooned McCartney from the control room.[2] For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ... Mooning is the act of displaying ones bare buttocks by removing clothing, e. ...


Meaning

Although thought by many fans to be a thinly-veiled allegory on the Charles Manson murders, this is impossible, because the Tate-La Bianca murders occurred on August 8 and 9 1969, after the song was recorded. A homicidal cult is believed however to have used this name in the 1970s, and claimed the lives of five campers in Santa Barbara, California. This is mentioned by the Manson family.[3] Allegory of Music by Filippino Lippi. ... Charles Milles Manson (b. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Cult typically refers to a cohesive social group devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture considers outside the mainstream, with a notably positive or negative popular perception. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - Total 41. ... Charles Milles Manson (b. ...


McCartney said in 1994 that it merely epitomizes the downfalls of life:

"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life. I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called Maxwell with a silver hammer. I don't know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell's hammer. It was needed for scanning. We still use that expression now when something unexpected happens."

McCartney referred to the song when talking about his 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard: Alternate cover Special Edition paper sleeve (CD with DVD). ...

"In the past I may have written tongue-in-cheek, like 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer', and dealt with matters of fate in a kind of comical, parody manner. It just so happens in this batch of songs I would look at these subjects and thought it was good for writing. If it's good enough to take to your psychiatrist, it's good enough to make a song of."

Comedian Patton Oswalt refers to "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" as a euphemism for a hypodermic needle used for injecting heroin.[4] For other uses, see Destiny (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Psychiatrist (disambiguation). ... Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is an American actor, writer, voiceover artist, and professional comedian. ... A euphemism is the substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener;[1] or in the case of doublespeak, to make it less troublesome for the speaker. ... Different bevels on hypodermic needles. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ...


The rest of the Beatles

The song took three days of overdubbing because McCartney imagined that it could be a future single. John Lennon later recalled, "he did everything to make it into a single, and it never was and it never could have been." According to Lennon, the band spent more money on that song than any other on Abbey Road, and he derided the song at the time as a prime example of McCartney's "granny-style" writing. John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...


George Harrison described it in 1969 as "one of those instant whistle-along tunes which some people hate, and other people really like. It's a fun song, but it's kind of a drag because Maxwell keeps on destroying everyone like his girlfriend then the school teacher, and then, finally, the judge." In 1977, Harrison would be less charitable, stating "I mean, my God, 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' was so fruity."[5] For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Even Ringo Starr recalled in an interview in early 2008: "The worst session ever was 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer.' It was the worst track we ever had to record. It went on for f***ing weeks. I thought it was mad." [6] [7] Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award-winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ...


Personnel

Credits per Ian MacDonald[8]

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award-winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. ... Ian MacCormick (October 3, 1948 – August 20, 2003), who wrote under the pseudonym Ian MacDonald, was a British music critic and author, best known for his detailed history of The Beatles. ...

Cover versions

In the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the song is performed by comedian Steve Martin, who portrays the character Maxwell Edison. Frankie Laine also covered the song, as part of the musical documentary All This and World War II, which featured stock and newsreel footage of the Second World War, set to performances of music by The Beatles. Sgt. ... For other uses, see Steve Martin (disambiguation). ... Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. ... All This and World War II (1976) is a musical documentary. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Cultural References

  • The online game Kingdom of Loathing includes a melee weapon named Maxwell's Silver Hammer.
  • Actual cartoon from the song which was used in the Abbey Road launch, Late Night Line Up BBC 2, can be seen at this link. Phil Jenkinson the rock pop video pioneer made the barber shop quartet dance to the song Maxwell's Silver Hammer.[1]
  • In the popular computer game Deus Ex, a datacube found in the MJ12 sewer base is addressed to one "Lt. Maxwell Hammer".
  • In the cartoon series Gargoyles, at a Quarryman meeting (note: the Quarrymen were a precursor to The Beatles), the chairman recommends that Maxwell be awarded a silver hammer.
  • Maxwell's full name according to the song is "Maxwell Edison", surnames of a mathematician/physicist and inventor respectively.
  • In the 2007 film, Across The Universe, in which most characters are named after lyrics in Beatles songs, a principal character named Max is a Princeton student (although not necessarily majoring in medicine), is repeatedly described as mentally unstable and in one scene is noisily battering a fan with a hammer. At the family Thanksgiving dinner, Max is called Maxwell by his Uncle Teddy. Maxwell and Lucy's surname in the film is Carrigan. When Maxwell and Jude meet Sadie (Dana Fuchs) for the first time, she says, "You look clean cut, but then again you could have murdered your granny with a hammer."
  • In the Beta version of Mythos, a free to play online RPG, there is an item called "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". It is thought that the item's name has a double meaning, both relating to the Beatle's song of the same name, and to Max Schaefer, one of the founding members of Flagship Studios. In Diablo II, another strong melee hammer was attributed to him called Schaefer's Hammer. Players citing the strong resemblance between the two games often consider the two hammers one in the same.

This article is about the video game. ... Gargoyles is an American fantasy superhero animated series created by Greg Weisman. ... The Quarry Men (sometimes Quarrymen) were a little-known skiffle group formed around Liverpool, England in March 1957 by John Lennon. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... James Clerk Maxwell (13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879) was a Scottish mathematician and theoretical physicist. ... Edison redirects here. ... Across The Universe is a 2007 Academy Award-nominated musical film produced by Revolution Studios and distributed by Columbia Pictures. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Amazon.com: The Mason Williams Phonograph Record: Music: Mason Williams
  2. ^ Steve's Beatles Page - Songs - Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  3. ^ The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Michael Newton, ISBN 0-8160-3979-8
  4. ^ Patton Oswalt, Feelin' Kinda Patton (United Musicians 2004) (CD)
  5. ^ George Harrison Interview: Crawdaddy Magazine, February 1977
  6. ^ [http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=193 Maxwell's Silver Hammer: Songfacts
  7. ^ Q&A: Ringo Starr : Rolling Stone
  8. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties, Second Revised Edition, London: Pimlico (Rand), 357. ISBN 1-844-13828-3. 

Ian MacCormick (October 3, 1948 – August 20, 2003), who wrote under the pseudonym Ian MacDonald, was a British music critic and author, best known for his detailed history of The Beatles. ...

References

  • The Beatles Ultimate Experience Database
  • Turner, Steve. A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song, Harper, New York: 1994, ISBN 0-06-095065-X
  • Lewisohn, Mark. The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Hamlyn, 1988. ISBN 0-681-03189-1.
  • Joe Orton Diaries Published 1986 - methuen
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"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is a song performed by The Beatles, with Paul McCartney singing the lead, and is included on their album Abbey Road.
The vaudevillian-style song is about medical student Maxwell Edison, who uses his silver hammer to murder his girlfriend, then his teacher, and finally the judge during his murder trial.
He said in 1994:: "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life.
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