Helter Skelter was been one of my favorite songs from the White Album. I was introduce to this song kind of late through my "musical Beatles journey" when I was in middle school. I was barely dwelling into they're older musical genre, when I discovered a very dirty semi-hardcore Beatles song, in which I never expected to hear. Every time I think of The Beatles, I think of sweet smooth harmonies and evolutionary music tracks, but this took me by surprised. I was greeted to what seemed like a regular late night basement jam, with pure ruckus and chaos taking the lead.
Even though I was very surprised, It wasn't a unpleasant surprise. It was pure amazingness, it was expected from a track from the all famous Beatles. I didn't know where to begin my praise! Paul's screaming vocals brought the energy the song was based on, the dirty guitar tone made the track sound like it's rawest form, and the bass riff throughout the whole song was catchy. After hours and hours of hearing the same track over, I felt as if my favorite thing about the song was definitely the bass track. So out of pure curiosity I decided to check out what the bass track sounds like by itself.
After hearing the bass track isolated, I decided to do some research on the song just out of plain curiosity. It was very pleasing to hear how many consider 'Helter Skelter' as one of the base songs that created heavy metal. It was Paul's goal to create something loud and dirty as possible, and they clearly did. A lot of his inspiration came from a The Who song ('I Can See for Miles'), which was one of loudest, dirty, and rawest songs they ever created. One of the first 'Helter Skelter' recordings, they recorded a version of the songs lasting 27 minutes! It was a recording full of madness, but it all payed off.
So if you haven’t heard ‘Helter Skelter’ before (which is kind of hard to believe), you must check it out. It’s probably one of the most evolutionary and hardest Beatles song they’ve ever created. If you also have the chance, I would check out the isolated bass track, it worth it’s own musical journey as well.