I’ve been listening to The Animals’ Retrospective compilation pretty much nonstop lately, and it’s really impressive in so many ways. I’ve always been a fan, but I didn’t have any of their albums until recently. Eric Burdon is a fascinating, passionate, talented motherfucker, and I think that’s all boiled down into the message of this song, one that he didn’t even write.
“I Saw Her Standing There” beautifully illustrates why The Beatles were so popular. It starts off with Paul counting to four, and then the music kicks in and you’re immediately hooked. It’s a perfect pop song, but it’s also a throwback to the early rock and roll that inspired The Beatles.
This was written by Paul, and it sounds like a Little Richard song. I think when I was little I may have thought it was a cover. It’s fantastic, and it’s one of my favorite Beatles songs.
The opening guitar solo is brilliant and ahead of its time. Everything about this song is groundbreaking. It’s super catchy but sounds unlike all the other stuff that was on the charts at the time.
It’s a love song about the perfect woman. She knows exactly how to handle her business—and his.