…and I was reading an article from a website called Far Out about what Paul McCartney called one of the loudest and dirtiest songs the Beatles ever recorded. Apparently the idea for it may have been the result of an interview that McCartney read. Rumor has it that Paul, who grabs inspiration from everywhere read an article about the Who’s Pete Townsend. Townsend was describing a song by the Who that they recently released as being the Loudest and Dirtiest song to date. The song in question was “I can see for miles”which for 1967 was and still is a pretty loud and hard core song. Dirty? I guess that was the expression used back in the day to express hard core. The article didn’t say. Well, those comments pushed Paul to accept the challenge of pushing the envelope when it came to the Beatles and the public perception of the Beatles being a Pop Band. While Townsend called the song the Loudest and Dirtiest, Paul didn’t see it that way. He felt “I can see for miles”was quite straight and very sort of sophisticated. He didn’t feel it was rough and screaming at all but thought why don’t we do one that is rough and screaming. McCartney described his new creation that would be released in 1968 as something destined to be their dirty song or their dirtiest to date. A song he described as one with the most raucous vocals, the loudest drums and a really screaming record. Screaming like you would hear on a Roller coaster? Sorry Charlie, before you stole it that’s what Helter Skelter was really all about and one that Paul described as the Beatles Loudest and Dirtiest song ever recorded. Inspiration by Pete Townsend.