Following on from the release of their debut album ‘Rendez_Vous!’ last November, Charles Boulevard, the trio from Czech Republic and Ireland release ‘Infamous Last Words’ their brand new single this week. The song is based on the events which led to the break up of The Beatles and was inspired by a recent article from Richard Williams of the Guardian. The article shed new light on the split and challenges the official version of events.
Lyricist Dermot Condron explains, “I remember Pavel coming to me with a title ‘Infamous Last Words’ and a chorus. The demo had that heavy repetitive guitar riff, it was ominous suggesting the end of something. I sat down to write some verses with that idea in mind. By coincidence a friend had just given me this article about how The Beatles split came about after they had released Abbey Road in September 1969.“
The article contradicts the idea that Abbey Road was agreed to be their Swan Song and a few weeks after it was recorded it details how the Beatles reconvened to plan their next studio album. Apparently John Lennon was well on board, however a disagreement about the appointment of a new manager led to a rift between McCartney and the others. Paul McCartney described it as “the crack in the liberty bell”.
Dermot add, “The lyrical idea for the song started to develop from this story. Strangely enough Pavel’s guitar riff reminded me of the opening track on Abbey Road ‘Come Together’ but the theme of this song would be more like ‘coming apart’. I wanted to write the lyrics from Paul McCartney’s perspective as he found himself isolated from the others. From the article I felt a degree of sympathy for him as his doubts about the choice of new manager would turn out to be well founded.”
The chorus imagines the Fab Four going for a car ride for the very last time. In hindsight, what would they have said to each other if they had known the four of them would never be in the same room together again? We can only speculate what those last words would have been…
‘Infamous Last Words’ is now available on all digital platforms from this week.