Plastic Beetle

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Sound Collage Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2000

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Song facts

Plastic Beetle” is the opening track on the 2000 album “Liverpool Sound Collage.” It was credited to Paul McCartney and The Beatles.

It contains snippets of speech taking recording sessions with The Beatles:

  • 0’39” – John Lennon: “’cause it’s our song anyroad, innit?” (‘I Call Your Name’ session, 1 March 1964)
  • 0’46” – Paul McCartney: “Must be all right” (‘Think For Yourself’, 8 November 1965)
  • 3’33” – George Harrison: “Chinga chinga ching, boom, boom, boom” (‘Think For Yourself’)
  • 3’38” – Ringo Starr: “A lovely time” (‘Good Night’, 28 June 1968)
  • 5’04” – instrumental outtakes from the Sgt Pepper sessions (1967)
  • 6’00” – Harrison: “It’s OK. We know. I think we know”; Lennon: “This might be it. We’ll just go…”; Harrison: “Chinga chinga ching, boom, boom, boom. The bit that John finally got just after that” (‘Think For Yourself’)
  • 6’08” – McCartney and Lennon: ad-lib singing (‘This Boy’, 17 October 1963)
  • 6’15” – Lennon: “George’s tune, though” (‘Think For Yourself’)
  • 6’17” – McCartney: “Who-sus” (‘Think For Yourself’)
  • 6’18” – Lennon, McCartney and Harrison joking and ad-libbing; Lennon and McCartney pretending to be preachers (‘Think For Yourself’)
  • 6’38” – Lennon singing ‘Mr Moonlight’ (18 October 1964)
  • 6’38” – According to the book “That Magic Feeling: The Beatles’ Recorded Legacy – Volume 2 (1966-1970)” by John C. Winn, we can also hear John Lennon saying “We’ll have the Massed Alberts on by then, won’t we?” (from Mr Kite session, on February 17, 1967)
  • 6’55” – Lennon: “Okay, Paul, you ready, boy, this is it. All right, cut this tomfoolery out” (‘Think For Yourself’)
  • 7’00” – Starr: “A lovely time” (‘Good Night’)
  • 7’02” – laughter (‘Think For Yourself’)

Last updated on January 17, 2024

Officially appears on

Liverpool Sound Collage

Official album • Released in 2000

8:23 • Studio version

Paul McCartney :
Youth :
Recording engineer
Paul Hicks :
Recording engineer
Lord Doufous :
Recording engineer

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

Going further

If we like to think, in all modesty, that the Paul McCartney Project is the best online ressource for everything Paul McCartney, The Beatles Bible is for sure the definitive online site focused on the Beatles. There are obviously some overlap in terms of content between the two sites, but also some major differences in terms of approach.

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