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"You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)"

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J: I've gorra a new song.
P: What's the words?
J: "You know my name look up the number."
P: Oh aye — what's the rest of it?
J: No other words... and I wanna do it like a mantra.

With Pepper completed, awaiting release, and the All You Need mantra yet to be invoked, the spring of '67 served as a warm-up for the forthcoming summer of plenty of puff, peace and love and general wackiness. Having already drawn inspiration from news stories, posters and adverts, it was inevitable, perhaps, that Mr Lennon's attentions should turn to the phone directory. Particularly in the light of his reputed hallucinogenic intake at the time.

You know me number one...

Mr McCartney, having recently got round to 'seeing the light' after his extended period of procrastination, was right up for it.

You know me number two...

Veteran trippers George and Ringo were similarly enthused.

You know me number three
And you know me number four...


Paul still cites "You Know My Name" as 'probably my favourite Beatles' track!' Three sessions — and, more than likely, a few little pieces of impregnated cardboard — went down in May and June; with The Stones' Mr Jones 'helping out' on saxophone. Brian couldn't really play the sax, of course, but in the bizarre context of the 'song', it worked just fine.

A mantra they maybe didn't make of it, but a prime piece of psychedelic silliness they most certainly pulled off, combining working man's social club and lounge lizard cabaret with the best range of daft voices since The Goon Show. Mustakinda got everyone in the mood for the Mystery Tour, filmed in September, but not screened until Christmas (Time Is Here Again).

You either love it or you hate it, but you have to dig the fun they had doing it, just as much as Big Mal Evans (The Bear! The Bear!) dug his bucket of gravel to accompany the original rhythm track: Ringo — along with George — being unavailable for the overdubs.

Let's hear it...

Ah — but that wasn't until the end of April, 1969. The original take, an edit of which was later issued on Anthology 2, turned into a hash-hazed half-memory (along with "Across The Universe") until Eccles and Bluebottle — by then no longer the best of chums, but partly reconciled by "The Ballad" — decided to graft on some extra vocals.

And the gravel.

And then it got forgotten about all over again: or, at least, no one could decide what to do with it. As Abbey Road came together, it clearly wasn't going to sit in there. So, along with the Get Back/Let It Be tapes, it sat gathering dust (though staying out of Phil Spector's hands).

Lennon later considered it as a Plastic Ono single, coupled with the equally eccentric "Mary Jane", editing out a couple of minutes and issuing a press release in preparation. It never came to be: inter-Beatle bickering probably stalled the plan.

Good evening, and welcome to Slaggers...

Thus it was, nearly three years after its genesis, with Brians Epstein and Jones both dead and buried and The Beatles on the brink, "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" became the B-side to their penultimate 45, "Let It Be", where it remained until becoming an oddity on Rarities (UK||30||]] and [[US||31||]]) and — subsequently — a [[Past Master.

You know me name, you know me number, so what's up with you?!!

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