1849 Back Off Boogaloo
Produced by (a) George Harrison (b) Ringo & Klaus
Released on March 1972
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #9 (charted April 1, 1972 for 10 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
1849 wo. picture sleeve  

T ime has swallowed this flavorless jam, which at one point fed the faithful much as Paul’s little lamb or John’s cold turkey. Me, I’d rather give peace a chance or do it in the road when I’m in the mood for repetitive chants from the Beat’s. The real attraction here may be the B side, “Blindman,” a sour song with synthesizers and some strange sounds. Ringo usually avoided the “weird for weird’s sake” aesthetic that most drummers adopted in solo outings (Keith Moon, Ginger Baker), but this one’s pretty weird. Last time I checked, “Blindman” was only available on this single, which makes it a collectible in my book. Note: I'm told that Ringo has said "Back Off Boogaloo" is about Marc Bolan. (Thanks to Pete Landers.)

TRACK LISTING

  1. BACK OFF BOOGALOO    (Richard Starkey)    3:21
  2. BLINDMAN    (Richard Starkey)    2:41

    EMI Golden 45s 7-inch reissue
  3. IT DON'T COME EASY
  4. BACK OFF BOOGALOO

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK March 1972 Apple 7" R5944  
US March 1972 Apple 7" 1849 picture sleeve
FRA 1972 Apple 7" 2C 006 05 028  
GER 1972 Apple 7" 1C 006 05 028  
JPN 1972 Apple 7" EAR-10045 picture sleeve
US   Capitol 7" 1849 reissue
UK May 1984 EMI Golden 45s 7" G4513 picture sleeve, see track listing above

 

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