I’m a child of The Beatles. They created this sort of hybrid white version of American music. They could do it all - Little Richard, country, pop, soul, psychedelia. They had no rules. That had a major effect on me
Seeing them on TV, on the Ed Sullivan Show … was like a combination of religion and music and I don't know what else. The clocked stopped for me; everything stopped. It was like in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, when the apes went up to the monolith and touched it: a quantum leap forward. All of a sudden I understood what my fate was, what I had to do.
Guitar World Jan 1996
The Beatles were a big slice of our lives, and [Across The Universe] is one of the most hauntingly lilting songs I’ve ever heard. I don’t know what it means to this day, but I don’t care. The song works as word imagery. Lennon sings this half-tone movement back and forth repeatedly; it’s like the two-note theme from Jaws. Lennon did that in a lot in his songs, including I Am The Walrus. It’s very unusual, but effective.