George Harrison Asked A Fan To Trash Paul McCartney’s Car
via The Beatles/YouTube
It’s Pretty Hilarious
The Beatles knew how to have fun and they weren’t above playing practical jokes on each other. And early on in their career, they were already getting tons of fan letters and George Harrison went the extra mile by personally responding to the mails. One day, he decided to amuse himself with a prank aimed at bandmate Paul McCartney.
Harrison replied to super fan Susan Houghton’s note first by thanking her for the gifts she sent to his mother and even added a John Lennon quote for good measure.
He wrote, “I hope you had a good chrimbo, and have a happy nuclear [peace sign] too. Thank you for giving my mum flowers and chocs. [It was you wasn’t it??] Thanks also for the card, in fact THANKS A HEAP SUSAN. ‘Your too kind’ – John Lennon.”
That’s not all though because he added a detailed instruction – in seven steps, no less – on how to mess with someone’s car. He continued, “Instructions for washing car:-
1. Use plenty of soapy clean water, preferably warm.
2. When car is [though it may take a lot of water]- clean, leave to dry off for about 20 minutes. [You can have a cup of tea now].”
“3. Now ask mother to find some dusters, [2 each] and with the polish, apply with no.1 duster over an area of about 1 sq foot at a time, in a circular motion. Don’t leave it too long before polishing off. This should be carried out until the car is spotless, and gleaming clean. [Don’t forget the wheels!]
4. Take 1 brush or vacuum cleaner, and have a bash at the carpets. They too can be made to look like new.
5. The windows [interior] should be polished now, after which you can retire for another tea.
6. Before returning home, I suggest you look over the car again, for any parts you may have missed out, on finding, they should be cleaned accordingly.”
And for the last step, he gave an address and a model: “7. Now proceed to 20 Forthlin RD. with about 6 buckets full of dirty muddy greasey water, where a shiney Ford Classic will be seen. Spread contents of the buckets evenly, so as to leave a nice film of muck over the car.”
Being the cheeky lad that he was, Harrison added: “You can now return home knowing you have done your deed for the day. Thank you!!! Proceedings should be carried out about the 8th of January. Thanks again for the cheerio for now don’t forget Ban the Bog. Love from George [Harrison] xxxxxx”
No one knows whether Susan followed through or not but we’ll go ahead and assume she didn’t.