“Yellow Submarine” is one of the first Beatles songs everybody hears as a kid, but I can’t say I have any sentimental attachment to it. I mean, I appreciate the kooky visuals and singalong aspect, but it’s not one of the songs that shaped my fandom. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love dropping acid and watching the movie when I was a toddler.
My parents were progressive.
The best part of “Yellow Submarine” isn’t even the music; it’s all the quirky sound effects and characters that pop up in the background. That’s why I like the alternate mix included on the 1996 “Real Love” CD single (sadly unavailable online), which boosts the volume of all the crazy stuff and includes a spoken intro by Ringo that was cut from the master. It makes this trip to the Sea of Green even more delightful.