Is this the world’s first emo song? Add in some Cookie Monster screams and apply a bit of black eyeliner to John Lennon and “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” becomes the greatest prom anthem of the early 2010s. Well, I guess you may need to de-twang it about 75% first, but the point stands.
Recently, I sang the praises of the unheralded Beatles for Sale album, and a large part of why I love it so much is a three-song stretch towards the end of the album. “Every Little Thing,” “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party,” and “What You’re Doing” make up a trio of hidden Lennon/McCartney gems sandwiched between two lousy Carl Perkins covers sung by Ringo and George. Apparently “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” was written for Ringo to sing, but John ultimately decided “I don’t want to spoil the song” and took the lead.
“It’s nothing personal, Ringo. I just decided I wanted this song to rank higher than #184 on Anthony Cusumano’s countdown in 50 years.”
“There’s nothing for me here, so I will disappear,” John sings. It’s a fantastic melody, matched by some amazing harmonies and great-sounding acoustic guitars. But that lyric doesn’t apply to the song–there’s a lot here to love.