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Taxman

About

"Taxman" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1966 album Revolver. Written by the group's lead guitarist, George Harrison, with some lyrical assistance from John Lennon, it protests against the higher level of progressive tax imposed in the United Kingdom by the Labour government of Harold Wilson, which saw the Beatles paying over 90 per cent of their earnings to the Treasury. The song was selected as the album's opening track and contributed to Harrison's emergence as a songwriter beside the dominant Lennon–McCartney partnership. It was the group's first topical song and the first political statement they had made in their music.

The Beatles began recording "Taxman" in April 1966, a month after Wilson's landslide win in the 1966 general election. Coinciding with the song's creation, Harrison learned that the band members' tax obligations were likely to lead to their bankruptcy, and he was outspoken in his opposition to the government using their income to help fund the manufacture of military weapons. Drawing on 1960s soul/R&B musical influences, the song portrays the taxman as relentless in his pursuit of revenue and name-checks Wilson and Ted Heath, the leader of the Conservative Party. The recording includes an Indian-influenced guitar solo performed by Paul McCartney.

"Taxman" was influential in the development of British psychedelia and mod-style pop, and has been recognised as a precursor to punk rock. The Jam borrowed heavily from the song for their 1980 hit single "Start!" When performing "Taxman" on tour in the early 1990s, Harrison adapted the lyrics to reference contemporaneous leaders, citing its enduring quality beyond the 1960s. The song's impact has extended to the tax industry and into political discourse on taxation.

Discs

Special Request / Out of Your Mind

July 15, 2022

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Mr Loverman

May 12, 2022

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Ganja / Ratty Badboy

February 11, 2022

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Just a Friend (Taxman Remix)

December 10, 2021

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M16

November 5, 2021

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Saigon (Taxman Remix) / Smooth Operator (Sub Killaz Remix)

October 11, 2021

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Bring the Danger

August 27, 2021

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Listen Good

June 4, 2021

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Utopia

April 16, 2021

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8-Bit (Taxman Remix)

March 26, 2021

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Heavy Sound System (Taxman Remix)

March 5, 2021

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The Classic Collection

November 13, 2020

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Baby Baby

September 11, 2020

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The Fever

July 31, 2020

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Can't You See

March 6, 2020

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Scan Darker (Upgrade Remix) / The Circle (T>I Remix)

December 20, 2019

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Made of Stone

October 25, 2019

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Telepathy

September 27, 2019

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Inside the Ride

August 30, 2019

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It Comes at Night

July 26, 2019

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Echo Vibes EP

November 9, 2018

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D Day Remix / Scrap Metal VIP

July 2, 2018

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Scanners (VIP)

May 21, 2018

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Seen (Remix)

March 23, 2018

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Die Tonight

October 30, 2017

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Phat Bottom (Taxman Remix)

September 11, 2017

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Mysterons Remix

June 23, 2017

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Scanners EP

March 6, 2017

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Amended EP

September 26, 2016

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Creepshow EP

August 31, 2015

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Synthetic Visions

March 3, 2014

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Rebirth

February 17, 2014

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Cool It Judy / Mega Death

November 12, 2012

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My House / Thr33

August 29, 2011

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Konkrete Shoes / Distorted Reality

February 28, 2011

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Penamana EP

November 22, 2010

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Dreamland / Acid

April 19, 2010

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Revenge of the Drunken Fool

February 15, 2010

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Iced / Demolition Man

June 1, 2009

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Seen / 97 Style

April 13, 2009

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Frequency Scale / Equinox

December 1, 2008

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Original Ninja / The Circle

August 25, 2008

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Scan Darker / Badboy Danger

December 17, 2007

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Too Bad (VIP) / Block

February 19, 2007

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Embalmer / Spaceman

October 9, 2006

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Too Bad / Electric Blue

March 27, 2006

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