On this day, after the one known so well as Christmas, The Beatles beamed a sloppy, surreal cult standout into holiday televisions, confounding many and captivating few.
Of course, they were still together at the time, so viewers had a better reason then to dislike Magical Mystery Tour than they do now. Before the bitter dissolution of the band onscreen in the feature film, Let It Be, retconned by Peter Jackson and Disney as the feature miniseries, The Beatles Get Back, Magical Mystery Tour was the last film — albeit an experimental one, broadcast in black and white — that anyone saw The Beatles cavort onscreen like the merry pranksters they were.
Hard to believe that it’s been a decade since I dissected The Beatles’ Boxing Day. Time flies, like the Fab Four knew better than most. Enjoy the freakout while you can, when you can.