"I Saw Her Standing There" (with John Lennon)
28th November 1974 EP, 1981
What did John Lennon see in me? I think outrageousness and being true to myself and not giving a fuck. We hit it off straight away, even though I was in complete awe of him. He was nothing else but kind to me. I never saw the other side of John, the Harry Nilsson drinking side of John, where he'd turn on a sixpence. I only saw the gentle, gorgeous side of John, and he was gentle not only to me but my parents, my band members, and I just fell in love with him. I kind of brought him back, in a way, to performing, with the Madison Square Garden thing, because I did the bet with him about "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," and it got to Number One. He was petrified – he hadn't performed in years – but he came. I've never forgotten, I've never heard an ovation for anybody that was so heartwarming, and it moved him. It was, like, an eight-minute standing ovation. He was physically sick before he came on, he re-met Yoko that night, it changed the course of his life again. And I had something to do with it. Maybe I was put into John's life to reinstate him with Yoko.
We were so naughty together, we made music together, it was a huge thing for me to be able to play with him. We laughed our heads off. I can remember being stoned out of our mind on coke at the SherryNetherland hotel, and at 2:00 in the morning, there would be a knock on the door – of course, you know how paranoid you get on coke, you say, "Go to the door and look through the thing!" And it took me about five minutes to get the door because I was so paranoid, but it was Andy fucking Warhol! And I said, "It's Andy Warhol," and he said, "Don't fucking let him in! He'll have a camera and everything!" So we just waited for him to go away. Little things like that, crazy things like that. I would absolutely include "I Saw Her Standing There," which he acknowledged that Paul had written, which was great.