The Beatles - "Helter Skelter"
Disses: The Who
"Helter Skelter" isn't an out and out attack on a particular artist, but rather a sly thumbing of the nose. In Fall of 1967, Paul McCartney read a review for The Who's "I Can See For Miles," which described the song as a wailing apocalyptic force coming to devour unsuspecting rock listeners.
When Paul actually heard the record, he recalls being unimpressed: "I thought 'that's a pity. I would like to do something like that.' Then I heard it and it was nothing like it. It was straight and sophisticated. So we did ['Helter Skelter']. I like noise."
The resultant record--a hellish, clarion-call of a rock record, prefiguring some of metal's maximalism and heavy tuned-down tendencies--responded to critical perception of The Who, a sweltering bout of oneupsmanship that announced in typically shrewd Beatles fashion: Anything you can do, we can do better.