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Friday, July 06, 2007

If Only...

Apparently today marks the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It makes you wonder what would have happened to music if they had never met.
No Yellow Submarine, no Octopussy's Garden, no When I'm 64 and definitely no bloody Oasis.

Damn that church garden party for all the crap it spurned. The Beatles surely the most over-rated band in musical history.



Blogger pete said...

How do you do
what you do to me?
I wish I knew,
if I knew how you do it to me
I'd do it to you.

Aaaaaahhhh Twiglet;-)

4:09 pm

Blogger Philip. said...

Perhaps you ahd to be around in the early 60's to appreciate how different the Beatles were??

I wan't there myself so don't understand the hype.

Give me a bit of Yes, Queen, Rainbow any day!!

5:06 pm

Blogger Dame Honoria Glossop said...

The Beatles aren't a patch on Elgar or Mahler :)

6:47 pm

Blogger pete said...

Yeah I thought Robert Powell was good and Georgina Hale lush;-)

8:46 pm

Blogger E F RICE said...

I'm not a huge fan of The Beatles but I still have half a dozen of their albums in my collection. They have had a world wide influence on music since their inception and they have covered all sorts of styles and influences over their albums (Sgt Pepper anniversary was celebrated on BBC FFS !). So I have to diasgree, I don't believe they are overated at all.

OASIS .... yes they are over rated (and I loved their first two albums !).

8:56 am

Blogger marmiteboy said...


We'd have to agree to disagee (or we cvan have a fight at Buffalo Tom next week lol).

I know I'm not a Beatles fan, but I cannot see what te fuss is about over Sgt Pepper's. It may have been inovative in its record techniques (although I'd argue that point too seeing as it followed Pet Sounds) but the songs are nothing special. And in my opinion that's the most important thing. It's all very well having backwards tapes and multi-layered doo-dahs but if the songs are shite you might as well give up!

9:20 am

Blogger E F RICE said...

Handbags at 12 yards it is then !

7:53 pm

Blogger spacehopper said...

As a Beatles bore even I can get to saturation point with hype, waffle and puff about the Beatles.
Personally Sgt Pepper leaves me close to cold and is my least played Beatles album. However with all the best artist there's always clunkers in the catalogue. But for every piece of twee bubblegum - there's Helter Skelter, I am the Walrus, A Day in The Life. It's almost impossible to overstate the influence they've had at so many levels apart without even looking at the songs. There's recording techniques, (the invention of ADT, and the use of headphones in the studio for better recorded sound). Not using session musicians (almost compulsory in the 60's), writing and publishing your own material. Constantly evolving direction, rather than stick to a winning formula. Bringing elements of avant garde into mainstream pop, And all this while keeping their distance from the blues boom that launched most acts in the early 60's - And as for the songs, look at the amount and variety of artists that have covered their tracks everyone from Frank, Ella and Elvis to the Damned, Eno and Bowie. You can't knock that

3:29 pm


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