This guy is an inspiration to me, and people much younger than me. His music tells the truth, and he’s not afraid to criticize. He’s well aware of the hypocrisy and tyranny. Appearances can be deceiving, but you have to look past that.
I grew up enjoying the beatles since my sister was a beatles freak.John seemed a gentle soul who died to young.I remember listening to the top 40 on AM and hearing stuff like the beatles and Three dog night. Makes me think about my sisters friends coming over reeking of musk.Like my dad wouldnt figure out they were smoking dope.
I vividly remember shitting all over Colma’s taste in music. Man, oh man, I’m still recovering from that. Never, again.
NOTE TO ALL: One’s taste in music is DEEPLY personal. Saying you hate someone’s taste in music is like saying you hate their kids … only, worse. DON’T do it!! Just shut the fuck up, and move along, rather than piss on their parade. Besides, no one really gives a fuck.
“Imagine having to listen to Yoko for hours on end…that could have been used to truly torture terrorists!”
Unfortunately, I do not have to imagine this. Back at Torrejon AB in Spain we used to have an event called community days. It would start on Friday and end on Sunday. The whole base got involved. We had our own AFRTS radio station there and they would play anything you requested for a fee. In order to get something else played you, or a group of people had to come up with more $ to get the previous tune or entire album booted. One year, some dickhead brought in a record of Yoko Ono *singing* Love Chants or something like that. They also paid a very large amount of money to have it played…something like $1500! The radio station was broadcast all over the base so you just could not escape it. It sounded like someone was slowly pulling the entrails from a living cat with no painkiller! Fuck me it was awful!
It took quite some time, like hours, to organize and scrape up enough money to get that shit off the air. Within minutes of getting it booted and replaced, the same dickhead ponied up more money to keep it going. I’ll bet that record NEVER got as much air time in the entire world as it did that weekend at Torrejon AB. I sometimes wonder if it was not her *music* that contributed to my hearing loss instead of 27 years of near daily jet noise!
Lennon was cut down in the prime of life, just when he was finding happiness in his life, and making his best music. I love Double Fantasy and still listen to it often. Okay, I skipmost of the Yoko tunes.
The Stones managed three chords with difficulty, in common time, over a bassline that sounds like a monkey with tub.
The Beatles, for anyone who bothers to read, write, or play music, were, in their idiom, incomparable. Their work product was almost inhuman. They were primi inter pares in a decade of phenomenal musical creativity, of a kind not seen for a generation, in popular music. Subjective? Opinion? No, it is simply a fact for anyone who knows anything about music. Just as it is simply a fact that Haydn was the father of the symphony, and Mozart the father of the concerto.
Lennon’s collaboration with McCartney brought the best from each of them: there is almost no parallel in musical history for it: for the rest of the great collaborators, eg the composers and their librettists, the talent was almost completely one-sided. In these two, they were magic together. Solo, McCartney is still, at his age, a charismatic performer and superb musician. John, solo, not so much; given. “Imagine” is not a great song, or even a particularly good idea, pace Rolling Stone’s list of greatest songs.
To this day, live popular bands do not like cover the Beatles. Why? Ask them. To a man (or woman), they will say, “I guess because they were just too good. I feel guilty playing their songs.” It is not because they do not “rock the house.” Checked into Shea stadium lately? Seen Paul McCartney at CitiField?
Have you ever actually tried to play the McCartney basslines?
Have you ever tried to duplicate John’s rhythms in his guitar parts, even from the earliest, almost childlike recordings? No?
Have you tried to write lyrics and then put swung meters and triplets and rapid rhythmic games around them, as in Hey Bulldog, which the boys recorded one day on a whim, but John was a bit ashamed of, because it was “too simple” for Yoko?
No? Then STFU, because you have no idea what you are talking about.
It is barely acceptable to say you do not enjoy the Beatles, as it is a matter of taste. Hell, I am not too partial to Mozart’s Don Juan, acknowledged as one of the greated triumphs of Western art. At least, though, I admit that that opinion is probably owing to my own ignorance.
But for some piece of piss-poor protoplasm to suggest that Green Day, or just about any other radio band sound-of-today computerized crap, or really even the Stones, is even in the same league as the Beatles, is not just taste. It is just wrong. Objectively, scientifically, academically, verifiably wrong.
If there is talent out there today, it is mostly confined to bluegrass and to the orchestra pit. For the rest, we suffer the same situation as in the visual arts: a “post-skill” era. And that has lead, sadly, to a “post-taste” era.
AWD – for fuck sake, you think the Beatles are over-rated? If anyhing, they are under-rated.
They are arguably the greatest bar/small venue band ever. Have a listen to their live stuff before they became famous.
Then do a sampling of their albums, sequentially. See the way they developed from crap like “i want to hold your hand” to Sgt Pepper. Holy fucking shit. Their first album was in 1963 – PleasePlease me. Sgt Pepper was in 1967.
In four fucking years they changed the entire face of music – forever. Think about that – in four years they went from teeny bopper bullshit to the stratosphere.
Most people underestimate their impact. Over-rated? Bullshit.
I prefer to listen to other bands. But make no mistake, the Beatles were fucking titans and were by far the most influential band ever.