I don’t like The Beatles. There, I said it. It felt good to get that out there.
I never have, ever since middle school. Something about it just didn’t sit right with me. I tried to pretend at times, in the Napster/Limewire heyday downloading select songs, and listening for a bit, but the charm just wore off.
Yes, they wrote beautifully crafted songs. Perfect melodies. Groundbreaking arrangements. But so fucking what? To me, most of it seems to come from a self satisfied point of view, with an uptight feel, lacking any real darkness or mystery. Rock music is about the mystery, the unknown, ghosts and shit. It all came from blues…that’s all blues was! Pain and ghosts. It just may be the whitest music of all time.
You could make the point that The Beatles were just a pop group writing pop songs for the masses, but some people don’t seem comfortable with that.
This leads us to the Stones Vs Beatles question.
The world is not divided into Beatles and Stones people. It’s divided into Beatles people, and people who enjoy other types of music, and don’t believe in putting a god like figure (or group of figures) at the top of it. Beatles fans are really not that far off from The Tea Party. Funny how that works, isn’t it? Lennon is definitely Regan.
If anything, it’s comparable to Mac or PC, in which case the Beatles people are definitely the PC, no getting around that.
It’s not that I hate every Beatles song. If it’s on in a bar, I won’t go into a rant (maybe a small one.) It’s just that I would almost always rather listen to something else. My choice of song to play will not be a Beatles song. Unless it’s Desmond Decker’s instrumental of “Love Me Do.” If I want some beautiful orchestral pop, I’ll listen to Harry Nilsson. If I want a British sounding rock song, I’ll listen to The Who. And If I want someone heavily influenced by American rhythm and blues music, yes, I’ll listen to The Stones. For the life of me, I just can’t imagine a time when I think “You know what I need to hear right now? A Beatles Song!”
Just had to get that out there. Thank you for listening.