Re: The Band that Changed ... Everything: Februrary 9, 1964
posted at 2/11/2014 12:51 PM EST
In response to yogafriend's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
I didn't watch.
I like the Beatles a lot, but I just wasn't all that interested.
Part of it usually has to do with song selection. Some Beatles tunes I can appreciate indefinitely. Some I really don't care if I ever hear again. And there are some in the middle that I can take or leave.
At times, the Beatles' oeuvre feels a bit like a buffet: a little of this, a little of that, some spice, some sweetness...until the various bits are added up, and then I feel too full for another bite.
That's more or less the way I feel.
I like watching shows with interviews and old footage of the boys, but I don't want to see cartoonish pop singers of the present singing Beatles songs. I don't even care for the Joe Cocker versions.
I can listen to most Beatles songs over and over and still enjoy them. 'Got To Get You Into My Life' is NOT one of them....ditto 'Mr. Moonlight.'
They certainly revolutionized the music, and the culture, and so much more....but many other bands did also....the Animals, the Who and Cream were huge. Not as big as the Beatles , but surely big enough to get their due, and a similar tribute. But they won't because they weren't the Beatles. Contrary to popular belief, some Beatles songs are a little lame. Even the best aren't always on their game.
Sorry you feel this way, especially since you made negative assumptions that are way off the mark from what the program was. If you didn't want to watch, fine. Just choose not to, but don't give pre-emptive negative reasons because they make you appear very narrow-minded.
There was archival footage, and a bio of each Beatle was given over the course of the evening. They were really lovely, and poignant, too. They were quite striking,, in fact, with baby pictures, and pics of them as teenagers, and revelations about the early deaths of their mothers, Ringo's childhood illnesses that brought him close to the edge, and overall, showed how they met, and formed the band. It was very nicely done. Paul also talked about how their name came about b/c of the Crickets, and other little tidbits. Fun and interesting little anecdotes. I'm no diehard Beatles fan, but I knew every song that was played, they all sounded beautiful to me, and unlike other programs of that ilk, this one really had some meaning.
I didn't catch it, and I've been hesitant to post my take on the Beatles. I think when anything is as hyped as they are, it brings out the contrarian in me. The Beatles were great, no doubt, but it's more difficult to gauge their greatness with all the hoopla surronding them.
The thing that always kind of bothers me is that in hindsight the Beatles seemed to be given higher esteem for their later work and somewhat short shrift on their early recordings. Without these early, simple and direct songs I kind of doubt if the band would have taken off in popularity and esteem as much as they did. I doubt they would have had the freedom to experiment with their music as much as they did. Those early days bought them the ability to use their fame to develop their music and still be supported by a large audience. And in turn, all rock 'n' roll artists benefited too.
Their timing was perfect, and their joyous early songs were a balm to a nation in mourning and wanting to find a reason for hope. In the long run, I think to some extent even the Beatles succumbed to some of the social weaknesses of their times, and in the end were as much influenced by events as influential. But that initial burst of energy gave both pop/rock music and society at large a boost it was craving. It's too bad as the 60's progressed and tragedies mounted, the Beatles were just as dazed and confused as everyone else.