Saturday, August 28, 2010

I think The Beatles are overrated.

Now, don't get me wrong. I appreciate them as musicians and think they had their place in music just as every other band/singer does, but I don't understand why everyone makes such a huge deal out of them. Obviously they were one of the biggest bands at the peak of their popularity, but it's a little ridiculous how people glorify the crap out of them. Yes, I like a few of their songs. But, if the entire band were still alive today and I was offered free tickets to their concert, I would turn it down. I'm sorry, but I'd be bored out of my mind.

I have the same kind of feeling about Bruce Springsteen. His fans aren't as obnoxious when it comes to loving his music, but I really don't like him. It's a blasphemous statement, I know, but I've just never had any kind of interest in his music at all. I only know one music video of his because Courtney Cox was in it (no, I don't what the song is called). I also think his live performances are unbearable because his entire band feels that they should all share his mic with him instead of using the one that was designated to them. I'm especially looking at you, Mr. Van Zandt. Please, STEP AWAY FROM HIS MIC.

I know the bands of today have been influenced by musicians of the past, but I would very much appreciate it if older folks would stop trying to shove down my throat that these two artists (among many others) were a direct influence. There is a lot of music that has come since then that a lot of the bands I listen to today glorify more than them (Sunny Day Real Estate and Fugazi being two prime examples).

It should also be known that just because myself and some other people my age don't particularly like some artists of the past, that doesn't mean that we don't appreciate them for what they did. We really do, we're just tired of hearing about them.

31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i totally agree with this

August 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comments about the Beatles would carry more weight if you weren't in the habit of posting music videos that consist of lightweight disposable teeny-bopper piffle. I guarantee you that as your taste matures you will regret having written this. It's surprising to me that a self described music junkie would seem to have no understanding of the context of The Beatles and their massive influence in pop history. As rewarding as their music is in and of itself, the amazing thing about the Beatles is that they were really the first rock or pop group to develop so many styles that still resonate today. They weren't "one of the biggest bands at the peak of their popularity" They were by far the biggest selling, most groundbreaking, era defining and enormously, globally popular band of their DECADE and beyond. Sorry, but saying that you're bored by the Beatles is kind of like saying you have really boring taste.

August 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Music is an art form; one that I can not easily perform, I can sing the first line of every Christmas carol in key, but after that I'm done. I can also complete, line and verse, the theme songs to Gilligan’s Island and the Beverly Hillbillies. That is the extent of my musical abilities. But I love to listen. Love to learn. Love to explore. To many of us, with more memories than tomorrows, music was the soundtrack of our lives.

This can't be said about today’s music, because this generation and it musicians have no endurance. That's not a bad thing, it's just the truth.

Time is the test of genius, and music is a genius art form. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven have withstood the test of time. The same can easily be said of Sinatra, Elvis and the Beatles; musicians that not only touched their generation, but generations beyond their own lives.

Today’s musicians don’t seem to have the same effect on its audience, save maybe Phish, whose loyal audience makes an old Dead Head smile. A new band today burns bright for a few fleeting moments then disappears, like fireflies on a warm July evening. And the air is filled with thousands of them.

Life is so fractured today, with 500 cables channels, movies and music on demand, i-tunes and internet radio that this generation has more opportunity to explore and be exposed to new musical acts than in the history of entertainment. But in a world of “On-Demand” stimulus, something is missing, could it be passion?

When I was in high school, my favorite band was Yes. I went to my first concert in 1978 at the Spectrum as saw Yes in the round. I still have the ticket and the program. From then, I saw as many concerts as I could afford and hitch rides to. Chicago, Jethro Tull, Billy Joel, Kansas, Doobie Brothers, Genesis, CSN, Styx, ELO, etc. In college it was Robert Hazard, The Hooters, Talking Heads, Cindy Lauper and passed up Live Aid because I had to work.

The point being, we were passionate about these bands, followed them, bought all their albums, and knew every word to every song. We would listen for hours when WIOQ (Q102 when it was a rock station) would have a block weekend and the paper would print the music schedule so you could revel in the sounds of your favorite band. It was pound on the table passion. Your link to the universe.

Now your link to the universe is a smart phone where you can download the latest garage band for 4 seconds and turn it into a ringtone. You text but when was the last time you called someone. It is a telephone you know.

What the hell does this have to do with the Beatles? Everything. It’s not about having the Beatles “greatness” being pushed into your face, it’s about being passionate about something and wanting to share that passion, that connection, with someone and hope they feel the same excitement. Share the joy.

So the next time your Droid battery dies, and your out of i-tune credits, fire up the netbook and tune to the all Beatles station Pandora and just listen, and absorb the simplicity and complexity of a music that has been, and will be dissected for hundreds of years in the future. Or better yet, download “A Hard Days Night” from Netflix’s and watch a few English boys having fun, making fun of their own celebrity.

And if you don’t get it, that’s ok. My oldest daughter loves country and I have no idea what’s going on there. She also begged me to buy Beatles Rock Band and it warmed my heart.

As for Springsteen, I’m right there with you.

August 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM 
Blogger Jonathan said...

As someone who was raised - literally from birth - on The Beatles, I was kind of afraid of what this post was going to say.

Quick aside: With regard to Bruce Springsteen - TOTALLY AGREE. He had his moment, there are some good songs there. Now everyone, back away from The Boss's mic.

When it comes to Beatle-dom: I have every album, know every one, and personally want to add a whole lot of the gear that they used back in the day into my own personal arsenal of guitars and amps. Yes, I'll admit it, I'm somewhat of a fan-boy.

However, some Beatles fans, like the one in the post above me, do love the Fab Four a little too much and will guard their precious band like rabbit wombats. They were great. But they're not the end of the evolution of music. That's like saying everything went downhill after they moved away from the harpsichord.

Thanks for giving them the respect that they deserve and acknowledging that The Beatles changed the music industry.

Thanks for reminding us that shoving that fact in people's faces every change that we get isn't the right way to honor them.

August 28, 2010 at 8:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who says The Beatles are overrated should not be taken seriously. You are not alone -- and it's a free country -- but it's strange talk from a "music junkie."
Def Leppard and Motley Crue were big at the "peak of their popularity" and now are little more than novelty acts that have to double- and triple-up to sell out mid-sized venues from the hair-band era.
Springsteen, well, there are people who feel the same way you do as well, but hardly any who really know what they are talking about when it comes to music. And the proof is the longevity. He still packs arenas -- with fans of all ages, and for multiple nights in most cities -- almost 40 years since his first album was released.
I do wish more people felt like you do, though. It would mean less competition for decent seats for the four or five sellouts each time he comes around to Philly.
As for backing off from the mic, that's a superficial and immature observation. With the E Street Band, he is backed by some of the most accomplished rock musicians in the world. Nils Lofgren could give guitar lessons to some of the so-called guitarists from your fly by night bands. Max Weinberg literally wrote the book on drumming. Roy Bittan played in the Pittsburgh Philharmonic before answering Springsteen's call. And you clearly know nothing about Steve Van Zandt -- not only as a musician, but as a songwriter, producer, political activist and now someone who is dedicating time and effort to make sure rock lives on with future generations. He also hosts a weekly radio show giving young and obscure bands airplay. But all you see is a guy who shares the mic too much and wears an icky bandana thingy.
BTW, Courtney Cox was in the "Dancing In The Dark" video. A music junkie should know this, even if she doesn't like the song, but ...
It should be about what you hear, Miss Music Junkie, not what you see on stage. Your missing out on some great music, and you know what they say about a world without music, right?
All we're asking for is a little more reverence for what came before your music, just as you will do one day when some comes along making absurd pronouncements about what you held dear.
On second thought, never mind. We don't need you liking it. Judging by your silly sentiments, that would be a degradation to some amazing music that you are not letting yourself be open to because of lazy rationale.

August 28, 2010 at 10:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beatles and Springsteen have made music that is too diverse -- from all-out rockers to love songs to catchy pop songs to protest songs -- to completely miss the mark with someone who claims to be sooooo into music.
I don't care how old you are, shame on you!

August 28, 2010 at 11:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with Th Beatles. They are/were good, but I don't need to know every little tidbit about them. Too many people have unhealthy obsessions with them.
But Springsteen? You are threatening my way life by talking stuff bout him!

August 29, 2010 at 7:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't give her any free passes.
Somebody need to go have her ears checked.

August 29, 2010 at 8:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like somebody is too caught in the cult of personality and pop culture aspect and not with the music itself.
Well, either that or she just got hit in the head too many times while the mosh pit.

August 29, 2010 at 8:07 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Springsteen: The man, the myth the legend (although I could also do without the hamming from Little Stevie and Clarence Clemons).
Beatles: Too much myth and legend.
Everyone is pouncing on this young lady for not focusing on the music, yet Beatles fans are guilty as charged of the same crime. Who cares if you can hear John Lennon's button fall off his shirt in the alternate take of "A Day In The Life" if you play it backwards and listen real closely? I don't. Just play me the song. And only play it once a year. I've heard enough to last a lifetime.

August 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody just calm down. These are clearly just the rants of a know-nothing teen and school starts back up again soon.

August 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally disagree with this.
Certain music, like Beatles and Bruce and Elvis and Sinatra and Bing Crosby, transcend time.
If she can't discern the difference, I don't know why she is licensed to write about it.
It's not her fault. It's whomever gave her this platform.

August 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny that you quote Miss Penny Lane of "Almost Famous" fame and then give us this assessment of The Beatles.
Go get your hearing checked, girl!

August 29, 2010 at 3:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She probably doesn't even realize the character in the movie was named after the Beatles song!

August 29, 2010 at 6:04 PM 
Anonymous Michael said...

Nowt wrong with mic sharing. Next you'll say Bruce should stop playing that old worn out guitar altogether and figure out some choreographed dance steps. :/

Beatles...I disagree with what you're saying, but there *are* a lot of people who say they love the Beatles but can't name five of their songs.

August 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM 
Anonymous Phil said...

The Beatles certainly had their place in musical history and were a HUGE influence on most rock music after them, either directly or indirectly.
But play a full album of theirs and I'm sleeping. Right on, Ashley. Totally overrated.
And Springsteen just kind of sucks. No qualification needed.

August 30, 2010 at 12:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lotta people hatin' on Springsteen. Guess all those tickets to those sellouts were given out free. How else do you explain in since he sucks so bad???

August 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Springsteen is for grown-ups and this person is clearly still a child. Why are we even wasting our time here?

August 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, nobody wants to feel like they are listening to the music of their parents. From that perspective, I can feel where she is coming from. She could be a little more respectful, tho.
Don't even wanna know what she thinks of Hendrix, Led Zepp, The Stones, etc.

August 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im a profesional musician and i can tell that in this moment in history we aré stucked, we aré fixed in the Beatles and other early bands because they were revolucionary in many aspects and now theres a big void in new ideas, just realized that since the 50's all music in the planet is played by the same group of instruments : 2 guitars 1 bass drums and keyboard, we need new ideas and intruments like the electric guitar was in the XX century, we need new Beatles, but i look around and i don see somebody even close

August 31, 2010 at 1:21 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, brother!

August 31, 2010 at 6:57 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are we wasting our time here? Because we are obliged to be patient with, and educate, the next generation, that's why.

August 31, 2010 at 11:33 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's clear from her post that her people have tried and failed and she just wants them to leave her alone. So leave her alone with her distorted musical view.

August 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without music critics, life would be sweet!

September 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ding!

September 2, 2010 at 6:57 AM 
Anonymous "Wolfie" Wolfgang said...

Hi, I would just like to say that I have been a fan of the Beatles all my life, I don´t shove it down anybodies throught though. Just put on a old Beatles song at any party and you will see people of all ages young as well as er not so young people enjoy the music even the kids who have not heard the music before get up and dance.
Can´t be bad can it.
"Wolfie"

September 4, 2010 at 7:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long live the KINGS ELVIS and MICHAEL

September 4, 2010 at 10:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael the king of child molestation. Now he/she is/was overrated.

September 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She did not write about Michael Jerkson so why r we bringing it up?
I think this girl is passionate about her likes but needs to take a second look at dislikes. She is young. I know I had to go through some stuff to really appreciate Springsteen's message
As for the Beatles, they were just the best. How can anyone doubt that!

September 4, 2010 at 6:46 PM 
Blogger john said...

the beatles were the most over rated band of all time. all they ever did was get american music and give it back to the masses in a generic, diluted, watered-down form. first they got great rock and roll songs by carl perkins, little richard, buddy holly + other early rockers and turned them into limp wristed, panty waisted pop ditties. then they heard bob dylan and got all lyrically serious. then they got turned onto all things eastern by the byrds. then they heard frank zappa's freak out and brian wilson's pet sounds and got all musically 'experimental.'

September 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM 
Blogger john said...

Did you know that: the beach boys, NOT the beatles, were the first pop/rock act signed to capitol. the beach boys, not the beatles, were the first rock act EVER to gain FULL CONTROL in the studio. brian wilson quit touring to work in the studio long BEFORE the beatles quit touring to work in the studio. the beach boys started their own record label Brother records over a year before the beatles started thier own record label apple records. drug references...the beach boys beat the beatles to the punch on that one too...when brian wilson changed the lyrics of sloop john b to 'this is the worst TRIP i've ever been on.'

September 6, 2011 at 9:27 PM 

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