Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Beatles are overrated (Part 2).

I knew I was going to get a lot of hate when I said, "I think The Beatles are overrated." Even though I was yelled at and the majority of people that commented further proved my point of having them constantly shoved down my throat as the greatest band in music history, I completely respect most comments that were made. That being said, I wanted to further explain myself and respond to the slew of comments.

First off, I don't hate The Beatles and their music. In fact, I actually like some of their songs ("Imagine," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Help!" and "Get Back" just to name a few). Yes, I know they were a huge inspiration to a lot of artists. Yes, I know they made a big impact on music. However, I still don't think they were the greatest band that ever existed. I also don't think that they've made more of an impact on music than anyone else.

If you want to know who I think made more of an impact on music, I'd have to say Elvis Presley (hello, THE KING) and Jimi Hendrix. And just because I think these two artists were so important, that doesn't mean I listen to them any more than The Beatles (because I don't). I'll still listen to my favorite band who has only been in existence for a mere 10 years over any of them.

As for Bruce Springsteen, I'm sorry but I just can't relate to someone that consistently sings about being a hardworking man from Jersey.

Concerning comments, I actually really enjoyed reading all of them - love or hate (and most were hate). It'd be difficult to respond to every single one, so here's one big, general response:
  • Thank you to all of the people that realize that criticizing music is all based on opinion. Not everyone is going to agree, but some agreed to disagree.
  • Some people hinted at or said that because I don't think The Beatles are the greatest band on earth and that I'm in the generation that mainly gets their music through iTunes, that I'm not passionate about music. That assumption is ridiculously wrong. Just concerning my favorite band, I've seen them live 14 times (going on 15), I own the physical copy of all of their major releases and I glorify and love them just as much as all of you glorify and love The Beatles.
  • I think a lot of people failed to read the part of my entry that clearly said that I respect and appreciate The Beatles AND Bruce Springsteen for what they both did for music.
  • Also, I'm not a teenager and I'm not going back to school - I turn 24 next week.
EDIT: "Jimmy" was changed to "Jimi." Thanks, Anon.