Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Beatles Are Not Overrated. The Hold Steady Are.
Just what we need, another Beatles post. But...wait! Hear me out.
A friend on Facebook posted the following:
"List 15 Beatles songs that particularly move you."
She also said this:
"OK - this one was a little difficult for me since I'm not a huge fan of the Beatles."
Impulsively, moved by the word "move," I started to think of the heavy shit. "For No One" came to mind 6 out of the 15 times I tried to comply. But, I realized, thanks to the first comment on that Facebook page...
"You like the pretty songs!"
...that, being "moved," didn't necessarily mean, moved to tears. So, my mind raced a bit more. First thought from racing mind: "And Your Bird Can Sing." Man, everything about that song moves me. Next thought: it would be more difficult to come up with 15 Beatles' songs that didn't move me.
Anytime anyone comments about not being a "huge fan" of The Beatles, or as one person once said, "They were completely overrated," my body stops working, as if a bucket of water was thrown into my electrical works. When I look at such legendary artists as The Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, etc., artists I absolutely lurve, I understand comments like "not a huge fan," or "overrated." I don't agree, but I get it. The Beatles, though? That's like saying, "I don't like oxygen."
That being said, I thought I'd offer my list of least favorite Beatles' moments. For years, when asked what Beatles' song I liked the least, my answer would always be "Get Back." What I heard was muddy production, no patented harmonies, and silly lyrics. I got over it.
I'm not including snippets such as "Dig It," "Her Majesty," or "Wild Honey Pie." They come and go too quickly to get all twitchy. I've also paid no mind to "Revolution 9." It was a one shot deal. These are songs that, though I've never hit "skip" on my CD player or iPod, or lifted the tone-arm off of my turntable, I don't need to hear again...except when they come on, of course.
15 LEAST FAVORITE BEATLES' SONGS
14. Run For Your Life
11. Yellow Submarine
10. P.S. I Love You
8. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
7. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
6. Octopus' Garden
4. A Taste Of Honey
3. Don't Pass Me By
2. All Together Now
1. Good Night
GET BACK (REHEARSAL)
FOR NO ONE (DEMO)