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Favorite non-Beatles music
2 July 2011
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MeanMrsMustard
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OK. GniknuS and Von Bontee should sit down for this. And probably Sun king and paulsbass. And basically everyone. 

I'm on this weird Beatles-only kick where I can't really appreciate non-Beatles (or S&G) material. I mean, I know there's good stuff out there. But the thing is, I can't stand the Stones, I can't get my hands on any non-formulaic Beach Boys music (I know, I know, Pet Sounds, but I don't know how to obtain it), and (GniknuS will have a heart attack) Dylan's voice irritates me too much for me to appreciate the lyrics. Also, the amount of solo material I have is PITIFUL. I have some (OK, two) "best of" John albums, and Band on the Run and Good Evening NYC (which is like 75% Beatles), but that's about it. 

Does anyone have any suggestions? Please? 

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2 July 2011
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MeanMrsMustard said:

OK. GniknuS and Von Bontee should sit down for this. And probably Sun king and paulsbass. And basically everyone. 

I'm on this weird Beatles-only kick where I can't really appreciate non-Beatles (or S&G) material. I mean, I know there's good stuff out there. But the thing is, I can't stand the Stones, I can't get my hands on any non-formulaic Beach Boys music (I know, I know, Pet Sounds, but I don't know how to obtain it), and (GniknuS will have a heart attack) Dylan's voice irritates me too much for me to appreciate the lyrics. Also, the amount of solo material I have is PITIFUL. I have some (OK, two) "best of" John albums, and Band on the Run and Good Evening NYC (which is like 75% Beatles), but that's about it. 

Does anyone have any suggestions? Please? 

If you're asking for song suggestions to get you off this weird kick, I am actually a really good person to ask.  But if you're asking what solo albums are awesome, I don't know, I would say all of them have at least one good song on them.

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2 July 2011
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Non-Beatles. I mean, I can kind of appreciate the songs intellectually, but I can't actually enjoy them. I hope it's just a weird phase or something… :P

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2 July 2011
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Bowie. He's the only one I can stand when I'm on a massive Beatles intoxication.

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2 July 2011
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Hmm. So, you want music that:

  • Isn't the Beatles
  • Isn't Simon and Garfunkel
  • Can be appreciated intellectually
  • Is easy to listen to

You seem to only be considering classic rock. With that in mind, Mith's suggestion of Bowie is a very good one. If you're going to get an album, go for …Ziggy Stardust…. Four of the eleven tracks were singles, and it's a rock opera, so there is both style and substance. 

It's also worth looking at Queen. Their early stuff, whilst generally being their best, generally isn't very commericial. Might I suggest Innuendo? It was their last album released before Mercury died, as good as (though very different to) their early work, and yielded five singles.

A general tip: sing along, at least with the hooks or best bits. I find that makes me like a song more than I probably should do.

It might be a good idea to sign up to a service like Pandora or last.fm (or, when it gets to America, Spotify, which is easily the best of the lot) in order to discover music that is similar to music you like anyway, especially the Beatles' solo stuff.

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2 July 2011
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M3, how about, Crosby Stills Nash and Young? Kinda like S&G, but not really. Check out either of their first two albums (Crosby Stills and Nash, and Déjà Vu). Them or James Taylor.

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2 July 2011
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Marcelo said:

DoctorRobert said:

There are four distinct categories of music I like:

  • The first is Classic rock from the 60's and 70's like The Beatles, Bowie, The Clash, The Stones, Dylan, The Velvet Underground and the Beach Boys.
  • The second is Post-Punk and New Wave music from the late 70's and 80's like Joy Division, New Order, Talking Heads, Television, The Smiths, Public Image Ltd, and XTC.
  • The third is Alternative and Indie rock from the 90's and 21st Century like Radiohead, Cornershop, Manic Street Preachers, Blur, The Verve, Spiritualized, Gorillaz, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, The White Stripes and the Flaming Lips.
  • The fourth is Soul and Rhythm and Blues from the 60's and 70's like Bobby Womack, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green and the Delfonics.

In general, I agree with you, Dr.

Yeah, I'd agree with about 90% of these artists.

 

And M3, some great ones have already been said; Bowie, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Beach Boys. (I got my Pet Sounds album off of Amazon btw, and around the same time I also got Brian Wilson's Smile which is awesome too.) I'd also add a bit of Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton in there.

And I definitely go through Beatles-only phases sometimes as well, it'll pass, aha. a-hard-days-night-george-7

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2 July 2011
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Believe me M3, as someone who listened to the same album for six months (The Who's Quadrophenia), I can relate. We Beatles fans tend to obsess. Fortunately, the Beatles and S&G don't really get old like the Who did for me. Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road got me out of that kick.

I would say to not limit yourself to classic rock, it seems like most of those bands you talked about are in the same genre, but sometimes you just completely need a change of pace. When I run dry, female jazz vocalists always do the trick for me, so I would definitely recommend checking out some Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald. There's a whole world of music out there. You might enjoy this song.

If not, don't worry about it too much and enjoy your Beatles and S&G kick. I've been absolutely OBSESSED with A Poem on the Underground Wall recently, such a cool story.

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2 July 2011
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GniknuS said:

I've been absolutely OBSESSED with A Poem on the Underground Wall recently, such a cool story.

Oh, I never heard that song. Such a great story. Thanks Gnik.

Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..5M_Ttstbgs

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3 July 2011
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Well for me when I feel like listening to only Beatles I sort of stick in the same 1960's genre. (Or I try to listen to something completely different, like Michael Buble or John Mayer.) So I would listen to bands like The Animals, The Doors, The Mama's and the Papa's, and mostly whatever else pops up on my Beatles Pandora station. (Pandora, what a wonderful invention.) Or if you don't want to stick in the genre you can listen to what I suggested earlier. And I find it also depends on what period of Beatles music I'm listening to as well. But anyway I don't want to ramble you can try those if you want to M3. But most of the suggestions above are much better than mine, so you can ignore mine as well.

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