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Help me to find bands like the Beatles
12 July 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together
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I'm probably in a small small minority here, but I've always found that "Sounds like the Beatles" to be the cardinal sin of music. It shows one of two things: a) They don't have have anything about them that is unique or different, or b) They're too insecure to show their real side, and I can't stand inauthentic music. Of course, there are exceptions.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
12 July 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson
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Ben Ramon I completly agree with the things you said about Come And Get It, I think Paul's demo could have been easily releeased as a solo single, the recording is very good. It would be nice on Abbey Road instead of I Want You (the song is not bad, but it sounds much like plastic ono band for me). They could have taken paul's demo, make a completly new recording or (my favourite version, because paul plays very well all instruments on Come And Get It) overdub harmony and backing vocals by john and george onto paul's demo.

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12 July 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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Will have to revisit Emmitt Rhodes.

 

Mr Sun King CT said, "I've always found that "Sounds like the Beatles" to be the cardinal sin of music."

I thinkthat's extreme.

- Most artists – including the Beatles – start off by imitating ("nicking" as John and Paul would say). After all, "imitation is the most sincere form of flattery)

- If you like a style, what's wrong with composing in that style?

 

The real issue is that if you formally state that you want to sound like the Beatles, you're immediately setting a very high bar for yourself and you set yourself up for being unfavorably compared.

Better to let others say that you have a Beatle sound…

But anyone stating that they'd like to sound like the Beatles is simply saying that they have the same tastes as the members of this Forum. What's wrong with that, I'd like to know!

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12 July 2012
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vonbontee
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mr. Sun king coming together said

I'm probably in a small small minority here, but I've always found that "Sounds like the Beatles" to be the cardinal sin of music. It shows one of two things: a) They don't have have anything about them that is unique or different, or b) They're too insecure to show their real side, and I can't stand inauthentic music. Of course, there are exceptions.

Don't you think that it might also just show that they really, really like the Beatles? (y'know, like all of us?)

Me, personally I'd LOVE to have the talent to create an original Beatles soundalike! (Just for my own satisfaction, I mean, not with expectation of financial gain – I can see where that might make a difference.)

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12 July 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together said
I'm probably in a small small minority here, but I've always found that "Sounds like the Beatles" to be the cardinal sin of music. It shows one of two things: a) They don't have have anything about them that is unique or different, or b) They're too insecure to show their real side, and I can't stand inauthentic music. Of course, there are exceptions.

"Sounds like the Beatles" to me means bright, jangly guitars, a tight rhythm section, heavy use of vocal harmonies and perhaps a somewhat psychedelic or surreal atmosphere, lyrically or musically. Tons of bands fulfill those criteria. You can't realistically expect every single band to create its own absolutely unique sound! Also, I guess you mean "inauthentic" as in they don't necessarily write about what they are really feeling, but the Beatles did that all the time. John and Paul were masters of using lyrics as sleight of hand to obscure their emotions and opinions, and don't even get started on how much they hid their "real side" in interviews.

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12 July 2012
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Being a fan of them doesn't mean you must be a copycat. That's why I'm not a huge Oasis fan – they sound to genericly copycat. And Ben, I don't think it's too much to expect unique styles by bands – because plenty of bands do it. As I said, I knew I'd be in the minority, but I think it crosses the line between homage and tasteless.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
13 July 2012
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I see your point with Oasis, because they went out of their way to market themselves as "the next Beatles" in the most pompous and pretentious possible way, not to mention their comparable lack of longevity and talent.

Bands incorporate influences and predecessors into their sound. Obviously unique genres can be heard in bands, but they are usually a mash-up of lots of other genres rather than something totally original and groundbreaking. I would have thought a list of favourite artists would be extremely limited if you consider borrowing sounds to be inauthentic.

I'm hard pressed to think of a band or artist which invented a totally new style with no ties to previous eras- the Ramones, perhaps?

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13 July 2012
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Well I think Electric Light Orchestra is fairly similar, and one of their songs seems to get mistaken as being the Beatles often….even if you don't think so, ELO is a fantastic band! a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

"ELO's Showdown was a favourite song of John Lennon. Lennon remarked that ELO were the "Sons of the Beatles". Ringo Starr and George Harrison made frequent guest appearances on ELO albums. As many know, Lynne was in the Travelin' Wilburys with Harrison."

 

13 July 2012
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My last post was a convoluted mess. Ben – I don't consider an unique sound to be a total new genre per say. Just someone who takes say, folk rock, and deviates significantly from the Dylan/Young/Browne model of folk rock. City and Colour being my example. I think if your band has a sound that makes people think you are the Beatles (or a band that sounds very similar to them), that's a little too similar for my tastes.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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