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Question for Beatles fans under 20
2 May 2013
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Gerell
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And his dad remarking yeah's in She Loves You as Americanisms which I infer, he does not like. Old music as in Honey Pie which is one nice track, both the album and the anthology version.

I just listened to some solo-career albums of John, funny to hear that one of his tracks sounds like granny shit music like Crippled Inside. Personally I could only handle a few of his solo-career songs well it's understood that I am a Paul fan but in my ears I noticed that the songs sound too similar, it must be because of Phil Spector, the band, or the double-tracked John's voice or even maybe I was used to Paul's variety. No offence meant. But I do like some of his tracks like Watching the Wheels,Jealous Guy, Instant Karma and a few others.

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
2 May 2013
9.45pm
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Didn't Paul's dad want them to change it to "She loves you, yes, yes, yes"?

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3 May 2013
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Yep that's what he wanted, that would even be a more different song and a different world together.

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
3 May 2013
12.26pm
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This reminds me, in my school diary, on Monday's date I wrote the lyrics to 'SLY', and when I turned the page over it said:

(Mr McCartney) – Why do you have to use Americanisms and say yeah, yeah, yeah? What can't you just say yes, yes, yes?

(Paul) – Not quite the same, dad.

I read a quote by Paul once, and I must have written it down. I'd forgotten so it cheered my boring maths class up :D

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8 May 2013
2.26pm
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Hello

Although I' m 25 right now I first became a Beatlefan when I was 10. How and why? well, it' s something that I' m still trying to figure out in a way. My brothers had the "Oldies but goldies" cassette. I liked it but I never gave it much attention, and I remember the first song I liked in my life was Paul McCartney' s "We all stand together" (I was 4 or 5 and I asked "What is this? sounds really good!"). Due to a Full House episode where The Beach Boys were invited guests I became interested in them and in 60' s music. One night in 1998 I watched the Beach Boys movie (that was pretty bad) and then I went to sleep. My father started watching the movie Imagine, that came right after it. I was trying to sleep but I got hooked up on the movie, like hypnotized in a way, half dreaming half awake and seeing half of the Tv from where I was. I think I felt some sort of spiritual connection with the Beatles and John Lennon' s music that night because after that day I became obsessed with them. All I listened to then was the Beatles and other 60' s bands related to them, I started singing their songs in school (and my classmates liked it and asked me to sing), I made a website (that sadly I could never put online, I had it all complete in my computer, it was pretty cool for it' s time, you would click on an album, then a song, and you would get the lyrics, a moving bar with the story of the song and a midi track in the background), and I even participated in a Beatles radio show. All this between ages 10 and 13.

After 13 I chilled out from the Beatles and started listening to other types of music. I barely listened to them during that time. Recently I' m becoming interested in them again since I realized their music is the only music that resonates with me, puts me in a good mood when I feel blocked and takes me back to my roots.

8 May 2013
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Thanks Spectre, that was very interesting.  Just want everyone who has participated to know, I've been reading along, and I find it all fascinating.  Ideally what would be cool is to develop a video documentary that interviews young Beatles fans -- say, ages 12 to 29 (as long as the 29 year old began to get hooked in his teens and not only just last year).

 

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9 May 2013
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Funny Paper said
Thanks Spectre, that was very interesting.  Just want everyone who has participated to know, I've been reading along, and I find it all fascinating.  Ideally what would be cool is to develop a video documentary that interviews young Beatles fans -- say, ages 12 to 29 (as long as the 29 year old began to get hooked in his teens and not only just last year).

 

It should start at 10! *coughBeatlesintheBloodcough*

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9 May 2013
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Well I'm 18 yo. And my story is quite simple, I always overheard "The Beatles" as the greatest band ever, as popular as christ and so on.

I was 15 when I told myself, "fuck it, listen to one album and find out what the great fuzz is all about" (I used to listen to pop acts back in the day like Kylie Minogue, Björk etc.) And I listened to Sgt Pepper's (maybe not the best choice) it scared the shit out of me, but the start of the reprise was just magic to me, and from that day I've been in an incredible quest discovering all the masterpieces that the Greatest and BEST band of all time made. 
 
Pink Floyd may be my favorite band, but the Beatles just, they live inside me, I carry them anywhere I go, it's like they're my family, they support me when I'm sad, celebrate with me when I'm not, (I probably sound like a virgin by now, so I'll leave it there…) a-hard-days-night-paul-11
9 May 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said

Funny Paper said
Thanks Spectre, that was very interesting.  Just want everyone who has participated to know, I've been reading along, and I find it all fascinating.  Ideally what would be cool is to develop a video documentary that interviews young Beatles fans -- say, ages 12 to 29 (as long as the 29 year old began to get hooked in his teens and not only just last year).

 

It should start at 10! *coughBeatlesintheBloodcough*

Wow, I didn't know there was a 10 year old here!  But that occurs to me -- obviously, there shouldn't be a lower age limit, because the whole point is how singular it is for younger people to be fans of an old band from nearly the middle of the last century.

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9 May 2013
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From nearly all the stories I've read on this thread now (including the latest, Fernando), I'm struck by the seeming absence of any peer pressure or generational issues or cultural impediments -- it's like none of these factors were even in play at all.  It's like a young person in 1990, 1995, or 2000, or 2005, or 2010 just decides one day to sample the Beatles like a person decides to pick a cherry from a tree in a public park full of different fruit trees.

I would have thought there would have been stories that highlighted more a sense of how the individual kid actually felt like he had to go against the grain and/or go to great lengths to find them, etc.

I have a feeling, though, that it would be entirely different for a 15 year old today to decide to become, say, a Sinatra fan (even a Nancy Sinatra fan!).

 

 

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9 May 2013
9.47am
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^ Do you mean that you're surprised that we aren't under more pressure to not be Beatles fans (in this instance)?

If so, I wouldn't say I'm under peer pressure, as such, but there is a lot of things said like ''she's a bit weird, she likes old bands''. Even off my own friends, never mind the rest! It's frustrating sometimes, but I've learnt to just ignore them. I am in love with one of the best bands there have ever been, and ever will be. It's their loss if they aren't, not mine.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

9 May 2013
3.17pm
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fabfouremily said
^ Do you mean that you're surprised that we aren't under more pressure to not be Beatles fans (in this instance)?

If so, I wouldn't say I'm under peer pressure, as such, but there is a lot of things said like ''she's a bit weird, she likes old bands''. Even off my own friends, never mind the rest! It's frustrating sometimes, but I've learnt to just ignore them. I am in love with one of the best bands there have ever been, and ever will be. It's their loss if they aren't, not mine.

Yes to your initial question -- but as for your second paragraph, I'm more thinking of the process that led you up to your first discovery of the Beatles -- whether any social, cultural, or just practical "road blocks" were in the way (one practical road block would be the lack of easy availability due to more current music being prominently displayed and available and promoted -- which then also becomes a cultural factor). 

From all the descriptions so far (unless I missed a few details), it seems that one can conclude that for a young person in the 90s through to now, it is easy to 1) be referred to the Beatles, and 2) to find the Beatles.  It's almost like it's not terribly much more difficult than glomming on to (did "glomming on to" become uncool 15 minutes ago?mal-evans ) Justin Bieber or something.  My impression is like the kid is at a carnival or at a big megastore.  Sure, there are giant signs and lights flashing over at the Beeb section.  But all the kid has to do to get to the Beatles is take one left turn, and go down one aisle, and there they are.  Perhaps it's because our surrounding pop culture and its music industry has made the Beatles continually easy to be available and even promoted. 

The only issue seems to be whether the kid becomes hooked to the Beatles after that point; and peer pressure after that seems to be a factor, but rather minimal.

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9 May 2013
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Funny Paper said
From nearly all the stories I've read on this thread now (including the latest, Fernando), I'm struck by the seeming absence of any peer pressure or generational issues or cultural impediments -- it's like none of these factors were even in play at all.  It's like a young person in 1990, 1995, or 2000, or 2005, or 2010 just decides one day to sample the Beatles like a person decides to pick a cherry from a tree in a public park full of different fruit trees.

I would have thought there would have been stories that highlighted more a sense of how the individual kid actually felt like he had to go against the grain and/or go to great lengths to find them, etc.

I have a feeling, though, that it would be entirely different for a 15 year old today to decide to become, say, a Sinatra fan (even a Nancy Sinatra fan!).

 

I get you man, and IT IS a factor, (I always get the "he's a dirty hippie, he likes old music, weirdo, old man in a youngling's body, etc."

But it ain't something I can't handdle, I love being different from the rest and not liking the shitty music that all kids listen nowadays, so I couldn't care less.

9 May 2013
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Fernando_Gongora said

Funny Paper said
From nearly all the stories I've read on this thread now (including the latest, Fernando), I'm struck by the seeming absence of any peer pressure or generational issues or cultural impediments -- it's like none of these factors were even in play at all.  It's like a young person in 1990, 1995, or 2000, or 2005, or 2010 just decides one day to sample the Beatles like a person decides to pick a cherry from a tree in a public park full of different fruit trees.

I would have thought there would have been stories that highlighted more a sense of how the individual kid actually felt like he had to go against the grain and/or go to great lengths to find them, etc.

I have a feeling, though, that it would be entirely different for a 15 year old today to decide to become, say, a Sinatra fan (even a Nancy Sinatra fan!).

 

 

I get you man, and IT IS a factor, (I always get the "he's a dirty hippie, he likes old music, weirdo, old man in a youngling's body, etc." But it ain't something I can't handdle, I love being different from the rest and not liking the shitty music that all kids listen nowadays, so I couldn't care less.

9 May 2013
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I am 16 turning 17 in September.  I used to always kind of hear The Beatles around since my dad is a huge fan. He collects memorabilia and used to have a whole room full of gold records, autographs, everything (Now the collection is only down to 1 poster, one signed 45, and an autographed booklet ): ) So, I was always around the music and I knew the songs, but I never got too interested. From age 8-14 the only music I would listen to was Broadway music… Heh. But I got tired of that and there was a period of time when I was 14/15 that I didn't listen to any music at all because I just didn't like anything I heard. 
Then one day out of the blue I got You Really Got A Hold On Me stuck in my head. Out of nowhere. So I looked it up on YouTube and liked it a lot. Since I was desperate to hear anything at that point, I decided to click on all the little suggestions on the side of that video. And, what do you know, I liked everything I heard! I had heard the songs before but not in a long time.
 The main thing that attracted me to them was… Well I liked everything I heard! No exaggeration, I had never heard an artist/band where I liked more than one song from them, with the exception of Amy Winehouse (I like Back to Black). So, this was shocking. I had a lot of resources with my dad being a Beatles fanatic, so I learned a lot quickly. 
 I think that was last March that I "officially" started really liking them. Afterwards I got even more into other '60s artists and found that's what I liked. I had always liked "older" music before so this wasn't too much of a change. 
 
Whenever I get the oppurtunity, which isn't often, I do try to convert people! Once I had someone over to study for some exams, and I had all the Beatles albums I had playing in the background. She noted that "none of the songs sound the same" and I think that sums it up!  Can you imagine a crossover between This Boy and Helter Skelter
 
Anyways ever since then I've been pretty devoted.
 
Do I think I'm "different" for liking them? No. They're the most popular band of all time, and still are. I do like other lesser known '60s groups that may not be as popular, but it's not anything unusual. I was more "different" when the only thing I would listen to was '40s and '50s Broadway… But even then I didn't care what anyone else thought since I believed it to be the best type of music.
 
And I think a lot of people are touched by The Beatles. Maybe they're not as uprfront and liked as they were in 1964, but it has been 50 years; music has changed quite a bit, there are 4 billion more people out there with all types of different music tastes, and blah blah. I'd say it's about exactly 50% with my age group regarding Classic Rock/'60s stuff. One half honors it and likes it (though they may not listen to it all the time), and the other half has never even heard of groups such as "The Beatles", and refuses to listen to anything pre-2000 because it's "old" or "stupid". The latter gets me very frustrated… I could go on for ages about it.
 
About "retro" coming back… That's definitely whats "in" now. I am genuinely interested in '60s music, clothes, electronics, hair, everything. My interest just happened to roll around the same time this whole "vintage" (I have a real hatred for this word) craze has come around. I rant about it a LOT. I'll just stop here since I could be typing forever about it and I'm tired. 
10 May 2013
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Fernando_Gongora said
I get you man, and IT IS a factor, (I always get the "he's a dirty hippie, he likes old music, weirdo, old man in a youngling's body, etc." But it ain't something I can't handdle, I love being different from the rest and not liking the shitty music that all kids listen nowadays, so I couldn't care less.

That's more of what I was thinking; but it's surprising how few of the responders above noted this as a major factor.  Probably the majority of kids these days are not fans of the Beatles, but a few may "respect" them but not really listen to them much. That's why I think young Beatles fans in the last decade or two are special -- they're going against the grain.

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10 May 2013
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Thanks nowhereland! 

I don't know why these stories interest me so, but I find them fascinating like excerpts from a novel or something.  The phenomenon itself intrigues me, and I'm still trying to explain it in my head.  All the responses so far have helped in one way, but also vaguely confused me in another way (maybe because I was expecting some kind of logical pattern of discovery -- like a 12 year old kid in 1999 is looking for his or her teddy bear in a trunk in the attic, and finds a White Album, then puts it on the turntable that happens to be up there too…). 

From most of the stories so far above, the initial acquaintence with the Beatles seems rather uneventful and easy, almost accidental (but not without serendipity); rather than some arduous journey…

 

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10 May 2013
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^^^ About the ''arduous journey'', I'll say that people have much more access to music now. I listened to a Beatles compilation album and within a month I'd listened to all of their songs at least once (most more), and all of their albums all the way through a couple more later. That's something that us younger people here should be very grateful for. I was talking to my mom the other day and she said that when she was younger, she bought all The Jam singles, albums, etc because she loved them. But she also loved The Who. And for that reason, every time either one bought something new out (or if she came across an ''old'' record, in the Who's case), she had to decide whether to buy it or wait for the other band. That's something I don't have to face, luckily, as all the music I could ever want is online (and of course because I like very few active bands/artists). Listening to music online isn't the way I like to do it most of the time, but I'm definitely glad that it's there for when I do.

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10 May 2013
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I recall a day probably in the early 1970s; I was still a teenager, hadn't yet discovered the Beatles, but I had become a fan of Ram, then of the McCartney solo album -- and when Wings Wild Life came out not much later, I was excited to buy it.  One problem: the bass on the opening song, "Mumbo", was so jolting and furious, it kept bouncing the needle on my turntable.  So I took the album and walked a few blocks to the record store where I bought it.  The pretty woman who must have been in her early 30s but quite attractive to my shy teenage sensibilities took me into one of their booths they had where customers could listen to records before purchasing them, and she put the album on their turntable. I still recall her smile when she heard Paul screaming the opening lines of "Mumbo", indicating she was a fan.  At any rate, she told me all I had to do was adjust the weight of the needle-arm, which I didn't know about.

No ipods, no computers, no CDs, not even any MTV -- not even any real music magazines to speak of outside of Rolling Stone and Downbeat.  If I hadn't accidentally heard Ram on a farm in the summer of 1970 (my second time on a farm in all my life, being a city boy), my musical education may well have been retarded for many years.

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