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2 May 2013
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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.

8 May 2013
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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.

9 May 2013
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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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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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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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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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19 May 2015
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Funny Paper sent out an announcement stating 
I notice there are quite a few members here who are under 20.  This brings up a question I've had for some time: how exactly did you become a Beatles fan?  What was the process?  Did a peer in your same age group recommend you listen to the Beatles?  Did you accidentally hear a Beatles song one day?  Did an older person, maybe a person in your family (older sibling, aunt, uncle, parent, GRANDparent, GREATGRANDparentbrian-epstein) put on a record one day while you were in earshot?

What interests me specifically are two things:

1) what was the very first encounter you had with the Beatles -- how old were you, how did it happen?

2) why did the Beatles resonate so much with you that you decided they were special and not just like any other band? (again, I'm referring to initially when you first began to realize you liked the Beatles -- I'm not so much talking about your present thoughts about it).

@Pineapple Records 

So, okay, here goes. I had always heard about the Beatles-- who hasn't? They were that British rock band who took over the world a long time ago and are really famous. And one of the members had a funny name that sounded like-- Linen, or something. And dad might have played Abbey Road a bit too, though I don't remember much. 

(As an aside-- my dad brainwashed me with George's last album when I was very small. I knew it was by someone named George Harrison who was... a bit weird, by most accounts... but I didn't really make the connection to that British rock band.) 

I didn't really like rock-n-roll when I was younger, so much younger than today; I liked what is known as New Age (but only when other names fail to specify). 

UNTIL . . . . 

(Question one)

when I was about eight or so, I somehow discovered the Yellow Submarine Songtrack-- through my dad, to whom I owe nearly all my musical education. It wasn't long before I raided the family CD book for any and all Beatles albums I could find-- Sgt Pepper, MMT, White Album, and Abbey Road

(Question two)

It's simple really. The thing about the Beatles was, I enjoyed their music, whereas I didn't any of the others. And there was something about those four lads (once I learned their names-- 'Hey Dad, which one was the drummer again? Was it Paul McCartney?' seriously, I did say something like that once) that I just had to find out more about them. My granddad had the silver Beatles Anthology book, which I spent many an hour while at their house poring over (till I got to the page with the Two Virgins cover, which scarred my mind for life-- poor nine-year-old me). 

Funny Paper later sent the following follow-up  

1) Do you consider yourselves in any way "different" from your peers your age, because of your special love of the Beatles, while they seem to be indifferent to the Beatles or only casually like them so-so?

2) If yes to 1, why do you think some people, like you, were so deeply touched by the Beatles, yet others (maybe the slim majority?) seem untouched?  Why this difference?  I realize this second question is kind of philosophical and maybe asking for sociological or psychological speculation, but I'd be interested in your thoughts anyway.


1) Yes. My friends respect the Beatles-- none of them are blind enough to dislike them, thankfully-- but they aren't obsessive. Hence, my presence here. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

2) I think it mostly has to do with musical taste. My friends are all as weird as I am and none of us mind a bit... they just aren't Beatlemaniacs. I've tried, really, but... *sigh* you can't always win... 

It's also hard to get past the Beatles legend, which is as big as Strawberry Fields (it goes on as far as the eye can see), and find your way to the [insert positive adjective here] music behind it. 


That was a bit long.... a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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