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12 March 2010
Any song that was clearly written to be a commercial song ("All You Need Is Love", "Hello, Goodbye", "Come Together", etc.). I'm not saying this to be "hipster" (sorry I resurrected that obnoxious word, guys, but it was the only suitable description I could think of…) or anything, but I get so annoyed when someone discovers my passion for The Beatles and consequently makes a statement about how much they "love" their music and continues to tell me that their favorite song is one of the best-known, most commercialized songs. When I proceed to tell them that mine is a tie between "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Girl", they give me a puzzled look as they inform me that they have never heard of those songs before. When they ask me to list more songs that I'm particularly fond of ("Happiness Is A Warm Gun", "Rain", "This Boy", etc.) in hopes that they, too, will share an appreciation for the material (or at least know what it is…), they confusedly stare at me as they try to register all of those new-to-them song titles.
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with someone's favorite Beatles songs being one of the super popular ones--they are, after all, considered to be classics for a reason--but I really cannot stand when they're someone's "favorite" just because they're the only ones they know (and knowing when to sing "All you need is love, love: love is all you need" should not count as "knowing" the song!).
Really, I'm more annoyed with the people in the end than the commercialism of the songs… The Beatles shouldn't be put down just because they were able to appeal to/sell to so many! That was a part of the magic!!!
Since I was a passionate Beatles missionary back when I was a teenager, too, I think I get your drift.
You're frustrated that so many Beatle only love them for the hits without even knowing masterpieces like A day in the live, Tomorrow never knows or Helter Skelter.
It still sounds funny and it's surely asking a lot to have favourite songs they DON'T know!
I strongly disagree with the "commercial" song writing thing.
Dude, they all wanted to become rich and famous, so ALL their songs, at least up until Revolver, were written for a commercial purpose.
They were a Pop-Band, they wanted to be popular, so they wrote songs they thought would be liked by the people.
Of course they didn't fall to the mistake of repeating a successful formula but instead kept on developing their music incredibly. And Sgt. Pepper's was the climax where this supposed "commercial" music was transformed into serious art (while still being totally enjoyable!).
And ALL their songs have something special, interesting that keeps them ahead of the truly "commercial" stuff today and back then, music without any heart and soul.
So while it's a bit frustrating that so many fantastic Beatles songs are not getting the spotlight they might deserve – isn't it great that there are still SO MANY very well known Beatles songs (red and blue album…)?
Other fantastic bands have ONE hit and nobody cares about the rest of their stuff.
How many Bobby McFerrin songs or albums do you know? Did you know about his classical music work? Most people only know Don't worry, be happy. It's still great that at least they know him at all.
So just spread the word and the love and people will keep on falling in love with The Beatles for ever – even if only for their hits.
13 August 2012
14 November 2010
Oh I've got a good handful of these tucked away somewhere but I don't want to revisit them all right now….
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey comes to mind though. I used to really like it. now I just get irritated with it. It's a bit obnoxious. That was probably the point of the song though
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