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The Beatles' most "dated" songs
23 March 2011
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My mom votes for "The Word," and I think I have to agree with that. What do you guys think the most dated songs of the Beatles were? 

 

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23 March 2011
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That was the exact same song I was thinking of when I saw this post. Any others? Love Me Do.

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
23 March 2011
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What makes "The Word" so dated - the music or the lyrical content? (Not challenging, just curious.)

My unimaginative answer: Gotta be one of their girl-group covers like "Baby It's You"; or maybe some archetypal '50s cover like one of the Carl Perkins ones.

(Wonder how you quantify "most dated" - is a track that sounds EXACTLY like a 1961 record more dated than one that sounds KINDA like a 1959 record? Or less? We need answers!)

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23 March 2011
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(Oh, and like I said on whatever-thread-that-was, I don't necessarily see dated-ness as a bad thing - unless it reflects somehting quantifiably bad about the date in question. If I watch "Breakfast At Tiffany's", I have no problem with the fact that it depicts 1961 - that's when it was made, after all. But the fact that in '61 it was considered acceptable for Mickey Rooney to play a truly embarrassing Japanese caricature - well, that's what I call bad datedness.)

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23 March 2011
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Personally, I say none. I believe that all the Beatles songs have aged well, and Love Me Do is the closest thing to dated.

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
23 March 2011
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I think all the Carl Perkins-style ones probably. George used to play the same guitar lick over and over again, particularly on songs like Honey Don't. I find them more dated than the Motown/soul covers because those have swung a bit back into fashion lately.

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23 March 2011
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Von Bontee said:

What makes "The Word" so dated – the music or the lyrical content? (Not challenging, just curious.)

My unimaginative answer: Gotta be one of their girl-group covers like "Baby It's You"; or maybe some archetypal '50s cover like one of the Carl Perkins ones.

(Wonder how you quantify "most dated" – is a track that sounds EXACTLY like a 1961 record more dated than one that sounds KINDA like a 1959 record? Or less? We need answers!)

 

I looked at it as one you listened to, and it just sounded like it just belonged in that time and wouldn't translate well nowadays. I think both music and words (especially The Word(s) — ha ha) immediately call to mind the 60's scene, but in a more cartoony way.The lyrics are filled with slogans, basically.

And yeah, I also thought of the older ones, too. Maybe Bad Boy, as well.

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23 March 2011
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I would have to agree with Bad Boy being dated, but also, I would say I Don't Want To Spoil the Party, and most of their covers!!

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23 March 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 OK, so it's the lyrics that date "The Word" then. Fair enough, I can see that.

 

Vonbontee: What's dated about "The Word"?

Starwisher: The words.

Vonbontee: Yeah, "The Word". What makes it dated?

Starwisher: The words!

Vonbontee: You've said that! I want to know: What's so dated about "The Word"?

Starwisher: THE WORDS!

Vonbontee: Oh, wait – you mean the lyrics.

Starwisher: Word.

 

That was fun.

 

"Back In The USSR" is certainly lyrically dated, considering that neither BOAC nor the USSR itself even exist anymore.

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23 March 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Glad I could be a part of your general amusement. :)

 

"Back In The USSR" is certainly lyrically dated, considering that neither BOAC nor the USSR itself even exist anymore.

You're right! And Paperback Writer for that matter, now that I think of it! Everyone wants to be a blogger now. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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23 March 2011
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While the USSR is no longer existent the theories and policies of it are still alive and well.

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23 March 2011
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But that doesn't mean the lyrics to the song itself is not dated. You listen to the song and automatically know it's before a certain point in time, anyways.

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23 March 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

Personally, I say none. I believe that all the Beatles songs have aged well, and Love Me Do is the closest thing to dated.

Have to agree here - it's THE BEATLES we're talking about; they just DON'T date. It's not an option!!!

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23 March 2011
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Von Bontee said:

Vonbontee: What's dated about "The Word"?

Starwisher: The words.

Vonbontee: Yeah, "The Word". What makes it dated?

Starwisher: The words!

Vonbontee: You've said that! I want to know: What's so dated about "The Word"?

Starwisher: THE WORDS!

Vonbontee: Oh, wait – you mean the lyrics.

Starwisher: Word.

Hmm... this reminds me of all those hilarious "Something" "conversations." Also my "I Don't Know" (working title for "I Want to Tell You") one. 

I don't mean dated as in old-fashioned or hasn't aged well. I mean dated as in you can easily tell the song was recorded in a certain time period. 

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23 March 2011
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Oh, in that case, All You Need Is Love.

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
23 March 2011
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Actually I think that's their most relevant song today MSK. heart

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23 March 2011
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mithveaen said:

Actually I think that's their most relevant song today MSK. heart

Just call me Sun King. The message is certainly needed at this crucial time in the world, but it has that hippie, late 60's, flower power feel that, even though the message is relevant, it will always be clear that All You Need Is Love is a 60's song. I love the song, but it clearly is a song from an era.

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
23 March 2011
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Ok Sun King.

 

If you say it like that then yes, it's the song for an era definetly. My problem is with the word "dated" a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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23 March 2011
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I completely agree. When I first read dated, this is what I wrote:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

Personally, I say none. I believe that all the Beatles songs have aged well, and Love Me Do is the closest thing to dated.

But when MMM clarified dated, I wrote what I wrote about All You Need Is Love.

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23 March 2011
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I know.. even with that explanation I got confused. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13 apple01

 

number 9... number 9..... number 9...

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