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The Beatles' most "dated" songs
15 April 2012
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Hi Naedoba, welcome to the forum. Great to have you hear. Hope you hang around and dive into the full delights of Joe's site.

 

Im torn with Real Love and Free As A Bird as when they were first released i played them a lot (new beatles music - fantastic)but over time it went to "erm. ok..." and now its "where's Johns demos". (There is a recent thread regarding Real Love and Free As A Bird.)

 

If you wish to there is an introduce yourself thread, but its not compulsory or anything.

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15 April 2012
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I'm sad to say it but I think after "Mr Moonlight", the most dated song in the Beatles' catalogue is "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." The chorus isn't too bad, but compared to the rest of Sgt Pepper which stands up today incredibly well production wise unlike some other "psychedelic" albums of the era, Lucy's harpsichord intro sounds really rather chintzy and dated, plus the extremely surreal lyrics feel a bit forced nowadays IMO. Still love the song.

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Welcome Naedoba.

IMO, a "dated" song would be one that sounded great when it first came out, but then, due to outdated lyrics, melody or production no longer has any appeal.

"Appeal" is obviously very subjective.

I would put a song like "Ask Me Why" in the dated category simply because that style sounds old and corny, and I don't derive pleasure from listening to it. But if I liked that style, "Ask Me Why" wouldn't be dated - it would be "classic"

 

I put most Beatle songs in the "classic" category 'coz I never tire of them regardless of what the musical fashion of the day is.

 

If you take lyrics literally, then "Taxman" is dated (no more Mr Wilson or Mr Heath), so is "Back In The USSR" (no more BOAC airline), so is "Revolution" (no more Chairman Mao); but obviously you have to go by the spirit of the song.

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Meanmrsmustard listed "The Word" as a dated song.

I don't think I would agree. The melody's fun as is the arrangement. This was the first Beatles use of "love" as a cosmic love, not the physical love of "She Loves You." I don't think that concept will (or should) ever be dated.

 

Interestingly, in all these years McCartney had never played it live. Until this concert:

 

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28 April 2012
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"Honey Pie" sounds very old fashioned to me. I'm surprised no one else mentioned it.

28 April 2012
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I think somebody did mention it, though. (too lazy to find out who)

 

She loves you(yeah, yeah, yeah...) although repetitive choruses are sort of back in style, it would be easy to tell that the song is certainly not made in this decade

A Day In The Life, surprisingly, because of the lyrics. Or "She's Leaving Home", especially the line "a man from the motor trade"

A lot of "Indian" songs from George, like "Love You To", the singing style, the lovemaking lyrics and of course Indian style isn't that popular anymore in pop music

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Jackson said, "Honey Pie" sounds very old fashioned to me. I'm surprised no one else mentioned it."

 

"Honey Pie" was dated the minute it was released!

It's in the style of the 1920's - 1930's....

You could say the same of "Your Mother Should Know," "When I'm 64" ...

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When you talk about the way a song sounds I would say either Honey Pie or When I'm Sixty-Four. Lyric-wise, I would say Do You Want To Know A Secret or I Saw Her Standing There.

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Why the latter one?

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Because she's no longer just 17!

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She's a grandmother, has a few hairs on her chin, and walks with a limp.

 

[but no: she'll ALWAYS be 17]

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My posts are not taking for some reason...

Anyway my most "dated" are "Run For your Life" (lyrics) "Little Child" (sounds kind of pedo-themed these days) and my least fav from Paul "Your Mother Should Know"...

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If you think Little Child has a kind of pedo-theme then dont listen to Ringo's cover of 'You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful and You're Mine'.paul-mccartney

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Well yeah, that one too (You're Sixteen"....) Guess my brain was stuck in actual Beatles songs...

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Moving away from the Beatles another one would be Abba's Does Your Mother Know ("girl, you're only a child" being the reason why he wont go with her).

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Constance said, "Little Child" (sounds kind of pedo-themed these days)"

And along those lines, don't listen to the stalker song "Hello Goodbye"
("I don't know why you say good-bye, I say hello")

By the way, as with "Honey Pie, "When I'm 64" etc..., "Your Mother Should Know" sounded dated the moment it was released. It's got that 1920s-1930s sound that McCartney has always liked.

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The true stalker song is John's "No Reply"...but it is not a dated song...

12 May 2012
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Good point Constance - hadn't thought of that.

But the ULTIMATE stalker song (fortunately not in the Beatle catalog)? "Every Breath You Take" (I'll be watching you...)

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True, but as usual, the Beatles were first, lol

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a-hard-days-night-paul-6 I always though No Reply was freakish, too, I hope John didn't act on it. But knowing John, he probably did...*sigh*(Is there a thread concerning John's obscure songs? Because there are quite many)

 

I wonder if "I'll be on my way" could be considered dated? It's one of my favorites, actually, but it's very Buddy Hollyish, and well, is a song "dated" if it's very easy to figure out when it's written?

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