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The Beatles' most "dated" songs
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12 May 2012
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minime said
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?

I think a song is "dated" if is not something that would gain an audience in the present time...which is not the case with too many of the Beatles songs, in my opinion...in fact, lots of recording artists are still choosing their 40-50 year old songs to record.

 

John often said he could only write songs that were personal or applied to his life, while Paul did the opposite and wrote in general terms and did more "story-telling" songs...I think probably all of the John songs have some truth in them...

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To summarize this thread thus far, some people are taking "dated" to mean the "theme" of the song. For example, The Word and All You Need Is Love are 60's flower-power songs.

Some people are using "dated" to mean the "sound" of the song as in their old covers on the BBC or their psychadelic-sounding songs.

My personal favorite interpretation of the term "dated" in this thread is when specific words are used that put the song in it's specific time frame. I got this idea when playing the game where we try to guess The Beatles song that is related to a picture. I posted a picture of a fuse to represent When I'm Sixty-Four. http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....7/#p156658

In the '60s, Paul would sing about mending a fuse. Now, he would be writing a lyric about a breaker box.

Some of the things that have been mentioned in the thread so far that I heart:

song/term/person who first mentioned it

1. Back In The USSR - that entity doesn't exist now (@Von Bontee), BOAC (@Into the Sky with Diamonds)


BOAC is the acronym for British Overseas Airways Corporation. I wonder if they put out logo t-shirts?

2. Revolution - Chairman Mao (Till There Was You)

3. Polythene Pam - News of the World (Von Bontee)

4. Taxman - Mr Wilson and Mr Heath (Intto The Sky With Diamonds)

5. She's Leaving Home - meeting a man from the motor trade (minime) Note: I think this one counts, or is a difference in British and American lingo?

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The drums on "She Said She Said" sounds very 60s to me. But I think that might be the production; if someone put out the song today, it would probably blend in well with most modern rock on the radio.

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Ahhh Girl said
To summarize this thread thus far, some people are taking "dated" to mean the "theme" of the song. For example,
The Word and All You Need Is Love are 60's flower-power songs.

Heaven help us if the sentiments in these two songs become dated. There is too much hate in the world these days.

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Like this, @Ahhh Girl?

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Or this?

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Or this?

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Or this?

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Always did like their bags... Used by discerning people...

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"Till There Was You".  I kinda cringe when I hear that, although if I can get past that, I do find myself humming to it, or worse singing it! paul-mccartney

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk38/rickdelsie/The%20Beatles/parlunread_zps28270d9d.gif BEATLES Music gives me Eargasms!  apple01

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I thought Love Me Do sounded dated when it came out, still do. Like it a lot though. I feel the same about She Loves You which is not one of my favourites.

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Ooh good thread. Beatles lyrics have done remarkably well after 50 years (despite the views of a certain late scottish critic), but there are a number of phrases and words that may potentially need translation.

Some phrases are borderline: Sunday driver and Day Tripper come to mind. A line like all the girls around her say she's got it coming but she gets it while she can will confuse people one day.

A Day In The Life - I'd love to turn you on this has already lost one of its specific 60's slang meanings, to introduce someone to something, particularly drugs. We'd now say 'put someone onto something' but that wouldn't scan! While we're here dovetail joint had an entirely secondary meaning that was a slang joke when it was written.

Back In The USSR - Honey disconnect the phone I can't believe this got missed :D Even waiting by the phone is still relevant.

Come Together - this is so full of deliberate and fake jargon it already requires a pamphlet for the younger folk to sort out which is which. Flatttop, holy roller are real for instance.

Doctor Robert national health a specifically British reference that the Tories are only too keen to make a thing of the past :P If I was a really cynical person I'd apply Taxman in the same vein.

That's enough to get started.

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^ Aw, yeah, that's what I'm talking about, @ewe2.
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Is parlnace one of your alter egos?
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& that is how we used Sunday driver.

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