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To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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Zig said

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Can you just imagine if the Beatles, with their influence waning somewhat, started following the trends and made an album with Disco beats, or (*shudder*) they signed to Geffen and started making terrible synth-ey 80s albums...?

Yes...yes, I can.

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And here I was just talking to someone about how "Check My Machine" made me appreciate that Paul is capable of so much more than most of his 80s singles would have you believe.

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SatanHimself said

I never quite understood the love that album gets sometimes.  I still think it's an unlistenable mess.

Have you heard the expanded version with all the extras? That second disc with the extended "Check My Machine" and "Secret Friend" and "All You Horse Riders" I find more enjoyable than the album proper. Basically I like to think of the whole as a weird, heavily electronics-dependent double-album with a half-dozen or so proper pop songs that seem weirder than they are due to their very status as exceptions to the overall weirdness.

Give it another five years or so, and its reputation will have grown, just like Ram!

As for the topic, I don't kinow that there'd be a good time for them to make the kind of album they could've made after the 1970s. There's no way of knowing what kind of work John would've been capable of in the '80s, and Paul's and George's best '80s work didn't really occur within the same windows of time. As for what they might've been up to in the '70s, I'd love to have heard them incorporate the best of 70s technology to make the kind of state-of-the-art album for, say, 1978 that Abbey Road was in '69. Satan's opinion notwithstanding, I'm obsessed with imagining the brand of sophisticated Bee Gees style- pop-soul techno-disco!

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Beatles Do Disco... Help save us all.

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meanmistermustard said
Beatles Do Disco...
Help save us all.

So...you would not like the Phab Phour?
“Jive Talking” John Lennon a-hard-days-night-john-1

“Papa Pink” Paul MacCartney a-hard-days-night-paul-3

“GQ” George Harrison ahdn_george_01

Ringo “Soul Train” Starra-hard-days-night-ringo-11

You'd miss out out on songs like...

  • I Love The Day In The Nightlife
  • Turn The Beatles Around
  • Get Back Down Tonight
  • Heaven Never Knows

...and many more!!

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I thought Sgt Pepper wasn't too bad but then With A Little Help From My Friends happened and that whole video, no wait, that whole movie is so ridiculous. I think I just wet myself.

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meanmistermustard said

Beatles Do Disco... Help save us all.

Come on, like they didn't do semi-disco type things in their '70s solo careers already? "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" or "Silly Love Songs" would sound GREAT on dance stations (and probably do!)

And I'd mention the amazing fab "Goodnight Tonight" as well but I assume you probably hate that one anyways.

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Von Bontee said

meanmistermustard said

Beatles Do Disco... Help save us all.

Come on, like they didn't do semi-disco type things in their '70s solo careers already? "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" or "Silly Love Songs" would sound GREAT on dance stations (and probably do!)

And I'd mention the amazing fab "Goodnight Tonight" as well but I assume you probably hate that one anyways.

 

GT is a good song but I wouldn't say either WGYTTN or SLS were disco. I've been led to believe Ringo unsuccessfully entered into the world of disco on Ringo the Sixth; ive never heard it and considering the reviews i'm not going there any time soon. 

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Well I was kinda cheating, cause those two earlier songs ('74, 76) were really more like something that would evolve into what the world knew as "disco", after it was watered down and fluffed up and mechanized a bit. The term really really became known to the general public after about 1977, the year of "Saturday Night Fever" and all that. When I put those Lennon disco quotes in my other signature, I made it a point to include the quotes' actual date (1975, the year of the relevant interviews) to emphasize how John was certainly at the head of the curve, if not exactly ahead of it, at the time.

[And to be fair/unfair to poor Ringo, how much worse could Ringo the IVth be than Rotogravure or Bad Boy? Allegedly, anyways...I've never heard those albums, maybe they're all great! And getting further off-topic, what's this I read about George considering SUING Ringo because he didn't care for Ringo's cover version of "I'll Still Love You" from Rotogravure itself?? and instead just settling out of court? How have I never heard this story until just now, while researching Ringo's album history? And is that even legal, suing somebody over a performance of a song for which you're earning songwriting royalties?]

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Here's why I wish they had a reunion - especially in the '80s and beyond.

Trying to imagine what kind of music the four of them together (and that's the key: together) trying to predict that would be like predicting Sgt Pepper after listening to With The Beatles. Or like predicting Abbey Road after listening to Magical Mystery Tour.

Everything they did together was totally unpredictable. So saying 'Beatles disco', presumes that they wouldn't have advanced a whole other musical style. A style that never emerged because of their absence.

The only answer is who knows - however, we can assume based on past performance, that regardless of what was happening around them in pop music, what the four of them could have created as a result of a friendly reunion, would be been breath-taking.

 

 

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