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Before You Loved The Beatles
18 February 2013
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It's funny, I was just remembering a time when I was about 6 or 7 and invented this rivalry between the Beatles and Beach boys, and was for some reason jealous of the Beatles! This was based on nothing but the fact that I owned singles of both "She Loves You" and "Surfin' USA", which were both on the orange-yellow Capitol label, and both bands had "Bea…" in their names. (This was more than a decade before I read about the real-life friendly rivalry between both bands, you understand…)

I can't really remember why I imagined I needed to be jealous of the Beatles on behalf of the Beach Boys – maybe because I somehow knew the Beatles were more popular, and had a cartoon TV show, whereas I imagined I was a bigger B.Boys fan since I owned an entire album of theirs (Best of Volume II) aside from the single. Weird, but that's the 7 year-old's mind in action. Anyways, my belief in the Beach Boys' superiority didn't last long.

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
6 March 2013
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I just remembered this:

When I was little, I had a raccoon figurine, and I named it Rocky after the song, even though I didn't know who the song was by or any of the lyrics. I think I might have even thought it was a David Bowie song for a while.

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6 March 2013
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How did you know the song even existed? Did you have a parent or sibling who owned the album or something?

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
6 March 2013
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Yeah, my parents would play The White Album all the time. I remember liking a lot of the songs, but not really knowing who it was. I also remember that the CD (yes, it's a CD) was broken because my mom dropped it, but the only songs that wouldn't work were Back In The USSR and Dear Prudence. I often asked my mom why she couldn't go get the CD fixed. It didn't even occur to me to get a new one… but I wouldn't like that now, even though it's broken. I'd rather have an old, broken CD than a new one. I'd rather have a record, but I don't have a record player…

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8 March 2013
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Not sure where to put this, but I just recalled this memory from when I'd just become a Beatle fan when I was 8:

Someone explained the Paul is dead rumor to me, and it was around the same time I heard about people spraypainting "Frodo lives!" on subway stations and walls. I somehow decided the two were related. I also came away with the impression that people in the 60s were passionate about weird things and had a lot of time on their hands.

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10 March 2013
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A more recent memory just popped into my mind: Not too long before I started listening to The Beatles, I liked Regina Spektor's music. She covered Real Love, and I liked the song, but I thought it was hers. Then, not too long after I started listening to The Beatles, I looked up Real Love on YouTube and one of the videos was Real Love by The Beatles. I was confused at first, but then it dawned on me that Regina Spektor had covered the song.

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20 March 2013
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When I was really little I used to yell at my parents for playing ANY music in the house. But, my Dad was also a big Beatles fan, and he played Beatles music all the time, and I just got hooked. Beatles fan for life.

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28 May 2014
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My parents were never really hardcore fans, so they did not really raise me with The Beatles. It was after their time, though…

So when I was 10/11 years old, we were at my grandparents house, and I was bored, there is no tv and no internet, but there was an old record player… I asked my mom if there were any Beatle records, just because I had (obviously) heard from The Beatles, after all they were the greatest band ever to have existed. And there weren't any other records that seemed interesting.

She showed me The Red Album and The Beatles Greatest. I only remember the cover from The Red Album, and Paul stood out. I remarked to my dad that he looked handsome a-hard-days-night-paul-8… That is all I remember, I might have heard of John Lennon before, but I really don't know.

From The Beatles greatest, I remember the songs "Please Mr. Postman" which I enjoyed and "Twist And Shout" which I found really weird, with all the screaming and stuff.

 

After I heard them, I wasn't that impressed… Until about 3 months ago, the rest is history…

28 May 2014
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I remember being real into Maxwell's sliver hammer and looking it up on YouTube. I looked at the comments and some one said that "John was mooning Paul at one point and that's why he laughed"

 

I thought that that was a cute band moment so I looked up the song on Wikipedia and was like a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 cause everyone but Paul hated that song.

 

Before getting real into the Beatles I thought the Ringo was the front man for the Beatles.

 

And that John Lennon was like above the other Beatles (except Ringo) and that Paul was like one of those guys who tries to elevate himself by association with John Lennon. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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28 May 2014
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I probably loved their songs as a child--I had the Lady Madonna single, Let it Be, and the soundtrack to the Bee Gees Sgt. Pepper movie by the time I was 12 (1982), but my parents didn't educate me at all about The Beatles because they were into folk music. I would say I "liked" them. I stopped listening to them until about 1992 when I gave them another chance with the White Album, which I didn't like…and unfortunately because I didn't like it I stopped there until three or four years ago, when my friend gave me the entire 1987 CD collection when he bought the remasters.

To answer the question, what did I think about them before I loved them--I thought Paul McCartney was horrible and sappy, and that The Beatles represented washed up baby boomer ideology that sold out to commercialism and corporate culture. I considered their songs to be formulaic and for the most part uninspiring, even annoying, mainly because most of my exposure to the songs consisted of such things as hearing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" at the supermarket while standing behind women pushing screaming children in shopping carts, or hearing Beatles songs as soundtracks to ridiculous commercials depicting cute babies smiling and crawling around in diapers.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

28 May 2014
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Storytime. So I only got into the Beatles around January or February this year. Beforehand, all I'd heard were references to them. My dad's side of the family have always been Beatles fans (or at least my granddad and great-uncle), so I'd heard references every now and then. My great-uncle had (and still does) a few LPs in his dining room/kitchen – the Red and Blue albums, and AHDN, I think (not too sure about that). I was interested in how much they'd changed over the years, although I still didn't listen to their music until this year. My uncle basically looks like what John Lennon would today – he's based his appearance on John's '69 look with the long hair and beard, so that's where I realised he'd based his appearance on. Like most people, I'd seen occasional references but not thought much of them. Within the past few years, I'd say my favourite band was the Beatles because I'd never gotten into 'mainstream' music beforehand. We were supposed to do a presentation on our favourite band a few months before I got into them, but I didn't know any, so I chose them. I didn't get any further than the first slide though, because I knew nothing about them. My dad also has a mixtape which contains part of A Day In The Life. For Christmas 2013, I got a sheet music book with old popular top hits in, but again, I didn't know any music apart from the few Christmas ones at the time. There's a few Beatles ones in there – Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby and When I'm Sixty-Four. I'm not a fan of sheet music, so I don't really use it. I brought the book with me to my Dad's house and he asked me if I knew any, but I didn't.

But moving on to this year, I decided to scavenge for happy music made into minor key, since the musicology interested me. I came across the version of Hey Jude in minor and thought to myself "what the hell, I'll listen". So there I was, amazed by the fact that the Beatles aren't all old-fashioned guitar music! I realised how timeless they are right away. I heard the "Na, na na nanana na!" part and I was blown away – I'd heard it before but I didn't realise it was the Beatles! I tried to name them from the famous With The Beatles picture, but I could only name Paul and Ringo – I forgot that John Lennon was a Beatle and had no idea who George Harrison was. So that night (or maybe within the next few), I scavenged for Beatles songs. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was next. I looked at a few lists of favourite songs for a bit and decided to listen to the ones with interesting titles that I might possibly enjoy, and soon enough I'd listened to quite a few. They were all later songs from their career – I don't think I had any preceding Sgt. Pepper. My mum was a bit annoyed that most of the songs were kind of depressing (Maxwell's Silver Hammer, I'm looking at you), asking me why I wasn't listening to their early charty stuff, to which I replied that I didn't really like it.

How wrong I was.

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28 May 2014
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vonbontee said

Fom the age of 5-11 (1972-78) I was aware of the Beatles but couldn't name any of 'em

OK, dunno why I said this, because sometime before '76 I became aware that Paul was a Beatle, because I'd been given as gifts the singles of "Uncle Albert", "Hi Hi Hi" and "Listen To What the Man Said", all shortly after they became hits. And I found out somehow that Paul did them all and that he used to be a Beatle. (Probably my mother told me, she woulda known.) I was quite fond of my little McCartney/Wings "collection" – all three of them had different labels.

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28 May 2014
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Before I loved The Beatles, I liked the Beatles. Like, I had and liked that, and I'd listened to Sgt. Pepper's and The White Album

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28 May 2014
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I honestly thought they were a boy band haha

 

I'm so embarrassed that I once thought this

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I really do not remember. I was only 6 when I really liked the Beatles. I was when I purchased 1, and could not stop listening to it over and over again looking at the little booklet that came with it. I had all the pics of the singles from it, you should know what I meam, but back to the point. Probably it would be Eric Clapton. My dad always got his cds and concert tapes. Actually a funny story. I do not remember this, but my dad told me that I found glasses and picked my older sister's guitar up and prettended to be him. But I would later find my love for the Beatles.

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28 May 2014
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^

That's a cute story. My mom used to play a lot of Eric Clapton too. Layla (the Derek and the Dominos version) is one that always stuck, because I hated it. I hated it so much.

Anyway, before I loved the Beatles I quite liked them, but didn't really pay attention to them. My parents have always played their music in the house, so the Beatles have always kind of been around me. I remember them buying 1, and me always begging them to skip the first track. I always started to cry when I heard Love Me Do, apparently. They also had some LP's, and my grandparents were fans as well so I'd often hear Beatles music in their house too. I liked it as a kid, and later on I still did, but never admitted it and fell into the abyss of crappy music like Britney Spears. Pff, I didn't like those Beatles, back then I thought of it as old man music. Then, when I was about 13, I realized that they are actually one of the biggest band, if not the biggest band, in the world and influenced a lot of others, so I figured they must be good and wanted to hear everything by them. I thought I was so cool because I knew a lot of Beatles songs. I thought I was such a developed person.

7 June 2014
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When I was 3-4, I didn't know who the fourth Beatle was, and even when I knew who he was, I thought he was dead! That was bad, but I was pretty stupid as a 3 year old.paul-mccartneypaul-mccartneypaul-mccartney

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8 June 2014
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Being the son of parents who grew up with the Beatles, I was aware of them as a kid but didn't really "get" the Beatles until Anthology in '95. After that, I went through a Beatle phase that lasted until mid-1996 when Beck released Odelay, for years my standard answer to "What's your favorite album ever?" (It still ranks up there now.) I was massively into Beck (and a few others like They Might Be Giants and Nickel Creek) until about 2006 when Beck started to lose his way, Nickel Creek split up and TMBG's non-childrens albums were starting to bore me. It was around then that I slowly got back into the Beatles culminating with the purchase of a book called Fab Four FAQ. After that, it was all over.

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8 June 2014
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I listened to The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.  I still do.

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I remember first listening to Sgt. Pepper and thinking, "Wow! How cool is this? After that, I started buying their records, watching the movies, etc. I've loved them ever since. Thank you!

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