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Correcting friends/family on Beatles facts?
20 April 2013
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Okay, so I'm wondering if anyone else runs into this.  Do you even find yourself biting your tongue, because you don't want to sound like a total know-it-all-snob when it comes to The Beatles?  I run into this sometimes.  I don't care so much if it's my spouse because he won't get offended at all.  He knows that I know way more about them because I'm more into their music than he is, and I'm doing him a favour by nicely giving him the correct information!  Just the other day "When I'm Sixty-Four" was on and I commented that it would be cool if Paul would sing it in concert.  He said he had thought it was John singing, and I explained that it wasn't but that he does sound different because his voice is sped up a little to sound younger, because of when he had written it.  He totally appreciates the information...  

With other people I have to be more careful, but it's so hard sometimes!  People just don't check their facts.  It's totally okay if people don't want to know about The Beatles, and I'm not going to throw facts at people all the time..  but does correcting someone seem pretentious?  Example:  My sister-in-law recently watched that blasphemous shit of a "documentary" called "Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison" (there is a thread about it somewhere I believe.  It's just awful).  I had seen it before a couple of years ago.  It's fine if you want to watch that garbage, but you have to understand that it's not real at all, which I don't think she she did.  She was using "facts" from the documentary like it's real.  First she's explaining why the Rubber Soul cover looks how it does (she's trying to say it's them looking down at Paul in the grave, and I'm explaining that the picture fell back a little on the projector and they liked it.. you all know the story).  Then she's trying to say that Paul started to play right handed and I was like "No, I don't think so.."  and she is saying that she saw these pictures of him playing right handed, again from the documentary (just a few pictures from the India trip).  Then she was commenting about how he reacted to John dying, the whole "It's a drag" thing that he got so much shit for.  I tried to explain to her, how would you feel if someone like that in your life died, someone with such a deep yet turbulant history that they had, and some dick was shoving a microphone in your face asking you how it feels?  In the documentary (I hate calling it that) it uses that footage to basically imply that "Faul" got him killed, which is so harsh!  It really annoyed me how she was being so ignorant to take all of that as it were factual.

 

 

Anyhoo...  thoughts and experiences?  a-hard-days-night-john-1

 

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20 April 2013
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I do around my parents and people or friends who are fans, but don't know as much. 

Here are few examples off the top of my head.

One of my husband's friends said one time to me "I know all there is to know about The Beatles" because I was wanting see if he wanted to watch a documentary with us. About a year or two later him, my husband, and some other friends were play Rock Band or Guitar Hero. They wanted him to play the bass. He said "you only want me to play bass because I'm black" or something like that. They tell him Paul McCartney plays the bass. He's like "he does? Alright then." *face palm* Be lucky I wasn't there. How can you be a Beatles fan and not know that?!

I was having another conversation with some his friends about The Beatles and they mention the song All The Lonely People. I bite my tongue and kindly told them "Its Eleanor Rigby."

When people constantly call Imagine a Beatles song! Or spell it Beetles! 

My parents told me...years ago that the reason why Ringo was added to The Beatles was because he was more popular in America. No he wasn't.

My dad still thinks Lucy In The Sky is about LSD.

My dad told me She Loves You was the first song they did on Ed Sullivan. WRONG! 

20 April 2013
9.28am
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I like telling Beatle facts as well, I tell them as stories, mostly to older people. To my contemporaries I just share some stuff about their well-known songs (imo all of their songs are well-known though paul-mccartney

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
20 April 2013
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That thing about 'Imagine' being a Beatles song? I get it all the time. My friend told me once that she liked a Beatles song and I said 'which one?'. I think it's called 'Imagine' a-hard-days-night-ringo-14a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 And my sister still thinks it is, although I've corrected her on this various times.

My dad once told me (and keeps on saying) that once, Brian asked the boys if there was anything they were unhappy with and, according to him, John answered 'yes, I don't like your tie'. No!! It was George! (and it was George M who asked, too!)

I usually bite my tongue though as I don't want people to feel uncomfortable talking about The Beatles (or any other band I like, for that matter) around me.

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20 April 2013
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My parents told me at the finial Beatles concert people were handing out flyers for an up and coming show later known as The Monkees. Now other that my parents telling me this, I have no evidence of this. You would think it might be in a trivia section somewhere such as when The Beatles invited the Monkees to a party, but its not. I've tried to correct them, but they don't seem to listen. I guess they feel since I wasn't alive, how would I know. So, I have to bite my tongue every time. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

20 April 2013
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fabfouremily said 

My dad once told me (and keeps on saying) that once, Brian asked the boys if there was anything they were unhappy with and, according to him, John answered 'yes, I don't like your tie'. No!! It was George! (and it was George M who asked, too!)
 

One of my favorite George quotes.

Anyway, the other day I was talking to my mom, and Lovely Rita was playing. Somehow it came up that she thought John sang Lovely Rita really well. I told her that Paul sang it, but she didn't believe me, and she said that it was one of her favorite Beatles songs and she should know who sings it. So, I had her compare the vocal in A Day In The Life to the vocal in Lovely Rita, and then the same with Getting Better. She still didn't believe me, so I showed her the Beatles Bible article on Lovely Rita, and I said, "See? Even Joe says that Paul sang it, and he knows what he's talking about." She finally admitted that she was wrong. :)

Also, my friends often say things like, "Aren't The Beatles dead?" and I have to say, "No!!! Paul and Ringo are still alive!!!" Of course, the response is often, "Who?" blue-meanie

I try not to correct people a lot, though. Sometimes it's hard not to.

 

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20 April 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said

Also, my friends often say things like, "Aren't The Beatles dead?" and I have to say, "No!!! Paul and Ringo are still alive!!!" Of course, the response is often, "Who?" blue-meanie

I try not to correct people a lot, though. Sometimes it's hard not to.

 

I get that one a lot.  Ugh. ahdn_paul_01 This girl I worked with did that the other day.  

"Which one is dead, Ringo?"

"No!"

"Paul?"

"I just saw him in concert!"

paul-mccartney 

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20 April 2013
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For my dad's whole life he thought that John said "I got blisters on my fingers" and George wrote and sang "Across The Universe".

Then I was born 30 years later and I told him Ringo said it^ and John sang it. -----------------------------------------^

My favourite song is 'Stairway to Heaven' by Motley Crue on their 1876 album 'Yellow Submarine'.
21 April 2013
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It's not like I go all ''NO THAT'S NOT TRUE YOU FRIGGIN RETARD IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE SO AND SO'', but I do get kind of annoyed when people get very easy facts wrong. I try to correct them in a kind and quiet manner though. I don't want to come across as yer regular obsessive fangirling bitch.

Oh and FYI, I don't have a clue which was the first song they did on Ed Sullivan.

21 April 2013
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If I correct people, it's always ones who are already huge fans, so it's always a friendly exchange-of-facts-and-impressions conversation. Kind of funny, but in a short time, friends have started deferring to me as their resident Beatle expert. a-hard-days-night-george-10

Edit: Oh, wait, I just remembered an argument I got into with someone at a Halloween party who said Ringo wasn't a good drummer. And I immediately launched into a list of songs with incredible drumming, such as Rain, Tomorrow Never Knows, Ticket To Ride and Come Together. And I told this guy that any band would have been lucky to have him, and it's just unfortunate Ringo gets overshadowed by the other three. I was very calm about it, but this guy clearly wasn't expecting an impassioned response and he kind of slinked off. Later, I thought to myself, "Is this when you reach the point of no return as a Beatle fan? When you start having The Ringo Conversation with people?" :-)

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21 April 2013
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Oh God yeah the Ringo conversation a-hard-days-night-george-10 I've had that with about 5 different people I just play them Tomorrow Never Knows and A Day In The Life to them, that always shuts them up!

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21 April 2013
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AppleScruffJunior said
Oh God yeah the Ringo conversation a-hard-days-night-george-10 I've had that with about 5 different people I just play them Tomorrow Never Knows and A Day In The Life to them, that always shuts them up!

Haha, if I had an iPod, I'd set up a playlist called The Ringo Conversation to have on hand. :-)

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22 April 2013
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parlance said
If I correct people, it's always ones who are already huge fans, so it's always a friendly exchange-of-facts-and-impressions conversation. Kind of funny, but in a short time, friends have started deferring to me as their resident Beatle expert. a-hard-days-night-george-10

Edit: Oh, wait, I just remembered an argument I got into with someone at a Halloween party who said Ringo wasn't a good drummer. And I immediately launched into a list of songs with incredible drumming, such as Rain, Tomorrow Never Knows, Ticket To Ride and Come Together. And I told this guy that any band would have been lucky to have him, and it's just unfortunate Ringo gets overshadowed by the other three. I was very calm about it, but this guy clearly wasn't expecting an impassioned response and he kind of slinked off. Later, I thought to myself, "Is this when you reach the point of no return as a Beatle fan? When you start having The Ringo Conversation with people?" :-)

parlance

Been there too.  Again, with my sister in law.  I have to bite my tongue a lot with that woman... especially now because she's pregnant and I am afraid of her raging hormones.  paul-mccartney

She's coming to Seattle with us to see Paul in July.  She's one of those fans who doesn't know a whole lot, she's just going because it's Paul McCartney...  you know the type, more to say "I saw Paul McCartney" where as with someone like me I'm going because I am hopelessly in love with Paul and obsessed with The Beatles....  somewhat on a different level, but you know, people like her can go all they want, it's just not a big deal to her like it is to me.  She told me the other day that "Maybe I'm Amazed" is her and her fiancé's "song"...  first time I heard but I was just like "Oh cool" when the snooty Paul fan inside of me wanted to ask her what album it is off of, because I can guarantee she has no clue.  She probably thinks it's a Beatles song.  God I am such a bitch sometimes.  ahdn_paul_01 (Not really though..  If you knew her as long as I have though....  trust me, she totally deserves to be razzed..)

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22 April 2013
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Linde said 
 
Oh and FYI, I don't have a clue which was the first song they did on Ed Sullivan.

All My Loving. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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22 April 2013
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AppleScruffJunior said
Oh God yeah the Ringo conversation a-hard-days-night-george-10 I've had that with about 5 different people I just play them Tomorrow Never Knows and A Day In The Life to them, that always shuts them up!

 

*cough The End solo cough*

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22 April 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said

Linde said 
 
Oh and FYI, I don't have a clue which was the first song they did on Ed Sullivan.

All My Loving. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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22 April 2013
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I'm pretty much the same as Linde: I'll correct peoples' misconceptions, but not be obnoxious about it. Unless they initiate the obnoxiousness themselves first, in which case I have no choice but to match them with obnoxiousness-and-FACTS!

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8  :D Agreed.

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24 April 2013
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Last night I was talking with my mom on the phone about the remaining two Beatles getting up there in age. She claims one of them is using a cane for walking. Now, I haven't heard this nor have I seen it. I tried to tell her that as far as I knew they don't and the only thing I know is Paul dying his hair, but she swore that her and her friend read it. I gave up after that. 

24 April 2013
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Von Bontee said
I'm pretty much the same as Linde: I'll correct peoples' misconceptions, but not be obnoxious about it. Unless they initiate the obnoxiousness themselves first, in which case I have no choice but to match them with obnoxiousness-and-FACTS!

Hahaha, this made me laugh.  a-hard-days-night-john-1 

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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