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Do the Beatles sound better in public?
29 September 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together
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It appears all of us have a recent story of hearing the Beatles when we've been out and about – at stores, cafes, or, as with me, at restaurants. My question is simple: Does hearing them out in public, when you didn't choose to play them, make it more appealing?

I'm going to say yes. And I'm going to use my restaurant example. The three songs were A Hard day's night, Ticket To Ride and Across The Universe. 3 good songs, none of which I'm crazy for. In fact, when those 3 songs come one, I typically skip them. When I heard them yesterday at that restaurant (while eating that excellent burrito – it was so good), I had to use all my self restrain not do belt them all out. 

So, I put it to you guys: Does it matter where you hear the Beatles?

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
29 September 2012
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A store playing a beatle song will always drag me in and i have to time my exit with the end of the song because if its another beatle track i'll stay.

I think its the same with one coming on the radio or even when you have a favourite tv series or film on dvd but have to watch/listen to it when it comes on regardless. Its the difference between doing something because you choose to and simply being a part of it at/in that specific moment. The unexpected element of delight and surprise that you want to savour. 

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
29 September 2012
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I think it´s quite exciting because you weren´t expecting it to come on and yet there you are in a supermarket or whatever and you can hear your band that you usually only hear when you´ve put the song/iPod etc… on. I always always smile to myself if ever I hear one when I´m out and about. And yes, I might feel the urge to sing a song that maybe I wouldn´t if I´d been at home.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

29 September 2012
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I'll say yes, but a qualified yes:

 

A lot of stores have their speakers spread out over a bit of space in the ceiling, and the some of the stereo mixes have instruments panned hard to one side.  And considering that the music usually isn't blasting at high volume, it makes the songs kind of unlistenable to customers.

I used to run a record store, and we that this exact problem.  MMT was the least playable disc in the catalogue.

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29 September 2012
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On the in store speakers layout in stores was in whatever HMV is known as nowadys (Zavvi?) when the remastered Blue and Red cds were released and they were playing Nowhere Man. On one side of the store you got the instruments, the other the vocals. Quite a strange experience.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
29 September 2012
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Imagine being in a place like that and just hearing John´s heavy breathing in 'Girl'…. 

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''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

30 September 2012
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Do the Beatles sound better in public places?

Good question!

I don't think they sound better, but like everyone else on this forum, I get a real kick out of hearing a Beatle song in a store, in a restaurant,…

No question, my pulse quickens.

Thanks mr Sun King CT for getting me to think about why.

- The element of surprise. My mind is usually not on music when I enter a store or restaurant or airport

- Hearing a familiar song in a totally different setting. Takes a song I might have gotten tired of and makes it exciting again; like a new sauce on a favorite dish.

- Looking around to see if anyone else seems interested.

- Finding my mood suddenly elevated  (do patrons shop more when Beatle music is played? – another good question).

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2 October 2012
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Do the Beatles sound better in public places?

Good question!

I don't think they sound better, but like everyone else on this forum, I get a real kick out of hearing a Beatle song in a store, in a restaurant,…

No question, my pulse quickens.

Thanks mr Sun King CT for getting me to think about why.

- The element of surprise. My mind is usually not on music when I enter a store or restaurant or airport

- Hearing a familiar song in a totally different setting. Takes a song I might have gotten tired of and makes it exciting again; like a new sauce on a favorite dish.

- Looking around to see if anyone else seems interested.

- Finding my mood suddenly elevated  (do patrons shop more when Beatle music is played? – another good question).

What he said…without changing a single word.

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3 October 2012
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Yeah, it's always exciting (or at least pleasant) to hear music like that in a surprising context. I was thrilled back in May when Don Draper played "Tomorrow Never Knows" on "Mad Men", but of course that was partly because it's practically unprecedented to hear the Beatles on a fictional TV program.

Also, back in October of '09 I was in the full bloom of my re-re-re-revived personal Beatlemania, which meant it was the perfect time for me to hear "I Saw Her Standing There" while attending a wedding reception. "One, two, three, FAW!"
I was so overcome, I almost got up and danced (an occurrence practically unthinkable without several drinks beforehand.)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
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