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How pony would the Beatles have been if they had been born in the USA and not Europe?
26 April 2013
6.12pm
Yhaal House
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Obviously they would not have made it, so we wouldn't be discussing them over half a century later but…

Without the lovely English influences and humour would they have been like the Beach Boys or Howlin' Wolf or Bing Crosby?

Or would they have been more MC5, Grand Funk Railroad or even Bernstein, Copeland, Ellington, Parker (Charlie)?

 

(it's rhymimg sang: pony and trap)

27 April 2013
5.25am
parlance
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Interesting question. Makes me wonder if anyone's written fanfiction along those lines…

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27 April 2013
8.17am
Funny Paper
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The Beatles did admire and romanticize American musicians -- so many of their own favorites they grew up with, which wowed them, were like Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, early Elvis, and so many others (heck, they probably listened to Johnny Burnette too).  Whether the Beatles would have been different or less famous or inferior if they had been American, it's hard to say.

I think a part of them, deep down, wished they had been American in the sense of organically coming out of that cultural soil of rockabilly, blues & soul.

 

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27 April 2013
8.28pm
Von Bontee
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Presuming "pony" means "crap" in this irritating thread title, and presuming the Beatles had the same inborn talents no matter where they were born, I don't see any reason to believe they would've produced an inferior body of work – most of their influences were American, after all. Whether they would've broken as huge in the USA as they did without their delightfully exotic English accents and European haircuts and fashion sense seems less likely. But they surely could've been as big as The Beach Boys – their only logical comparison in that odd assortment of performers mentioned.

As for the MC5 and Grand Funk (GREAT bands both!), they may not even have EXISTED without the Beatles creating such a huge demand for and subsequent supply of bands-as-bands.

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
30 April 2013
1.23pm
Yhaal House
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Yes! Of course! The Beatles wanted to be Elvis, Richard Penniman, Jery Lee, Buddy Holly, Arthur Alexander, the Everleys et cetera

But because they were drenched in ancient European culture traditions they took popular music beyond the very juvenial & colonial three chords and the twelve bar.

Without them rock'n'roll music would have fizzled out into easy listening teen love strat bedroom BLooZ jam (like most Amerikan music is now anyway!).

30 April 2013
5.07pm
Von Bontee
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Your name wouldn't be Geir Hongro by any chance, would it?

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
8 May 2013
7.32am
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I've no idea who Mr Hongro is.

Illuminate your private joke/quip!

8 May 2013
7.42am
Von Bontee
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He's a Norwegian guy on another music messageboard I frequent. Always lecturing on how English/European popular music is impossibly superior to the American variety because of Europe's "cultural tradition" (hint hint) while America just has a lot of awful rap and R&B and blues and funk and etc.

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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