note: two threads merged by meanmistermustard on the 7th August 2014. At the time of the merge thread one consisted of posts 1 -> 11, thread two posts 12 -> 94.
Hi, I'm new here. This site is amazing, and while I usually don't join forums, I couldn't resist.
Anyway, I was wondering what everyone's first Beatles experience was, who introduced you to them, and how you became obsessed enough
to join the site. Me personally, I'm quite young, so I don't even remember the Anthology albums coming out, though I was alive. My parents
spoonfed me the Beatles since I was three. One of my first memories is dancing in my underwear to Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (Anthology version)
in my living room. Also, I remember listening to Revolution 9 as a young child (nightmares). But I really didn't get into them until last summer, when
I read the book about Manson, Helter Skelter. The author heavily mentioned the White Album, so I listened to it. Helter Skelter and
While My Guitar Gently Weeps are stil my favorites.Then I listened to all my Dad's old CD's, read the Anthology book, and became obsessed.
A few months later, I bought the stereo remasters, cause no one I knew had CD's before Rubber Soul, and now I own all of them.
1 April 2010
Very much the same, actually, although I do remember the Anthology being on telly and all that when I was a kid. I remember my mum taping it for my dad because he was on nights at the time. They were both massive fans from the original British Invasion/Merseybeat/60s rock era. My mum's American and was the typical screaming nutter; she even went to the Shea Stadium gig. My dad was a young guy in Yorkshire at the time, spending all the money he made down the pit on Beatles albums. When he moved to America, they had doubles in their collection, until someone's got sold off. Whatever was left I ransacked in high school – Rubber Soul being my favourite – and played non-stop for the second time in their poor lives. The films and music had otherwise been the background noise to my growing up, really; I don't have clear recollections, but I remember not knowing how I knew all the words by heart, getting two of my own Beatles albums (CDs if you will haha) for Easter one year, buying myself One, and having a Let it Be hoodie.
They were the soundtrack to my later high school years like they'd been for my mum in the 60s, but they felt like "mine," if you know what I mean. They're my comfort music, what I turn on when I'm upset about something and want to forget about it, or when I don't know I'm upset at all until I realize I've played them on loop for hours. I've trekked up to Liverpool to do a dorky themed weekend. I'll be doing the same in London soon. As soon as I finish being a research monkey and work up the cash, I'll buy the remasters, a Wii, and the Rockband game 'cause it's ridiculously fun.
Hi Liam. Welcome to my site and the forum! I'm glad you like it. And do take a look around to indulge your Beatles obsession…
We've got an introductory thread here. I've made it a sticky topic so more people will hopefully find it. But I won't get too hung up if people don't do a search before posting – there are quite a few threads here now, and I don't expect anyone to wade through them all.
13 November 2009
27 February 2010
I got into the Beatles by curiosity. My mother likes the Stones better and dad likes Elvis, Little Richard and Bill Halley, so, no Beatles LP or casette in my childhood. When I was 17 years old, I started to appreciate music (Doors, Pink Floyd, Creedence, U2 and R.E.M.), then I bought "White Album" CD, and there's no coming back after that...
That's probably my fault. The name of the indtroduction thread was a joke that I'm afraid only I understand. So if you decide to rename it, Joe, I'd understand.
I might do that actually. Thanks.
24 January 2010
Well I can remember sitting in the back of my Grandads car and Eight Days A Week was playing. I asked my Grandad who sung it and he said The Beatles, As of then I listened and listened to continuous Beatles songs. And that's how I got into the Beatles. And also, welcome to the forum
18 March 2010
I was five years old when the Beatles came to America. I saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show and have been a huge fan ever since.
Just to illustrate how unifying the Beatles were (and are), I grew up in a small farm town of about 2,000 in South Florida. The only radio station was a country station (and back then country was REALLY country, not the half-baked pop it is now). But my circle only listened to the AM station in distant Miami. And the Beatles came in and simply dominated the American psyche from the start. It's almost hard to describe...everyone, everywhere, was talking about them. Not all in a positive sense of course. My parents thought they just made noise but were tolerant of our loving them.
13 November 2009
It's great hearing everybody's stories. For anyone else who is going to post on this thread - go to this one instead: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....on-thread/
15 May 2010
14 April 2010
For me it was between the ages of 4 and 5 (1967/68). My older cousins were Beatles fanatics and got me into them. A couple of years later the lads broke up and I was crushed.
For the 10 years after the break up we kept hearing rumors (hopes?) that they would reunite, even for just one show and I never gave up hope.
Then December 1980 came along and I could not believe that John was dead. Again, crushed.
When George passed away I remember thinking, "My 2 favorite Beatles are gone. There is no justice in this world which means Ringo will probably outlive them all". I really didn't mean it - it was only my grief showing through. Sorry, Ringo.
Wow - did I just suck the fun out this thread or what?
13 November 2009
For me, it was a slow process of seeing what the fuss was about. I could say it started with the Yellow Submarine, but I'm going to go with seeing a room design in Better Homes and Gardens with a picture on the wall from their mad day out. So I asked for that, and I got it for my either my birthday or Christmas. Later I asked for SPLHCB, and was seriously WTFing over some of the songs. And then my brother took his Beatles class, and 9/9/09 rolled in and here I am.
20 February 2010
18 April 2010
started with Across The Universe in the summer of 09 and then The Beatles Rock Band came and really drilled it in.
1 May 2010
I think my beatlemania started when I was about 16, before that I had heard them and liked them, but I hadn't gotten into their albums very much so I wasn't a huge fan. I listened to Revolver and that was pretty much it, the first time I heard I'm Only Sleeping something clicked for me, like I'm really tired, but who cares? Just let me sleep, I'm not doing anything wrong except dreaming. I remember the first time I listened to Abbey Road and just being stunned at how far they went from the absolute calmness of Sun King to the passion of Golden Slumbers, and there were just so many songs that I had heard as a kid that I was finally able to put a name to, like Because and Something.
1 May 2010
1 May 2010
When I played Rock Band the Beatles for the first time my sister looked at me playing the drums and my nephew playing the guitar and my niece singing. She said "I never thought my chidren would love the Beatles", to which my nephew replied "And most likely your grandchildren will".
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