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20 July 2013
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Works fine for me. It was done when Love Me Do turned 50 and is an interesting watch seeing the reactions tho it should be remembered that it was never one of their strongest tracks.

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21 July 2013
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Indeed. I think that if they'd do that with one of their better tracks, the reactions would be a bit more enthousiastic. At least they admitted it was catchy though!

Also, the girl's face made me lol. The face she made when she couldn't remember George.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Yeah, I agree with what they say about Love Me Do being repetitive. Its only an okay song, not a good one or a great one.

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22 July 2013
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like someone said in the beginning, i'm not that cool myself that's why it's easier for me to connect to them than other kids.

i think if kids think they are uncool it's because they are an old band and their music is not electronic.

most kids who are open to stuff that are not dictated to you by society think the beatles are cool, personally the young paul mccartney is my favorite person in the world.

23 July 2013
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I always love how people think the Beatles are unpopular/uncool and how hipsters love the Beatles, since they were pretty much the most mainstream thing on the planet during the 60's.

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I honestly don't care about what's cool and what isn't. I just love the Beatles for their music and their fascinating story.

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LongHairedLady said

Funny Paper said
LHL, thanks for your perspective.  From the way you describe yourself, I have this sense that if your memory were wiped clean (but not your "inner self") and you were transplanted in a time machine back to 1968, you would have fit right in with the nascent "Hippie" community.  It seems in a way you are living in a "retro" way without really consciously affecting it, it's just you (which means that the substance of retro lives on in the cultural atmosphere to be tapped into, either consciously as a fashion choice, or subliminally as an alternative that feels right irrespective of fashion trends -- which would mean that it transcends fashion trends on some level, which I think the Beatles do, and anyone who sneers their nose at the Beatles for being uncool is, imo, stuck in the karmic cycle being a slave to Cool, which is the ultimate Uncool...).

You nailed it!  Being transported back to the 60's would be my ultimate dream.  a-hard-days-night-john-1heart  

LHL, I could definitely trip back there with you. That the hippie wannabe at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in 2011 is me. I just arrived there about 46 years too late.

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11 September 2013
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But weren't you alive then?

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11 September 2013
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To be honest, no. The only thing I consider 'uncool' about the Beatles, is they way some of them treated their wives/girlfriends...but I suppose that might not exactly be what you're looking for. 

The stereotypical idea of 'cool' doesn't appeal to me, so I don't really follow it. I really think that their musical growth through the years was amazing, and I really just find everything about them 'cool'. From the Mop-Tops and suits to the Sgt Pepper and Mustaches, I think that a lot of the things they did were incredible and very, very cool. 

11 September 2013
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Probably the most popular reason at my school was that they were 'old', if the people (who were mostly chavs) actually gave a reason.

Me: What do you think of The Beatles?

Them: They're carp.

Me: Why do you think that?

Them: Cos they are.

Etc etc.

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11 September 2013
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^ I'm sure I've said this before, but the fact that they can't say why they don't like them, or why they're crap, proves that their opinion is invalid and worthless.

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But weren't you alive then?

She may have been alive, but too young to really appreciate it and/or get involved with that scene. Btw, I think it's unpolite to speculate on someone's age.

 

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unknown said
But weren't you alive then?

I was born in early '68. I missed all the fun that was the 1960's unfortunately.

11 September 2013
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I'd have to agree with the general consensus here. The main reason a lot of people my age don't like the Beatles (I'm 16) is because they're ''old'' and according to them it's not worth have an interest in anything that happened before the year 2000. a-hard-days-night-paul-11  I'd rather like things that are ''old'' than jump on the bandwagon of something popular simply because other people think i should. a-hard-days-night-george-4

 

12 September 2013
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Me and my husband used to tease each other for being "hipsters" then after a while realized, that we kind of are.  But then again, what does that even mean?  To me there are two different types, which kind of works with any stereotype... there are the kinds that are just following a trend, basically pretending to be a certain way (like Avril Lavigne being "punk").  Then there are people that actually like certain music, way of dressing, whatever... that just happens to be "hipster" right now.  If that's the case, then I fit the stereotype:  lots of tattoos, artistic, a hippie/bohemian style of dressing, vegetarian/vegan, loves oldies, etc...  But that's just me!  I'm not following anything, never have.  I just like what I like, whether it's popular or not.

I hear you. As a native of Portland, OR, it's been really amusing the past several years to watch the hipster movement make certain things, which have been elements of the "Portland uniform" since forever, suddenly trendy (in an "ironic" sort of way, of course). Not that I have anything against hipster culture; I quite like it, in fact (but then I would).And IMO it's this cultural shift we have to thank for the reevaluation Paul and his music have been getting in recent years. The homespun, gently ironic, whimsically slapdash aesthetic of McCartney I and II and Ram fits very well into today's indie/hipster music scene. Also I think the goofiness of his public persona doesn't grate so badly against the current paradigm of "cool." Plus, he even looked the part, back in the day:

I WAS HIPSTER BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR

PAUL: HIPSTER BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR.

Aaaanyway, back to Funny Paper's original question... I'm on the outside edge of your sample group (28), and I think the Beatles seem plenty cool, looking back. Maybe not the collarless suits or Ringo's Help!-era haircut (seriously, WTF), but otherwise, yep. Coolness personified. Humorous, witty, plucky lads with a classic rags-to-riches story, and groundbreaking, emotional, colorful artists to boot... all very cool. On the one hand they had that suave, classy, old-school glamor thing going during the black-and-white days, and on the other hand they became the ultimate icons of swingin' flower power. Awesome either way.

12 September 2013
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What does "cool" mean? Is there a definition or does it mean something different to different people? It's just that I don't really use the term because I don't really know when it's applicable and what is or isn't "cool".

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13 September 2013
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Do you ever feel like a hipster about The Beatles in the way that you just want it to be between a few people, not the whole world? It sounds crazy, but I really hate it when Beatles songs go into the mainstream by people who don't actually listen to them or like them. It feels like there needs only to be a select few who can listen and appreciate them.

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13 September 2013
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Haha my sister used to be like that when some of the not-heard-of bands she listened to made it big; she stopped listening to them then. I've never been like that with the Beatles. I want everyone to appreciate them because I think they were amazing. It does really annoy me when people pretend to like them, though, or go on and on about why they're this and that and really they have no clue themselves because they've never listened to more than, say, 4 or 5 songs.

''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.''

13 September 2013
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LikeASir said
Do you ever feel like a hipster about The Beatles in the way that you just want it to be between a few people, not the whole world? It sounds crazy, but I really hate it when Beatles songs go into the mainstream by people who don't actually listen to them or like them. It feels like there needs only to be a select few who can listen and appreciate them.

I know exactly what you mean.  It's funny, because a few months back I was raked over the coals here for saying the same thing.  But I totally understand:  It's frustrating that more people don't *appreciate* the Beatles, but at the same time it would completely dilute their "specialness" if their singles became classic-rock radio staples like "Hotel California", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "More Than A Feeling".

I feel like the Beatles have to be earned, which is why I'd rather their audience be a smaller group of critical thinkers.

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13 September 2013
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It does really annoy me when people pretend to like them, though, or go on and on about why they're this and that and really they have no clue themselves because they've never listened to more than, say, 4 or 5 songs.

Funny enough, I get the opposite of that a lot, i.e my friends not particularly liking/ saying they don't really know Beatles music that well. I list some of the most famous hits and they're like, "Ohhh, I never knew that was the Beatles,"...I suppose that shows in some ways that the Beatles are part of culture- in some ways the band and the four of them aspect has faded and the music's most important....which really, it should be.

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13 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
I have a question for the young Beatles fans here -- by "young" I mean from age 12 up to age 29.

I must insist on that upper limit of 29, because of the nature of my question.

The question is:

Is there anything about the Beatles and each individual member -- John, Paul, George, Ringo -- their look, their music, their behavior -- that seems just a little "uncool" to your young sensibility?

Don't worry if your answer is "yes".  It doesn't mean you don't love the Beatles.  But what I'm trying to get at in this question is whether there is any effect of the vast time gap between the 60s and like 40 years later on new generations of kids.  We know that the cultural phenomenon of "cool" changes like the wind with every generation, and the obsolescence rate in this regard is often merciless.

So, anyway, if your answer to the above question is "yes" for any reason, I'd also appreciate if you could explain why you answered that way.

Also for those who answer "no" -- please explain!

Thanks!

P.S.:  I realize that my age range (12-29) incorporates probably two or three different standards, apportioned out among the ages, for what constitutes "cool"!)

LongHairedLady said
Well, I've always been pretty "uncool", and I've always thought The Beatles were "cool"... so I guess, what do I know?

In high school, it was my "freaks and geeks" types of friends (a.k.a. all of them) that really liked the Beatles....  

I don't think I'm helping this thread, am I doing it wrong?  Lol.  I'm still 29 so I wanted to chime in!  If I can be of more assistance tell me what you would like to know.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

I've also noticed that these days, a lot of "Hipster" types like the Beatles...  which is kinda funny because hipsters try to be underground, but The Beatles are the most popular band in history.  a-hard-days-night-paul-11  

^ This

I've always been uncool and thought The Beatles were cool. Then again, it goes by definition of what one thinks is cool. I think this site is cool; however, others might think its weird. 

Like Longhair, my friends in high school, hell even now are the "freaks and geeks" except now no one really cares. The majority of my friends love The Beatles or mostly the same music.

 

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