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Question for the young Beatles fans here
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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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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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LongHairedLady said
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:



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.

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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!


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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