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The Beatles can use your votes in MTV's Battle of the Boy Bands
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29 April 2012
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It's a bit silly, but I voted for the Beatles. Anyway, I suppose most of MTV viewers/listeners are rather young people (who's Paul McCartney? He's hella old) so I'm rather skeptical as to whether Beatles can win the whole thing

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I work in a bookshop, and the idiot who runs the music section* keeps describing the Beatles as the first boy band and the first rock band. It makes me rage, because neither description is remotely accurate. In the usual sense of the word they aren't even a boy band. The Monkees maybe (especially at first), but even then, they had some creativity.

One of these people was in a boyband:

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Take a wild stab in the dark which one gets screams because he's a brilliant drummer and which one will be thrown on the cessheap once his band stop making Simon Cowell money.

 

* he may or may not also be my father... a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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There is a difference in being marketed and being created from scratch which is how boybands are generally thought to be. Epstein had little influence in the music the beatles played, one occasion was the Decca audition set list and the songs they played were wrong (tho they were tracks they beatles would have played on stage + the bands playing was crummy). However apart from that  Brian had little say in what the band played, with the four determined that their own compositions were the singles (at least in the UK). Generally the music boybands make is predetermined by the producer/manager to be in a certain style and repeated forever.

Whilst the songs were written for their audience thats just how things were in the early 60's, most commercial records of the time were composed that way.

Didnt the mass marketing only kick in in 1964 anyway with the US invasion? Dont remember reading about much before then in the UK. Nowdays it comes out well before the first single is released, costs a fortune to get a boy or girl band promoted, and many only achieve moderate success.

 

As for the mtv vote the beatles were thrashed in the 3rd round by Westlife. Once billed as the next beatles by some sections of the media, they enjoyed 11 or 12 #1's in the UK and had a few #1 albums. However their popularity was waning before they decided to amicably split and i doubt few cared by that point. Apart from that all i know is that their songs were incredibly dull and nearly always sounded the same.

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