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When and how did your beatlemania start?
25 May 2010
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BlueBoule
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Hehe, another thread :)

I guess the title says it all. Have fun.

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25 May 2010
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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.a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

Wow – did I just suck the fun out this thread or what? blue-meanie

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25 May 2010
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My older brother played me A Day In The Life when I was 14, in 1990. He didn't even like The Beatles, but said it was amazing. It was.

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25 May 2010
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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. a-hard-days-night-paul-2

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25 May 2010
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It all started with Rockband Beatles in september of 2009

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25 May 2010
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started with Across The Universe in the summer of 09 and then The Beatles Rock Band came and really drilled it in.

25 May 2010
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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.

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25 May 2010
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Since  I was born. My sisters had at home Sgt Pepper, Let it Be, the White Album and Abbey Road, and I think an album with the best of early Beatles. I don't quite remember the first time I heard them… Probably I was in my cradle…. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
25 May 2010
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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".

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
25 May 2010
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Regrettably, it took the murder of John Lennon, and the immediate resultant radio tribute/retrospectives, to make me a major lifetime fan. I'd known the bulk of their hits and owned "Meet The Beatles" and a few singles (some of 'em since i was 6), but I'd never been exposed to all the late-period stuff, "A Day In The Life" and "I Am The Walrus" and all that, until my local AM radio station began to play all old Beatles and Lennon solo music. The fact that I was 13, the perfect age to become an obsessed fan, was a factor too.

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
25 May 2010
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My older brother liked them in his early teens, and being the impressionable, eager-to-please-and-follow-in-his-footsteps sister, I gave them a listen. I don't quite remember the first songs or album I heard, but it just happened. I downloaded or rented album after album and just… fell.

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25 May 2010
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From birth to 1 year old(July 64 through June 65), my crib was against a neighbor's wall and she played Beatles all day (or so mom says).  From about age 4 to 10, my friend's parents played Beatles all the time.

I was raised on it. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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25 May 2010
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Fate sent me this package of cereals with some toy in it. I could have got the blue ship or the red boat, but what did I get? The yellow submarine! My Dad found this kinda funny, so he played the song to me. That's when it started.

Of course it didn't really start at that point, I was about 5 or 6 then. But last summer, during a holiday in France, I just listened to some Beatles stuff I had incidentally on my iPod, out of pure boredom. And I fell in love with Eleanor Rigby and… please don't laugh: Octopus's Garden. From that moment, I couldn't listen to any other music, and I haven't. Really! :D

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25 May 2010
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c64wood said:

From birth to 1 year old(July 64 through June 65), my crib was against a neighbor's wall and she played Beatles all day (or so mom says).  From about age 4 to 10, my friend's parents played Beatles all the time.

I was raised on it. a-hard-days-night-george-9


Same.
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26 May 2010
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When I was eight dad told me about the Paul is Dead rumors.  Being a child much ahead of my time, I got on my computer and stayed up all night backmasking songs and reading all the terrifying clues, scaring the crap out of myself.  The ending of Strawberry Fields Forever was the sound of death to me, and don't even get me started on Revolution 9. Again, I was a kid--this stuff was gold to me and I would stay up night after night continuing to indulge even though I was so frightened.  My Beatlemania, for sure, started there.

Age 11, I fell hard for a girl I'd known for a while.  I was rejected (since I'm straight as a damn rainbow) and a depressed me turned to the Beatles' music to soothe that pain.  Particularly, the song You've Got To Hide Your Love Away.  I'd found it on our network in a late-night search for music and easily recognized it as the first Beatles song I'd heard.

12, I remember sitting down at my drum kit and asking myself why I ever started.  After a lot of thinking, I remembered it was because I admired Ringo so much.  I also remember crying months later when he said he wasn't answering any more fanmail, sending my first and last letter off to London and hoping that it would get there.

Age 14, now, is when it exploded everywhere into a pile of mushy gooey Beatlemania.  My sister got RockBand, I sat down at those drums and played my heart out and then I finally understood that I loved the boys.  I felt like they were a part of me all along, and that part had just been awakened down the road--such a fate that was destined to happen some day.  I missed them… which was what struck me as odd, because I was never around to live and breathe them while they were all together.  I took it upon myself to learn everything I could about the Fab Four, and I daresay I did.  I saw Rain (a wondrous cover band) in concert, and when I started crying during the performance?  That's when I told myself 'Girl, you have Beatlemania.'

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26 May 2010
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When I was in high school, me and my buddies used to hear a lot of rock music. Someone gave me a cassette with some beatles songs inside, so I heard it.

Help was the first, and I knew that it was a beatle song.

"Wow, they did this song?" I said on the second song, Hey Jude. I always had heard it and love it too.

Some other well-known beatles songs passed, then Revolution and Come Together came. Again i said "this one too? they're genius!"

 

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
27 May 2010
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My Beatlemania started in 1964 when I saw the Ed Sullivan Show, and has never let up.

I love it that new generations discover the Beatles.  I've got a lot of artists that inspire me, but there's just something extra special about these guys.  And after all these years, I still find new things in the songs that eluded me before, after a thousand listenings.  That's music that's built to last.

Like the song says:

They've been going in and out of style

But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.

27 May 2010
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skye said:

 Later I asked for SPLHCB, and was seriously WTFing over some of the songs.  a-hard-days-night-paul-2


 

That's funny!  Were you asking that because the music was so strange or because you really dug it?  Or both?

27 May 2010
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I could write a freaking essay, but I'll sum it up.

 

I watched Yellow Submarine! Loved the movie, but not so much the Beatles. Remember I was like 9 and was in love with the Disney channela-hard-days-night-ringo-2

Anyways, things started to kick in after I saw a Abbey Road poster of them in the mall. SOOOOOO, looked them up on the internet, listened to a few tunes, researched their full biographies, researched the BEATLES biography.

After those long 2 weeks, I suddenly realized that I was in love with these 4 men!a-hard-days-night-ringo-9 

My Beatlemania had begun and has yet to end……a-hard-days-night-george-5

  Thursday night your stockings needed mending.
1 June 2010
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my dad… a-hard-days-night-george-6he had this cd-rom thingy that, when you put it in, this grey screen magically popped up on the computer and you could play ALLLL the beatles songs everr, it was so cool. he says that he made sure they played "Here Comes The Sun" in the hospital on a cassette player the day i was born, so it would be the first song i'd ever hear… (the first movie i watched, however, was not a beatles movie, it was back to the future. :P) he wanted to name me (oh!) Darling, but my mom wanted to name me Kitzia : my whole family still calls me Darling though :)

 

so yeah, my dad. he's a beatlemaniac. blue-meanie

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