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Beatles elevator music.
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mithveaen
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23 May 2010 - 4.45pm

I don't remember the complete quote but I think George Martin said in Love's documentary that The Beatles music was now "elevator" music, meaning music you listen to in department stores or elevators.

 

And I think he's right because some days ago I went to this deparment store and they have this fantastic instrumental music including Beatles one. And the other day they had "Hey Jude" and I was singing while waiting in line to pay something and the cashier looked at me… and I said "Sorry it's the Beatles" and she listened to it and said "Oh yes!! That's right!!"

 

So my question is, is that what George Martin was trying to say? Are we are just  too familiar with Beatles songs that we don't really *listen* to them anymore?

 

(someone said in a previous thread)

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

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MrBig
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23 May 2010 - 5.15pm

I really don't know what you're talking about, but Flying is good elevator music. Very calming.

"The best band? The Beatles. The most overrated band? The Beatles."

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23 May 2010 - 5.44pm

MrBig said:

I really don't know what you're talking about, but Flying is good elevator music. Very calming.


 

Great study music too.

Most are familar with their more popular songs and they think they know it all. I know that was my thinking before I listened to the online class my brother took on The Beatles. He had to listen to songs that I hadn't heard before.

I haven't heard them in elevators or stores, mostly because they would be pretty expensive. There are plenty of Beatles covers.

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Alissa
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23 May 2010 - 5.59pm

I've only ever heard Beatles music in public maybe once- in a Starbucks at a bookstore.

I think we do indeed listen, or, at least I believe us fans do. When I'm trolling around on the radio, I only need to hear one familiar chord or note of a Beatle's song, and lo-and-behold, it is one! I think perhaps the words are automatic in other people's minds, but we as fans truly listen. a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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23 May 2010 - 6.10pm

I hear Come Together on the Classic Rock station at least once a week.

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23 May 2010 - 6.23pm

I heard a cover of Dear Prudence at our local pizza place. Not sure by who. Also, my mom listens to 60s radio a lot (really really low volume) but I pick it up whenever a Beatles song is on.

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MrBig
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23 May 2010 - 6.47pm

probably Siouxse & The Banshees. Horrible cover.

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23 May 2010 - 7.19pm

About 15 years ago, I was in a hardware store in Phoenix when all of a sudden Woman by John Lennon was playing over the PA system - the real song, not Muzak. In each aisle of the store there was at least one person singing along. As each of us we passed each other we just smiled, nodded and kept singing.

It may not seem like much, but to me it was a very cool few moments that I won't soon forget.

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23 May 2010 - 7.20pm

That's truly weird. In Mexico instrumental Beatles music is very, quite common. Actually when I was a teen, if you went to the movies, you could hear between movies a wonderful selection of instrumental tunes, and I do remember listening to Santo and Johnny's Beatles cover album *a lot*.

 

But in those days you could see 2 movies. Man, now I feel old....blue-meanie

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… 

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23 May 2010 - 7.30pm

Not too long ago, I heard this really long instrumental version of Here Comes The Sun, but I can't remember where it was at. Some bookstore or something, but it was really cool and very organ dominated, which is my favorite instrument so I liked it a lot. I really enjoy most elevator music, it adds to the atmosphere of wherever you are at. I think music should be played at all times, and the best way to do that is with background elevator music.

I also do love stories of Beatle fans joining together in song. I was at a bar downtown and For No One came on and me and my friend started singing it and then we heard another table across the room singing it, so we all just joined together in a moment of off-key gratitude to the Beatles.

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23 May 2010 - 7.31pm

And speaking of TV shows… man I think my city is Pepperland in disguise..

 

Well when I was a teen, in the 80s, there was a fantastic, fantastic show callled Number Nine (and the theme was.. well you guessed it) and the guy, Frekkie Villarreal, said the most increible and weirdest things about Queen, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, he showed bits of LiB, A Hard Day's Night (I guess someone in Apple didn't get royalties for this though). I remember that every second week of October, he had a special show about John Lennon. I remember one time he started the show saying "Today, my son asked me.. Dad.. who are The Beatles?" and then he had one of those weeeird crazy talks about them. the show was over when this guy got truly sick. I think he already passed.

 

And there's a radio show called "La Hora de los Beatles" in a local radio station. I used to listen to it a lot when I worked in offices. The time is aired has changed a lot, but the last time I heard it was at 1pm.

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… 

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24 May 2010 - 12.50am

MrBig said:

probably Siouxse & The Banshees. Horrible cover.


 

wasn't them, sounded more from this past decade but I will agree with you. I don't think it was them though, the cover was ok.

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24 May 2010 - 1.08am

"A Day In The Life" was used as BGM in a japanese soap opera ("dorama" for japanese students or "telenovela" para nosotros, los latinos del foro) called "Buzzer Beat". Is an instrumental version with piano and guitar.

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.
John Lennon

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25 May 2010 - 6.40pm

I once heard a jazzy piano instrumental of Lady Madonna as well as Hello Goodbye in the Malls before. I heard "I feel fine" in Pizza hut. Beatles makes great studying music! And it makes working and driving go by so quickly. I feel so relaxed with it. Before I started listening to them on a daily basis, I was always stressed and depressed, but now I'm so happy and relaxed these days! And a Beatles class are you serious? That's AWESOME!! I wanna take one! HAHA

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21 September 2010 - 1.22am

Zig said:

About 15 years ago, I was in a hardware store in Phoenix when all of a sudden Woman by John Lennon was playing over the PA system - the real song, not Muzak. In each aisle of the store there was at least one person singing along. As each of us we passed each other we just smiled, nodded and kept singing.

It may not seem like much, but to me it was a very cool few moments that I won't soon forget.

a-hard-days-night-john-7


I head #9 Dream in Ruby Tuesdays once.

Dear Prudence

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21 September 2010 - 3.52am

I heard I Wanna Hold Your Hand in McDonalds in Colorado and I started singing along with it. And my friends staired at me like I was crazy even though they know I'm a huge Beatles freak.

And yes there are Beatles classes. There's one at IU University. Just another reason why I want to go there for college.

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21 September 2010 - 2.24pm

Dear Prudence said:

Zig said:

About 15 years ago, I was in a hardware store in Phoenix when all of a sudden Woman by John Lennon was playing over the PA system - the real song, not Muzak. In each aisle of the store there was at least one person singing along. As each of us we passed each other we just smiled, nodded and kept singing.

It may not seem like much, but to me it was a very cool few moments that I won't soon forget.

a-hard-days-night-john-7


I head #9 Dream in Ruby Tuesdays once.

And how many patrons -other than yourself- were singing along?

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21 September 2010 - 3.37pm

Actually yesterday I scared myself during my English class. Revolution 9 started in low volume. I was so focused helping my students answering some reading comprehension questions and I hear this weird noise and I'm like "What's THAT??". a-hard-days-night-paul-4 Then I remember I was playing The White Albuma-hard-days-night-paul-1

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… 

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Dear Prudence
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21 September 2010 - 11.49pm

Zig said:

Dear Prudence said:

Zig said:

About 15 years ago, I was in a hardware store in Phoenix when all of a sudden Woman by John Lennon was playing over the PA system - the real song, not Muzak. In each aisle of the store there was at least one person singing along. As each of us we passed each other we just smiled, nodded and kept singing.

It may not seem like much, but to me it was a very cool few moments that I won't soon forget.

a-hard-days-night-john-7


I head #9 Dream in Ruby Tuesdays once.

And how many patrons -other than yourself- were singing along?

Noboby, sadly. I actually ws pretty good at the end where ke keeps reciting a very questionable line.

Dear Prudence

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Don't know why, but I'll Follow The Sun comes to mind.

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