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If the Beatles never existed, who would you be listening to?
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Dear Prudence
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19 September 2010 - 12.26am

I would probably be listening to Snoop Dog's "Drop it Like its Hot", or Eminems "Kim". Not because I like those songs, but because thats what everyone else is listening to.

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MotherNaturesDaughter
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19 September 2010 - 12.28am

If the Beatles never existed I would probably be a hard core Beach Boys fan. I think I'll always love the music from the 60's a lot more that the crap we have today.

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19 September 2010 - 12.35am

MotherNaturesDaughter said:

If the Beatles never existed I would probably be a hard core Beach Boys fan. I think I'll always love the music from the 60's a lot more that the crap we have today.


It really is crap.

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19 September 2010 - 12.41am

It's hard to say. I might be listening to Julian Lennon a-hard-days-night-john-1

 

Just kidding. I dunno. Some of the 80s music, like Mr. Mister or Tears for Fears or U2.

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19 September 2010 - 12.43am

To the window, to the wall, Drop it like its hot, drop it like its hot, see these ice cubes, see these ice creams!

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19 September 2010 - 12.53am

It's a trick question, innit?  Would pop music as we know it even exist?

I'd probably be listening to my jazz records. Classic '60s jazz remained unaffected by the British invasion, for the most part, aside from Wes Montgomery performing cover versions of "Penny Lane" or something.

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19 September 2010 - 1.57am

Von Bontee said:

It's a trick question, innit?  Would pop music as we know it even exist?

I'd probably be listening to my jazz records. Classic '60s jazz remained unaffected by the British invasion, for the most part, aside from Wes Montgomery performing cover versions of "Penny Lane" or something.


I forgot about jazz as well. So I'd probably also be listening to the crooners of the 40's and 50's. People like Frank Sinatra and such.

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19 September 2010 - 3.00am

Tough question...the two bands that have influenced me the most are the Beatles and Steely Dan, so I suppose without the Beatles I would be more into jazz then I am now, even though I still like it quite a bit. I wouldn't be listening to as much early R&B or soul, so I guess I'd be listening to more white music than black, which just isn't as much fun.

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19 September 2010 - 5.24am

I would definitley be listening to Elvis more often than I do now.

 

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19 September 2010 - 3.37pm

I would probaby listen to Ozzy Osborne and Black Sabbath. (Loving The Beatles and liking Ozzy is sadly like an oxymoron)

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20 September 2010 - 3.34am

I would say Led Zeppelin, but I'm not entirely sure if that would be possible... a-hard-days-night-george-7 Probably Buddy Holly 'n' things like that.

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20 September 2010 - 5.47am

*shudders* I'm actually not sure, because most bands today were influenced by The Beatles. I can't really say. Oh and hi everyone, I'm new. 😀 Call me Ali.

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20 September 2010 - 10.52am

Hi Ali! Welcome to the site.

I'd be listening to Phil Spector's girl groups, plus The Shangri-Las and various others in that style. Plus soul stuff - Arthur Alexander, Otis Redding etc. There was plenty of exciting music around in the 60s that had nothing to do with The Beatles, and music would have gone off in interesting directions without them. It's just less likely that a single person or group would have had such an effect.

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20 September 2010 - 6.37pm

Joe said:

Hi Ali! Welcome to the site.

I'd be listening to Phil Spector's girl groups, plus The Shangri-Las and various others in that style. Plus soul stuff - Arthur Alexander, Otis Redding etc. There was plenty of exciting music around in the 60s that had nothing to do with The Beatles, and music would have gone off in interesting directions without them. It's just less likely that a single person or group would have had such an effect.


Hmm, that's a pretty interesting question: what would have happened to music had the Beatles not existed? I saw a book once called How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n Roll and judging from the back of the book, the guy is arguing that if the Beatles had not existed or made it so big, the sort of psychedelic 60's wouldn't have taken place and therefore the harder rock that came in the 70's would have just come a little bit earlier. I should read that book, although it will probably just make me angry.

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20 September 2010 - 8.03pm

That's a hard question to answer as we really don't know what bands would or would not have been formed without a Beatles influence. I was very young when my cousins turned me on to the Beatles and I really don't remember having any favorite acts before that.

If I had to guess, I would probably go along with Sunii and Fiendish by saying Elvis and/or Buddy Holly. I remember my Dad having a 50's compilation **ready for this?** 8-track tape that had some really good stuff from Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, etc... So I guess anyone from that era except for the one-hit-wonders. Side note - my Mom used to have the original 45 of Blueberry Hill - I'll have to see if she still has it.

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Dear Prudence said:

I would probaby listen to Ozzy Osborne and Black Sabbath. (Loving The Beatles and liking Ozzy is sadly like an oxymoron)


I dunno, Ozzy is a HUGE Beatles fan.  I love Sabbath and ozzy though too! 

 

As stated above, I would also probably be a huge Beach Boys fan.  I listen to their greatest hits album on my record player nearly everyday.

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12 October 2010 - 6.19am

why, Bob Dylan, of course!

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GniknuS said:

Tough question...the two bands that have influenced me the most are the Beatles and Steely Dan, so I suppose without the Beatles I would be more into jazz then I am now, even though I still like it quite a bit. I wouldn't be listening to as much early R&B or soul, so I guess I'd be listening to more white music than black, which just isn't as much fun.


"Mister Steely Dan and.....whatevah......."   *heh!*

 

Let me put the "Me, too," on the jazz......although, The Rolling Stones, sure, Beach Boys, sure, Supremes, Tops and Tempts, Stevie Wonder, no question....

 

Reminds me of "It's a Wonderful Life."

"Clarence, I'm seeing so many strange things; what are you, a magician or something?"

"No, George, you've been given a wonderful gift: to see what life would be like if the Beatles never existed."

"But this Billboard chart--this is wrong!"

"No, George.....it's correct....."

"But The New Christy Minstrel Singers hold the top 5 spots in the Billboard charts???"

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Nothing.

 

The Beatles introduced me to (proper) music.

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