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If you could change ONE thing about the Beatles, what would it be?
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The name! Ugh! Beatles! Why Beatles?

And I’m not buying that story about getting it from a mathematician who was burning pi or something…

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The name! Ugh! Beatles! Why Beatles?

And I’m not buying that story about getting it from a mathematician who was burning pi or something…

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I like the name just fine!  Yeah, it’s a dumb pun, but tons of band names were dumb puns back then.  Plus it just suits them somehow.

If I had to change one thing, I might give Billy Preston more prominence in their later days.  His organ is really cool on stuff like Get Back , and I think it would be interesting to hear him sing some backing vocals.

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It’s a joke. It’s a line based on John’s Merseybeat piece Being a Short Diversion on the Dubious Origins of The Beatles.

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I like the name just fine!  Yeah, it’s a dumb pun, but tons of band names were dumb puns back then.  Plus it just suits them somehow.

If I had to change one thing, I might give Billy Preston more prominence in their later days.  His organ is really cool on stuff like Get Back , and I think it would be interesting to hear him sing some backing vocals.  

But for reals, I’d make the album version of “Get Back ” have both the coda and the chatter.

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Paul would not be a vegetarian.  

Do you remember why you would want to change this?  

What the hell is wrong with Paul having compassion for other beings? I can never understand why people put down vegetarianism. Also, Ringo is vegetarian too, why wouldn’t you change that? Because he’s not vegetarian for moral reasons, but instead for health reasons? John and George were also vegetarians at some points in their lives. 

 

If I could change one thing about The Beatles, it would be how John treated Julian, and I’d also want John to sing Good Night en vez de Richy. 

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If I could change one thing about The Beatles, it would be how John treated Julian, and I’d also want John to sing Good Night en vez de Richy.

I honestly love Richie on this song.

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I didn’t read all the recent responses to what I said years ago. 

All I can say is this:

I don’t really remember saying that, nor do I currently believe that. It’s none of my damn business what Paul chooses to or not to eat and it certainly doesn’t ruin the band for me. It’s pretty uncomfortable for me to read that because it makes me sound pretty intolerant. 

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@Little Piggy Dragonguy said

If I could change one thing about The Beatles, it would be how John treated Julian, and I’d also want John to sing Good Night en vez de Richy.

I honestly love Richie on this song.  

Yeah, but John wrote it for Julian, so it would mean a lot more if he was the one who sang it.

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@Little Piggy Dragonguy said

Yeah, but John wrote it for Julian, so it would mean a lot more if he was the one who sang it.  

I guess so.  I just love Ringo’s voice in songs like this.

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A few things I would change.

1. They should have sat Pete Best down and told him to his face that he wasn’t in the band. It would have been the right thing to do.

2. They should have looked after Mal  and paid him a decent wage after all the selfless service he gave to them instead of discarding him when he was no longer of use.

3. To have more of their gigs recorded properly.

4. For the original Cavern to still be standing as well as George’s house Kinfauns.

5. For all the efforts of the Let it Be sessions to have been channelled into a more productive project.

6. After Abbey Rd they could have agreed to take an indefinite break to do their solo projects and just reconvene whenever they wanted without any pressure.

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Consider an experiment done in 1993 by the Transcendental Meditation Program in Washington D.C.. D.C. is home to one of the most violent inner cities in America, and this group wanted to bring the crime rate down by 25% in the city. There were 4,000 people in the group and for a month and a half from June to late July of that year, all they did was meditate in the city and sure enough the crime rate dropped by about 24%.

I know you wrote that quite a while ago @GniknuS but yes I know about that experiment. If anyone is interested there is a book called The Intention Experiment which includes that and also other experiments carried out under scientifically controlled conditions like purifying lakes and making plants grow. That stuff really fascinates me and I wonder how aware people really are of their true potential to affect the world around them. (I know I sound like a tree hugger).

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I don’t mean to knock this thread, but I try to not think of the things that I wish were different because you can’t really change them.  And all those things that happened still resulted in some pretty darn good music.

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Oh yes and ban Yoko from the studio. 

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I would say that I wish there had been a reunion, but at the same time, the legend is solidified by them never reuniting. 

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@Leppo said

A few things I would change.

1. They should have sat Pete Best down and told him to his face that he wasn’t in the band. It would have been the right thing to do.

2. They should have looked after Mal  and paid him a decent wage after all the selfless service he gave to them instead of discarding him when he was no longer of use.

3. To have more of their gigs recorded properly.

4. For the original Cavern to still be standing as well as George’s house Kinfauns.

5. For all the efforts of the Let it Be sessions to have been channelled into a more productive project.

6. After Abbey Rd they could have agreed to take an indefinite break to do their solo projects and just reconvene whenever they wanted without any pressure.

I could be wrong but thought this thread was called, “If you could change ONE thing about the Beatles, what would it be?” not “If you could change SIX OR MORE things about the Beatles, what would they be?”

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@Leppo said

A few things I would change.

1. They should have sat Pete Best down and told him to his face that he wasn’t in the band. It would have been the right thing to do.

2. They should have looked after Mal  and paid him a decent wage after all the selfless service he gave to them instead of discarding him when he was no longer of use.

3. To have more of their gigs recorded properly.

4. For the original Cavern to still be standing as well as George’s house Kinfauns.

5. For all the efforts of the Let it Be sessions to have been channelled into a more productive project.

6. After Abbey Rd they could have agreed to take an indefinite break to do their solo projects and just reconvene whenever they wanted without any pressure.

I could be wrong but thought this thread was called, “If you could change ONE thing about the Beatles, what would it be?” not “If you could change SIX OR MORE things about the Beatles, what would they be?”  

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If someone puts more than one, can I choose which one happens?

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@Little Piggy Dragonguy said

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Sorry I’m just in a roasting mood.  I probably should have put a smiley on there to show I was just trying to be funny and wasn’t serious.  Stupid text doesn’t let me show emotion.

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If someone puts more than one, can I choose which one happens?  

Yessss!

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If someone puts more than one, can I choose which one happens?  

Yes you can pick because I can’t choose.  

You are right of course @William Shears Campbell  

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That they didn’t get their gear nicked from Abbey Road in 1969. That was a pretty shitty thing to do to them. I always hope that 2nd Hofner will turn up one day.

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