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10 May 2016
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I notice there are quite a few members here who are under 20.  This brings up a question I've had for some time: how exactly did you become a Beatles fan?  

Note: the cut-off of 20 years old is sort of arbitrary.  20-somethings here are also welcome to chime in!apple01  

Like what, 4 members under 20??? pete-beststuart-sutcliffebeatlemaniacs_02_gifpattie-boyd_02_gif

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I think there are more than four members under twenty... 

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Yep - it was especially true at the time that first post was written.

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It says that people over twenty can participate, so I'll be the creepy old man among all the teenagers. Don't call the cops. 

First part:

1) What was the very first encounter you had with the Beatles -- how old were you, how did it happen?

I remember hearing my dad putting Sgt. Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on when I was five years old. I wish I had a more romantic story, but I don't. My "how I lost my virginity" story is equally dull and short-winded.

2) Why did the Beatles resonate so much with you that you decided they were special and not just like any other band? (again, I'm referring to initially when you first began to realize you liked the Beatles -- I'm not so much talking about your present thoughts about it).

Gee, I dunno. Why did Elvis resonate with me? Why did Nine Inch Nails resonate with me? Why did Bob Dylan resonate with me? I don't care. I don't need an excuse for liking music. 

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1) Do you consider yourselves in any way "different" from your peers your age, because of your special love of the Beatles, while they seem to be indifferent to the Beatles or only casually like them so-so?

Not any more so than any of the other things that make me different from others my age. 

2) If yes to 1, why do you think some people, like you, were so deeply touched by the Beatles, yet others (maybe the slim majority?) seem untouched?  Why this difference?  I realize this second question is kind of philosophical and maybe asking for sociological or psychological speculation, but I'd be interested in your thoughts anyway. 

Because different people like different things. 

I suppose some also have an attitude of only listening to music from a certain era. On one hand, you have people who won't listen to anything from before they were born. On the other hand, you have people who say "I don't listen to anything recorded after 1980." I find both hands ridiculous. 

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Thanks Necko.

 

"Gee, I dunno. Why did Elvis resonate with me? Why did Nine Inch Nails resonate with me? Why did Bob Dylan resonate with me? I don't care. I don't need an excuse for liking music. "

Yes of course this is true generally speaking; but in terms of my original post (I was "Funny Paper" but not the Walrus...), I was curious why young whippersnappers -- who not only never knew the Beatles at the time but also grow up in a pop culture that cultivates a mania for the NEW and considers old stuff to be suspect at best -- ever felt the initial Beatles spark in the first place.  It could be the same answer to the general question. 

On the other hand, since people are different, I was kind of casting my fishing line for those who have specific reasons they can articulate, as opposed to a generic & amorphous "just because" mysticism.

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Yyyyyeeeeeeaaaaahhhhh... reading that back, I realize that I sound like kind of a jerk. I was in the final stretch of a several-hour-long car ride. My butt hurt and I hated my life. Sorry about coming off so bitter in that post. I shoulda used better judgment. 

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Im much younger than 20 and i havent met any beatle fan my age till i was at paul's concert.

Sometimes i feel kinda different but im proud of it, u guys dont even imagine the music people my age listen to down here...jesus christ.

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I apply in the under 20 for six more years, but better now than late.

First part:

1) What was the very first encounter you had with the Beatles -- how old were you, how did it happen?

I always sort of knew about their existence, mainly as the band who was the rival of the Rolling Stones, but especially because my uncle has a poster of them in his bedroom and a Lennon one (the one I once thought was Harry Potter), and I always go there in the holidays since I'm a baby so I have the posters in my head. But of listening to them, I have mainly two, which would be the first ones, both when I was eleven: firstly, my English teacher using Yesterday to practise listening making me obsessed with it (you know, when you love a song and you listen to it a lot in a row)  

The first time i remember listening to beatles was in an english class too! We were practising listening with " Help ! " i was 10yrld

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Here because of the discussion going on in the 'Questions about The Beatles Bible' Thread. 

1) What was the very first encounter you had with the Beatles -- how old were you, how did it happen?

I've said this before, but the earliest Beatles-related incident I can recall was when I was about 5-7 hearing the actual version of Drive My Car in some fashion advert revolving around the models posing around a car on the telly. I say the 'actual version' as unless it were an advert for Stella McCartney, the rights to that song must've been hard to get. These days whenever I hear a Beatles song in adverts, it's always been covers (apart from one time last year when they advertised the DeAgostini vinyl set with Let It Be .), but I digress. At the time of that incident, I knew the Beatles existed at the time, but wasn't too interested in them. I didn't start my consecutive Beatles fandom until January 2016 (aged 13) when I asked my parents to buy me the '1' album so I could dig deeper.

2) Why did the Beatles resonate so much with you that you decided they were special and not just like any other band? (again, I'm referring to initially when you first began to realize you liked the Beatles -- I'm not so much talking about your present thoughts about it.)

 Throughout 2016, after I listened to '1', I always had this magical feeling whenever I bought something Beatley. One occasion in particular where I felt that (which I've also posted on here before) was when that summer, I had saved up £30 to buy Sgt Pepper , but it was gone when I got to the record shop. I instead walked out with Abbey Road for £20 and RINGO (1973) for £10, so I was still happy. I remember I Want To Hold Your Hand being the song I would listen to most around that time too, I even consider it the song of my summer 2016! 

Second part:

1) Do you consider yourselves in any way "different" from your peers your age, because of your special love of the Beatles, while they seem to be indifferent to the Beatles or only casually like them so-so?

Yes. I'll admit at the beginning of becoming obsessed with The Beatles and the 60s, I was a bit of one of those annoying brats who claim they were "born in the wrong generation" (I think it reflected  in a lot of my earliest posts here, especially in a mini argument I had with Starr Shine? where I was  complaining that modern music is too over-sexualised , to which she responded "like old music didn't contain sex references".) I've learnt to move on from that phase and to accept the trends in music old and new, and that you can't go back, only forward (although some sort of fashion/music revival, even for just a brief time in the near future would be nice.) Learning about music as a subject has lead to me appreciating and respecting what's currently on the charts, although it's personally not something I'd often listen to. 

I'd say there is a mix of indifferent people and casual fans in my school. The majority of my music class were giving "what the feck" looks when we looked at The Beatles and The Kinks as part of our 60s music topic, but I thought it was a little hypocritical for them to dismiss these artists, as they often went on about how they like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder songs (two future Paul collaborators FYI, people in music class! ahdn_paul_01)  One of my friends is a casual fan, although he likes heavy metal/screamo stuff more. He called Live And Let Die a Beatles song a few months back and I proudly corrected him in saying it was by Paul and Wings. Another friend of mine says he likes the song Any Time At All , but that's about it. I'm planning to let him borrow my Help ! and MMT CDs to perhaps spur him on...a-hard-days-night-george-10

2) If yes to 1, why do you think some people, like you, were so deeply touched by the Beatles, yet others (maybe the slim majority?) seem untouched?  Why this difference?  I realize this second question is kind of philosophical and maybe asking for sociological or psychological speculation, but I'd be interested in your thoughts anyway. 

Will answer this one later/tomorrow. I've got blisters only fingers from writing this post!

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I’ll keep my responses breif. 

I got into the Beatles from by dad, who would play their records and their songs for me on guitar. I was always proud that he had a complete collection, so before they were ever availible digitally I had every Beatles CD and the tracks on my iPod. 

I got REALLY the Beatles after falling in love with Simon and Garfunkel. After listening to their music on repeat, I wanted another band to do it with, so I did it with The Beatles. From there, it was sessions on sessions on sessions. Then just when I thought there were no more sessions to hear, I got more sessions. Like way more. I’m a sucker for Beatles, Beach Boys , and Dylan outtakes. I love hearing the differences in takes. Its the same reason I love live music. I really enjoy hearing different versions of songs by The Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic. 

I also dug deeper once me and my friend started doing drugs in highschool. Man, that was just a whole other world for me, comining The Beatles with drugs!

Do I feel different from other people my age?

sure. Everybody is different, but I meet people all of the time who love their music and know their songs. My friend got into them through me and we both share a deep connection to the band. He has an account on here somewhere... ahdn_john_08_gif

and for the record I am 19. 

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1. Too young to remember, although i think it had to do with the Yellow Submarine movie.

2. Nothing really resonates with me, i just really like most of their music.

3. Absolutely, i have no interest in modern music because i feel that it has no talent and or creativity whereas most people i know like modern music, i'll take Revolution over something like say Billy by 6ix9ine any day.

4. Some people just don't like The Beatles, they might prefer other types of music or they might think of them as overrated sellouts. Some people just have different tastes.

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I notice there are quite a few members here who are under 20.  This brings up a question I've had for some time: how exactly did you become a Beatles fan?  What was the process?  Did a peer in your same age group recommend you listen to the Beatles?  Did you accidentally hear a Beatles song one day?  Did an older person, maybe a person in your family (older sibling, aunt, uncle, parent, GRANDparent, GREATGRANDparentbrian-epstein) put on a record one day while you were in earshot?

What interests me specifically are two things:

1) what was the very first encounter you had with the Beatles -- how old were you, how did it happen?

2) why did the Beatles resonate so much with you that you decided they were special and not just like any other band? (again, I'm referring to initially when you first began to realize you liked the Beatles -- I'm not so much talking about your present thoughts about it).

Note: the cut-off of 20 years old is sort of arbitrary.  20-somethings here are also welcome to chime in!apple01  

 

Ah, good memories. I was the young age of 12 when I happened upon the Great British Invasion O' '64 with the Zombies, then from there I saw this thing called THE BEATLES! beatlemaniacs_02_gifheart

And I just liked their songs, so I kept listening and fell in love.

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1) What was the very first encounter you had with the Beatles -- how old were you, how did it happen?

My dad found a 'Beatles for kids' compilation at an op-shop (obviously a fan-made creation...), and he played it to me in the car one day when I was 4. I remember it having Help !, Eight Days A Week and A Hard Day's Night , and I can't remember what else. I thought 'eh it's not bad', and then a year later he played me I Am The Walrus - I loved that, and was hooked for life.

2) Why did the Beatles resonate so much with you that you decided they were special and not just like any other band? (again, I'm referring to initially when you first began to realize you liked the Beatles -- I'm not so much talking about your present thoughts about it.)

 

They weren't singing about that damned subject of love all the time, and that made them much better imo. 

3) Do you consider yourselves in any way "different" from your peers your age, because of your special love of the Beatles, while they seem to be indifferent to the Beatles or only casually like them so-so?

 

Yes, I do. I think that I appreciate every aspect of a song thanks to the Beatles, whereas some of my friends won't even realise there's a drum kit in a song because the kick and snare sound exactly the same all the time (see 1:50 onwards in I'm Looking Through You for an example). But I think everyone kind of considers themselves to be a tad different to everyone else based on their (dis)likes.

4) If yes to 1, why do you think some people, like you, were so deeply touched by the Beatles, yet others (maybe the slim majority?) seem untouched?  Why this difference?  I realize this second question is kind of philosophical and maybe asking for sociological or psychological speculation, but I'd be interested in your thoughts anyway. 

Because everyone is born with different DNA, causing differences in what we like. Some people find exactly what they are looking for, others keep looking for their calling. The environment around them also influences it, of course. I'm sure there re plenty of people in, say, North Korea, that would enjoy The Beatles, however they probably will never hear the songs.

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Wow, thanks SgtPeppersBulldog / sir walter raleigh / Dark Overlord / TheWalrusWasBrian / and The Hole Got Fixed for all those thoughtful responses (hope I didn't miss anyone).  I really think it's an interesting cultural phenomenon, because there's really no other band with the longevity of The Beatles, measured in many ways, including that they still have fans in their teens today, 50 years after they were first (and mainly) a sensation.

One thing I've noticed from nearly all the responses (including the earlier ones in years past above), on the question of why one's peers seem disinterested in the Beatles and even practice a kind of perhaps snobby dismissal of such an **old** band, I detect a sort of a casual "meh" attitude -- which leads me to conclude that apparently it's not that much of a problem or nuisance at all; as if one's peers whenever Beatles comes up with their friend or acquaintance just say, "Oh okay, so he or she likes that old Beatles band -- whatever..." and move on to other things.  I guess it kind of surprises me because I thought I would be getting more stories of peer pressure or even ostracism.

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The thing is - I hear about how my generation is supposed to be full of peer pressure and all that sort of stuff, but we're not actually all that bad. We joke around with peer pressure, but almost none of us mean it seriously, and if pressed, we probably won't pressure someone a second time in a day.

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2) Why did the Beatles resonate so much with you that you decided they were special and not just like any other band? (again, I'm referring to initially when you first began to realize you liked the Beatles -- I'm not so much talking about your present thoughts about it.)

They weren't singing about that damned subject of love all the time, and that made them much better imo.

I'm glad i'm not the only one who hates how so many song are about love.

BTW, i think everyone falls for peer pressure at least once even if it's by someone like a teacher or parent but not every millenial/post millenial is into trends or anything like that.

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I notice there are quite a few members here who are under 20.  This brings up a question I've had for some time: how exactly did you become a Beatles fan?  What was the process?  Did a peer in your same age group recommend you listen to the Beatles?  Did you accidentally hear a Beatles song one day?  Did an older person, maybe a person in your family (older sibling, aunt, uncle, parent, GRANDparent, GREATGRANDparentbrian-epstein) put on a record one day while you were in earshot?

What interests me specifically are two things:

1) what was the very first encounter you had with the Beatles -- how old were you, how did it happen?

2) why did the Beatles resonate so much with you that you decided they were special and not just like any other band? (again, I'm referring to initially when you first began to realize you liked the Beatles -- I'm not so much talking about your present thoughts about it).

Note: the cut-off of 20 years old is sort of arbitrary.  20-somethings here are also welcome to chime in!apple01  

1) I remember going to the Beatles Story in Liverpool, my dad playing Abbey Road and my primary school music teacher traumatising us by concluding a lovely story about peace and love with an account of John's death. 

2) I got into them shortly after getting into a bunch of other classic rock bands as a young teen, but I very quickly realised what I was hearing was a kind of magic no other artist I've heard has commanded. As I listened through their discography, i found myself falling for song after song, album after album. People have written entire books on what makes the Beatles so great but to me it's near indescribable - that feeling of joy that exudes from every second of their music... except What Goes On  john-lennon-salute_gif

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that feeling of joy that exudes from every second of their music... except What Goes On  john-lennon-salute_gif  

Ringo just called - he's had your Beatles Fan Licence revokeda-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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The thing is - I hear about how my generation is supposed to be full of peer pressure and all that sort of stuff, but we're not actually all that bad. We joke around with peer pressure, but almost none of us mean it seriously, and if pressed, we probably won't pressure someone a second time in a day.  

Maybe the current generation is less tribalistic than it was "back in the day".

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