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Question for Beatles fans under 20
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Dark Overlord said

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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.  

I was going to say (and I've ended up saying!) that this is kind of ironic, given how many of the early Beatles songs (and even into the middle period) were about boy-girl love (cough cough "She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" etc.). But of course they did evolve and expand out of that quite nicely.

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John Lennon was my entry point into the band. Once I made that connection it wasn’t going to be cut - the tragedy of his murder cemented that. I loved his voice, musical/lyrical ability and world view.

I knew the Beatles were not just any other band.

There was that sense of superiority and cultural significance that I still hold on to. I don’t really have much time for modern music, and at the back of my mind I’m always thinking ‘this doesn’t compare’.

As a younger guy, some people would probably find my obsession with the Beatles weird. That made me shy and a little embarrassed at first. But I learned not to care. If they don’t like good music, or respect my right to enjoy it, too bad. 

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@The Hole Got Fixed said

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

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You mean romantic love? I have no quibbles with The Word kind of love. It's just sappy romance that gets on my nerves after 10,000 hours (especially because I don't relate to it at all). a-hard-days-night-paul-10

The Beatles were all about love. But it wasn't necessarily boy-girl love all the time, it was a fair bit of that within the greater aspect of universal hippie love, which I appreciate.

...And then there's Pink Floyd, who wrote three or four love songs in their entire career and they're all slightly schizophrenic and fairly obscure. heartheartheart

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

I would venture to guess that it may be (at least in Western first-world countries), because of things like the Internet encouraging diversity of interests and peer groups. On a forum like this, a fifteen-year-old can have intense debates with a fifty-year-old through their shared love of the best band in history, and the said fifteen-year-old can learn all kinds of things about musical history and David Bowie's extensive back catalogue via the marvels of the Web, as opposed to being limited, as it was 'back in the day', to what is being played on the radio and released in the record shops (and the parents' record collection, though that might be ignored for being far too uncool).

Just my two cents. ahdn_george_01

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There was that sense of superiority and cultural significance that I still hold on to. I don’t really have much time for modern music, and at the back of my mind I’m always thinking ‘this doesn’t compare’.
 

I enjoy a few select modern artists, and I would say they definitely have plenty of value to add to the world, but at the same time I do kind of feel that I don't quite hold them in the same level of respect and adoration (adulation?) as I have for the classic 60's and 70's artists that I enjoy. I'm not sure if it's a product of certain great things (e.g. The Dark Side of the Moon) already having been done before or the tendency to idolise things that are firmly bygone and crystallised in history. Either way, I enjoy both sides of it: the legacy of a band like the Beatles, who are firmly entrenched in the 1960s, and the currency of a band like Muse, whom I'M GOING TO SEE THIS SUNDAY AHHH beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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I think good love songs are fantastic, and The Beatles and Beach Boys are king. Just my two cents. I love love song. I love writing them too. I guess you could call me a hopeless romantic. 

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sir walter raleigh said
I think good love songs are fantastic, and The Beatles and Beach Boys are king. Just my two cents. I love love song. I love writing them too. I guess you could call me a hopeless romantic.   

Don't get me wrong, I have a healthy appreciation for a good love song (like Something , the greatest ever written according to Frank Sinatra, or God Only Knows), especially when the music speaks louder than the words. I can feel the love in the music; the words, not so much. I don't relate to the lyrical part of it much, but the music is something my soul knows about.

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I think my favorite love song of all is "I Will " -- its understated lyric seems all the more poignant:

"Will I wait a lonely lifetime, if you want me to, I will"

(Notice the nice way Paul bookends that sentence with "Will I / I will")

A close second is Gordon Lightfoot's song "I'll Do Anything":

"I've been around some walking on down the street
Feeling as low as the shoes on the soles of my feet.
Taking dead aim on fortune and fame you might say
Playing guitar doesn't make you a star anyway.

Many's the time I've wished that I were free
But my love for you was too deep for my eyes to see.
I'd never leave you, I'll do anything that you say.

Whenever the thought seems better off left alone,
I think of you then in a way that is ten times as strong.
Taking dead aim on fortune and fame you might say
Playing guitar doesn't make you a star anyway.

I'd never leave you, I'll do anything that you say
Try to believe me, I'll do anything that you say
Though it might grieve me, I'll do anything that you say..."

It's that last line that kills me.

 

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I think my favorite love song of all is "I Will " -- its understated lyric seems all the more poignant:

"Will I wait a lonely lifetime, if you want me to, I will"

(Notice the nice way Paul bookends that sentence with "Will I / I will")

Ooh yes, that is one of the other best love songs of all time. Maybe one of the best songs... so understated, streamlined, almost meant to be, but Paul came up with it and no one else. a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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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?

When I'm meeting new people (it doesn't happen often, but it does happen), I am always playing a Beatles song, dropping Pink Floyd's name, and subsequently getting into conversations with adults who highly approve/share my musical tastes. It happened again recently. a-hard-days-night-john-6 Something is a really good crowd-pleaser on a ukulele a-hard-days-night-george-9

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

I don't know how old I was-- very young, I imagine. My dad played the Beatles a lot when I was little.

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).

It's tough to remember, but I think I just really liked their music. It just sounded good to me, I guess.

  

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

Very young, my mum singing "She Loves You " all the freakin' time. I was annoyed. 

 

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 sounded a lot better to me than newer music, I liked the way they sung. 

 

  

  

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My parents would play the Beatles’ music for me when I was really little, and when I got a little older I would hear great things about The Beatles because of the popularity of the band, I thought one day (I was probably eleven or twelve at the time), why not download a few of their albums myself? So I downloaded Abbey Road on my smart phone and fell in love with it after listening to it once. I really liked how the songs were unique and different from each other, but also the reoccurring themes in certain songs. After that, I began to explore more of their music and read about the members and I guess just became a fan over a period of time. Now I’m fourteen and I’m obsessed.

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