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Miscellaneous questions about the Beatles
4 November 2014
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What happened to all the beatlemanic after the break-up? They were buying beatles music a lot but in solo years every beatle didn't make it so big. Even if ex-beatles  tried their best they didn't reach the popularity of beatles

Did people only buy music with a label of beatles on it ? Let It Be sold 4m, it has so many weak songs but Imagine have only sold like 2M and Band On The Run and others never reached above 4m in US or in any other country.

If beatles continued to make music even in 70s would they be able to take out led, Floyd, queen,fleetwood and many others in business 

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^ Probably not since eventuly they would have lost steam or killed each other

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The truth is that nobody can know what a '70s Beatles might have sounded like, and whether they would have maintained the high quality of their work together. There are the amusing games where people put together "Beatles" albums based on their solo work, there is a thread here somewhere that does that, but most of those songs would never have been written had they somehow survived the car crash that was 1969.

We can assume that their work rate would have slowed, going from two albums + of material every year (with the exception of 1966) to maybe getting together every couple of years, with all them releasing solo work inbetween, as they had already started to do. That kind of set-up would have solved the problem of George's songs, and how much space they got on Beatles albums.

Remember that this became increasingly common in the '70s and beyond. Phil Collins had a solo career alongside Genesis, several members of the Stones released solo work, U2 have seen Bono and The Edge release solo albums, as well as come up with side-projects like Passengers.

In my opinion, had they made it through 1969, it's impossible to say what would have happened... After all, look at how long U2 have been going at a consistently high level.

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Why is it that Maxwell's Silver Hammer was not as successful as Paul predicted? I think it is because they had some very good songs on the album to compete with it.

But anyway, I think a very innovative, creative, exciting and full of melody effects! What do you think?

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I think it is cause of the subject matter. I like the song

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Annadog40 said

I think it is cause of the subject manner. I like the song

@Rita Eleanor, I think AD40 meant "matter" instead of manner. I know English isn't your first language, so I don't want you to be confused. ... and I agree with her. I don't think the public at large likes songs about serial killers.

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I'd suggest that the reason is that it's not a great, and the other Beatles pretty much hated it.

John described it as "more of Paul's Granny s**t music". He also said that Paul "did everything to make it into a single, and it never was and it never could have been."

George said of it in 1969 that it's "one of those instant whistle-along tunes which some people hate... It's a fun song, but it's kind of a drag..."

Paul recalls it as a song they had arguments over.

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What were the hotels like that the Beatles stayed in during touring? What were the rooms like?

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Depends on which country. We know that the hotel rooms were never the same after the Beatles arrived. cough*hamburg*cougha-hard-days-night-john-6

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Annadog40 said
What were the hotels like that the Beatles stayed in during touring? What were the rooms like?

How about in the United States for example?

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I have listened to pretty much all of the "regular" albums + anthologies... what should I start with with solo albums of each one of them? I was thinking of starting with John, but then again I don't really know. Someone suggest something, please? 

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@StrawberryWalrus You'll get people suggesting different members depending on whose solo work they like the most. @trcanberra's approach is the one I'd suggest  myself, moving through them by when they were released rather than who released them.

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Yeah, i'd go with starting from almost the beginning @StrawberryWalrus with Ringo's Sentimental Journey (i'd suggest leaving off the earlier stuff before you are more ingrained with it all or you may never want to go solo again (two-virginsblue-meanie)). And if you don't want to spend the money collecting all the albums and singles before hearing them almost all of the albums and non-album tracks are on youtube, spotify etc or go to your local library and order them.

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StrawberryWalrus said
I have listened to pretty much all of the "regular" albums + anthologies... what should I start with with solo albums of each one of them? I was thinking of starting with John, but then again I don't really know. Someone suggest something, please? 

I'm doing the same thing, @StrawberryWalrus (well ok atm I've got Rubber Soul on but I do need my fix a-hard-days-night-george-10  I'd also do the chronological thing, well almost - All Things Must Pass (George), Plastic Ono Band (John), Sentimental Journey (Ringo) and RAM (Paul - it's his 2nd solo but only by a few months).

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I'd suggest that the reason is that it's not a great, and the other Beatles pretty much hated it.

When I was 5, I loved the song and one of my favorite childhood memories includes listening to it with my parents.  But now I think it's a quirky filler tune on an album full of truly amazing songs.  I like it, it's just not the hit material so much of their work is/was.

Contextual edit: Maxwell's Silver Hammer

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Annadog40 said
What were the hotels like that the Beatles stayed in during touring? What were the rooms like?

I think they got the full star treatment in the states.  They were already famous and the hype was tremendous.  In one video clip somewhere (Living in the Material World maybe) George mentions that they had a whole floor at some swank hotel in NYC, and there were "rooms and rooms" which were full of people, so the 4 of them ended up hiding in a bathroom inside the suite.

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Matt Busby said

StrawberryWalrus said
I have listened to pretty much all of the "regular" albums + anthologies... what should I start with with solo albums of each one of them? I was thinking of starting with John, but then again I don't really know. Someone suggest something, please? 

I'm doing the same thing, @StrawberryWalrus (well ok atm I've got Rubber Soul on but I do need my fix a-hard-days-night-george-10  I'd also do the chronological thing, well almost - All Things Must Pass (George), Plastic Ono Band (John), Sentimental Journey (Ringo) and RAM (Paul - it's his 2nd solo but only by a few months).

So be it, I'm going in that order. Thanks!

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Weird question alert!

 

Is there any documentation of anyone ever paid any of the Beatles for sex?

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No. Not that I know of, at least.

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Is there a resource (book, website, etc.) that tells why The Beatles chose the running order they did for each of their studio albums (the UK running order)?

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