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Why the Beatles will never happen again
5 November 2015
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Jolly Jimmy
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I don't think there could be another Beatles simply because too many of us have become too specific in the type of music we like.

For the most part, fans of heavy metal, alternative, hip hop, teen pop, soft rock, country and so forth listen primarily to their own types of music.  Occasionally, they might encounter music outside their favorite style and like it. And some major hits would gain notice everywhere.  But this seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

These days radio stations are very tight with their formats.  And many internet streaming channels are even tighter.  A band like the Beatles would need to gain popularity among many demographics.  But they would not simply get the exposure.

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5 November 2015
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They could use Movies and video games and TV shows and other soundtracks to break through.

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5 November 2015
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Yeah, but Jolly's right about music being so diversified and fans can be pretty hard core.  It would have to be something truly ground-breaking.  A completely new sound.

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6 November 2015
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Annadog40 said

They could use Movies and video games and TV shows and other soundtracks to break through.

C.R.A. said

Yeah, but Jolly's right about music being so diversified and fans can be pretty hard core.  It would have to be something truly ground-breaking.  A completely new sound.

Ironically the Beatles provide the answer: they have to tap into a social movement, one big enough to accommodate differences of music and entertainments. The task is harder than just playing benefit gigs or writing self-aware lyrics, people are too wary of such bandwaggoning (it's a new word!), as the hatred of U2 indicates. In fact it's usually the failure of the big bands to articulate the culture that leads to new directions, eg the punk movement. My only concern that it may never happen isn't the atomization of music, it's the atomization of culture itself; either the way we are being encouraged to avoid such movements or the speed with which they are co-opted. But I'd never say never.

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6 November 2015
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Even within Beatles music, you can see the differences in today's culture.  A "classic rock that really rocks" station will play Revolution but not Yesterday .  The opposite is true in those light stations you might hear in your dentist office.

The Beatles gained great overall exposure in Top 40 stations and variety shows like Ed Sullivan.  I wish it wasn't true, but those type of formats don't work today.  On Top 40 radio, I would not want to sit through a Kanye West song to hear the latest from the Black Keys.  And nobody would have the patience to sit through a circus act to get to see their favorite band.  People had no choice back then.  But now it's easy to tape it and skip over the other acts.  Or they can see if the performance you want to see is on You Tube or something like that.

Back in the 60s, if a lot of teenage girls were screaming over a pop act, others would be curious to see act just to see what the fuss was about.  But nowadays, if an act attracts a lot of screaming girls, others will think of boy bands like like Backstreet Boys or Jonas Brothers or solo acts like Justin Bieber.  Many will think they are too cool for those acts and totally ignore them to protect their image.  So many will not even get to realize the talent in some of these acts and learn that there might be some good songs in there.  If any of those acts try to grow musically with new sounds, they are met with cynicism.

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6 November 2015
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Ahhh Girl said
When Paul was asked if there could ever be another Beatles, here's what he said.

PM: We don’t live in that culture any more, that’s true. We came out of a very rich period. But let’s not forgot, those four boys were fucking good. It wasn’t just to do with the period. You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses, who had what The Beatles had. Lennon’s skill, intelligence, acerbic wit, McCartney’s melody, whatever he’s got, Harrison’s spirituality, Ringo’s spirit of fun, great drumming. We all played, which is pretty hard. You don’t get a lot of that these days. The noise we made was just those four people playing. We came at the right time. We wrote some pretty good stuff, our own material. We didn’t have writers. Could that happen again? I don’t know. I wish people well but I have a feeling it couldn’t.

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I Second That Emotion. There's no way 4 such talented musicians could stay together longer than an album these days. Solo artists with actual talent are rare enough that they generally make everlasting gobstoppers of money - the greed plus the ego conflicts would not permit it today. Back then bands like Paul Butterfield's Blues Band, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the Yardbirds, the Hollies, Buffalo Springfield, and the Beatles to top them all made it for awhile. CSNY only made it through one studio album with the 4 of them. Even in the late 70s-early 80s, the Police only lasted, what, 5 albums (the last two increasing in mediocrity imo) before Sting became a total ass. No, I don't forsee another team phenomenon like the Beatles in music for a long long time.

The Beatles started as a pure pop love song group. They evolved into more complex musical structure and topics, including the drug scene, the political and antiwar protest movement, and most importantly, promoting Peace and Love. Somehow everything they did turned into gold (or platinum). Nah, not gonna happen again.

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6 November 2015
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Because . The world is round. The chemistry is different. The stars are no longer lined up as they were. And what Sir Paul said. a-hard-days-night-john-1 

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6 November 2015
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The Beatles will never happen again because the Beatles already happened. 

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6 November 2015
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What defines another Beatles happening?

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6 November 2015
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EXCELLENT QUESTION!!! .... and one which I would not presume to answer, as 'I am pigeon-liver'd, and lack gall'. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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