Since I was in college, no even before that, high school (early/mid 70's), until today, I've come across many so-called "rock" fans who belittle or outright dismiss the Beatles, while they exalt, over the years and style changes, Led Zeppelin (btw, I like Zep a lot), the Allman Brothers or other southern rock bands, prog-rockers like Yes and EL&P, the New Wave and Punk flash in the pans, Grunge Gods like Pearl Jam and Nirvana, etc etc etc.
What some of them do is pick apart the individual Beatles as musicians, and laugh at them, and say so and so is a better drummer, so and so is a better guitarist, bassist, singer, etc.
Others will cite the music as nothing but mostly love songs, or "pop" songs.
What I find consistent in these music morons is their utter inability to view things in any kind of context, their complete, single railed tunnel vision. To them, rock, say, is a guy who can play guitar lightning fast for 25 minutes. George Harrison could never do that! HA HA HA HA! Then they, usually amateur musicians themselves, proceed to lecture the Beatles fan about how simple their chords were, how easy their songs were to play, etc.
I find myself wanting to STRANGLE these people. I've known them 40 years ago, and I know them still. Usually, they are snot nosed late teens/early twenties types who think they know everything about music, and about everything else, as well.
What these idiots fail to realize is, the Beatles were MORE than just their songs. They were rockers. They were great interpreters of black rock and roll and r & b. They were the first band to really become major songwriters. They were self-contained, in that they sang, wrote and PLAYED their music. ALL of it. 90% of it thru most of their career as Beatles. They could ALL sing, and two of them-- Paul and John-- are among the greatest rock and pop singers EVER. Lennon's distinctive, nasal sneer...Paul's great vocal chops and ability to alter his sound and style.
Also, they were UNIQUE PERSONALITIES. Ever listen to the average rocker (or pop star, or hip hop star, or dimwit female tart Madonna wannabee) talk? They usually have the personalities of tree stumps. Each Beatle, from John, to Paul, to George, to even Ringo, were dynamic personalities. Smart guys. Personable guys. FUNNY guys. They could have probably been a comedy group, ala the Marx Brothers, or Monty Python, had they wanted to be. The fact that they could also play, sing, and CREATE music, and GREAT music, and constantly EVOLVING and EXPERIMENTATIVE music is an amazing thing. Put all these elements together, and it's no wonder there has never been another band or group of pop entertainers like the Beatles. And, at least in my lifetime, I doubt there ever WILL be.
That's why the Beatles changed the world. Yeah, some dork from some long forgotten band might have been able to play faster and longer than George...but that was the extent of that person's contribution to music. One Trick Ponys. Most of these artists, from the past, and today, are One Trick Ponys.
The Beatles were a stable of the finest Clydesdales, Appaloosas, Arabians, and Mustangs. The cream of the cream of the crop.
I pity those who don't see this, or understand this.
I also kind of feel for Paul, and the late John Lennon, and George Harrison, for trying to follow that act. That they all did fairly well trying (misses, yes, but plenty of hits, as well) speaks well of all of them.
That Paul is STILL producing amazing music after all that...well, what can you say?
in years to come/they may discover/what the air we breathe and the life we lead are all about/but it won't be soon enough for me