The Beatles….I don’t get it.

Firstly and..lastly I suppose, my intention isn’t to offend anyone with this. I really can’t be arsed with offending anyone. I probably do it without knowing but hey- stop taking shit so personal? Okay, cool. We like what we like, we don’t like what we don’t like. For instance The Jesus And Mary Chain are my favourite band of all time- but I don’t expect anyone to fully get why I love them or understand what they mean to me, if they aren’t a fan. I understand that someone may not like them. Not everyone enjoys a distorted, reverb sound mixed with dark lyrics and a gloomy voice. But I do. That’s what I like. Much like how I really cannot see how 21 by Adele is a decent album. I guess it’s because I don’t dig that kind of music..lyrics about a lover who has clearly done you wrong. I just don’t want to hear that, so I don’t listen to it. I keep my headphones in pretty much all the time when I go out.  This all leads onto something. If you’re still reading.

I hate negativity. I know a lot of bitchy people. You know the kind. Hide behind a screen but will smile in your face. They’ll tear you apart to their friends (who were once your friends) but if they are to talk to you- you will either be handed some kind of cold vibe OR they will drag up past mistakes. People that live in the past because the future and present turns them into a coward. Why? Just why? Anyway, this does all come together. Negativity…fuck it. No need. There’s bad words and actions everywhere isn’t there. The past…we are still clinging onto the fact that The Beatles were and are the best band ever. Here comes the part that you’ll hate me for (if you don’t already.)

I really don’t “get” The Beatles. Come on..“She loves you yeah yeah yeah.” Can someone explain to me why that is classed as good song-writing? Maybe it’s because I like songs and bands with substance. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand why someone would like them..but best band of all time? Seriously? Come on. What about Ramones? MC5? Iggy & The Stooges? New York Dolls? Velvet Underground? Bikini Kill? Captain Beefheart? I’ll stick to being in the minority. It’s friendly and non-judgemental there.

So here’s the thing. I’ve listened to The Beatles. My mum was a HUGE fan when they were about. She had their autographs and saw them support Tommy Rowe and Chris Montez in Doncaster. SUPPORTING. No one knew who they were, no one cared. She told me every time The Beatles were on the telly, her and her chums would scream like obsessed and possessed fan-girls at the screen. I used to do that when Backstreet Boys and Garabge were on the telly. I do it now when I see The Kills, mainly because it is so rare. I fully appreciate what they created and caused- mass hysteria. But for what reasons? Why? Did they care for the music or was it just “the look” that they had? Four lads dressed pretty well, from Liverpool. Was it, like most things, just one big gimmick?

I’ve spoken to my mum about this so many times, and I said to her I just do not get it. I don’t get why people are still going apeshit over them. She said something along the lines of, “You had to be there at the time to fully appreciate it.” Maybe she is right. But, I know people who are my age who love them an insane amount. So what is it? If I was a massive twat, I’d write this and rip the band apart- but I’m not like that. I don’t see the point at all. I just want to know what it was about them that caused people to label them as the best thing since a free bus pass? Just what is it? My mum said, as she got older she realised that they weren’t as amazing as people made them out to be.

If that’s the case, why are their records still being sold as successfully as they are? Re-issue after re-issue. Documentary after documentary. Is it because the UK hasn’t produced anything as successful since then, and are clinging onto The Beatles because it is all they have? I’m positive others have had similar success, right? But why must we base success on how many girls faint at concerts or how many number one songs you have? Why can’t they have the same love for playing their own music like The Horrors do and not care for mainstream attention?

I’ve written this in the hopes someone can inform me as to why The Beatles are regarded as the best band ever. I could give you 20 bands that are much better. But let’s face it, it is all down to personal taste. So why oh why does the media feel the need to ram them down our necks and tell us “YOU MUST LOVE THEM.” Never buy into what anyone tries to sell you. Have your OWN opinion. Start your own movement. Love what you love. Love whoever you want to love. Anyone I have I said, that I don’t like The Beatles to has looked at me as if I have 3 arms and no head. I don’t get it. Maybe I am just a really shit human being who knows nothing. But, do you? It’s all personal taste.

I know that whoever reads this will feel the need to think ill of me, it’s okay..most do anyway. You get used to it after a while. Then you ignore them and focus on those who matter- the ones that don’t judge.

But please, if you can tell me why The Beatles are apparently so great, please do. I don’t want to like them, because I’ve tried. I’ve listened and I just don’t get it. I do know people who don’t like them, and they’ve said the same as me-boring, repetitive lyrics and just utterly dull. So why do people like them? That’s all I want to know.

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