Ah, let's discuss what some refer to as my Beatles problem - that problem being that they're not my favorite band of all time. This is sacrilege to many, perplexing to those who know of my love for crunchy power pop chords, and confusing to the self appointed critics out there that think I'm too judgemental when it comes to the Mop Tops.
I could go on and on about why I don't like the Beatles as much as I do other groups, but I'm all about brevity today. The tip of the iceberg: I didn't hear the Beatles until I was in 5th grade. By then they had been broken up for more than 6 years. I'm not a baby boomer so I don't attach any nostalgic memories to them. They helped spawn hippies and the wearing of granny glasses. They indulged George Harrison's love of the sitar. They thought they were more important than they were. Ever seen Magical Mystery Tour? 'Nuff said.
Before you bombard me with hate mail (and you do know how much I love to get comments telling me how stupid I am, especially when the comments are misspelled) I will say that I like the Beatles. Heck, I like them a whole lot. Their early sides were raucous joyful rock and roll. Their mid-period era was sublime and artful with Rubber Soul near the top of my best of list. I could do without much of the Sgt. Pepper's psychedelic stuff and afterwards they are truly hit and miss. Do people really like "Come Together" or they just saying they do just to please their peers.
Still I rarely reach for Beatles discs. It's their ubiquitous nature. We're constantly being bombarded with their musical and cultural legacy by the boomers. There's even a new documentary about Lennon coming out soon. So it's not like I ever need to hear them again. Their songs have been burned into my head. It makes me glad my parents weren't baby boomers or I'd have had to spend my entire life under the Beatles. I was raised on Chuck Bery, Elvis, rockabilly, and country artists like Hank Williams and Merle Haggard.
Here's an incomplete list of artists I'd take over the Beatles anyday:
Jerry Lee Lewis
Guided By Voices
New York Dolls
So who would you take over the Beatles? Am I just a crazy, deluded fool? Let me know.