Friday, November 16, 2007

Fab Four Friday

Over the last few years a coupla friends and I have had heated discussions re: The Beatles vs. The Stones. Basically it’s me (Beatles) against them (Stones.) While I love the Stones too, to me they don’t come close to measuring up to the Beatles; be it songwriting, musicianship, singing, coolness, innovation, anything. Look at the leaps the Beatles made from 1963-1969, and then look at the Stones still working on their bar-band boogie woogie. A great band, yes. But better than the Beatles? Camon.

A particular sore spot for me is that everyone else in this “debate” turns their nose up at Sgt Pepper. I seem to be the only person left on the planet who still thinks this is an A++ album. I know the hip thing to do is turn your nose up at Sgt Pepper and claim allegiance to the alt-country of Rubber Soul or the here-comes-pepperness of Revolver, but I love Pepper as much as Revolver and way more than Rubber Soul. Fucking hell, it has

SUPER SLICES: title track, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", “Getting Better”, "She’s Leaving Home”, “Lovely Rita”, “Good Morning, Good Morning”, “Day in the Life”

YOU GOTTA LOVE IT EVEN THO YOU’RE SICK OF HEARING IT: “With a Little Help from My Friends”

I NEVER LISTEN BUT AT LEAST THEY’RE WILDLY INNOVATIVE/AMBITIOUS: “ Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”, “Within You, Without You”

NOT A SLICE: “Fixing a Hole”, “When I’m 64”

SIX superslices! Not just slices, but super slices. Camon. An amazing album. And don’t get me started re: how off the charts it would be if they hadn’t given away “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields” from the sessions to be the singles. Viva la Pepper!!

Okay. That last "viva" bit was gay. Tho not as gay as these get-ups (and yes, when you're clothes are this gay they are "get-ups")











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9 comments:

godihateyourband said...

"alt-country of Rubber Soul"?

if anyone did ever utter that statement, they deserve a punch in tha nads. so go ahead and punch yerself.

and you're wrong about pepper. won't even use the foolproof revolver argument. the friggin white album is twice as good as it.

so there.

Rambler said...

Since neither The Beatles or The Stones produced anything on the magnitude of Who's Next, I'll assume this was some post about runner-up bands.

And (he said going out on an even bigger limb), no one captured the daily joys and frustrations of life better than Ray Davies.

godihateyourband said...

don't start with who's next. give me all 12 hours of lifehouse or give me nuthin.

n' speaking of joys and frustrations, the new ray davies is pretty good. much better than the 1st solo rec (and sgt peeper).

Xmastime said...

GodIHateYourBand (may I call you God?) mehtinks you are upset Xmastime has stolen your blog motif? peut etre you should post more than once a score?

godihateyourband said...

God will be fine

Rambler said...

Ray has a new solo out or you mean the one that came out late last year (Other Peoples Lives)? And are we allowed to converse on Xmas's time??? Get it, Xmas's Time???

Ha, I slay me!

Allison said...

I'm an Abbey Road fan. "Here Comes the Sun" and "Come Together" being my favorite Beatles songs. The Stones vs. The Beatles,humph, I've been asked this one lots. May I appreciate them both equally and separately? Is that cool or does it make me a total douche bag?

sir oliver humperdink said...

Xmastime, you know and I know that the Beatles record with the most slices is A Hard Day's Night. That is all from London.

Adam G said...

it's not beatles v stones, it's "are you an elvis person or a beatles person?"

that's the real question.