; Tangled Up In Blue: Are you a Beatles guy or a Stones guy?

Friday, May 12, 2006

Are you a Beatles guy or a Stones guy?

"Are you a Beatles guy or a Stones guy?"
I suppose the question has been phrased differently throughout the ages.
"Are you a Jesus guy or a Mohammed guy?"
"Are you an Elvis guy or a Beatles guy?"
But for me the answer has always been the same.
I'm a Beatles guy.

- The Marathon Man aka Joseph Kelly ranks his favorite
Beatles Songs: From First to Worst

"My aim is to list the songs in groups, from worst to first, along with individual song reviews and tidbits about the making of each song. I still have not completed my initial ranking of the tunes, so I'm not actually ready to begin announcing my selections. There's one bias I should mention going into this project: I don't think there was ever a truly bad Beatles song. There were some clunkers, some experiments that didn't work, some odd instruments employed to ill effect, some bizarre lyrical phrasings. But it's my belief that the worst Beatles song is still better, more engaging, more exciting than the best song produced by any chart topping performer of the last decade."


Heartache with Hard Work aka Charles got inspired to do the same!

""Hey, I love The Beatles," I thought to myself while reading it. "Why can't I do the same thing?" So here I am. It's a chance to listen to a lot of Beatles songs, think about why I like them, and see if I can come up with something interesting to say about all of them (which is tougher than I thought it would be. I mean, you tell us something interesting about "Hold Me Tight"). And its always fun to make lists, particularly "best to worst" lists. Of course, "worst" is a relative thing. I mean, the worst Beatles song is still pretty great. Well, okay, some of them are actually kind of bad, but very very few."

Here's Charles' list of Beatles from Worst to First

Check out these two very ambitious blog postings -

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Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

I love the Beatles too. No band, music, or lyrics have entertained and inspired me more than what was recorded by the Fab Four. I tend to favor John's songs than the other's, but they're a close second.

I'm rather new to blogging, and have been searching on "Beatles" to see what's out there. That's how I came across your blog, and thus the link to Marathon Man's list. Good job on the post.

8:31 AM  
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Blogger Glen Dean said...

I am most definetly a Stones guy. A lot of the early Beatles stuff sounds too much like bubble gum music. Their later stuff was much better, but it still wasn't all that good. The Stones were edgy though. They are Rock and Roll, as far as I'm concerned.

8:01 AM  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

haha, I'm a Bob Dylan guy

9:35 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Beatles. All the way. Always.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Maisie said...

Hi from a Beatles girl! Even though I do love Stones, too, like many other great rock bands, Beatles have always been the absolute #1 in my heart, even if I am into something else for a while... ;)

2:37 PM  
Blogger Pageant Mom said...

when I was a teenager, I played 3 nites a week (guitar/singer) at the petty officer's club at the Navy Base. Decidedly, anytime my sets just weren't working, I could ALWAYS save the day with a Beatles song. Not sure why, but even the silly and infectious diddy "Yello Submarine" could please just about anybody!! (I would have done more Stones, but just couldn't pull it off... )

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A lot of the early Beatles stuff sounds too much like bubble gum music."

Agreed- but then they dropped acid and the music got a lot better.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Lindsey said...

Heya! i LOVE the beatles and im 13! they well rock and i have loads of cd's of them and my fav song is "for the benefit of mr Kite" my msn addie is minixgutteridge@hot.mail.co.uk i am doing a talk about it at my school! :D about john lennon!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Leeper said...

I always thought the Beatles vs. Stones thing was humorous (uh, even 40 years ago). They were all supposedly great friends in England and the Beatles promoted the Stones in the States (we do recall that the Beatles wrote the Stones first #1 hit, right?). Both bands were put into suits and ties by their respective managers after signing record deals, whereas both had previously been rough around the edges. The Beatles' musical influences were more varied than the Stones', their American roots being early white rock and roll and black rythmn and blues, while they soaked in the popular folkstyles of working class England (e.g., skiffle). The Stones followed the lead of Korner and explored American black blues. Nevertheless, the Stones made attempts at other styles of music as they assessed the popular tastes of the moment. They were and remain a band that closely manages its "history" and image. Nothing wrong with that -- that's why they're still around. While I much more enjoy the Beatles for their musical innovations, songcraft, witty humor, and influence in areas other than music, the Stones will always be able to get a major rise out of me (it's sometimes nice to pretend that you're "badder" than you really are). Whether you consider yourself a "tough" and pledge allegience to the Stones or "thoughtful" and subscribe to the Beatles, the sensible way through it all would seem to be to appreciate the great legacy of both groups. But then I suppose that would dampen the fun of cheering for your own team (and dumping on the other), eh? I guess we just can't get no satisfaction.

2:52 PM  

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