Why The Beatles?
Monday marked the 40th anniversary of The Beatles last live performance on television, when they rocked "Hey Jude" on the David Frost show.
I was born in 1976 (you know, the year when they had those cool quarters with the drummer dude on the back of them. Well, they used to be cool until they started releasing quarters with peaches and corn and cows on them. Now they don't seem as special...but I digress...), so by the time I started listening to music, The Beatles were more history than anything else. They were still relevant of course, but it's not like they were getting played on the local Top 40 radio station between Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance" and Janet Jackson's "Miss You Much".
To be honest, in my teen years the only thing I knew about The Beatles was they were the group everyone was comparing New Kids on the Block too (hey, I did grow up in Massachusetts, home of NKOTB). "Will they be as popular as The Beatles?" "Can they stick around as long as The Beatles?" The questions seem preposterous now, but back then, people were asking them without laughing, I swear.
More than enjoying the music of the Beatles, which I do, I've always liked listening to their songs because of the history. They were so good for so long, so influential, and so iconic, when I listen to their songs it feels like I'm experiencing a piece of history. I love hearing about the meaning behind the songs (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is about LSD? cool!), and I love it that so many people have strong opinions about the band.
So I was wondering, what can you tell me about the Beatles? Is there a favorite song backstory that you like to tell? A favorite live performance that you personally experienced? A favorite album or song that you feel is overlooked? A fact about the band I can bring up at the water cooler to dazzle my coworkers?
I could probably spend an entire day in Wikipedia learning things about the band, but I thought it would be fun to get some personalized input from the Burnside faithful. So if anything comes to mind, fire away!