Goo goo g’joob! As The Beatles (a.k.a., The White Album) reaches its 50th anniversary, the Young Americans take some time on a hard day’s night to have a long and winding discussion about whether The Beatles really are the greatest band of all time (the answer is yes), and whether they still matter and should be in your life (the answer is also yes).

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  1. Miffed White Male Member

    The Beatles – over-rated, but it’s still hard to come up with another band that can stake a better claim to greatest ever.

    Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds and Strawberry Fields are both self-indulgent crap though.

     

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    • November 20, 2018, at 6:45 AM PST
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  2. Taras Coolidge

    To their credit, the Beatles used their enormous popularity and prestige to push the envelope — make that, rip open the envelope— of what pop music was permitted to be, in the 1960s. They could have simply repeated the old tricks that succeeded before, like everybody else did.

    In particular, Sgt. Pepper’s showed the way for other, lesser bands like the Stones and the Beachboys.

    Of course, the Beatles had the advantage of breaking up at the right time, so the impact of their 200 songs was never buried under 50 years of mediocrity, like the Stones.

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    • November 20, 2018, at 3:38 PM PST
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  3. JackButler Podcaster

    Taras (View Comment):

    To their credit, the Beatles used their enormous popularity and prestige to push the envelope — make that, rip open the envelope— of what pop music was permitted to be, in the 1960s. They could have simply repeated the old tricks that succeeded before, like everybody else did.

    In particular, Sgt. Pepper’s showed the way for other, lesser bands like the Stones and the Beachboys.

    Of course, the Beatles had the advantage of breaking up at the right time, so the impact of their 200 songs was never buried under 50 years of mediocrity, like the Stones.

    This is exactly right. 

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    • November 21, 2018, at 11:27 AM PST
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  4. Archibald Campbell Member

    I think the one fellow, in a rare moment when he said something intelligible, was confusing being middlebrow with being accessible. He also defined middlebrow as “popular for the sake of being popular”, which isn’t what middlebrow means. I think his hot take ran ahead of his thought. 

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    • November 27, 2018, at 3:34 PM PST
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