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Rethinking The Beatles

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Posted on July 1 2010 3:15 pm
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By Alicia Colon

In 1965, I was a very young and stupid woman so enthralled by the Beatles that I took out a loan to travel to London hoping to meet them, especially the “cute Beatle,” Paul McCartney. I bought every one of their albums and was convinced that they were the greatest band ever. Over the years, of course, one’s taste in music hopefully matures but the quality of the Beatles’ music has endured for the most part. Unfortunately, the “cute one” has become one of liberalisms “useful idiots” of our culture and forced me to take a critical look at his contributions to the group. He fares poorly as a composer compared to George Harrison and John Lennon.

The uniqueness of the band’s talent lay in its versatility and ability to render melodies that were not only pleasant but haunted you throughout the day. I’d find myself humming the latest hit over and over. It was only in later years that I recognized that some of the tunes were quite insipid, but bubblegum pop is attractive for the young though no longer appealing to a person my age. Sir Paul’s contribution leaned heavily in that direction and was most noticeable after the band broke up in 1970.

I’d come to that conclusion long before Sir Paul joined the Hollywood crowd suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome. I’d been listening to a radio station while riding along the New Jersey Turnpike. The tune playing was “All You Need Is Love,” and I thought, “What drivel.” “Michelle” and “Yesterday” were McCartney hits that would make my eyes roll back into my head. But the Beatles’ pop songs were not alone in their banality. I’d concluded that about much of the music during my teen years. Who can forget those awful lyrics of that ’62 doo-wop classic, “Duke of Earl”?

Read more at The Irish Examiner.

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