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Old Sep 21, 2007, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default Many of today's teens still think the Beatles are fab

Here's an interesting article, it's about how 'many' of today's teens think of Beatles music.

Well we have quite some here too, so this just shows there are many more and the quotes are nice to read

More than 40 years after its conquest of America, the group's appeal to younger fans remains strong.
By LAUREN WILSON

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister...le_1849245.php

"Nothing's gonna change my world. Nothing's gonna change my world," sings John Lennon in "Across the Universe," arguably one of the Beatles's finest songs. "Universe" was recorded in 1968, toward the end of the Beatles' six-year grip on the world's consciousness.

Fast-forward nearly 40 years later and it seems the world the Fab Four created is still unchanged. To this day, there hasn't been a single band to reach the same commercial and creative success that those four lads from Liverpool managed to do. Every couple years, yet another remastering or anthology of Beatle songs is released, most recently the soundtrack to Cirque de Soleil's Beatles-themed show, "Love." Julie Taymor's psychedelic movie-musical, "Across the Universe", based on the music of the Beatles is opening in wide release today.

But in the wake of hip-hop and rap's dominance of the music charts and the gradual aging of the baby boomer generation, many may wonder whether the legacy of the Beatles will finally start to fade, if the universal themes of their music will still resonate with teenagers or if those same increasingly cynical young people will deem their music too trite or lame to be worth listening to.

Courtney Williams, 16, of Mission Viejo doesn't think the Beatles will be forgotten just yet, citing "Yellow Submarine" as her favorite cartoon. "I love them. I've listened to them since I was a little kid. I mean, when they came to America it was such a big thing and a lot of bands, if you see their interviews, say the Beatles were their big inspiration and I can see why. They were musical geniuses."

Though other teens may not completely share Williams's fervor for the band, almost all acknowledge the large role the group had in redefining music as we know it their genre-crossing discoveries from the first recording of actual feedback on "I Feel Fine" to the tape loops on "Tomorrow Never Knows." In an age where any sense of honor or respect is flung out the window in favor of celebutantes and TMZ, the positive support for the Fab Four is almost surprising.

A common response stems from rap's vulgarity which may drive away some listeners. Kevin Albin, 16, of Coto de Caza points out, "[The Beatles]didn't need to swear or cuss all the time to get noticed. Nowadays, rap songs have cuss words every other word and people like it. I don't like it, not my style."

Friend Eric Sipp, 16, of Mission Viejo elaborates, "I think (the Beatles' songs) were more artistic, well-written. They had a better flow, more original. Today, a lot of the riffs sound the same. Theirs stood out from other people of the time. (Rap music) repeats itself to a synthesized beat. I don't think it's music."

The Beatles' chord structures and phrasings provide basic stepping stones for beginning musicians. Aliso Viejo drummer, Clayton Lillywhite, 16 can relate. He credits his drum teacher for introducing him to the Beatles. "Come Together" was the first song Lillywhite ever played.

The majority of young Beatle listeners say their parents introduced them to the music. Others, like Anaheim resident Amy Shah, 17, mentioned "that one kid in my grade who's really into them" as another source of exposure. On the flip side, she also notes the large generational gap that alienates some adolescents from their music.

That gap applies to Jon Gordon, 16, of Ladera Ranch. "I don't think I've ever heard one of their songs," he said. "I wouldn't be able to tell you the difference between them and anyone else like if I heard an old song, I'd probably just guess." He says none of his friends listen to them either.

His friend, San Clemente resident Nick Pearl, 16, begged to differ. Just a casual fan, he listens to them whenever they come on his iPod, "I don't put it on, but when it's on random I'll listen to them."

For Santa Ana dweller Caroline Nguyen, 14, it's hard to escape the Beatles' presence. "There're like so many bands that try to be like them. Like in music videos I see all these bands trying to look like them, like the Click Five with their hairdos."

Despite general esteem for the Beatles, that doesn't automatically make them every teen's favorite band. "I don't like them. I respect them but I don't like their music. They get on my nerves," says Taylor Kilbride, 16, of Ladera Ranch.

"You can worship the Beatles, but you can't dance to them," says Austin Hunter, 18, of Rancho Santa Margarita. He thinks they would've had a hard time competing with the disco dance beats of the '70s and '80s.

Patrick Compton, 17, of Mission Viejo believes the opposite. "I think that their music is timeless and that the new generation can relate it."

In any case, rabid fans like Williams cement the Beatles's unwavering presence and ensure escape from a legacy relegated to one dinky song selection on an anonymous iPod. "I think their music blows away any music today," she gushes, "They're the best band ever, of all time. You can't go a whole lifetime without listening to the Beatles."
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"You can worship the Beatles, but you can't dance to them," says Austin Hunter, 18, of Rancho Santa Margarita.
Austin, hon', I beg to differ.
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That part jumped out at me too Rell.....and I thought the same thing

Beatles = me
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Old Sep 22, 2007, 10:49 AM   #4
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Here's an interesting article, it's about how 'many' of today's teens think of Beatles music..
..Well we have quite some here too, so this just shows there are many more and the quotes are nice to read

For Santa Ana dweller Caroline Nguyen, 14, it's hard to escape the Beatles' presence. "There're like so many bands that try to be like them. Like in music videos I see all these bands trying to look like them, like the Click Five with their hairdos."

Patrick Compton, 17, of Mission Viejo believes the opposite. "I think that their music is timeless and that the new generation can relate it."
And that nails it, i see nothing but competent observations, revelling in childhood innocence, instead of decadence.
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Austin, hon', I beg to differ.
Hmmmmm.. Let's take that trip Across The Universe.

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Old Sep 24, 2007, 07:55 PM   #5
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I feel like telling this Austin dude that the Beatles are ideal for dancing. Heck, the Beatles are my idea of ideal music and I am not alone in thinking that.
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I've been a professional dancer for many years. My fav to dance to socially at parties is "I Saw Her Standing There".
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Well duh, that's not news to me. For every teen you find that doesnt like them or never heard them, you'll find at least one who does. But anyway, yeah I've seen this first hand. I loved the fact that when I got to high school I met people who liked the Beatles too. The music nowadays isnt that good anyway.
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Like who wouldn't or couldn't find the Beatles fab? They're a part of everyone's life to a certain extent. They have influenced music forever and there will always be somebody like us to expose younger people to the World's Greatest Band.
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We live in different times beatlebangs1964. Most kids today rightfully see through the hypocrisy and latent contradictions of living in an homogenized world where only money appears to be of primary importance, and little else.
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My twenty year old daughter has the 4 photos from my original-vinyl- White Album hanging in her room--kinda cool as those used to hang in my room.
She digs the boys; we like sharing music back and forth--she got me listening to the Shins and Mindless Self-Indulgence.
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That "You can't dance to the Beatles" refers to the same I read in some other thread hereby, the older Beatles was music to dance to.

But quite often I hear young people saying "I am their biggest fan but I don't like so much of their pre-'65 stuff." Sure sure.
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My twenty year old daughter has the 4 photos from my original-vinyl- White Album hanging in her room--kinda cool as those used to hang in my room.
She digs the boys; we like sharing music back and forth--she got me listening to the Shins and Mindless Self-Indulgence.
hmmm... sounds like instant daughter. we bonded over the boys a looong time ago. she doesn't even roll her eyes when i tell her the history behind whatever song we're listening to. another sweet note: she always says that "two of us" is our song.
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hmmm... sounds like instant daughter. we bonded over the boys a looong time ago. she doesn't even roll her eyes when i tell her the history behind whatever song we're listening to. another sweet note: she always says that "two of us" is our song.
That's very cool.
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I have noticed this to be absolutely true! I teach piano; and I've had kids of all ages wanting to learn their music. They proudly swipe their CDs out of their parents' CD players, bring them to lessons, and ask me to teach them the chords. "Let it Be" (the Spector version) seems to be their all-time favorite around here. You should see their eyes light up when they first learn to play their favorite Beatles tunes!

I am 28, myself, and also remember being around a significant number of peers who were into them, too. Nowadays, the Beatles may be the antidote to crude, unintelligent, antisocial hip-hop; back in my day, they were the antidote to all that horrible suicide-glamorizing grunge. Every time modern music takes another trip into the gutter, it always seems to be the Beatles who offer young fans a hand up and out of it.
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The Beatles unify people; they bring all generations "All Together Now."
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I felt rather alone in liking the Beatles in my teen years. I knew maybe three people in my school the liked the Beatles.

But when I got a bit older and started teaching kids music at camps they all would mention how awesome my Beatles shirts were and would ask to hear the Beatles played when we needed a music for a game they were playing. And not just teens mind you but from 6 years on up to 16. Though the vast majority of the teens tried to be a bit more cool about it. Standing around me by the CD player and casually mentioning that they liked the Beatles rather than the little 10 year olds acting more like a little puppy begging for me to play the Beatles.

I think that some older fans find it hard to believe that teens etc like the Beatles. When I saw Paul back in 2002 I had to get one of those package deals just to get tickets and my parents came along. At the dinner one of the couples there wouldn't even talk to me they spoke directly to my parents and then my mom said "Oh no we're just here to keep her company." And this other man who I recognized from Beatlefest spoke up about how cool he thought it was that younger people are into the Beatles and will keep the music alive. The other coupledidn't talk a whole lot after that.
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I can say for sure that a lot of people at my college love the Beatles--I've made a good number of friends just by seeing other Beatles apparel. For instance, I was in the student center of my school a few weeks ago and I was wearing my Magical Mystery Tour shirt. A few feet away from me, this kid was playing music on his computer, and all of a sudden the song Magical Mystery Tour came on his iTunes. I couldn't resist--I went up to him with a big smile on my face and just pointed at my shirt. And again, one of my closest friends at school I made within 24 hours of being here earlier in the summer because he had a Let It Be shirt and I had my Beatles tote bag. We saw eachother, gravitated in the other's general direction and the rest is history.

I guarantee--if you go anywhere with a concentration of young adults and teens in America, at least, you will find one who likes the Beatles. Whether they are their all-time favorite band, that is hard to say, but they are still very thorougly loved. And this is in a world where so many young adults and teens have whatever the popular songs from iTunes are...

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I was in the student center of my school a few weeks ago and I was wearing my Magical Mystery Tour shirt. A few feet away from me, this kid was playing music on his computer, and all of a sudden the song Magical Mystery Tour came on his iTunes. I couldn't resist--I went up to him with a big smile on my face and just pointed at my shirt.
Yeesh. Children are much too materialistic and non-spiritual today, thanks for making this very clear. The have a gazillion songs on an iPod to impress your friends thing i don't understand. Trust me. But on a positive note, at least some are pointed in the right direction. And i hate to disagree with you yet again, but i live in America and you don't find that kind of courage, i.e somebody that goes against the punk-neo-punk/hip hop/crap/grunge/metal grain, and just likes the Beatles, especially for what they are. They might listen to them, they might find the music interesting or different, but i don't think they really get it. It is frustrating, if nothing else.

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