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Old Feb 27, 2005, 11:50 AM   #41
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I remember saying yeah and kind of laughing, like, c'mon, they're not that old!

That was November of 1980.
-jaw drop- wow......thats so..... sad..... and freaky......
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 05:51 AM   #42
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Happens all the time....but I've reformed quite a few people. :)
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Old Mar 04, 2005, 02:33 PM   #43
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I was 15 when I started getting into the Beatles. All my school mates used to make fun of the fact that I liked a bunch of old guys. But that never put me off!!! What I also find annoying though, is older people telling me that I'm too young to remember the Beatles and therefore couldn't possibly be a fan!!! Well!!! Excuse me!!!!!!
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Old Mar 04, 2005, 04:25 PM   #44
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Happens all the time....but I've reformed quite a few people. :)
I've only changed a couple people... although it seems there's many people in my school starting to really get into them! I don't think I personally did that, but it seems the Beatles are starting to get popular here again. That's so cool.
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Old Mar 05, 2005, 09:42 AM   #45
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I'm gonna start working on reforming my friends.... they're just closed minded due to the oldness of the band.... I must find a way of getting them to give the beatles a chance......
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Old Mar 05, 2005, 10:31 PM   #46
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I don't set out to reform anyone myself, but I felt vindicated when I saw my family at Christmas. My cousin used to give me a hard time about liking the Beatles when I was in high school. She just graduated and someone got her into them I guess and she came up to me and asked, "You still like the Beatles right?" I told her yeah and she said, "I just started listening to them, they're really good!" So it kinda made me chuckle that after all the grief she gave me she finally came around. There is hope for anyone I guess, but don't be too pushy or you'll likely just annoy everyone, lol. I think that was part of why she gave me grief, she thought I was a music snob. Heh....who knows perhaps I am.
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Old Mar 06, 2005, 05:29 AM   #47
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I'm gonna start working on reforming my friends.... they're just closed minded due to the oldness of the band.... I must find a way of getting them to give the beatles a chance......
Ugh, I know a lot of people who have locked up their mind so tightly it's impossible for them to let anything else in. Sometimes I can a little like that as well, but I do try to do new things when I have the chance. One of my best friends, I love her to bits, but she absolutely refuses to give new things a chance, not just with the Beatles, but most music, tv, food, etc. etc. She's very picky that way, so I've given up trying to reform her. You've got to find the right people to do that!
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Old Mar 06, 2005, 02:25 PM   #48
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Ugh, I know a lot of people who have locked up their mind so tightly it's impossible for them to let anything else in. Sometimes I can a little like that as well, but I do try to do new things when I have the chance. One of my best friends, I love her to bits, but she absolutely refuses to give new things a chance, not just with the Beatles, but most music, tv, food, etc. etc. She's very picky that way, so I've given up trying to reform her. You've got to find the right people to do that!

Yeah your right on that one Dizzy.... some people just wont change their minds about things :P
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Old Mar 07, 2005, 09:30 AM   #49
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I don't think I ever reformed anyone. I'd like to though.
But the again, no one's ever really reformed me either. :
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 11:24 AM   #50
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I discovered the Beatles in 1983 when I was 11. My class mates used to tease me about it and say things like "you live in the past" and stuff. I can see now, that I was quite the fanatic and talked about The Beatles all the time and got really angry when someone said something nasty about the Beatles, so I was probably an easy target. The teasing lasted for about a year, then they probably got tired of it and just stopped. A few years later some of them actually came and asked for copies of my Beatles albums, I guess they had realized I had been right all along.

Back then I was soo irritated over the fact that many people talked about Duran Duran as the 'new Beatles' or that they were even greater than the Beatles ever were (although I do like Duran Duran, too). Probably like what people said about the Bay City Rollers in the 70´s (someone here commented on that earlier, Susan perhaps?!). Well, they weren´t quite right, now were they? This brings to mind something that George Martin wrote on the cover of The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl. That album was released in 1977 and his daughter Lucy, who was 9 at the time, had asked him something (about the Beatles) like "You used to record them, didn´t you daddy? Were they as big as the Bay City Rollers?" And George´s comment (on the album cover) was something like "Someday she´ll understand". And I´m sure, that some day she did.

I knew back then that the Beatles weren´t just any band and that there was never going to be another Beatles or anything ever remotely comparable, that they are the biggest and always will be. Now 20 years later, I sometimes bump into some of these old class mates and they all tend to ask me if I still like the Beatles. And when I tell them "I sure do", many of they admit that they have come to realize that the Beatles aren´t that bad after all.

I think the problem is that these kids don´t know the Beatles and their music. Or let´s put it this way; they might know some of the songs, but they just don´t realize, that they are Beatles songs. This happened to me often back in the 80´s, some Beatles bashing friend or class mate of mine would hear a Beatles song on the radio and comment on how he or she LOVED that particular song (I especialy remember an incident, when a friend of mine heard Hey Jude), and then they´d go all "Oh?!", when I told them that it was actually the Beatles. These kids probably just think it´s "old" music and and at a certain age "old" music just can´t be good, now can it?! They would probably shut up, if they realized that that beautiful tune they really love and that is played on the radio every now and then or that really rocking tune that always makes them wanna dance are actually Beatles songs, they just never knew.

Now when I´m a little older, I´ve realized that most people my age (I´m 33) think that the Beatles are at least "okay". I always get kicks out of it, when my fiancé and I have a party and our friends prefer listening to my Beatles albums over his (in my opinion crappy) house albums. I find that most people my age appreciate the Beatles, more or less. And everybody seems to agree that the Beatles are probably the greatest band ever, although not necessarily their own favorite band.

For you younger guys, who have to put up with ignorant friends, I´d like to say, just take a deep breath and count to ten. They just don´t know any better, don´t let them get to you. Hopefully they´ll realize in a few years, that you weren´t that silly liking the Beatles after all. That´s what happened in my case.

Like I think someone said here earlier, I, too, feel some kind of pride of having realized the greatness of this band and been smart enough to appreciate this timeless band long before other people my age did. I´m proud to be a Beatles fan and have always been. And now many people find it kinda cool, that I´m so into the Beatles and know so much about them. People come to me, when they want to know something about the Beatles and I´m happy to be able to spread knowledge about the greatest band that ever existed.

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Old Mar 19, 2005, 06:08 PM   #51
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I'm actually a 3rd Gen. but I still get that! There's the "Ewww! Aren't they ALL dead?!" and the "Ewww! That's what my dad listens to!". Ug. I hate that.

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Old Mar 20, 2005, 12:03 PM   #52
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I've gotten that for several years (since I really "got into" the Beatles). A lot of people judge the Beatles by the few songs they may know, like "Yellow Submarine" or "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and assume it's cheesy, meaningless pop.

It's also interesting, however, that every generation (kids of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and now) seems to find its way back to the music of the sixties. If you're surrounded by peers who don't respect the older music, then it's easier to assume that most feel that way.

But if you actually go to a concert of the "ancient" bands or musicians, there is usually a large number of younger fans, too. When I've seen Paul, I'm always surprised at the number of people my age. Granted, some may have been dragged there, but on the Back in the U.S. DVD, there are those teenage girls dressed in Sgt. Pepper outfits, remember? At the Simon & Garfunkel concert I went to last summer, I sat in front of a row filled with young girls who were singing along.

If oldies music isn't to someone's taste, that's his or her own choice. It's definitely annoying, though, when a friend/classmate tries to convince you that you have bad taste in music. Liking old music does not always equate to liking horrible music.
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Old Mar 21, 2005, 05:10 AM   #53
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My most recent beatle convo with my mates -

Me: Hmm...
Mate: What?
Me: Guitars... funny things. You'd think that you'd hold the chords with your writing hand, wouldn't you?
Mate: ... Here we go again...
Me: I want to play a *normal* guitar.
Mate: Don't start.
Me: I'm going to buy a left-handed bass.
Mate: No.
Me: And I'm going to..
Mate: NO. You are NOT
Me: What?
Mate: NOT, repeat NOT PAUL MCCARTNEY
Me: ... I was SO not going in that direction.
Mate: *raised eyebrow*
Me: There are ALOT of left-handed bass players.
Mate: oh really?
Me: ... including me.
Mate: Oh lordy....
Me: Besides. John Lennon was cuter. :)


Thus ends another EXCITING chapter in "Living my life through the Beatle-shaped-lens"... why life my own life, when my imaginary one is SO much more fun? :D
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