today is the 40th anniversary of sgt. peppers lonely hearts club band, and i feel somewhat annoyed by the whole affair. maybe it’s just because i’m awake at 4:51 am, or maybe it’s because i’m sick and tired of the beatles and their music. i was talking to somebody at work last week about how everybody has a brief love affair with the beatles, mine was in middle school, but that lots of people grown beyond that or they will forever be stuck in the hype that the beatles were heads and shoulders above the rest. i’m sorry, but paul mccartney and john lennon were not song writers on the same level of ray davies or pete townshend. they wrote good pop songs, but didn’t really change with the times, or they did sort of like madonna, but it was always sanitized.
perhaps time has made it easier to judge and compare them. did the beatles revolutionize pop music? sure. was it just through their music? hell no. brian epstein knew how to market them, and market them he did. that was perhaps the most sickening thing about the beatles museum in liverpool (more than the price of admission)- it was all marketing to the extreme. it was also all about john and paul. very little about ringo and george, which was irritating. george harrison died in 2003, and there was only one little plaque for him after the paul mccartney room and john lennon room. ugh.
the more irritating thing about the beatles is the look people give you when you tell them you don’t really like the beatles. they look at you like you have horns and green tentacles coming out of your head. i’m not a weirdo, but i’m also not a zombie. for people celebrating the 40th anniversary of sgt. peppers, they’re probably using this as an excuse to think of their bygone days when they had more hair and less body mass, when they were cool (or thought they were cool), and talk about the good old days. well good for them, i guess. but i still don’t buy that it was a concept album or a theme album. the concept and the theme were only really carried out by a couple of songs, not through the entire record. only the cover makes up for it. the who sell out, released in december of 1967, actually carries the commercial theme through the full record, but of course nobody really gives them credit for that. it’s because the who didn’t have the same public relations machine and were too drug riddlled and seen as bad boys.
i’m not bitter though. i’m just sick and tired of the beatles and all their hoopla. i should just go listen to some george harrison solo records, and remember the guy who wasn’t a complete ham. mccartney may have a good musician in him, but he’s tosser who panders for a cuddly image (and complains that people don’t think he’s hard), laughing all the way to the bank.
[tags]the beatles, sgt. peppers lonely hearts club band, nostalgia, over-rated[/tags]