I adore them. Always have, always will. My first taste was when my Nan played the Help! album (on cassette!) for me when I round at hers one Saturday afternoon whilst my Mum popped down to the market. I was probably about 11 or 12. Iíd heard plenty of their stuff on the radio but never really digested it, then when my Nan stuck the album on and left me to listen to it in full, I was hooked. Although there are dozens of songs I prefer to it, whenever I hear the intro to Ticket to Ride, it reminds me of my Nan and how she gave me my first proper experience of these four lads who were knocking around two decades before I was born.
I honestly canít remember how long itís been since Iíve gone more than a day without hearing a one of their songs. In some instances it might just be in the motor on the way to or from work but quite often itís a good hour or so when Iím in house doing work or just pottering about. Other times, it can be an all-day session whilst I sing like a berk and gradually piss my neighbours off throughout the course of the day. Like Iím doing now. This thread will hopefully generate a bit of discussion about why people like them, so Iíll not go into that level of detail at the start as Iíd probably end up going off on a tangent and maxing out the character limitations for a post.
So instead, Iíll start with links to a few of my favourite songs. If you asked me to post my other favourites tomorrow, thereís every chance that youíd get an almost entirely different list:
A Day in the Life - I mustíve heard this thousands of times and it still gets me every time.
Long, Long, Long - this just doesnít get anywhere near enough recognition.
Yes it Is
Cry Baby Cry
Medley 1 and 2 - I never really Ďgotí Abbey Road until I was in my mid-teens, but when that album clicked, Jesus, did it click. The end of it is just astonishing.
Rain - how the hell this was only a B-side is beyond me.
I also adore these clips, because of how much fun the four of them appear to be having. They mustíve been a nightmare for George Martin at times:
Iíll Be Back
One After 909
Iíll finish up with some tracks from Lennon and Harrison who are unashamedly my two favourites by some distance, both within the band and as solo artists:
Instant Karma! - possibly my favourite Lennon solo song.
Well, Well, Well
Hear Me Lord - ABOVE AND BELOW US~!
Run of the Mill
Jealous Guy - love this video.
So, what about you lot? What got you in to The Beatles? What songs/albums stand out? Do you think youíd ever tire of them or are they stuck with you for life? Links would be good, as we might even get a few non-fans on board who have never really given them a try.
Oh and if you donít like them, then no bother. Just donít turn this in to a debate over why your favourite band is better. You can start your own thread for that. We donít want you to spoil the party, so just go.
Edited by Frankie Crisp, 19 October 2011 - 07:47 PM.