Is The Beatles really not ""the greatest or most significant or most influential" band? I was trying to think of another rock band that are the most of any of those and could only come up with the Beatles.
velvet underground influenced the progression of rock music more than the beatles ever did
really the beatles are just a time capsule of pop rock that some groups like to emulate, running in place
There are so many innovations that the Beatles are responsible for that a person who doesn't understand musical language can't grasp. So people like Scaruffi who just love being contrarian, can't actually speak to how the Beatles' actually revolutionized chord progressions, harmony within songs, song structures, etc. in the same way that Mozart and Bach did before them.
people attribute a lot of stuff to the beatles (the rise of "album-oriented" rock, experimentation in pop music, etc) that i don't think should necessarily be attributed to them, but it's hard to deny that they were huge
yeah, it bugs me how much he puts down the 3rd album. i feel like if they just made a WL/WH 2, they would lose their sense of experimentation. the s/t was a complete departure from anything they ever did and it was still fucking great
Seriously, this. You can debate all day whether or not they're "great" if you want, but there's no denying that the changed the very foundations of the music industry.
The Beatles were the first massively popular band to say, at the height of their popularity, "Fuck it, we don't want to do this anymore" and change things up. Were there other musicians who underwent transitions during their careers? Of course, but none on the scale of The Beatles. They could have spent the rest of their lives wearing matching suits and moptops, singing "I wanna hold your hand" to the same crowd for the rest of their lives, but they decided not to and pushed off into new territory. In doing so, they paved the way for future artists to have the freedom to experiment with their sound and style without being restricted by the record labels.
>mfw try so hard to dislike the beatles
>mfw go as far as to try liking beach boys better
>tfw can't hold this charade much longer, beatles really are the best band ever
good god, I hope you're trolling
if not, kill yourself
So because the Beatles stopped touring, they paved the way for future artists to experiment with their sound?
Sorry, but the only way they did that was by experimenting with their sound, not by dropping out of performing gigs.
Also, they didn't stop performing because they wanted to experiment. They did it because they were attacked by their fans, and it put their lives in danger every time they played a show.
The greatest, most significant, and most influential rock band of all time is without a doubt Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. There are absolutely no Post-African repetitions in the entire discography and Don Van Vliet pioneered the one true artistic method of keeping all your bandmates financially imprisoned, drugged, and mentally tortured.
Everyone knows the Beatles. Only a few people know the Velvet Underground. The Beatles produced five albums of both immediate popularity and extreme influence (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, the White Album, Abbey Road), while the Velvet Underground produced one and it wasn't even recognized as the legend it is until about a decade later.
I'm not sure what you mean by "far-reaching". The structure and format of the vast majority of music produced today was written the way it was due to the Beatles' popularization of that structure and format.
Forgot to mention, when I say a "few" people know the VU, I mean comparatively few. Of course anyone with more than a nodding acquaintance with rock music will know them, but these days fewer and fewer people know anything to do with music history. Most kids recognize the picture of four Brits crossing a street, but not the picture of a banana.