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Well, didn't John say the Beatles were better than Jesus?

that was uh, sacri... naw, I can't go through with this.  to each his own.  ha...

I'm going through with it. He said the Beatles were more POPULAR than Jesus. He was not saying in any way that they were better. But I wouldn't be surprised, especially now, if music and entertainment was more popular. He could've said TV was more popular than Jesus. Many people watch TV. Atheists, Christians, and others alike. Same thing with the Beatles. He might not have been to far from the truth.

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Anyway, you prefer Elvis, I prefer the Beatles. I can live with that.
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good.  In Mark Shipper's splendid book, "Paperback Writer," this would have been after the group's well-received covers of "Ruby Red Dress" by Helen Reddy and "Shake Your Booty" from the 'Help' soundtrack, John hastily tells the press that he meant "taller."  and since there was no recorded height measurement of Jesus in the Bible, the Beatles career persevered.  At least until that unwise comeback attempt, opening for Peter Frampton...
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This might be the first Battle of the Bands during which there was an actual battle!

It's like that old joke (attributed to the late, great Rodney Dangerfield): "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out!"

Meanwhile:

The Animals, "I'm Crying"


The Black Keys, "I Cry Alone"


Peter and Gordon, "I Go To Pieces" ("and I cry")


Skeeter Davis, "The End of the World" ("Why do these eyes of mine cry?")(Skeeter sang this the first week I hosted (?) and she made it to the Gold playoffs)



PS: And nobody has even mentioned Mike Love!

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And nobody has even mentioned Mike Love!


Isn't that a surprise. I think Mike has enough threads to himself already.😂

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Say what you will about Elvis but you gotta admit he could make a mean peanut butter and banana sandwich. Yummy.


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Say what you will about Elvis but you gotta admit he could make a mean peanut butter and banana sandwich. Yummy.



So mean it killed him.

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Songs that he DIDN'T WRITE. Recordings that he barely strummed a guitar or just SANG ON. And you think this one dude with a voice that can't manage to keep from jumping up and down can beat 3 great singers that harmonize together (plus one Ringo Starr)?


I was referring to John B's questioning me on my opinion that Spinal Tap are better than most rock bands today.  

Frankly, I think The Beatles are the greatest rock band in history.  
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I was referring to John B's questioning me on my opinion that Spinal Tap are better than most rock bands today.  

Frankly, I think The Beatles are the greatest rock band in history.  

Oops. I got caught up in too many posts. My apologies.

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Oops. I got caught up in too many posts. My apologies.


No worries.  Honest mistake 
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Spinal Tap is hilarious. I almost played Gimme Some Money in a band. "Go Nigel go!" I even have an "eleven" amp knob sticker on my guitar case.
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Spinal Tap is hilarious. I almost played Gimme Some Money in a band. "Go Nigel go!" I even have an "eleven" amp knob sticker on my guitar case.


I remember when I was a kid, that song was used in the movie Don't Tell Mom, the Babysitter's Dead.  I honestly thought it was an old British Invasion song.  

I also thought at the time that Spinal Tap was a real band.  The first time I ever saw them was their appearance on The Simpsons.  Then, they opened the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992
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Thanks for these.  Spinal Tap is one of my favorite comedies. 

It's kinda sad that a fake band from the early 80s put out better music than most bands today. 


Please don't tell me Spinal Tap are fake. I don't believe you. 


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This might be the first Battle of the Bands during which there was an actual battle!

It's like that old joke (attributed to the late, great Rodney Dangerfield): "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out!"


Just don't ask me and t about phony accents, especially in country music!

And still the most polite forum here. After all is said and done, our opinions are all worth 10 points each. [biggrin]

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PS: And nobody has even mentioned Mike Love!


LOL! It's my hope we never sink to that rhetoric. I took a look at the main forum yesterday. Unfortunately, not much has changed in 15+ years. 


John B, I agree Help! probably isn't the Beatles' strongest album.  

They were obviously touring too much to have the time to write strong songs and chose to do covers instead. 

I'm sure you remember the ad they placed in the music press at the time....

HELP! We’re looking for contemporary pop material for our Spring, 1965 album. Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Standard pop songs, virtually anything except songs about God or Krishna.

The ads were signed by John, Paul & Ringo. George was conspicuous by his absence.

The subsequent album included standards of the rock era (Larry Williams’ ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzie’, Carl Perkins’ ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’ and ‘Matchbox’, Chuck Berry’s ‘Rock & Roll Music’ and Smokey Robinson’s ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me') with cover versions of the day (Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’, the Knickerbockers’ ‘Lies’ and Freddie & the Dreamers’ ‘I’m Telling You Now') and exciting new material fished out by George Martin from tons of submitted songs from professional writers and amateurs. These included ‘You and Me Against the World’ by Paul Williams (later a big hit for Helen Reddy), ‘Helter Skelter’ by an unknown American writer, Charles Manson; and, of course, the song that went on to become one of their all-time biggest singles, H W Casey and Rick Finch’s ‘Shake Your Booty’. The Beatles’ ballad version of this song utilized a string quartet (the first such use by a rock group) and contrasted sharply with the sizzling, up-tempo rendition that Casey and Finch took to the top of the charts in 1978 as members of KC & the Sunshine Band. 

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Beneath all the silliness, and wrong-headedness ("Yes It Is" = "Rudy Red Dress"), I can't help but wish for a real Beatles cover of "Downtown".  that would be nice.  no it really would.  But of course, ultra religious George would not want to go 'where the neon lights are brightest'...and souls would be imperiled.     You know, though, Mike Love actually comes off well in the book, over in India, when an angry Donovan disparages him with the insult: "Surfer Boy" but the Beatles take Mike's side... 
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Please don't tell me Spinal Tap are fake. I don't believe you. 




Just don't ask me and t about phony accents, especially in country music!

And still the most polite forum here. After all is said and done, our opinions are all worth 10 points each. [biggrin]



LOL! It's my hope we never sink to that rhetoric. I took a look at the main forum yesterday. Unfortunately, not much has changed in 15+ years. 


John B, I agree Help! probably isn't the Beatles' strongest album.  

They were obviously touring too much to have the time to write strong songs and chose to do covers instead. 

I'm sure you remember the ad they placed in the music press at the time....

HELP! We’re looking for contemporary pop material for our Spring, 1965 album. Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Standard pop songs, virtually anything except songs about God or Krishna.

The ads were signed by John, Paul & Ringo. George was conspicuous by his absence.

The subsequent album included standards of the rock era (Larry Williams’ ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzie’, Carl Perkins’ ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’ and ‘Matchbox’, Chuck Berry’s ‘Rock & Roll Music’ and Smokey Robinson’s ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me') with cover versions of the day (Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’, the Knickerbockers’ ‘Lies’ and Freddie & the Dreamers’ ‘I’m Telling You Now') and exciting new material fished out by George Martin from tons of submitted songs from professional writers and amateurs. These included ‘You and Me Against the World’ by Paul Williams (later a big hit for Helen Reddy), ‘Helter Skelter’ by an unknown American writer, Charles Manson; and, of course, the song that went on to become one of their all-time biggest singles, H W Casey and Rick Finch’s ‘Shake Your Booty’. The Beatles’ ballad version of this song utilized a string quartet (the first such use by a rock group) and contrasted sharply with the sizzling, up-tempo rendition that Casey and Finch took to the top of the charts in 1978 as members of KC & the Sunshine Band. 



Well, Spinal Tap did tour and release albums, so they're not as fake as, say, Stillwater or Steel Dragon.  

Help is actually one of my favorite Beatles albums.  But, really, with the possible exception of the Yellow Submarine OST, did they ever release a bad one? 
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