Where do you think popular music would have headed if the Beatles had never formed? Do you think they may have become famous individually or with other bands? Do you think things would be vastly different now or more or less the same?
Paul McCartney would have become famous because it seems like that's what he's made for. George Harrison and Ringo would probably have joined small Merseybeat bands that did well locally, but never really took off. John Lennon I'd have no clue. He was a great songwriter with a decent voice, but I don't know if he would have fully developed without working with Paul. Same with Paul, except he would have just gone off and written cheesy pop songs and girls would have fallen in love with him because he's cute.
So you do feel like the Lennon/McCartney team was imperative and that separately could not have done what they did together?
Definitely. At the start, according to all accounts, they were writing their songs together. That was a really important way for them to develop their songwriting skills and helped them develop their own unique styles. At least, that's what I'd say.
just finished reading most of this thread, really great stuff
too busy at work to actively participate, just reading while recording VO...but i want to nod approvingly
i'd like to know how bryan thinks rock music would be looked at today if dinosaurs still roamed the earth. bmack, do you have any completely unfounded and preposterous speculation on how the space time continuum might have been affected had richie valenz buddy holly survived that plane crash?
If Buddy Holly and Richie Valenz survived the crash, they would have both been extraordinarily prolific fathers, and would have birthed a whole generation of goofily suave kids that can't play music very well, but who nevertheless would have gotten recording contracts because of their famous fathers. As a result, bands with marginal draw to begin with (Bread, Air Supply, light rock) would have flourished on independent labels. The punk movement never happens because the underground is so filled with light rock, and a whole generation of people are raised to believe that yachting and pink collared shirts are amazing. And, Don McClean would have no career.
And, Don McClean would have no career
so true, that made me chuckle
bmack very impressive ......
Coachella Wk2 04/19-04/21
Dave Matthews Band 08/23-08/24
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Coachella WK1 04/11-04/13 ---- 2014
Someone, let's say Randy for entertainment's sake, has just murdered everyone you love, and the only way that you can strike revenge is through musical torture. How would you go about it?
Can it be like in A Clockwork Orange where that person just so happens to have a physiological repulsion to the music?
This is an awesome idea.
whats your favorite album to relax/comfort you? i.e. your linus blanket.
I have two albums that I'll always put on when I want to relax. If it's sunny, or if the sun is going down, I use The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom. Listening to that brings me out to a country sort of headspace, and it's really calming. For night time, I'll invariably toss on Sonic Youth-Murray Street. It reminds me of a city at night, with the lights shining and the streets empty and everything calm.
What are your favorite albums to drive to?
at night... gotta be the Lost Highway and Spawn soundtracks... they are so filthy and fun
Rhythm is a dancer.