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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-07-08 01:20 PM
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23. They were extremely original, and different, in a very stale pop music scene.
Very melodic, and the long hair was quite a shock at the time of crewcuts and very short hair, here.

All the boys wanted Beatle haircuts. It was a look, as well as the music itself. I think teenagers were just ready for something new.
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  -Why were the Beatles so popular in the mid-60's? raccoon  Aug-07-08 11:42 AM   #0 
  - It was a different sound at the right time ...  meegbear   Aug-07-08 11:49 AM   #1 
  - And a different look...  Gormy Cuss   Aug-07-08 11:58 AM   #3 
  - Could be that Lennon/McCartney were talented songwriters.  edbermac   Aug-07-08 11:52 AM   #2 
  - precisely.  King Sandbox   Aug-07-08 12:18 PM   #7 
  - They were the polar opposite of "3 chord rock".  FredStembottom   Aug-07-08 12:56 PM   #18 
  - You win  sellitman   Aug-07-08 06:40 PM   #34 
  - The "foreigner" theory doesn't hold  Lydia Leftcoast   Aug-07-08 12:01 PM   #4 
  - There have been British acts that were popular there, but  NewJeffCT   Aug-07-08 12:49 PM   #12 
  - Talent nt/t  Dogtown   Aug-07-08 12:10 PM   #5 
  - ack--we girls were so tired of the greasers of Rock n Roll--Beatles were grease-free and cute!  librechik   Aug-07-08 12:16 PM   #6 
  - Poor taste? Scientific objective studies showed that The Who and Rolling Stones were better  HamdenRice   Aug-07-08 12:23 PM   #8 
  - Don't forget the Kinks!!!  ailsagirl   Aug-07-08 12:43 PM   #10 
  - And The Velvet Underground and The Stooges.  primate1   Aug-07-08 12:51 PM   #14 
  - That's what I'm talking about!  mitchum   Aug-07-08 01:53 PM   #24 
     - Gotta represent.  primate1   Aug-07-08 02:09 PM   #25 
  - Here's a more recent scientific fact regarding the Beatles and the Who  Arnold Judas Rimmer   Aug-07-08 09:03 PM   #50 
  - And add in that for the first time human history, we had teenagers, AND they had disposable income  Rabrrrrrr   Aug-07-08 12:41 PM   #9 
  - Because they were trail blazers-- took over the music scene,  ailsagirl   Aug-07-08 12:46 PM   #11 
  - I think it's a combination of talent, marketing and a lack of selection or access to wide varieties  primate1   Aug-07-08 12:49 PM   #13 
  - Everyone knows The Beatles just ripped off Oasis  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Aug-07-08 12:52 PM   #15 
  - Score one!  primate1   Aug-07-08 12:52 PM   #16 
  - Their early music was rather ineffectual....  Tikki   Aug-07-08 12:55 PM   #17 
  - Good thing they got high with Bob Dylan.........  new_beawr   Aug-08-08 09:10 AM   #65 
  - A hypothesis I've had for some time: gender ambiguity  Oeditpus Rex   Aug-07-08 01:05 PM   #19 
  - Ya, they were kind of like a little box of candy...  Tikki   Aug-07-08 02:13 PM   #26 
  - Barbara Ehrenrich wrote extensively about this theory....  Jade Fox   Aug-07-08 08:09 PM   #43 
     - dupe  Jade Fox   Aug-07-08 08:12 PM   #45 
  - You could write entire essays on the topic.  King Sandbox   Aug-07-08 01:08 PM   #20 
  - As others have said - different, new sound at just the right time. Why not your theories?  HypnoToad   Aug-07-08 01:09 PM   #21 
  - I was a teenager when the Beatles broke. They were so cute, sexy,  mnhtnbb   Aug-07-08 01:16 PM   #22 
  - They were extremely original, and different, in a very stale pop music scene.  kwassa   Aug-07-08 01:20 PM   #23 
  - Because...  Kentish Man   Aug-07-08 02:51 PM   #27 
  -'re exactly right!  Glorfindel   Aug-07-08 03:39 PM   #30 
  - Several reasons  Amerigo Vespucci   Aug-07-08 03:07 PM   #28 
  - February '64 to be exact, right after the assassination of JFK  graywarrior   Aug-07-08 03:11 PM   #29 
  - Very familiar! 13-yrs old, my 2 friends spent the night so we could watch...  txwhitedove   Aug-07-08 08:29 PM   #47 
  - listen to Meet the Beatles real loud, then do it again.  mulsh   Aug-07-08 04:33 PM   #31 
  - Agreed  Kentish Man   Aug-07-08 04:52 PM   #32 
  - Meet the Beatles? There's no such album  Arnold Judas Rimmer   Aug-08-08 01:16 AM   #58 
  - I cut my teeth on Meet the Beatles! But I agree, Once in a while, I pull  raccoon   Aug-08-08 08:12 AM   #62 
  - You not only had to be there; you had to be young. And now, at 58, I ain't 'splainin' it no mo'!  WinkyDink   Aug-07-08 05:02 PM   #33 
  - I have no fucking clue.  Zavulon   Aug-07-08 06:51 PM   #35 
  - Because they were good.  GoPsUx   Aug-07-08 06:55 PM   #36 
  - What else were we going to listen too?  Bornaginhooligan   Aug-07-08 06:57 PM   #37 
  - I prefer Strummer/Jones to Lennon/McCartney, but  AllieB   Aug-07-08 07:02 PM   #38 
  - The Beatles were popular because they were great... despite what George Harrison said.  devilgrrl   Aug-07-08 07:08 PM   #39 
  - Because Paul was the dreamiest human being ever born. . .  annabanana   Aug-07-08 07:30 PM   #40 
  - What? George was much cuter.  Left Is Write   Aug-07-08 08:52 PM   #49 
     - What?! Look at this face!  WinkyDink   Aug-07-08 11:27 PM   #57 
        - I am completely unmoved by Paul's face.  Left Is Write   Aug-08-08 10:33 AM   #66 
  - The popular music of the time sucked and the Beatles  ikojo   Aug-07-08 07:54 PM   #41 
  - American pop music at the time.  old mark   Aug-07-08 08:05 PM   #42 
  - Because they understood harmonies and how that was lacking in Rock and Roll  Taverner   Aug-07-08 08:10 PM   #44 
  - Well, there was an American band that was doing some harmonies at the time.  Arnold Judas Rimmer   Aug-07-08 09:07 PM   #52 
  - Ahhh yes The Beach Boys were really the only challengers  Taverner   Aug-07-08 09:09 PM   #53 
  - True, "Blues" isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Beach Boys  Arnold Judas Rimmer   Aug-07-08 09:17 PM   #54 
  - My favorite group! nt  raccoon   Aug-08-08 08:14 AM   #63 
  - Unusual chord arrangements too. nt  skooooo   Aug-08-08 05:08 AM   #61 
  - Because they made  H2O Man   Aug-07-08 08:23 PM   #46 
  - It could be that their songwriting was fresh, energetic and innovative, and they stayed continuously  Occam Bandage   Aug-07-08 08:47 PM   #48 
  - The right bunch of blokes at the right time.  Swede   Aug-07-08 09:05 PM   #51 
  - You had to be there.  ocelot   Aug-07-08 09:20 PM   #55 
  - Don't be hatin' on the Beatles...  Joe Fields   Aug-07-08 11:13 PM   #56 
  - Same reason the Backstreet Boys were popular  pokerfan   Aug-08-08 01:58 AM   #59 
  - if you could quantify this, break it down...  CasualWatcher9   Aug-08-08 03:50 AM   #60 
  - Great songs, great performances, & inexhaustible energy fueled by amphetamines...  behave   Aug-08-08 08:32 AM   #64 

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