I said in a post the other day that Motorhead were close to the top of my list of bands I wish I’d gone to see. At the very top of that list are The Beatles.
The Beatles influenced everyone around them back in the 1960’s. I remember sitting in front of our black and white telly watching one of their first ever TV performances in 1963 and thinking ‘’I’ve never heard anything like this before’’ the whole point was neither had anyone else.
From that early recording they went on to break every rule in the book and raised the bar to where it had never been before. I still firmly believe that Sgt Peppers played a massive influence on Pink Floyd. Others say The Floyd started progressive rock but I hear bits of The Beatles in almost every song Pink Floyd wrote in the first five years. Sgt. Peppers was for my money THE ground breaking album of the 1960’s and from that point everything else musically just happened.
The second clip is the last public appearance The Beatles made in January 1969. By April 1970 they had all gone their separate ways.
I can still hear The Beatles chord structures being used today and let’s face it Oasis who were arguably one of the biggest bands of the last 18 years are little more than a Beatle tribute band.
For me not having seen The Beatles live has left a void almost as big as never having sex would have left. I just can’t imagine what that gig would have been like.
This last clip kind of sums up what The Beatles meant to me. Released in August 1968, Hey Jude was at the time the longest single to top the UK singles chart at just over 7 minutes. It went on to top the American charts for 9 weeks and sold 8 million copies.
August 1968 was also the first time I had sex
Sadly the single lasted longer than I did