I don't really enjoy the Beatles.
(you've probably guessed by now that Freealonzo's stretch of FMDs is done for now. Thanks again, Free!)
Anyway, back to the Beatles. I mostly just haven't found the right way to enjoy them, I think. I've given most of their big albums (Revolver, Abbey Road, Self-titled, Sgt. Peppers, etc) a cursory listen, but the vast majority of my exposure to them has come through oldies and classic rock radios that other people have foisted on me throughout my life. This admittedly isn't the best way to gain an appreciation for an artist, but the fact remains that I find most of the Beatles music cheesy.
The melodies that everyone on earth raves about don't really do anything for me (I've heard them before from other bands, and yes those other bands picked up on them here, but influence doesn't equal enjoyment for me), the lyrics often times make me roll my eyes so hard I fear they'll explode out the back of my head (I do like "Hard Day's Night" for the most part, but the "working like a dog/sleeping like a log" rhyme drives me nuts). I can respect their influence and do have select songs that I like quite a bit, but on the whole....I can see what the fuss is about, but it just doesn't do all that much for me.
So, two questions.
- Where is a good entry point for this band?
- What universally adored music do you find yourself skipping past?
Also, drop your ten.
EDIT: I completely forgot to plug the series of blog posts that made me think to write this. Check out Beau's ongoing "every beatles song, ranked" series.