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List of bands[edit]

I don't understand the list of bands in the second paragraph. Wasn't just about every rock band since 1963 influenced by the Beatles? If so, why even bother writing a list? It seems completely arbitrary to me.

I'd say it's just some examples of the most prominent make a point, but it would be a little bit broad to phrase it as you have, so I guess the original author decided to give some examples to illustrate the wide variety of artists influenced by the Beatles. --Lora 00:20, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)
I agree that the list is completely arbitrary and really serves no purpose. I totally agree that every band since '63 has been influenced by the Beatles. That list definately needs to be removed. --MKultra
I took it off because it looked ridiculous. 3 out of 4 people who commented on it think it's unnecessary clutter, so it seemed like a good idea. Plus it made my very worthy segment fit in a little better :D --WAM

The list needs to be clean again. Why not make individual pages for each band listed here on how The Beatles influenced them? Now this is subjective, but when I think of Beatleseque, I think of bands that have a R&B and soul influence to their sound regardless of what genres they play. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:15, 24 October 2010 (UTC)


"Paul McCartney was not only cute and loveable, he was also a very melodic bassist and listeners learned to listen more carefully because of it.".

Schumann or Schuman?[edit]

I'm wikifying a few references in this article, but does Schuman in the "Composition and Recording" section refer to Robert Schumann or William Schuman? --Lora 00:20, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC) I don't remember the Schumann reference. The Schubert reference came from William Mann the Times critic in 1963 referring to the pandiatonic clusters of "That Boy" So Sgt Pepper did not inspire these comparisons [Fred Garnett]

I think this should be moved.[edit]

I think this should be moved to "The Beatels' Influence on Popular Culture." "The Beatles' Influence" sounds terribly incomplete.

Lockeownzj00 20:38, 6 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Eleanor Rigby[edit]

Wasn't it a string quartet that backed up Eleanor Rigby, not an octet?

I'm pretty sure it was 2 to a part, thus an octet. Sometimes, one of the pair plays a solo line and you can still hear the other performer on that same instrument playing background. - MA

Eleanor Rigby was an octet. - leo

Charles Manson[edit]

should there be any information about The Beatles' influence on the murders of Charles Manson in this article?

Yes there should. Charles Manson was heavily influenced by the Beatles and John Lennon. In the version of Revolution found on disc 2 of the white album, the lyrics are "[...]don't you know the you can count me!". Charles Manson saw the included 'in' as a hidden message. Honestly, i'm not so sure of all the details, but i'll try to find them.

This should be in The Beatles Trivia. It deals with the effect of The Beatles on other people, but who were not directly linked to them. andreasegde 18:19, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Neutralising Tone[edit]

I have added, from the fifth down, paragraphs in the introduction, which serve the purpose of neutralising the tone of the article. I felt the whole thing was too one-sided and seemed to state as facts opinions which are the subject of debate.

Also I finally removed that totally redundant list of random band names, which someone had to do sooner or later.

Hopefully my actions won't come as too controversial - if you feel very strongly perhaps that the introduction is too long now, you may want to think about moving my newly added portion to somewhere under a seperate heading (perhaps entitled something like "Differing Views on the Influence of The Beatles".)

You could of course just revert and get rid of it altogether, but please try to at least include something in the article that makes it clear that the specific magnitude of The Beatles' influence is a very subjective matter. And don't forget to keep that silly list of band names out! --WAM

Ringo's Stick Grip[edit]

I have doubts about Ringo's role in the popularization of matched grip drumming. Certainly he was a highly visible matched grip drummer, but I don't think it's true that he was the first or the most influential. It was more of a combined effect with the visibility of several such drummers of the time.

I would also challenge the claim that Ludwig Drums became the standard rock instrument. Ringo originally played Premier, an English brand. Slingerland was another Chicago area manufacturer that competed heavily and successfully with Ludwig. Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones played Gretsch drums. Though very popular in the 60's and early 70's, Ludwig is only one of numerous drums used by rock musicians today. - MA

I got the info about Ringo's stick grip and drum brand from here [1] -Surachit 02:46, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

This article underestimates the influence of The Beatles[edit]

There is so much more that could be written about the influence of The Beatles that is not included here, but I feel I should be cautious in editing. One thing I would like to add is that The Beatles popularized the 4-man rock band, a format they borrowed from Buddy Holly and The Crickets. The main difference in The Beatles' band and Buddy Holly's band, is that Buddy Holly's bassist played a stand-up bass. While Decca records may have told The Beatles that "Guitar Rock was Pass.", The Beatles re-invented guitar rock at a time when Rock and Roll had been tamed by the likes of bands and performers such as The Four Tops, Frankie Avaolon, and Chubby Checker. For all intents and purposes Rock and Roll had sort of died by the early 1960's due to several factors including but not limited to Jerry Lee Lewis marriage to his thirteen year old cousin, Chuck Berry's violation of the Mann Act, Elvis' induction into the Army, and Buddy Holly's untimely death in 1959. With it's primary performers out of the way, the music industry clamored to tame Rock and Roll to pacify conservative parents and religious leaders. The music that was being called 'Rock and Roll' after 1959 was softer, lacked guitars, and was full of pretty boys tailored especially for Rock and Rolls new image. This is one reason why Capitol Records in the United States continually turned down Parlophone's attempts to get The Beatles music released in The U.S., but eventually could not deny the "mania" that The Beatles were generating in Europe. I could write an whole other article, from an optismistic point of view, but fear POV would contaminate it. I feel the current article is slanted and is written from a pessimistic POV and does not include 1/16 of The Beatles' actual contribution. How could an article be written about The Beatles and mention nowhere the influence of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that literally changed music, fashion, culture, and the recording industry forever. If someone who is more skilled than I would be interested in a colaboration at writing a more favorable article, please let me know. Mirlin 06:45, 1 November 2005 (UTC)

You seem entirely skilled enough to improve the article by yourself. Citing sources for your claims would certainly be a bonus. Algae 08:09, 1 November 2005 (UTC)
Heh, that sounds like it came straight out of "The Compleat Beatles" (the best documentary on the band, as far as I'm concerned.)-- 23:43, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

No mention of the Grey Album?[edit]

In the last section, Beatallica is mentioned, but DJ Danger Mouse's more popular and more controversial mashup of Jay-Z and The Beatles is not. If Beatallica is relevant, surely the Grey Album is as well. 19:24, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

New/The Same Article created[edit]

Here it is: The Beatles have had a very profound effect on music today. In the studio, the Beatles used many unique techniques and instruments for their recordings. They invented many effects used in music and have changed music forever. In 1964, the world heard the first use of intentional feedback from an electric guitar in a song. Before the Beatles, feedback was thought to be a nuisance. Since the release of “I Feel Fine,” countless other bands have used feedback in their songs. Although the Beatles were the first ones, Jimi Hendrix mastered the use of guitar feedback.

When the Rubber Soul album was released in 1965, the George Harrison played the sitar on “Norwegian Wood.” The Beatles would use the sitar in other songs in the future. “Rain” (1966) was a song that featured slowed down instruments and vocals, but also contained their first use of backwards vocals.

With the release of Revolver in 1966, the songs were getting more and more unique. Paul McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby” contained a string octet, which was very unusual for a “rock” song. “I’m Only Sleeping” contains backwards guitars. “Yellow Submarine” contained the use of sound effects. George Martin was very good at this sort of thing because of projects he had worked on before the Beatles. “Tomorrow Never Knows” is a very unique song of this album. It featured five tape loops that replayed sound effects. It also featured the first use of what George Martin coined “flanging.”

The most significant effect the Beatles had on music was the release of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). This album featured vari-speed vocals, sound effects, instruments, and studio effects never before used in rock music. These effects are still used today by bands and recording studios.

Use what you will, I just stumbled on it. Makemi 05:19, 13 February 2006 (UTC)
??? Stumbled on it where exactly? --kingboyk 06:57, 16 March 2006 (UTC)


This article - like many at Wiki unfortunately - suffers from a typical (and typically annoying) bent on the part of uneducated and unread US enthusiasts.

It needs to be pointed out until more people get it: the US perspective is not that of the entire planet. You in the US continually make the clumsy assumption that what you know of the planet is either 1) sufficient as no one else really counts anyway; or 2) an opinion held by everyone everywhere - without checking your sources and doing proper research.

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Uhhh, Fred (It is Fred, isn´t it?) That sounds a bit "over the top" to me. Take a deep breath and write it again... please.... andreasegde 00:45, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Geez, Fred, chill. Don't gripe, edit. If you think we're idiots, show us where and how.McTavidge 03:06, 8 March 2007 (UTC)


I took out the Miles Davis reference, because Miles was purely influential for a jazz audience. If we talk about influence, then we have to cover the broad spectrum of influence, and not just aural. andreasegde 12:44, 29 June 2006 (UTC)


"The Beatles influence" should be written from a global perspective, and not concentrate on a local effect. Otherwise this page would be massive, and too long, because it would deal with The Beatles influence on the "Vera, Chuck & Dave Band" in Alabama (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter.)

Nearly all of the article seems to be about what The Beatles did, and not their influence on the world. Why?

I have added {{Fact}} quite a few times, because it definitely needs them. References, anyone? andreasegde 16:36, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

This article is a complete mess[edit]

Horribly sloppy and extremely amateurish. Somebody should probably just delete it and start over from scratch.

Agreed, absolutely. The Beatles influence on popular culture is immense, but this article is just a series of random lists with an entire section devoted to the band Oasis. Start again, please.PJtP (talk) 22:28, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Move trivia to here?[edit]

As it looks like The Beatles trivia is going to have its genitalia removed, a lot of the articles on it could be moved here. They reflect the influence of The Fabs on popular culture. Better look at it quick though, because the clock is ticking... andreasegde 18:28, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

No need; trivia is still there, although I wonder if anyone visits this page? Hello? Is anybody home? Hello? (Sound of deafening silence...) andreasegde 13:17, 24 July 2006 (UTC)


I have merged a lot of stuff from Trivia to here, as it fits better. --andreasegde 17:23, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

I know a lot of references need to be included, but it´s hard to track down bands that actually admit to copying The Beatles. --andreasegde 04:58, 3 October 2006 (UTC)
I don't think "Scientific" belongs here as it's not "popular culture". --kingboyk 11:40, 3 October 2006 (UTC)
But it does show how their influence is now in outer space :) I took it out of trivia because it wasn´t really trivia that was really connected with The Beatles, but their influence on the blokes that look at stars all night. --andreasegde 17:03, 3 October 2006 (UTC)
Aye, but those blokes like to think of themselves as higher brow than "popular culture", I'm sure :) --kingboyk 17:45, 3 October 2006 (UTC)
Really? Ok, I´ll do it, but it means that "trivia" has a higher profile than "influence". --andreasegde 09:47, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
Right. Conundrum, huh? Don't know the answer, sorry :) --kingboyk 13:31, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
This means that I am now working on something that has a lower profile than Trivia. I can see it now... "andreasegde made a magnificent start in Wikipedia, and it all went downhill from there." I´m the unofficial admin for the Bargain bin --andreasegde 15:32, 5 October 2006 (UTC)
"andreasegde made a mediocre start in Wikipedia, and it all went downhill from there"? :) I see your point, that the net result is science being trivia and popular culture having its own article... maybe this article should be renamed to accept scientists too? I'd suggest asking for advice on the Project talk page. --kingboyk 15:55, 5 October 2006 (UTC)
I was joking about the "downhill" thing. I often make fun of myself... --andreasegde 05:37, 8 October 2006 (UTC)


I have taken Richard Cummins out because it was self-publicity. It was also in the wrong place, and badly edited. (I worked on it before I realised that it was self-publicity.) --andreasegde 11:14, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

This new article is horrible. It's a mess. I'm sorry. And I definitley think the pop culture and Beatlesque articles are completely different.

1. Pop Culture Influences - The Beatles effect on today's modern culture. 2. Beatlesque - Band that sound like the Beatles.

I'm sorry but this article just doesn't work as one. Sam 04:40, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Take it up with the powers that be, because Beatlesque was voted "Merge". You can´t please all of the people all of the time.
BTW, being Beatlesque is a reflection of the influence of The Beatles on pop artists, who copied them. --andreasegde 03:54, 8 October 2006 (UTC)


The gorillaz connection to The Beatles is merely superficial and I do not think they really belong in the article, especially with no citations made. The0208 23:38, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Not to mention that they are a techno hip hop band while the Beatles are rock pop. And they suck.--Canadian Reject (talk) 04:03, 23 July 2011 (UTC)


They did a remake of Look What You've Done and it was a Top 40 hit.. In fact I just heard it on the radio this morning.. I think it should be included in the covers section.

Put it in - whoever you are.... :) --andreasegde 19:04, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Jimi and Sgt Peppers[edit]

I heard that John and George wanted to go back and rerecord Sgt Peppers the way that Hendrix played it, but I have no sources. cool little bit of trivia though. Zzz345zzZ 05:33, 10 December 2006 (UTC)


What about the band Zoot? I just listened to them and they sound Beatlesque. 06:17, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Youtube links + Clean-up[edit]


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I have taken down all youtube links that obviously link to copyrighted music videos.

Also, I have added clean-up tags to this article, which is too structured (i.e. too many headers but too little information). The Cover version section might need its own article, as it likely will get more more expanded in the future. The Beatlesque section (especially "Oasis") should get trimmed or partly moved over to / merged with the relevant musician articles. The way it is now, the article doesn't look inviting to be read. (Those are just suggestions though, if someone has the time to fix this.) -- Sgeureka 21:53, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Okay, I'll try to make this article somewhat better (it's a first step). I'll add some {{fact}}'s where appropriate so that someone can back them up. Putting up some images to illustrate sections is helping much already. I'll delete the major rewrite note at the top when I'm finished, but I'll probably leave the cleanup note there. -- Sgeureka 22:24, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
You are a gentleman and a scholar, and I thank you. andreasegde 19:31, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
The work is mostly done now. I have trimmed a lot.
  • I have changed most sub-section headers from ===xyz=== to '''xyz''' so that they no longer show up in the table of contents.
  • I deleted the Recording and Instruments sections from "The music" (now: "Music") (before the edit) as most of it was without source and was much better described under The Beatles' influence on music recording anyway. (I'm not going to put that up there for discussion there, although I said so in the edit summary.)
  • I moved everything related to music into the "Music" section.
  • I deleted information from less important but still not unimportant artists/tv shows/films and created several "Other" sub-sections instead where there's a wikilink to the appropriate wiki article, so that it looks less cluttered.
    • In the "Cover version" sub-section (before the edit])
    • In the TV section, only The Simpsons and Absolutely Fabulous deserved to have more detail (before this edit). The other occurrences work better as a mention in a list and link to the correct article.
    • I deleted all information for the film That Thing You Do! (before this edit) as the film's article already covers all the Beatles references.
    • I deleted several artists from the Beatlesque section (before this edit) because it was too much WP:OR. Those artists now just have a link to the artists' wikipage. Oasis is still unedited because I asked whether Oasis (band) would mind getting that part into their article. I'll change this section when we have found consensus.
sgeureka tc 18:30, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

Defaultsort to where?[edit]

Do we want this article to defaultsort to "P" for popular or "I" for influence? I just changed Beatles' Influence on Music Recording from defaultsorting to "T" for "The" to "I" for influence. We should be consistent, but what is the consensus on what word in the title to use for the default? KConWiki 12:32, 4 October 2007 (UTC)


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Jungle Book[edit]

The article says: "In the Walt Disney film The Jungle Book, the 4 vultures that Mowgli befriends look very much like the Beatles. They were supposed to be the voices of the vultures (whose names are Flaps, Dizzy, Buzzie, and Ziggy), but could not for some reason. They do have cockney accents though, and they can sing."

Did the Beatles speak cockney? Helpsloose 00:32, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

No, the Beatles did not speak with Cockney accents, but then, neither did the vultures in the film. I've corrected the article. Shsilver 01:38, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

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Elliott Smith should be mitioned much more significantly in this article. At the music awards he appeared on for "Miss Misery", in the ending credits you can hear him playing several of The Beatles songs in the background. Elliott Smith said himself that The Beatles were one of the biggest influences on him,though he is and independant artist, I think his style reflects The Beatles more than is mentioned. I think he at least deserves a section. He is for sure esstablished as one of the most underappreciated modern musical artists. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:15, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Pinky and the brain[edit]

There's a TV show missing, and it's Pinky and the Brain. There's a whole episode includes Beatles references, melodies, and even the beatles themselves, featured as "The Feebles", when they stay and the "Mousarishi" and meeting "Yoyo Nono". The episode's name is All you need is Narf. Don't you think it should be included here? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:50, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

Pinky & Perky - the Beakles[edit]

I've added a mention of the Pinky & Perky show's appearances of the Beakles - a crow puppet version of the Beatles which, ISTR, mimed to Beatle records - that was peak time viewing in the 1960s! Apepper (talk) 14:39, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

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A Sorry State[edit]

This article is in a sorry state. There are way too many unsourced statements; if they were removed there wouldn't be much content left. If I go through the article and remove the unsourced stuff, who'll complain? — John Cardinal (talk) 02:32, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

re-evaluation of the album section[edit]

The part about "redefining the idea of an album" was discussed on the actual page for the Beatles. Yet the idea that the white album inspired all single colored albums is a testament to how biased how you people are. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:23, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Dream Theater in cover song section[edit]

References in lyrics is different than a cover song and his hardly noteworthy Kgarr (talk) 21:09, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

Television Trivia[edit]

In an episode of the american sketch show "Robot Chicken" a parody of the "Yellow Submarine " film is used. Is it worth including? ThanksI AM TEH WALRUS (talk) 03:56, 20 March 2011 (UTC)


Why isn't Klaatu mentioned under the Beatlesque sub-heading? People thought they were the Beatles at one point. that's something to mention.--Canadian Reject (talk) 19:58, 16 July 2011 (UTC)


I merged the two seperate segments on Oasis into one. As I suspected, there's such a vast amount of content it could proably do with its own article. As it is, I've left it a little messy, but more detailed and tidier than it was before I'd gone near it. (Chill (talk) 18:36, 27 September 2011 (UTC))


This could be a helpful source:

WhisperToMe (talk) 17:29, 4 October 2011 (UTC)


Should the following be included? It seems as notable as many other entries in the 'Film' list, but might be trivial (?) I provided one source, but many others could be had. ~E: (talk) 22:58, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!

— James Bond (Sean Connery)

Oasis "bigger than the Beatles" and subsequent reaction from McCartney[edit]

Is this OK for a source? Chunk5Darth (talk) 13:20, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Split article: Cultural depictions of the Beatles / The Beatles in popular culture[edit]

I believe the first step in rewriting this article is to relegate all the trivia to a new article akin to Cultural depictions of Elvis Presley or Frank Zappa in popular culture and giving Cultural impact of the Beatles the purpose of informing the band's:

immediate wave of changes—including a shift from US global dominance of rock and roll to UK acts, from soloists to groups, from professional songwriters to self-penned songs, and to changes in fashion and lifestyle. stated in the lede.--Ilovetopaint (talk) 15:44, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

Requested move 18 October 2015[edit]

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The result of the move request was: moved, with some trepidation about the lowercase "the". Jenks24 (talk) 09:49, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

The Beatles' influence on popular cultureCultural impact of the BeatlesCultural impact of Madonna, Cultural impact of Elvis Presley, etc. Ilovetopaint (talk) 15:37, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

The Beatles in popular culture was an effort to remove all the most trivial references to the Beatles in pop culture (e.g. transforming this article from "list every single time somebody mentions the band on television" into something a little more like what can be seen at British Invasion#Influence)--Ilovetopaint (talk) 01:24, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
I understand that but is there any reason why two different articles are needed? Neither is particularly long.  AjaxSmack  01:39, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
Because they focus on two different subjects: the group's influence on culture versus the group's appearances/depictions in culture. More about these types of articles at WP:IPCA.--Ilovetopaint (talk) 02:25, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
OK. Thanks.  AjaxSmack  03:12, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
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Hard Days Night hotel[edit]

The article is concerned with the cultural impact of the Beatles on fashion and music, but there's no mention of their cultural impact upon public buildings, streets, etc, which are also worthy of inclusion; the Cavern Quarter, Beatles-Platz and the Hard Days Night Hotel being good examples. Could someone suggest a heading name?Obscurasky (talk) 12:10, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

@Obscurasky: I agree it merits inclusion. It would be fairly trivial in the Beatles biographical article, but not here as long as we're discerning about what's included.
Added to what you've said, there are individual streets in Liverpool named after the four Beatles. And Penny Lane, Abbey Road in London, and Blue Jay Way in the Hollywood Hills have all becomes synonymous with the band (per Steve Turner's A Hard Day's Write, I've got page numbers). Also, we could mention the Liverpool and London "Beatle tours" – very popular with tourists (I think that's in Chris Ingham's Rough Guide book). I suggest any such section go at the end of the article. As for a name, I'll have to pass for now. I was hoping to find something suitable at Elvis Presley or John F. Kennedy, but nothing yet … JG66 (talk) 14:02, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
How does any of that impact culture? Those are just isolated cases of fan tributes. Unless you can find a source that says something like 'the Beatles invented crosswalks on the album cover to Abbey Road', It belongs in The Beatles in popular culture, not here. And if you did find something more general and noteworthy than 'the Beatles have associations to some locations', it would best fit under the 'In popular culture' section that already exists, since it's incredibly doubtful you could expand upon a section like 'Influence on public spaces'.--Ilovetopaint (talk) 16:54, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree to an extent, but there certainly are some areas where The Beatles have impacted upon areas of modern British culture - other than music and fashion. The statues around Liverpool (and elsewhere) are not just 'fan tributes' they form part of the cultural makeup of that city and, as such, are worthy of inclusion in this article.Obscurasky (talk) 19:40, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Cultural impact of the Beatles/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Article is being actively worked on by User:Andreasegde, bringing together the preexisting material and overlapping material from Beatlesque and The Beatles trivia. --kingboyk 13:34, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Last edited at 09:50, 26 October 2015 (UTC). Substituted at 12:31, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

"Challenges to the cultural impact of the Beatles"[edit]


  1. What content should be removed?
  2. Where is the "list" that you've compiled? I'll gladly integrate whatever's missing from the article.

--Ilovetopaint (talk) 15:26, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

I'll do it myself sometime. I'm sorry but, to my mind, you've got the entire focus wrong. It's simply not a case of integrating whatever's missing. What's needed is to base the article on works that are widely acknowledged as the prime sources, the authoritative/definitive texts, on the Beatles' cultural impact and influence. Some sources from further afield are always welcome, but the top Beatles authors have to hold sway – because they've nailed it. There's almost a whole publishing subgenre on the Beatles, after all.
The dedicated sources I'm talking about, for instance, handle the whole issue(s) of mutual influences, contemporary rivals, and whether they brought anything new to music, so authoritatively, with great insight into the culture and the times: it makes much of the discussion you've added on significant competition/charts rivals, influence on music, etc redundant. With the extent of the detail on "contemporary rivals", imo, much of the text reads like it belongs in 1960s in music anyway. (It is meant to be the Cultural impact of the Beatles, not the "Culture that the Beatles found themselves in and also impacted upon".)
The Beatles authors capture what a phenomenon the Beatles were, because those writers fully engage with the subject. All the influences (both in and out) and competitors/rivals are handled accurately, but the books also offer incredible insight along the way, into the UK and US cultural forces that propelled the band's career, and how they both influenced and reflected the changes occurring throughout the '60s. The long, long introduction to Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head is the best thing about his book: fascinating overview on the Beatles' place in the '60s, and how & why exactly they came to adopt that place. That section alone could form the basis for this article. Nicholas Schaffner's Beatles Forever and Gould's Can't Buy Me Love are vital too, I'd say. JG66 (talk) 18:06, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
I strongly disagree with this notion: "It is meant to be the Cultural impact of the Beatles, not the "Culture that the Beatles found themselves in and also impacted upon"." Of course not — this article is also not titled "The Beatles' influence on music" or "Critical assessment of the Beatles". Those are all sub-topics of the Beatles' cultural impact. Other ways you could title this article: "The Beatles and popular culture" or "The Beatles' role in culture". Different phrasing, same general scope. Articles like Beatlemania, British Invasion, List of cover versions of Beatles songs, The Beatles in popular culture, and Tributes to the Beatles are essentially "child articles" of "Cultural Impact of the Beatles".
A space to provide some historical context should be expected. The article should also answer these questions: "What were the Beatles' popular standing?", "How were they treated by the culture they were affecting?", "Who were the Beatles competing with?", "Were the Beatles' competition influenced by their music", "Were they even close to matching the Beatles' popularity?", "Was there interplay between the Beatles and other prominent cultural forces?" — I think that those are all frequently-asked, fair questions. How many times have you read that a band was the "American answer to the Beatles"? Who was right? Were any of them right? I'd want to know.
By the time this article is "finished", we're likely going to end up with a couple more sub-articles. Full disclosure: I'm most fascinated by American "counter-counter-cultural" figures like Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, and Van Dyke Parks who opposed the Beatles. I'm not specialized in the more obvious things — hippies, flower power, the '60s revolution — it's the only reason why I (allegedly) engage in the "tedentious editing" you often refer to. I can't write things I don't know.--Ilovetopaint (talk) 19:07, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

After reading Revolution opening

I'm just taking a few notes of some of the only things that I thought were relevant to the article

  • p. 14 "fall of conservatism in Sixties Britain ... UK center of pop world"
  • p. 18 "rock mentality"
  • p. 21 "post-Christian 'nowness'"
  • p. 22 "unlike previous pop stars ... before them, pop acts ... introduced to the cultural lexicon"
  • p. 25 "only significant aspect of pop the Beatles failed to change"
  • p. 27 "readable nowhere more vividly"
  • p. 36 "cultural document of permanent significance"

--Ilovetopaint (talk) 23:40, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

Source verification needed[edit]

Has anybody got access to the book For Better or Worse: The American Influence in the World (1981), by Allen F. Davis? I'm concerned about a statement attributed to Davis, in an end note in the 3rd para under "Contemporary rivals", which reads: "By the time the Beatles arrived in the US, the Beach Boys (along with the Four Seasons) had already established themselves as major chart successes on a level comparable to what the Beatles would achieve." I've found several statements in that section, all regarding the Beach Boys, where an editor has clearly misrepresented what the author says, so I'm highly sceptical about this one. But aside from that, as I've read in countless books and online, there had never been anything comparable with the Beatles' success (even Elvis, apparently) before Beatlemania hit the US in January/February 1964. I've got an old book by Castleman & Podrazik (''All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975) that lists every Billboard and Melody Maker chart entry for the Beatles. The pages covering the Billboard singles and LPs are extraordinary – the longevity of the charts runs for the albums, particularly later on. When it comes to singles, our statement that "On 4 April 1964, the Beatles occupied the top five US chart positions, as well as 11 other positions in the Top 100" only touches on the situation. From 25 January until 13 June, the Beatles were never out of the top 3 on the Hot 100 (eight of their songs made the top 3 in that time) and the band often held the top two positions simultaneously. So, even if the statement about the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons does appear in the Davis book, can we realistically say that their commercial success was "on a level comparable to what the Beatles would achieve"?

In fact, talking about anyone being a genuine commercial threat or equal to the Beatles during the '60s seems fanciful. Particularly worldwide, which is how far their "cultural impact" reached, after all. Here's a list of Australian number 1 singles from that decade, for instance: [3]. JG66 (talk) 14:30, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Pinging Piriczki, in case he's interested. JG66 (talk) 14:44, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

It appears the passage from the book in question reads: "America already had two comparable groups established in the charts, the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons." which doesn't exactly support the statement in the article. Also, the statement in the article simply doesn't match the historical record. By the time the Beatles arrived in the US (February 1964), the Beach Boys had had 11 songs make the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the course of 24 months, including 4 top 10 hits. In their first 12 months on the Hot 100 in 1964, the Beatles had 30 songs in the Hot 100, including 11 top 10 hits and 6 No. 1's. The Beach Boys first No. 1 didn't occur until July 1964, by which time the Beatles already had 4 No. 1's. Piriczki (talk) 16:08, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
The source appears to suggest that they were "comparable groups" in the sense that they were four- (or five-) piece predominantly vocal groups whose records regularly reached the higher reaches of the pop charts. But, I think it is highly unlikely that the source (which I haven't read in full) would imply that the commercial success of the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons reached the same level as the Beatles - it clearly didn't. The simple solution might be to remove the editor's words "... on a level comparable to what the Beatles would achieve". The source would then seem to support the text that remains. Ghmyrtle (talk) 19:20, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

In writing that, it was to acknowledge that before January/February 1964, the Beatles did not have the same number of hits in the US as the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons, in other words, "they later would", or, "they caught up". After all the paragraphs about the Beatles breaking chart records that have never been matched, it should be obvious to the reader that they ended up having many, many more hits in a 10-year-span than those two groups did their entire careers.--Ilovetopaint (talk) 02:36, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

I'm confused. You seem to be agreeing that those two groups' success was not "on a level comparable to what the Beatles would achieve." Best simply to leave those words out. Ghmyrtle (talk) 14:02, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
You're not confused, that's exactly what I'm saying. It's ironic because I only added that embellishment to keep a certain editor from doing exactly what he's done here (suggest that I've taken credit away from the Beatles). I was thinking that the unaltered text would be misread as "The Beach Boys and the Four Seasons were as successful as the Beatles". Damned if I do, damned if I don't.--Ilovetopaint (talk) 14:09, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
How on earth can that have been helpful? Nothing was obvious to the reader apart from the comment being misleading and redundant. And at no stage have I said that it's an issue of you taking credit away from the Beatles. That's what you do at Beach Boys articles, certainly, but here, as at other Beatles articles and at music genre articles, it's a case of you forever trumping up the Beach Boys. You're bloody shameless. JG66 (talk) 14:34, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
I could probably add a whole paragraph for exposition on the Stones with only one or two Beatles references scattered throughout and you wouldn't care. Yet adding six words about the Beach Boys being compared to the Beatles gets me the electric chair. Even if it puts them in a negative light -- I could write "Brian Wilson has and never will come close to the sheer ingeniousness of Revolver and Abbey Road" and I'll still get accused of "trumping" him up. Haha. --Ilovetopaint (talk) 15:20, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
1) I would care if it weren't relevant to the Cultural impact of the Beatles. 2) You'd get accused of adding irrelevant crap, for sure. JG66 (talk) 16:33, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

Ilovetopaint: "dumb editing decisions" are most surely your domain. Your typically inaccurate representation of what sources say confirm it. You select sources that say what you want to be said about the Beach Boys (add creative embellishment, then stir), here and all over Wikipedia. As so many sources state – here's another one – the Beach Boys' ability to match the Beatles was for a very short time. JG66 (talk) 13:59, 25 March 2017 (UTC)


@JG66: I've uploaded a pdf of Sanchez's book so that maybe you can continue "fact checking" the claims, or perhaps even find something better to add to the article. Then I won't have to argue with you about double standards. (Bits about Dylan's audiences = perfectly fine! / bits about Beach Boys audiences = instant revert? Where is the logic here?)--Ilovetopaint (talk) 14:03, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

Because if we're talking about the cultural impact of the Beatles (and shucks, we are – it's the title of the article), then Dylan most certainly matches the Beatles in importance. That's a book celebrating the Beach Boys' Smile – why on earth should it be trusted on this topic? JG66 (talk) 14:06, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
There is probably more written about the Beatles' cultural impact in this book than Smile's actual music. If you're of the opinion that Dylan is the only one who matches the Beatles' importance, that's just more reason to include the sentence, and it's more reason for you to find the author credible, because that's exactly what he maintains throughout the book. As for "why should it be trusted", it seems to have Simon Frith's endorsement, and he should know about pop music, since he has written numerous books about it.
It's logical that a critical assessment of the Beatles' cultural impact should invite comparisons to artists of similar stature. There's already multiple sources that reference the Beach Boys as one of those artists. Why are you removing content that diminishes their cultural standing in favor of the Beatles? Are you some kind of Beach Boys fanboy?--Ilovetopaint (talk) 14:28, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
Beach Boys fanboy? JG66 (talk) 14:35, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
1. Why is the first version better when the second is the one that says something about the Beatles' cultural influence?
  • All the second version does is mention the Beatles (and Dylan). It tells us nothing about the Beatles' cultural influence, just about the Beach Boys'. It belongs in Cultural impact of the Beach Boys. JG66 (talk) 15:49, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
Giving a reason why the second version is bad doesn't answer my question. Try again maybe? Why is the first version better? The rationale you gave also applies to the first version. So why is the first version better? There is a similar detail regarding the Byrds a couple paragraphs earlier, except it's about their record sales compared to the Beatles - it's topically relevant considering that they are discussed as an American rival to the Beatles - and it was merely echoed for the Beach Boys in the second version. So why is the first version better? --Ilovetopaint (talk) 01:56, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Dylan and the Stones were symbolic of the nascent youth revolt against institutional authority, something that was not immediately recognisable within the Beatles until after 1966.

  • Another group, the Byrds, were widely celebrated as the American answer to the Beatles, and while their long-term influence has proven to be comparable to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, the Byrds' record sales failed to match those groups.

  • Dylan is described by Ian MacDonald as "the only figure to have matched The Beatles' influence on popular culture since 1945"

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame states that, with regard to 1960s rock bands, the Beach Boys "place second only to the Beatles in terms of their overall impact on the [US] top 40"

  • According to Sanchez, in 1965, "Dylan was rewriting the rules for pop success" with his music and image, and it was at this juncture that Wilson "led The Beach Boys into a transitional phase in an effort to win the pop terrain that had been thrown up for grabs."

2. Why are these points OK, but not a reference to how the Beatles' cultural influence was approached by the Beach Boys for only one album and single? What's the logic here?--Ilovetopaint (talk) 15:00, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
  • You're talking about this stuff, I assume. This article is about the Beatles, and there's plenty on the competition offered by the Beach Boys – commercially, and then as creative equals ("the Beatles 'publicly anointed a new favorite and rival in chief, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson'" – an exaggeration, imo; as many sources have it, this was mainly McCartney). The statement you favour there – "the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album and 'Good Vibrations' single nearly elevated the band to the same level of cultural influence as the Beatles and Dylan" (from the source: "it seemed Brian would take his place next to the Beatles and Bob Dylan on the board of pop music luminaries") – concerns possibilities, it almost happened: "nearly". It's of no use in this article, but belongs in Cultural impact of the Beach Boys. I think more should probably go. Especially: "Previously in July 1964, the Beach Boys had achieved their first number one single with 'I Get Around', which represented the start of an unofficial rivalry between the Beatles and Wilson, principally for McCartney." There's no denying the importance of "I Get Around" for its role in interrupting the dominance of British Invasion acts at the top of Billboard's Hot 100, and I've ready plenty of sources highlighting that. But I've never once read that the single "represented the start of an unofficial rivalry between the Beatles and Wilson", as Moskowitz claims. JG66 (talk) 15:49, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
Sigh, another paragraph that addresses nothing of what I asked. I already know your rationale for removing that sentence.
My question, again, is why you haven't argued the same for any of the other statements I posed. The information regarding all these other artists' record sales or influence has nothing to do with the Beatles' cultural impact. And it's not supposed to. The point of that section is to inform the Beatles' cultural impact, in other words, to provide a historical overview that illustrates - for context - how massive the group was in the 1960s. There is no other article where such in-depth coverage is permitted.
Just compare these two sentences:

The Byrds' record sales failed to match the Beatles'.

The Beach Boys were nearly elevated to the same level of cultural influence as the Beatles.

Virtually identical. And yet you only ever take issue when it concerns the Beach Boys. Lol. What's that word again? Tenden-something, was it? --Ilovetopaint (talk) 01:56, 12 April 2017 (UTC)