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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Bee Gees or The Beatles
It is common to hear The Beatles as the best group ever in terms of musicality, composition and longevity. So what about The Bee Gees? Now that 3 out of the 4 brothers have left us, maybe its time to reassess the true worth and rightful standing of The Bee Gees.
Why The Beatles is so famous? Their music was mind changing, innovative, and brought a whole new meaning to rock and roll. Their members' lives were esoteric and hogged the media. They proclaimed for world peace, engaged in Eastern philosophies, they were cool to the max ... they were anti establishment. They rooted for the hippies, the disenfranchised, the disenchanted ... They were more than musicians, they were more than performers. The media loved them. They Brits were proud. The Americans wanted to call them their own. The whole world wanted to love them because they were "cool".
The Bee Gees were enormously successful in the early years, on par with The Beatles. Maybe because they did not do as much drugs as The Beatles? They were not as cool, they were regarded as "middle of the road" stuff. Good stuff but not lasting, so they say. The Bee Gees did not have a "home". The Australians did not really "own" The Bee Gees, the band members did not really identified themselves as Australians. The British did not really adopt them as their own. Their success in the US was always muted at best. Nobody wanted to "own" them as their own.
The Bee Gees' longevity in the business was more than double that of The Beatles. we all know how difficult it is to have a musical career lasting more than 10 years, particularly if you are in the singer-songwriter group. If you were a really good crooner, you can last ages, like Sinatra, Buble, Striesand, etc...
While The Beatles basically stopped in the 70s, albeit The Wings were excellent and George Harrison had some sparkle, plus John Lennon created some fine transformational stuff. The Bee Gees reinvented themselves in the late 70s and were quite instrumental in being a major player in the disco era. Now, the disco era was frowned by most music critics as being a fun but shallow part of musical history, but hey, disco was a critical part of musical history whether you like it or not. Even now, people keep going back to the fun times of 70s and 80s music in radio stations and just look at the reissued CDs that are selling nowadays, its the 70s and 80s music.
Many critics used the disco era music to further downgrade The Bee Gees' achievements. Having said that i think their Spirits Having Flow album was easily the landmark album in the early 80s.
The Beatles albums remain iconic and stood the test of time, The White album, Abbey Road, Sgt Peppers, etc... nobody really bothered with The Bee Gees. One thing which The Bee Gees may have lost out was their lyrics, which The Beatles were more subtle and have higher ambitions in conveying their messages. But having said that, much of The Beatles early stuff were also shallow type of lyrics.
I have compiled The Beatles' great songs that marked their career, most were hits but I have included others which have been significant as well:
A Hard Day's Night A Taste of Honey Across The Universe All My Loving All You Need Is Love And I Love Her Back In The USSR Blackbird Can't Buy Me Love Come Together Day Tripper Do You Want To Know A Secret Drive My Car Eight Days A Week Eleanor Rigby Get Back Good Day Sunshine Hello Goodbye Helter Skelter Here, There, Everywhere Help! Hey Jude Hippy Hippy Shake I Am The Walrus I Feel Fine I Saw Her Standing There I Should Have Known Better If I Fell I Will I'll Follow The Sun In My Life Let It Be Love Me Do Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Michelle Money No Reply Nowhere Man Obladi Oblada Paperback Writer Please Please Me Please Mr Postman P.S. I Love You Shake Rattle and Roll Rock and Roll Music Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band She Loves You She's Leaving Home Shout Something Strawberry Fields Taxman The Fool On The Hill The Long and Winding Road Ticket To Ride Twist and Shout We Can Work It Out When I'm 64 While My Guitar Gently Weeps With A Little Help From My Friends Yellow Submarine Yesterday You've Really Got A Hold On Me You're Gonna Lose That Girl You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
65, thats 65 fucking awesome songs. What about The Bee Gees?
Alone Chain Reaction Come On Over Don't Forget To Remember Emotions Fanny Be Tender With My Love First of May For Whom The Bell Tolls Guilty Heartbreaker Holiday How Do You Mend A Broken Heart How Deep Is Your Love I Started A Joke I've Gotta Get A Message To You If I Can't Have You I.O.I.O. In The Morning Islands In The Stream Jive Talking Lonely Day Love So Right Love You Inside Out Massachusetts Melody Fair More Than a Woman My World Mr. Natural New York Mining Disaster Nights On Broadway Night Fever One Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away) Rest Your Love On Me Run To Me Spicks and Specks Spirits Having Flown Staying Alive This Is Where I Came In To Love Somebody Tragedy Too Much Heaven Warm Ride Woman In Love Words You Should Be Dancing You Win Again
That's 47 great songs. Not bad at all. Fair to say, The Beatles output were more vociferous and had more quality but The Bee Gees are not far behind. Nowadays, its not cool to like The Bee Gees. That should never be the case.