I got into The Beatles a year or two after I discovered Dylan, when I was around 17. I spent a ridiculous amount of time that summer typing out the lyrics to all of the band’s songs on an electric typewriter (the sort of story I can tell my kids to explain how unplugged we were “back in the day”).
If Dylan formed the basis for my love of ‘Folk Music Derivatives,’ The Beatles are responsible for my love of ‘Pure Pop.’
Granted, it is shortchanging the band to describe them as ‘Pure Pop’ given all of the musical directions they took in the latter half of their career. But rest assured, I didn’t run out and buy and Ravi Shankar albums after hearing The Beatles’ use of the sitar on Revolver. I didn’t go hog wild for psychedelia after blasting ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’
The Beatles are the greatest pop band of all time, and that’s plenty.
I do give them a check in the ‘Folk Rock Derivative’ category as well, because they did let folk influences — particularly Bob Dylan — seep into their songs. ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,’ one of my favorite Beatles tracks, is a direct nod to Dylan.
The Beatles don’t make the cut on ‘Melancholy’ or ‘Piano Men,’ and despite a few noble attempts by Ringo Starr, they aren’t ‘Country Plus’ either.
I see no use in wond’ring why
I cried for you
And now you’ve changed your mind
I see no reason to change mine
My crying is through, oh
You’re giving me the same old line
I’m wond’ring why
You hurt me then, you’re back again
No, no, no, not a second time