My tastes are not just the Beatles, but the Beatles have been my favorite for 25 years, and I have yet to find any other group of musicians that I like better.<quoted text>
Time will tell, my friend. When people see past the commercial aspect of music, and take rock music seriously, then The Beatles will float down the drain they came from. Trout Mask Replica out- weighs anything the Fab 4 tried to do. I understand your bias as you do not find Beefheart to be relatively good (considering if you have ever listened to TMR). I am not bias. I was a Beatles fan until last year when I finally accepted how overrated they are. Point is, there is better music out there folks. Stop listening to what these "professional" critics say because really, what qualifies a rock critic (or any critic for that matter)? Rock music is really not that old.
Yeah; on the radio. That's perfect for where The Beatles belong. Of course they've sold a lot: their music is easy to listen to, accessible from virtually anywhere in the world, and everyone has been brainwashed into thinking they are the greatest band that ever existed. That's fine and dandy for them. However, some people look for a challenge in their music-something that isn't conventional; which is essentially what rock music should be. Which is why I draw back to my first statement; The Beatles belong on the airwaves because they are a pop group who wrote little ditties. Nothing more, nothing less.
Not saying there are not other great musicians, Pink Floyd,David Gray,Mazzy Star,Janis,the Doors,Hendrix,Ramones,Creedanc e Clearwater Revival to say just a few, are also some of my vast favorites, not to mention blues,reggae,country etc, but we each are entitled to our own opinions.
But as I said, the Beatles are not a product, they have produced many wonderful songs that will last forever.