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My fav Beatles song is "Hard Day's Night" covered by Peter Sellers.

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I'm something of a neophyte when it comes to the Beatles, having always preferred their contempoaries - The Who, the Stones, Velvet Underground et al, to them.

However, top five songs, in no particular order -

1. Helter Skelter
2. Dear Prudence
3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
4. Taxman
5. She Said She Said

As may be apparent, my experience of the Beatles doesn't really extend much beyond Sgt Pepper, White Album and Revolver.
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Maxwell's Silver Hammer, the Golden Slumbers agglomeration (three songs, but I'm only calling it one), Imagine, Good Morning, and Rocky Raccoon.

I make no apologies for my taste.

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Hey Jude
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Hold Me Tight
Here Comes the Sun
Day Tripper

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It's spelled "Eleanor Rigby", and it's a string quartet by Lennon/McCartney. It was originally released as a Beatles single, and was also on their Revolver album.

Alec, the song is called "Good Morning, Good Morning".

Ash, I suppose their heaviest song is Helter Skelter. It's about a fairground ride, a sort of slide if I'm not mistaken. Charles Manson has his own ideas as to its meaning, however.

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Okay, Stuggie. I'll take you up on your offer...

Resolve the musical tastes of these bands and/or artists:

Ayu*, Bill Withers, Billy Joel, Bonnie Pink*, Boston, Chicago, Clapton, CSNY, DAI*, Doobie Bros, Eagles, ELO, EW&F, Gackt*, Hendrix, Hikki*, JAM Project*, Journey, Kansas, Morning Musume**, Shiina Yumiko*, Steveland Morris, See-Saw*, Supertramp, TM Revolution*, the Who

* is japanese
* includes ayaya-chan

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Ash, I believe I will pass a few recommendations your way. There are a few Beatles songs that are rather heavy, and I'll list those ones. As far as good lyrics go, pretty much any late-period Beatles song written by John Lennon is quite strong lyrically. He's known as one of the finest lyricists in pop music.

Well, here are my recommendations, in no particular order. You'll notice that most of them are off the White Album- the lads basically decided to stock side 3 with all of the hard-rocking tunes they could muster.

"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"- from Abbey Road

"Revolution"- single, B-side for "Hey Jude"

"Don't Let Me Down"- single, B-side for "Get Back"

"Dig A Pony"- from Let It Be

"I've Got A Feeling"- from Let It Be

"Blue Jay Way"- from Magical Mystery Tour

"Tomorrow Never Knows"- from Revolver

"Think For Yourself"- from Rubber Soul

"Happiness Is A Warm Gun"- from the White Album

"Birthday"- from the White Album

"Yer Blues"- from the White Album

"Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey"- from the White Album

"Helter Skelter"- from the White Album (the heaviest one of all, as ADoS mentioned)

"Hey Bulldog"- from Yellow Submarine

"It's All Too Much"- from Yellow Submarine

That's all that I can come up with for now. If you get around to listening to some of those, tell me what you think. And the recommendation invitation is still open to all.

EDIT: Forgot about the second page. A second post to respond to TM is forthcoming...

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Originally written by Frankie Vallium:

Okay, Stuggie. I'll take you up on your offer...

Resolve the musical tastes of these bands and/or artists:

Ayu*, Bill Withers, Billy Joel, Bonnie Pink*, Boston, Chicago, Clapton, CSNY, DAI*, Doobie Bros, Eagles, ELO, EW&F, Gackt*, Hendrix, Hikki*, JAM Project*, Journey, Kansas, Morning Musume**, Shiina Yumiko*, Steveland Morris, See-Saw*, Supertramp, TM Revolution*, the Who

* is japanese
* includes ayaya-chan

Well, as you might have expected I can only do an incomplete job here. I haven't had the opportunity or inclination to listen to any J-pop, so all that stuff is out. I also haven't been exposed to any Bill Withers, Boston, ELO, Journey, or Steveland Morris. As for the rest, I'll do my best. I'm only going to list a few Beatles songs for each, though.

Billy Joel- Piano-based pop/rock, so there are quite a few options, mainly McCartney compositions. Try "You Never Give Me Your Money," the Golden Slumbers medley, "You Like Me Too Much," "Hey Jude," "For No One," "The Fool On The Hill," "Hello Goodbye," "Martha My Dear," "Sexy Sadie," "Honey Pie," "Hey Bulldog."

Chicago and EW&F- Horn-fortified rock. I'd recommend "Got To Get You Into My Life" (which EW&F covered), "Savoy Truffle," "Good Morning, Good Morning", "Lady Madonna" and "Magical Mystery Tour" (both of which you are aware).

Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix- Well, of course there's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which spotlights Clapton. Other than that, I'm assuming you're interested in acid rock that highlights the guitar. Recommendations: "It's All Too Much," "Day Tripper," "Taxman," "I'm Only Sleeping," "She Said She Said," "And Your Bird Can Sing," "I Want To Tell You," "Flying," "Revolution," "Don't Let Me Down," "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

CSNY- These guys are great, probably my second-favorite band. Anything featuring lots of lush harmonies would be a good call. Recommendations: "I'll Be Back," "Here Comes The Sun," "Tell Me What You See," "Two Of Us," "Rain," "Here, There, And Everywhere," "Wait," "If I Needed Someone," "Getting Better," "She's Leaving Home," "Dear Prudence," "A Day In The Life," "I Will," "Long, Long, Long."

Doobie Brothers- I'm not too familiar with them, but they sound roots-rockish, so you'd probably be fine with most thing off of A Hard Day's Night and Help.

The Eagles- Country rock, although more popish as time went on. Most of the rockers I mentioned with Clapton and Hendrix would work all right, and for the more country-ish stuff the two albums I recommended for the Doobie Bros. would be fine. The best thing along these lines: "I'm A Loser."

Kansas- Heavy rock with progressive elements? Not too much prog-flavored stuff in the Beatles catalog, but "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" has a prog-like structure. As for the heavy rock part, check out my list of recommendations for Ash.

Supertramp- For the harmony-heavy stuff, check out my recommendations for CSNY. For the piano ballad-like stuff, see my recommendations for Billy Joel. As far as the general whimsy inherent in this band's music, it's quite clearly inspired by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The Who- Art rock at first, harder arena rock later on. In the art rock phase, this band was openly aping the psychedelic later Beatles albums. In their arena rock period, they developed a sound remniscent of several of the harder-edged tracks from the White Album.

That should do it. I got a little lazy towards the end, but it's quite a lengthy list of recommendations.

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Note, however, that Stug's definitions of "heavy" and "rock" are rather skewed. He has a very limited area of interest in music. Martha My Dear, for instance, is not pop rock. It is straight pop. It's still a good song, as far as pop goes, with an opening piano solo and trumpet solo in the middle, but it's not rock. I listen to a much broader range of music, so I could probably give you a more narrow, more accurate lists, although I haven't heard the Beatles' whole catalog yet. I've listened to a good deal more than half, however.

If you want to listen to "heavy" Beatles songs, the heaviest are Helter Skelter, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, and It's All Too Much, in that order. None of the others really count as "heavy", and even those three are questionable.

Hey Bulldog is their closest to Billy Joel's work, in that it is driven by piano and guitar, and is pretty energetic. Lady Madonna is also fairly close. As for Billy Joel's less energetic songs, which are also good, Let It Be, The Long And Winding Road, and In My Life are rather similar (although In My Life uses a harpischord instead of a piano, but it's close enough). Also try A Day In The Life.

For The Who, their early works are have a greater rock:pop ratio than the Beatles' early works. The Beatles' mid-career songs tend to be more similar, though. Day Tripper, Birthday, Doctor Robert, Paperback Writer, Revolution (not to be confused with Revolution 1, which is a mellow rewrite, or Revolution 9, which is more a drug experiment gone wrong than a song) and Taxman are similar to The Who's early career. The only song that seems similar to their later career is It's All Too Much, though, at least from what I've heard of The Beatles' catalog. The Beatles, like The Who, have written some funny songs. If you like The Who's I'm A Boy, Pictures Of Lily, and Boris The Spider, you may like The Beatles' Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Savoy Truffle, and Yellow Submarine.

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This was harder than I expected. My favorite is "Let It Be," followed by (in no particular order): "Helter Skelter," "Yer Blues," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and "A Day In The Life."

EDIT: And honorable mention to the solo tracks "Imagine" and "Live And Let Die" (the latter if only because GNR did a hell of a good version of it).

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Googled some mp3 samples.

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"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"- from Abbey Road
...what the? Is this what you think a 'heavy' song is? Nothing wrong with the mellow stuff, I might add, but this is not an energetic song at all. Kinda bluesy. Doesn't do anything for me.

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"Revolution"- single, B-side for "Hey Jude"
Yeah, my hypothosis was right. This is a very laid-back song. It sounds okay, nothing special, though.

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"Don't Let Me Down"- single, B-side for "Get Back"
Same as for the first one. No appeal here.

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"Dig A Pony"- from Let It Be
I think I outright dislike this one.

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"I've Got A Feeling"- from Let It Be
Meh.

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"Blue Jay Way"- from Magical Mystery Tour
Ew.

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"Tomorrow Never Knows"- from Revolver
Hey, this one's actually pretty good.

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"Think For Yourself"- from Rubber Soul
Nothing for me here.

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"Happiness Is A Warm Gun"- from the White Album
The lyrics sound like they might be interesting, but the sound holds no appeal.

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"Birthday"- from the White Album
Yeah, this gets a thumbs up. I've actually heard a cover of it before, but didn't realise it was a Beatles song.

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"Yer Blues"- from the White Album
Ugh.

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"Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey"- from the White Album
I love the title, but the song itself was disappointing.

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"Helter Skelter"- from the White Album (the heaviest one of all, as ADoS mentioned)
I'm familiar with this one. The U2 version is okay, but I don't care for the original.

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"Hey Bulldog"- from Yellow Submarine
Not too bad, but still pretty forgettable.

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"It's All Too Much"- from Yellow Submarine
Decently good.

So 3 from 15, though I still haven't heard anything I *love*. Thanks for your effort, anyhow. But man, you need to listen to Switchfoot's "Meant to Live" or something. Get some perspective :P

EDIT: To be fair, I didn't listen to any of these tracks the whole way through, which may colour my opinions a bit.

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...I also haven't been exposed to any Bill Withers...
You have to be kidding. Is it even possible to somehow not hear "Lean on Me" at some point?

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I'm trying to come up with something like "Birthday" from the rest of the Beatles' body of work, and I'm seriously failing. Maybe the verses from the title track off Sgt. Pepper (but not the chorus). Maybe "Back in the USSR" — but only the speed, not the vocal quality. Uh... that's about it. If you normally like heavy metal, but you didn't like "Helter Skelter," there may be no hope here.

EDIT: Now I'm listening to those songs, and no, not even those, really.

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I think Tomorrow Never Knows is actually my favourite of those songs.

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You Never Give Me Your Money... I like it, but it's not super-good. Golden Slumbers is poor. You Like Me Too Much is significantly poorer.
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Originally written by Ash Lael:

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Originally written by Stugri-La:

...I also haven't been exposed to any Bill Withers...
You have to be kidding. Is it even possible to somehow not hear "Lean on Me" at some point?

Yeah, I've heard that one many times, and I've even performed it once. I just wasn't aware of the identity of its composer.

Well, it seems as though this recommendation business has been hit-and-miss so far. This does expose a few weaknesses in my musical discernment; ADoS is quite right when he says my range of musical taste is rather small compared to that of some. I've delved heavily, almost obsessively into classic pop/rock, but I've never really bothered with the more heavy stuff from the period. In general I find hard rock and metal to be grating on my ears and more than a little jarring. "Helter Skelter" is one of my least favorite Beatles songs.

That said, Ash, I believe I blundered a bit in my recommendations for you. I didn't really search out the liveliest stuff for you, just the heaviest. I made the mistake of listing several slow-paced, grungy songs with a heavy feel to them. You say that you didn't listen to every song all the way through; that's fine, but did you make sure to listen to a decent portion of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)?" If you missed the "She's So Heavy" segment, you ought to listen to it again. It isn't too lively, but it's fairly heavy. Also, "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" is composed of several very different segments, and you might have missed one or more by only listening to part of the song.

Based on what you said you did like, though, I can make you another, shorter list of recommendations. Can't do it at present, as I'm not at my own computer, but perhaps I'll do it tonight.

ADoS- Just a minor quibble, but "Revolution" is actually a sped-up rewrite of "Revolution 1," although the single ended up being released first. Lennon wanted the other band members to make "Revolution 1" their next A-side, but they objected that is was too mellow to be a workable single. So he created a louder, faster-paced version, but right after he finished it, McCartney came up with "Hey Jude," a song that even Lennon liked so much that it became the A-side. "Revolution" became a B-side, but still became quite popular. Not surprisingly, I prefer "Revolution 1." I'm in the minority here, of course.

Also, ADoS, terms like "heavy" and "rock" are quite relative to their times. Most every heavier Beatles song was considered quite heavy for its time. Hell, Lennon even proudly pronounced "Ticket To Ride" as the first heavy metal song ever! Listening to it, that seems incomprehensible, but it made sense when you compared the song to most everything else being done at the time.

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Originally written by Stugri-La:

Most every heavier Beatles song was considered quite heavy for its time. Hell, Lennon even proudly pronounced "Ticket To Ride" as the first heavy metal song ever! Listening to it, that seems incomprehensible, but it made sense when you compared the song to most everything else being done at the time.
By '65, the Stones had hit the scene. "Satisfaction" is clearly more metal than "Ticket To Ride," although that's not saying much. Metal didn't really start until '67 or '68, so lots of things would've sounded pretty heavy prior to that.

The Beatles definitely pushed the envelope, though — who could imagine the people who sang "I Want To Hold Your Hand" later singing "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"? It would be like the Backstreet Boys coming out with "Antichrist Superstar."

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:P "Lovely Rita", of course.

The Beatles have been one of the most versatile groups I know. They have songs for everybody.

It would be interesting to know the music preferences from every eligible mod. Concluding from Stugie's taste he might be a pleasant, tolerant mod without fearing experiments. A mod for everybody.

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I prefer hip-hop and R&B, and outside of those genres, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkel, Michael Jackson, some jazz, and random good songs by pretty much anyone.

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I've already gone over Billy Joel. As for Simon & Garfunkel, although I may be mistaken as to their style as I haven't listened to too much of their music, it seems to be mostly quiet, mellow pop. "Dear Prudence", "Blackbird", "I Will", "Julia", and "Mother Nature's Son" from the White Album may be to your liking. You may also like "Because" and "Sun King" from Abbey Road, although the lyrics are a little wierd. From Rubber Soul is "Michelle", and Revolver has "Here, There And Everywhere."

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