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(Ultimate Classic Rock)   Seven bands whose labels said they were "the next Beatles" but wound up being more like Badfinger   (ultimateclassicrock.com) divider line 141
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2014-08-11 09:13:40 AM  
My father used to sing the Badfinger tune when it came on the radio, with one small tweak:

If you want it, here it is come and get it
Mmmm, make your mind up fast
If you want it, anytime I can give it
But you better hurry cause it's made out of lead


This coming from a guy who has more bullet molds than Carter has liver pills.
 
2014-08-11 09:26:24 AM  
badfinger was awesome.
 
2014-08-11 09:33:17 AM  

FlashHarry: badfinger was awesome.


That they were. And such sad tales surrounding their personal lives.
 
2014-08-11 09:39:26 AM  

John Buck 41: FlashHarry: badfinger was awesome.

That they were. And such sad tales surrounding their personal lives.


their story made for the most depressing "behind the music" episode ever.
 
2014-08-11 09:43:12 AM  
FTA: Styles added, "None of us think we're in the same league as them music-wise. We'd be total fools if we did. Fame-wise, it's probably even bigger." Let's see how that works out for them.

He may be right; there are a lot more people now than there were back then and I'm fairly certain they've got the tween-girl market completely covered worldwide.  There's a lot more social media exposure for top-line products like One Direction than was ever possible back in the 60s.

But, like all the other bands, they'll fade into obscurity because they don't have any artistic or musical contribution; someone else holds all the rights to their music and just cuts them paychecks.
 
2014-08-11 09:49:55 AM  

FlashHarry: badfinger was awesome.


John Buck 41: That they were. And such sad tales surrounding their personal lives.


Those^
 
2014-08-11 10:29:11 AM  
List is missing Duran Duran who were touted as "the new Beatles" when Rio went big.
 
2014-08-11 10:33:37 AM  
These articles seem to miss the point of "the next Beatles".

They usually seem to focus on the boy band early years when what made the Beatles the Beatles was the later years
 
2014-08-11 10:35:31 AM  
Love me some Badfinger.
 
2014-08-11 10:37:02 AM  
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Anyone ever see these guys?   Saw them in 2005, I think it was, and it felt like I was at the Cavern Club.
 
2014-08-11 10:37:13 AM  
I hate the Beatle worship that has continued for as long as I can remember but I do give McCartney credit.  Every time he has had to comment on whoever shot their mouth off most recently about who will be bigger he has done so with good grace and humor and levelheadedness.

Considering the decades of worship he seems downright centered, that's nice to see.
 
2014-08-11 10:38:14 AM  
It was Michael Jackson.  And I don't see anyone else coming close to the pop culture exposure of those two.  There's too many easy options for people to find what they really want and not settle for the best they can get.
 
2014-08-11 10:41:06 AM  

thegreg1: These articles seem to miss the point of "the next Beatles".

They usually seem to focus on the boy band early years when what made the Beatles the Beatles was the later years


As much as I love the early Beatles songs (they're fun!) but when they stopped touring and dedicated themselves to the craft of writing and composing is when they hit their stride.  Hands down the Beatles are my favorite band, and as great as Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Peppers albums are none of them hold a candle to Pet Sounds.... That album is brilliant.
 
2014-08-11 10:43:33 AM  
I can't imagine how any band could ever have the impact of The Beatles (well, maybe Wyld Stallyns). The world is a different place now.
 
2014-08-11 10:45:44 AM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: I can't imagine how any band could ever have the impact of The Beatles (well, maybe Wyld Stallyns). The world is a different place now.


Yeah, it's hard to imagine some other act getting to that level today.  I would love to see some homegrown unsigned band really just catch fire and take the world by storm via word of mouth/youtube.
 
2014-08-11 10:45:57 AM  

thegreg1: These articles seem to miss the point of "the next Beatles".

They usually seem to focus on the boy band early years when what made the Beatles the Beatles was the later years


I think the obvious implication of being billed as "the next Beatles" is that future "next big thing" musical acts stop comparing themselves to the Beatles in favor of comparison to your band.

In the 44 years since the Beatles broke up, that has yet to occur. I also think its safe to say it probably won't ever occur.
 
2014-08-11 10:46:34 AM  
Badfinger was a great band, it wasn't their music or talent that ended their career.
 
2014-08-11 10:49:17 AM  
Being The Next Beatles shouldn't be confused with being The Next Lennon & McCartney.

www.vinylvendors.com
 
2014-08-11 10:49:21 AM  

gilgigamesh: I think the obvious implication of being billed as "the next Beatles" is that future "next big thing" musical acts stop comparing themselves to the Beatles in favor of comparison to your band.

In the 44 years since the Beatles broke up, that has yet to occur. I also think its safe to say it probably won't ever occur.


I agree, I think the Beatles really captured lighting in a bottle.  They were talented enough at exactly the right place at exactly the right time.  I think the world is a better place for it haha
 
2014-08-11 10:49:24 AM  

thegreg1: These articles seem to miss the point of "the next Beatles".

They usually seem to focus on the boy band early years when what made the Beatles the Beatles was the later years


That and they were actually talented lyricists and trained musicians, who had played together for years in various venues before hitting it big. Boy bands now are the outcome of focus groups and shopping mall beauty pageants who select random boys who look good but who have probably never met each other until they wind up in the studio, backed by auto-tune and a bunch of session musicians, and are basically promoted as the biggest band in the world at the same time as their debut release. The Beatles certainly had the marketing help, but behind that they had the substance to back it up.

It's pointless trying to recreate the British invasion period. It was made possible by the confluence of the time and the "talent pool" of young musicians, many of whom were classically trained in both music and literature. I'm not saying we don't have talented people now, but their backgrounds and training are different so you're not going to get the same outcome.
 
2014-08-11 10:53:06 AM  

FarkedOver: Wasilla Hillbilly: I can't imagine how any band could ever have the impact of The Beatles (well, maybe Wyld Stallyns). The world is a different place now.

Yeah, it's hard to imagine some other act getting to that level today.  I would love to see some homegrown unsigned band really just catch fire and take the world by storm via word of mouth/youtube.


That will never happen. They would start getting big and then the internet will hear about it and rip off their head and sh*t down their throat. Then it will make fun of everyone who likes them and claim other bands are better and say they suck and you suck for not knowing better.

Just listen to what you like. Who cares if they change the world or not.
 
2014-08-11 10:54:40 AM  
"Badfinger" probably really WERE the "next Beatles". Except they were better.

McCartney was heavily involved with them...why didn't he bail them out? Their manager and record company screwed them, but by then McCartney could've simply written them a check, or paid their legal bills or something.

It's a shame, really.
 
2014-08-11 10:54:43 AM  

busy chillin': That will never happen. They would start getting big and then the internet will hear about it and rip off their head and sh*t down their throat. Then it will make fun of everyone who likes them and claim other bands are better and say they suck and you suck for not knowing better.

Just listen to what you like. Who cares if they change the world or not.


I would just like to see it, I'm not saying we would see it.  Self-made, self promoted artists really farking over the tin-pan alley of today's music industry would bring me joy.
 
2014-08-11 10:54:49 AM  

FarkedOver: Wasilla Hillbilly: I can't imagine how any band could ever have the impact of The Beatles (well, maybe Wyld Stallyns). The world is a different place now.

Yeah, it's hard to imagine some other act getting to that level today.  I would love to see some homegrown unsigned band really just catch fire and take the world by storm via word of mouth/youtube.


I think the sheer volume (quantity, not sound level) of readily available music makes that impossible.

When the Beatles were still unknown in the states, there were probably less than 30 acts who were poised in a comparative position to take off the way they did.

The world is simply bigger today. Much bigger. In terms of current, active, talented, young but not world famous bands, I probably have 10 times that many on my IPod. And I'm a geezer.
 
2014-08-11 10:59:25 AM  
The big bands that have followed them, (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, etc) never tried or wanted to be the Beatles. They found their own style and ran with it.  The world would be very boring if every band took the Oasis route and just tried to imitate them forever.

One a side note, fark every one of you that has made One Direction big.
 
2014-08-11 10:59:29 AM  

gilgigamesh: I think the sheer volume (quantity, not sound level) of readily available music makes that impossible.

When the Beatles were still unknown in the states, there were probably less than 30 acts who were poised in a comparative position to take off the way they did.

The world is simply bigger today. Much bigger. In terms of current, active, talented, young but not world famous bands, I probably have 10 times that many on my IPod. And I'm a geezer.


No doubt about it, that there are so many interesting bands out there.  Most people don't know how or where to look. I credit my late teens early 20s in the punk scene of being able to find music in different places.  Most people limit themselves to what they hear and see on the television and radio.  I think social media might be changing that a bit.  I mean I don't think I would have ever heard the Turbo Negro album Ass Cobra were it not for facebook lol.
 
2014-08-11 11:02:26 AM  

FarkedOver: busy chillin': That will never happen. They would start getting big and then the internet will hear about it and rip off their head and sh*t down their throat. Then it will make fun of everyone who likes them and claim other bands are better and say they suck and you suck for not knowing better.

Just listen to what you like. Who cares if they change the world or not.

I would just like to see it, I'm not saying we would see it.  Self-made, self promoted artists really farking over the tin-pan alley of today's music industry would bring me joy.


I guess it would be cool. I am getting old though. It doesn't matter to me anymore.

with bandcamp and youtube it does seem bands can stick it to the majors...but so many people love pop music that the majors probably don't really give a sh*t.
 
2014-08-11 11:04:12 AM  

dittybopper: My father used to sing the Badfinger tune when it came on the radio, with one small tweak:

If you want it, here it is come and get it
Mmmm, make your mind up fast
If you want it, anytime I can give it
But you better hurry cause it's made out of lead

This coming from a guy who has more bullet molds than Carter has liver pills.


Well, that explains a lot.

cfs3.tistory.com
 
2014-08-11 11:04:41 AM  

busy chillin': FarkedOver: busy chillin': That will never happen. They would start getting big and then the internet will hear about it and rip off their head and sh*t down their throat. Then it will make fun of everyone who likes them and claim other bands are better and say they suck and you suck for not knowing better.

Just listen to what you like. Who cares if they change the world or not.

I would just like to see it, I'm not saying we would see it.  Self-made, self promoted artists really farking over the tin-pan alley of today's music industry would bring me joy.

I guess it would be cool. I am getting old though. It doesn't matter to me anymore.

with bandcamp and youtube it does seem bands can stick it to the majors...but so many people love pop music that the majors probably don't really give a sh*t.


We should find a really good youtube band and get a kickstarter going to feed them weed and LSD and see what kind of album they produce.
 
2014-08-11 11:05:35 AM  
blogs.ocweekly.com

The actual next Beatles complete with a Yoko break up and all.

I miss you, mangs.

/check out Aaron if he comes to your town.
//it is awesome
 
2014-08-11 11:06:58 AM  

FarkedOver: busy chillin': FarkedOver: busy chillin': That will never happen. They would start getting big and then the internet will hear about it and rip off their head and sh*t down their throat. Then it will make fun of everyone who likes them and claim other bands are better and say they suck and you suck for not knowing better.

Just listen to what you like. Who cares if they change the world or not.

I would just like to see it, I'm not saying we would see it.  Self-made, self promoted artists really farking over the tin-pan alley of today's music industry would bring me joy.

I guess it would be cool. I am getting old though. It doesn't matter to me anymore.

with bandcamp and youtube it does seem bands can stick it to the majors...but so many people love pop music that the majors probably don't really give a sh*t.

We should find a really good youtube band and get a kickstarter going to feed them weed and LSD and see what kind of album they produce.


I like the idea.

but we both know getting people to even agree on which "really good youtube band" we pick will be next to impossible.
 
2014-08-11 11:08:31 AM  

busy chillin': I like the idea.

but we both know getting people to even agree on which "really good youtube band" we pick will be next to impossible.


Yeah, that is near impossible.  I'll just start taking lots of drugs and record a bunch of shiat on my computer and post the results.
 
2014-08-11 11:08:34 AM  

busy chillin': with bandcamp and youtube it does seem bands can stick it to the majors...but so many people love pop music that the majors probably don't really give a sh*t.


I think places like bandcamp and youtube are helping more musicians scratch out a living, but if anything will hurt the ability to be a multimillionaire celebrity.  The majors will get into some other business if that were to disappear completely (which I think it won't) but music is way down on the list of necessary ingredients to be one of those.
 
2014-08-11 11:08:53 AM  

Nemo's Brother: The big bands that have followed them, (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, etc) never tried or wanted to be the Beatles. They found their own style and ran with it.  The world would be very boring if every band took the Oasis route and just tried to imitate them forever.

One a side note, fark every one of you that has made One Direction big.


I think that would be statutory rape.
 
2014-08-11 11:09:07 AM  

thegreg1: They usually seem to focus on the boy band early years when what made the Beatles the Beatles was the later years


The industry cares about the early years when they were extremely profitable to the record labels, not the quality of the tunes.  One Direction, with three consecutive smash albums means more to the executives than any thoughtful turn of phrase that will stay in the cultural lexicon for generations.
 
2014-08-11 11:10:38 AM  
While I wouldn't say they were Beatles level huge, you can't deny what the BeeGees were.

Of that whole list I would say they don't belong.  For the disco era?  They WERE the Beatles.

(and adding a boy band like one direction is silly since they've called every boy band SINCE the Beatles "the next Beatles")
 
2014-08-11 11:15:58 AM  

FarkedOver: busy chillin': I like the idea.

but we both know getting people to even agree on which "really good youtube band" we pick will be next to impossible.

Yeah, that is near impossible.  I'll just start taking lots of drugs and record a bunch of shiat on my computer and post the results.


Do it.

12349876: busy chillin': with bandcamp and youtube it does seem bands can stick it to the majors...but so many people love pop music that the majors probably don't really give a sh*t.

I think places like bandcamp and youtube are helping more musicians scratch out a living, but if anything will hurt the ability to be a multimillionaire celebrity.  The majors will get into some other business if that were to disappear completely (which I think it won't) but music is way down on the list of necessary ingredients to be one of those.


I agree. But it seems only a few musicians ever became multimillionaires anyway. But the hey days of the 70s-90s are over for sure. The money, if people even spend money on their music, is going in a thousand different directions.
 
2014-08-11 11:16:28 AM  

Nemo's Brother: The big bands that have followed them, (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, etc) never tried or wanted to be the Beatles. They found their own style and ran with it.  The world would be very boring if every band took the Oasis route and just tried to imitate them forever.

One a side note, fark every one of you that has made One Direction big.


I regret nothing.
 
2014-08-11 11:17:22 AM  
I only know the Bay City Rollers from Saturday morning TV.  They opened for the Sid & Marty Krofft shows (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Witchiepoo, Land of the Lost, etc.)  I was shocked to learn years later that they were supposed to be a legitimate band.
 
2014-08-11 11:21:58 AM  

FarkedOver: busy chillin': I like the idea.

but we both know getting people to even agree on which "really good youtube band" we pick will be next to impossible.

Yeah, that is near impossible.  I'll just start taking lots of drugs and record a bunch of shiat on my computer and post the results.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-11 11:22:26 AM  
They aren't the next Beatles. They aren't even as good as the Rutles.
 
2014-08-11 11:22:55 AM  

Gunny Highway: [blogs.ocweekly.com image 470x266]

The actual next Beatles complete with a Yoko break up and all.

I miss you, mangs.

/check out Aaron if he comes to your town.
//it is awesome


sad Boognish.  early Ween was the tits.  played my college on Oneness tour.  awesome little 2 man show.  not sure if they actually played over a radio shack cassette player mic'd to the PA or if that was for show, but still killer.

As for the "next Beatles" thing it will never, ever happen because you can't recreate the social and musical circumstances.  That's like saying the next discovery of electricity.  Won't happen again.  The closest you'll come are bands like Nirvana, which had record execs looking for "the next Nirvana".  And even then the landscape is completely different from 1991.  Neither will likely happen again, unless some new instrument emerges and music can develop new styles based on that.  But since nearly every sound you want can be produced electronically now there's no allure or need for such things unless the human element is the selling point.

tl;dr nope
 
2014-08-11 11:23:21 AM  

Gunny Highway: [blogs.ocweekly.com image 470x266]

The actual next Beatles complete with a Yoko break up and all.

I miss you, mangs.

/check out Aaron if he comes to your town.
//it is awesome


who is this?
i don't complain about much on a site such as this, but i hate when folks post a photo and give no real clues as to who is in the photo
 
2014-08-11 11:25:46 AM  

bungle_jr: Gunny Highway: [blogs.ocweekly.com image 470x266]

The actual next Beatles complete with a Yoko break up and all.

I miss you, mangs.

/check out Aaron if he comes to your town.
//it is awesome

who is this?
i don't complain about much on a site such as this, but i hate when folks post a photo and give no real clues as to who is in the photo


Sorry.  It is Ween and I think their approach to how they changed up their musical style from track to track while still having an album feel complete and cohesive is the closest thing to The Beatles that I have listened to.

I am also a big fan and I probably give them far too much credit.  Again, sorry.
 
2014-08-11 11:28:57 AM  
Girlfriend got suckered into going to a One Direction concert the other night. Her father bought tickets for her sister's family to go. Her brother-in-law dropped out (can't blame him) and she got egged into going. I asked her how the it was, she had no idea and couldn't hear anything over the the teenie boopers screaming their heads off. She got the impression that these girls didn't quite know why they were screaming.

/CSB
 
2014-08-11 11:30:58 AM  
One Direction played a stadium in the next town over last week.  You could hear helicopters flying around from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM. 
I assume those events are related.

I hope those guys are having fun because they are certainly living a cool life right now.
 
2014-08-11 11:32:27 AM  
I freakin' love the Bee Gees

/not ghey
/nttawwt
 
2014-08-11 11:33:40 AM  

FarkedOver: gilgigamesh: I think the obvious implication of being billed as "the next Beatles" is that future "next big thing" musical acts stop comparing themselves to the Beatles in favor of comparison to your band.

In the 44 years since the Beatles broke up, that has yet to occur. I also think its safe to say it probably won't ever occur.

I agree, I think the Beatles really captured lighting in a bottle.  They were talented enough at exactly the right place at exactly the right time.  I think the world is a better place for it haha


Yeah.  Good, competent band with extraordinary management.   After Brian Epstein died, though, it slowly started to fall apart.
 
2014-08-11 11:37:21 AM  

buntz: While I wouldn't say they were Beatles level huge, you can't deny what the BeeGees were.

Of that whole list I would say they don't belong.  For the disco era?  They WERE the Beatles.

(and adding a boy band like one direction is silly since they've called every boy band SINCE the Beatles "the next Beatles")


the beegees were such a great band...and i didn't realize this, sadly, until just maybe 10 or 12 years ago, well after any of my real chances of seeing the beegees in concert

when i thought beegees, i thought "they did disco better than most disco groups/singers". it wasn't until i finally researched to find that faith no more's song "i started a joke" was actually an old beegees song that i then reasearched and found a lot of pre-disco beegees stuff that was fan-friggin-tastic!

and no boy band should ever be compared to the beatles. while on the surface the early beatles career can be somewhat comparable to boy bands, there are HUGE differences. the beatles were formed on their own...friends jamming with friends and friends of friends...the way most rock bands form. they just happened to strike a chord with a young rabid female audience that acted in a similar way to fans of more modern actual boy bands like boys2men, backstreet boys, nsync, take that, one direction, etc

the MAJOR difference is that the boy bands are formed by a producer picking the "perfect" group of boys to fit their vision. the producer does everything...gets them together, assigns them personalities/fashions, gives them the music for them to sing, etc.

the beatles formed organically, like a garage band, wrote a large portion of their own music, had a say in their own production (at least in the later years) and they changed their style/sound vastly over the course of their very short career as the beatles (we're talking what, 7 or 8 years? they were all but completely broken up by the time abbey road was released)
 
2014-08-11 11:39:59 AM  
Meh. List fails without Wings.
 
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