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Poll Question: Who do you prefer ?
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Rush!
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Originally posted by Thatfabulousalien Thatfabulousalien wrote:

Originally posted by Larkstongue41 Larkstongue41 wrote:

^ Technically a lot better, but compositionally... the Beatles have the edge imo.

I don't find the Beatles to be good songwriters overall
I'm far from being the biggest Beatles fan so I won't be able to make their case as well as some other folks would but although their music has become some kind of a pop rock cliché, their songwriting skills are undeniable. Sure most of their stuff is very simplistic almost childish but as Bowie said (I believe it was Bowie) they made the avant-garde accessible which is a feat that not many have been able to reproduce this well. I consider Sgt. Peppers and the White Album especially to be genuine masterpieces.

Anyways I'm not trying to negate your opinion or anything, it's just that I used to think the same way before actually listening to the Beatles' stuff and being aware of your taste for the avant-garde, I think you might realize that part of their work (tiny as it may be) is not that far away from the great RIO legends.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 25 2017 at 11:35
I voted in this poll years ago, but I don't think I commented. I far prefer the Beatles. I don't think that the Fab Four were terribly talented, but they worked with some very talented and musically knowledgeable people, including, of course, George Martin and had some interesting ideas that others helped them to develop (I like, for instance how they borrowed techniques from musique concrete composers).

The Beatles were hugely influential of course, and I hear their influence in a lot more music that I like than the influence of Rush (I'm not really much of a hard rock kind of guy).

Can't imagine a Rush parody band half as good as the Rutles either.



And one of my favourite Brit comedians, Peter Serafinowicz, has parodied plenty of Beatles stuff. Here in Canada Peter Mansbridge hasn't even done one Rush parody (he has interviewed Geddy Lee).

I don't care if this topic is apples and oranges, or was intended as a just for fun kind of poll (frankly polls are generally time-wasters), I can easily answer this by saying that I prefer the Beatles. Been years, but going to play Magical Mystery Tour right now (my fave as a child).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rogerthat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 25 2017 at 20:42
Originally posted by Larkstongue41 Larkstongue41 wrote:

Originally posted by Thatfabulousalien Thatfabulousalien wrote:

Originally posted by Larkstongue41 Larkstongue41 wrote:

^ Technically a lot better, but compositionally... the Beatles have the edge imo.

I don't find the Beatles to be good songwriters overall
I'm far from being the biggest Beatles fan so I won't be able to make their case as well as some other folks would but although their music has become some kind of a pop rock cliché, their songwriting skills are undeniable. Sure most of their stuff is very simplistic almost childish but as Bowie said (I believe it was Bowie) they made the avant-garde accessible which is a feat that not many have been able to reproduce this well. I consider Sgt. Peppers and the White Album especially to be genuine masterpieces.

Anyways I'm not trying to negate your opinion or anything, it's just that I used to think the same way before actually listening to the Beatles' stuff and being aware of your taste for the avant-garde, I think you might realize that part of their work (tiny as it may be) is not that far away from the great RIO legends.

While their foray into avant was important given they were doing it as a wildly popular band, it's not even necessary for them to be regarded as good songwriters.  Whether one thinks Burt Bacharach is too safe is entirely irrelevant, he is a good songwriter.  In the same way, the band which wrote Yesterday, Something, Here Comes the Sun, Let it Be among many other songs, too many to be listed in a single post, are good songwriters (at the very least).  Rush are great at putting together technical music, but not at writing songs.  If Beatles is pop-rock cliche, songs like Different Strings are ten times more cliche once stripped off Rush's excellent delivery.  Not directed at you by the way, just building on your arguments.


Edited by rogerthat - November 25 2017 at 20:43
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Rush - far superior musicians - who could argue with that - I'm a better drummer than Ringo Star......
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote miamiscot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2017 at 09:01
Ringo Starr versus Neil Peart.
Sounds like a fair fight.

(I voted for The Beatles as Rush dropped off after Moving Pictures and The Beatles just got better and better.)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Argo2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2017 at 11:13
Love both bands. Rush had better players while the Beatles was more influential.
If the question is who do I prefer I would probably say Rush but who was more 
important to music? No question ,The Beatles.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hrychu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 02 2017 at 11:53
I picked the Beatles mostly because of the monument that is the Abbey Road medley.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jeffro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2017 at 04:23
Originally posted by M27Barney M27Barney wrote:

Rush - far superior musicians - who could argue with that - I'm a better drummer than Ringo Star......

There's more to music than technical proficiency. I'm as big a Rush fan as anyone but Rush can't touch the Beatles in so many ways. I love the Beatles. I love Rush but if we're comparing these two bands in totality, it has to go to the Beatles. 

On the other hand, it's batsh*t crazy to even try to compare these two bands.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2017 at 05:05
Originally posted by M27Barney M27Barney wrote:

Rush - far superior musicians - who could argue with that - I'm a better drummer than Ringo Star......
I doubt it.
And being superior musicians doesn't make them a better band necessarily.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote essexboyinwales Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 04 2017 at 07:24
Rush, but I can't say that I'm a huge fan of either.  I keep trying with Rush, but they're just not my cup of tea, most of the time...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blaqua Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2017 at 03:00
Originally posted by febus febus wrote:

The weirdest poll of them all!SmileWink
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I hold both groups in the utmost esteem but since I have to vote for one, Beatles get my vote: their post-1965 albums are masterpieces, some of them groundbreaking. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mortte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 09 2017 at 05:37
I love Rush too, but Beatles is just greater. I like also beginning albums of the Beatles, but never been a big fan of after Signals Rush albums. Power Windows and Presto are ok.
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