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Beatles or the Stones (or the Who)… January 15, 2022

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Entertaining to see the spat last year between McCartney, Jagger and later Daltry.

First McCartney said: “I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”

Then Jagger noted:

An amused Jagger has since shared a clip from a recent Stones show in LA gig in which he tells the audience: “There are so many celebrities here tonight, of course, you know, naturally. Megan Fox is here, she’s lovely. Leonardo DiCaprio. Lady Gaga. Kirk Douglas

“Paul McCartney is here, he’s going to join us in a blues cover later on.”


Daltry then suggested that the band (as distinct from Jagger):

“You can not take away the fact that Mick Jagger is still the No. 1 rock ‘n’ roll showman up front,” Daltrey said. “But as a band, if you were outside a pub and you heard that music coming out of a pub some night, you’d think, ‘Well, that’s a mediocre pub band!'”

It’s all a bit contrived and difficult not to think that there was a level of performative jousting between them. Mentioned before I’m fond of the Beatles, there’s a lot to admire in the Stones but I’ve never quite warmed to them – not sure why. The Who? Now there’s an odd band, one that I still like certain tracks but as of yet never dug into their back catalogue to any extent. I’m pretty sure that all this is a function of age and perhaps exposure. The Beatles were always in respect of the public culture more prominent than the Stones even though the latter and the Who were still releasing music when I started listening to it. But by that time both the Stones and the Who were old hat to an extent – The Beatles having left the field of battle were already on their way to a sort of secular cultural deification (perhaps the assassination of John Lennon cemented that in a strange sort of a way).

But I readily appreciate all these groups are marmite to some people.

We’ve two excellent posts on the Stones here and here. Nothing on the Beatles music as such though smaller posts about them and The Who aren’t at the races at all. Got to look at that.


1. Arthur Owen - January 15, 2022

Personally I am a KInks man.

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WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2022

A great band – their facility to write classic pop songs was quite something.


2. banjoagbeanjoe - January 15, 2022

It shouldn’t really be a competition though should it? I like loads of stuff from all of those bands.
But no one will ever be better than Gilbert O’Sullivan.

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WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2022

Hmmmm 🙂


3. alanmyler - January 15, 2022

Velvet Underground for me. I tried listening to the Stones last year after SoS had posted about their album, but honestly it just bored me after a few listens. The Beatles I never liked, just don’t warm to them at all.


WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2022

I think of the Stones as more like a singles band, but that’s just me. Velvets were great though the first album I’ve variable feelings about. I’m tempted to throw in the Byrds in a way and even at a stretch the Beach Boys though they are different again


4. roddy - January 15, 2022

The Beatles for “twist and shout” and the Stones for the guitar riff in “the last time”.


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