@olperfesser I waffled on my answer and almost chose the Yardbirds for that very reason.
But, even tho they weren’t my fav, when I hear British Invasion, I think Beatles. I ended up clicking on The Kinks even tho I think they were not the earlybirds to that invasion.
I think it also matters how old one was at the time. When the Beatles hit, I was about 7 and so I really liked the early stuff they did. A few yrs later, The Stones and Yardbirds, etc. were more my style. Then came the harder stuff that went well with the party hippie/freak scene (I was much more freak than hippie). So I think age and lifestyle is definitely a factor in which type of music was more appealing at certain times.
@lseeber@tnhillbillygal@toxiclogics Wow. I’ve got nothing against being a super-fan (of anyone), and everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but there’s opinions and preferences and then there’s saying shit that’s just flat out wrong…
Elvis is a timeless icon. Beatles are for hipsters and millennials.
I don’t know who convinced you that Beatles/Elvis is some kind of either/or proposition, but there can be more than one “timeless icon” in pop music history.
You like Elvis better than the Beatles, that’s great, nothing wrong with that, but saying he’s a timeless icon while they’re just some passing fancy for “hipsters and millennials(?!?!?)”, well, that’s about the 2nd stupidest comment I’ve read on the internet today.
edit: nah, on second thought, you win - that is the stupidest comment I’ve read on the internet today.
@therealjrn lol No one would ever, on first glance or after getting to know me, put me in either of those categories.
I’m a “Gen X-er” and, while I’d personally prefer to have the Beatles’ catalog over Elvis’ on a desert island, I’m definitely not a Beatles “super-fan” either.
My comment (in case it wasn’t obvious) wasn’t about defending the Beatles, it wasn’t even disputing the opinion that “Elvis > The Beatles”; it was simply to point out the ignorance in the attitude that one has to choose between them as to which one is a “timeless icon”. I’m pretty sure no rational person with any knowledge of popular culture would disagree that that label easily applies to them both.
@DennisG2014@lseeber@toxiclogics YAY!!! I WIN!!!
I was actually feeling pretty argumentative yesterday but not so much today but I’m feeling super accomplished that you felt the need to add your opinion Have a great night
Oh man, “Best” is subjective and very hard to answer without some criteria.
So, I just voted for my personal favorite, The Who.
But I wouldn’t put any money on being able to successfully back up a claim that they’re “The Best” of the British Invasion.
Ok! So I am the first to admit its dumb for me to say. Consider the majority of bands I enjoy list them as an influence. But I hate The Beatles !!! I literally want to claw my face off when I hear them. Could just be guilt by association but I hate them !!!
@JackRIP thanks for that. Felt like I was the only one. I do like a couple of songs, but most of them make me puke. But I will grant them kudos for “paving the way”. I guess! Different strokes and all that.
@llangley Amen to that! All the bands on this list and the many other greats that are not part of the Brit invasion but are being mentioned there is no denying the influence from them all and I appreciate them all but you will never hear me listening to the Beatles at least by choice
Beatles really did start the British Invasion and rightly remained at the top for a long time. The press and the Ed Sullivan appearance cemented that.
As for the ‘Best’, it really matters what I’m in the mood to listen to. I preferred the Stones when in school, listened to Pink Floyd more during my ‘experimental years’. I always liked a few songs from so many groups!
I like the early works of most of the groups, but as soon as they got popular enough to afford illicit drugs, they lost me. #KooKooKachoo (BTW: I’ll take the NWOBHM any day, any time…Give me some Iron Maiden or Judas Priest & I’ll be happy. )
@spacemart Sorry to say, but that wasn’t The Who; it was “Pete & Roger play The Who’s greatest hits”.
They’re my favorite band, but they were a Hard Rock foursome with a searing live show.
Once they added horns, percussionists, extra guitarists, etc., etc., etc., they ceased to be The Who.
IMO, of course.
Doesn’t mean Pete and Roger don’t still put on an impressive show, it just irks me (maybe more than it should) that they’ve forgotten their roots and got old before they died.
I’ve long thought they should retire the band.
Roger should do an All-Star classic rock band, a la Ringo Starr (maybe join Ringo’s All Stars), while Pete should do his own, solo thing.