The Rewind Button: Rubber Soul by the Beatles

(The Rewind Button is a group blogging project.  Every Thursday, we review an album from Rolling Stone’s Greatest Albums list.) 

Look people, I think after listening to three Beatles album in five weeks, I am entitled to a relatively educated opinion. Yes? Agreed. Carried all round.

I don’t like the Beatles. Breathe, you will get over it. Look, I understand that they were ground-breaking for their time but when I listen to them all I think of is Wings by Paul McCartney (yes, thank you for that, Paul) and their later works, which, quite frankly, ruins their earlier works.

For example, I listened  to Drive My Car and all I could think of is, “Hey, this has elements of 1970’s arena rock.” Which, when I looked up the history of Rubber Soul, completely makes sense. There’s a lot of soul influence in this album, which was new for the Beatles. Not new for music (hello, Elvis, Sammy Davis, plenty people before the Beatles, etc.).

Rubber Soul is very catchy, absolutley, but not one of my favourites. There’s progression and I’d listen to it again but honestly, it had me wanting Freddie Mercury, it had me wanting Mick Jagger. Lennon and McCartney have  voices and harmonize beautifully, but I wanted the full-throated “fuck you all, I’m singing this shit” from Queen and the Rolling Stones. I wanted the dirtiness of The Who. Come on guys, hit me in the amygdala.

Now that’s music I can get behind despite me thinking that I apparently like music that comes from the crotch.

Sorry Fab Four.

(This is why I’m not a music journalist.)

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  1. Hi Renee:
    I read your blog on not liking the Beatles, and I understand your thinking. The simple truth is, I don’t see where anyone under the age of, say 45, can ever completely understand the Beatles. They were one of the first successful pop bands to publicly worship black music, and recorded many songs by the greats of the 50s and 60s.

    The Beatles also were masters of the ‘hit song’, and they had a methodology that set the standard for all musicians that followed. As a musician, I can still hear the Beatles arrangement techniques EVERYWHERE, on the top 100 pop charts.

    But even more, the Beatles were a cultural phenomenon. To live at all at that time (1963-1970) was to live with the persona of those four guys, even if you had nothing to do with music. It was part spiritual, and it was part media phenomenon that is still studied today, but has never been duplicated (I think Michael Jackson came the closest).

    In short, I guess you had to be there, a time when the music business wasn’t just business- it was a powerful voice at the table of the social dialog. Not anymore.


    • Hi Trip,

      I think that’s exactly it. While intellectually I get it, I don’t have the emotional connection to really understand and properly appreciate the Beatles because I wasn’t there during the sixties and too young during the seventies. Thank you for giving more history – I truly appreciate it.


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