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Teens and the Beatles
« on: May 05, 2006, 06:54:01 PM »

Here's an excerpt from a book which a friend mailed me and I told her I have to put it in this forum because it's very funny. Don't get offended if you are a teenager. The book is called "How to Talk to Your Teen About the Beatles":

If you're with your teen in a mall and hear "Strawberry Fields Forever," avoid flying into a rage. Don't sing along or explain the drug references. Merely whisper "This song changed my life." Pause to let your teen wonder, then add, "Now it's mall music. What'd you say if we get some fried dough?"

Your teen does not want to know what "I am the Walrus" says when you play the last part backwards. All your teen's favorite groups sound the same played forwards and backwards anyway. If asked about the song, smile and say, "Coo-coo-ka-choo."

If your teen won't let you play the Beatles in your own home, try this subtle strategy. Kidnap the little punk's "Green Day" collection, then send a ransom note demanding one hour of "Rubber Soul" or else the CDs go in the toaster oven.

Never let your teen mention the Beatles and Elvis in the same breath. Today's troubled youth have a distrubing tendency to do this and must be corrected, even if your risk provoking a sudden "Back Off!"

When your teen asks, "Like what's so great about the Beatles, huh?" don't play "A Day in the Life" again. Instead buy the Greatest Hits of 1963. Program your CD player to spew out "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Surf City," and The Singing Nun over and over.

When your teen comes crawling for mercy, say, "That was life before the Beatles."

"Okay," your teen will say, "but what about bubble gum like "Eight Days a Week." Resist all temptation to drum Ringo's solo from "Rain" on your teen's nose. Instead shout "1965!" and play "Baby's in Black." Then: "1969!" and play all of "Abbey Road." "

Soooo," you ask cooly, "think we'll be seeing bigger things out of Hootie and the Blowfish?

If your teen challenges you to a Battle of the Bands, playing the Beatles back-to-back with Mariah Carey, get tough. Begin humming "Yellow Submarine" louder and louder until your adolescent breaks down. Then demand a week's "White Album" privileges.

If you must show off your Beatle lunchbox or Beatle wig, do so discreetly. Use the lunchbox for a flower pot, the wig as a guinea pig decoy. Today's teens have no hope of understanding yesterdays fads. They each own more stereo equipment than the Beatles used in recording "Sgt. Pepper." What do they know of love?

If your teen still doesn't get it, don't despair. Grasp him or her firmly by the shoulders, saying, "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." When your teen stops laughing, shrug and say, "Well, anyway it used to be."
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006, 01:06:25 PM »

Does it make me weird if this sounds like a good thing to do to my teen friends?
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2006, 05:19:20 PM »

I dunno, it may backfire and they could end up liking 'Big Girls Don't Cry' more than 'A Day In The Life'.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006, 05:42:20 PM »

Great find Kate - great article!

It always amazes me though, how each generation discovers The Beatles themselves - the intelligent ones at least!! ;D

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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2006, 05:56:01 PM »

You're a great bloke Alan.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2006, 10:40:27 PM »

Ta very much! :)  So are you ;D

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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2006, 05:44:13 AM »

I love this one:

When your teen asks, "Like what's so great about the Beatles, huh?" don't play "A Day in the Life" again. Instead buy the Greatest Hits of 1963. Program your CD player to spew out "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Surf City," and The Singing Nun over and over.
When your teen comes crawling for mercy, say, "That was life before the Beatles."

I never think about it like that! That's funny. I feel like it's like that now. Like some band has to come along and save us. Only it's always the Beatles coming along. I see teens wearing Beatles shirts and stuff all the time. I guess some of them DO want to be saved.
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2006, 05:07:49 PM »

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I see teens wearing Beatles shirts and stuff all the time.

Unfortunately The Beatles logo is a fashion statement not an indication that those wearing have listened to anything other than their parents copy of '1'.

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I guess some of them DO want to be saved.

You can take a horse to the water...  ::)
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2006, 01:50:22 AM »

I know what you mean. I saw a girl at school the other day wearing a Beatles t-shirt and lemme tell ya, I know for a FACT that this girl can't even name three of their songs.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2006, 05:04:53 PM »

mairi your mind is narrowing...

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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2006, 06:48:22 PM »

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I know what you mean. I saw a girl at school the other day wearing a Beatles t-shirt and lemme tell ya, I know for a FACT that this girl can't even name three of their songs.

so maybe she likes the graphic on the shirt.  its not a statement.  Its a shirt.  Does everyone with a Che Guevara shirt support all his actions?  I'd certainly hope not
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2006, 08:36:13 PM »

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so maybe she likes the graphic on the shirt.  its not a statement.  Its a shirt.  Does everyone with a Che Guevara shirt support all his actions?  I'd certainly hope not

Oh but it is a statement, it's a statement of people turning the group into some fashion statement with no appreciation of the music.

I'd wear a Che Guevara shirt to ridicule Che Guevara as a fashion statement.

I'd wear a 'The Beatles' shirt because I like 'The Beatles'.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2006, 09:36:32 PM »

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I know what you mean. I saw a girl at school the other day wearing a Beatles t-shirt and lemme tell ya, I know for a FACT that this girl can't even name three of their songs.

Wait a minute, she can't name three Beatles songs? Is that even possible? Trust me, she knows three Beatles songs. Even is she doesn't think she knows, she knows. But you know what, she does know. Anyone can name three. I don't care who they are. Unless they are out in the jungles of Africa or something. Is she from the jungles of Africa? Because then I'd say you had a point.

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BTW, I think it's okay for a person who isn't a huge fan to wear a Beatles shirt. That's how it starts sometimes. They might then get into them from that. Plus, it's a nice little advertisment for the band. Keeps them in our conciousness. Why do you think Apple allows Wall-Mart and Target to sell these shirts? They know who they want to target. Get them while they're young. I love going into those stores and seeing these shirts. The Beatles faces, Hendrix's giant head, the flying pig. Makes me think there's a shift going on. Pluse I love that flying pig. Every generation needs a shirt with a flying pig on it. Don't they?

BUT, wearing a shirt of a political figure like Che Guevara is completely different. Most people who put that shirt on have no clue what they are representing anyway. Wearing it just makes their ignorance stand out more blatanly. Maybe that's not such a bad thing after all. As least you know what you're dealing with right away. I'm not saying all people who wear Che shirts are ignorant, but I'd guess that it's a good percentage.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2006, 09:48:10 PM »

I'd take a guess that supporters of Che would be the last ones to wear a Che T-Shirt.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2006, 03:06:48 PM »

But it's stupid to wear a shirt of a band if you're not a fan. That would be like me wearing a Floyd t-shirt when I only own one of their albums.
I'm somewhat of a fashion person (not mainstream fashion, but I like coming up with fashion, observing it and such) and I can see the appeal behind wearing a t-shirt of a classic band. But there is a difference of wearing a t-shirt because you like the band, and wearing it because you want to fit in. And that's basically what I have a problem with. The "I-don't-listen-to-this-band-but-everyone-else-is-wearing-their-t-shirts-so-I-should-get-one-if-I-want-to-be-cool" mentality. I see a lot of that around my school.

I'm pretty much the only female Beatles fan in my school. I like being different, so when something that I like becase it's different becomes a fashion trend, that annoys me.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2006, 04:55:05 PM »

^I think it's cool that The Beatles are an acceptable logo for a teen to have on a t-shirt (and you guys can be pretty harsh about that stuff.) thirty years after their demise.
They are  icons of rock'n'roll, and as such their name/image transcends anything to do with the actual music they made (just like Miss Monroe). Or would we rather they weren't considered iconic?
I own a Che T shirt, am as about as right wing as the law and decency allows and I don't even like motorcycles.

ps - yes I has a very good holiday thanks very much, enjoying the sun sand and food of beautiful Sicily. Bummer about Raxo.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2006, 07:41:59 PM »

What is up with Raxo?
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2006, 10:45:05 AM »

he is stuck in the mist....

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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2006, 11:39:44 AM »

Glad u had a good holiday Kevin.....I agree bout the T-shirts, it is an iconic thing and that is a statement in itself.......Shame Raxo feels he's not wanted.....A bit too sensitive maybe? It's a good and bad thing to be.
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Re: Teens and the Beatles
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2006, 12:01:03 PM »

A T-shirt is a T-shirt - it is annoying slightly..but it happens - the world moves on.
The thing with the Beatles is ..they appeal to everyone, and you don't need to know the whole catalogue or what George Harrison had for breakfast on the 20th May 1968.

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