Think this thread has largely untapped potential. I've just been watching Pop Britannia, which this week featured the 60s, so I thought I'd bung out an old chestnut for discussion: who's your favourite Beatle & why?
I'm a Lennon man myself, although not unreservedly so. His work with the fabs generally kicked more at the limitations of the pop song format than Paul's did & in doing so pushed the boundaries of the art back. It isn't much of a stretch to say that without A Day In The Life or Lucy... there would've been no prog rock. Although whether one considers this a blessing or not is another debate in itself.
Paul probably had the better ear for a pop tune, but always seemed to be moving towards the centre of the establishment, which the spikier JWL never did. I'd like to imagine Lennon would've turned a knighthood down. I do think Lennon's post-Beatles output is vastly overrated tho. For every Working Class Hero he also gave us a Beautiful Boy or the hideous testament to banality that is Imagine. It's true he never gave us a Frog Chorus, but there's every possibility that but for Chapman's extreme intervention he could well have done.
Anyway, that's my thoughts. Who's the fabbest of the four for you?
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- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads