Stumbled across this fun list called 50 Things We Wouldn't Have Without The Beatles.
50 things. That’s a lot. Some of them even matter, like: long hair, music videos, stadium concerts, concept albums, backmasking, eastern philosophy, and intentional feedback. Examples of how The Beatles changed the world. Speaking of which: musicians trying to change the world.
Other things are true but more curious than impactful: heavy metal (yes, check Helter Skelter), Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (well, if George didn’t have the money …)
50 things is a lot. So some are a stretch: Apple (copycat name and logo), Thomas the Tank Engine (Ringo was cool and all, but …), Nirvana? Cher? Phil Collins?
Double albums? In 1968, everyone had a double album!
Maybe 50 is just too many things. Like, of course we wouldn’t have Beatles cover bands without The Beatles! And I guess we wouldn’t have had The Monkees, but …
Keeping the list to 20-25 might have bee a good idea. A shorter list would have contained less whimsy – a definite Beatles characteristic – but would have carried more credibility. The impact of the guys is immeasurable. We don’t need a longer list to establish that.
And yes, Ringo was apparently the first to put a pillow inside his kick drum. And now it’s time to say goodnight.