My parents were never big music fans. Their music listening was typically limited to top 40 and greatest hits albums. So it’s in this context that I repeatedly heard “Twist & Shout” and “She Loves You” repeatedly on Friday evenings. Sure, it was all quite alright, but of course there was instant resistance in me to something that my parents liked…it all seemed so happy and pre-packaged. By age 12 I was listening to Public Enemy, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Jane’s Addiction, Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails. If the Beatles were going to get my attention there was going to have to be a decidedly different gateway, at least initially. Little did I know that the Beatles’ catalogue was full of dark, spiritually charged and profound material.
This blog is for anyone, those left of you at least, who possibly have managed to ignore the Beatles or have primarily heard their hits. It’s also an excuse for me to share some of my personal favorite tracks that I think are absolutely universal in appeal. And the phenomenon with the Beatles is that once you find your gateway, you then enjoy all their material, and what a wealth it is. Here is my ultimate Beatles playlist.Because (“LOVE” version) Tomorrow Never Knows I Am The Walrus Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey Yer Blues I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite Strawberry Fields Forever Within You Without You Love You To Rain Oh! Darling Glass Onion Hey Bulldog Helter Skelter Fixing A Hole Julia Here Comes The Sun Back in the USSR Taxman Day Tripper Happiness Is A Warm Gun I’m So Tired The Word And Your Bird Can Sing Rock and Roll Music The Ballad of John and Yoko Revolution I Me Mine Across The Universe A Day In The Life