To All You Elitists: Let It Be
The sixties and the seventies were a great era of music. That itself is an understatement. It has become, quite literally, THE era of music, the era by which all other artists that came after must be compared too.
I love classic rock, you guys know that. Don't get me wrong. But I absolutely HATE that the music and artists of the sixties and seventies are put on such a pedastal. Classic rock is basically touted as the peak of music itself, and that it's all gone downhill from there, and that every artist from that era is the end-all, be-all of their kind. Um, FYI folks--we still have musicians today. What is it exactly that you want them to do? Accept that they'll never write any worthwhile music and just go ahead and join cover bands?
Accept change. No, there will never be a band that is "the next Beatles". There will never be another band that has that sort of impact on a generation. I personally think they would've been a phenomenon no matter what, but a lot of the mass hysteria surrounding them had to do with timing. They are the ultimate example of "right place at the right time." And I doubt anybody else will ever achieve the same massive popularity. That sort of thing happens once in a blue moon.
But in a way, there are many bands today that are lyrically (and on occasion musically) better than the Beatles. Okay, so maybe not musically. The one thing you can't deny about Beatles tunes is how infectiously catchy they are. But there are plenty of damn fine melodists today, and like I said, we've got some damn good lyricists too, lyrics that resonate with me a lot more than some of the best Beatles songs. No one will ever have the same charm as the Beatles, but don't put a band down because they aren't the Beatles. No one ever will be. And there's plenty of good music to be had today if you'd give it a chance.
And as much as I love The Beatles, don't tell me that they're untouchable. I happen to love hearing cover versions of their songs (I happen to love covers in general), and I know that there are some god-awful ones out there. But just because a person decides to cover the Beatles, don't flame them to death with "OMG IT SOUNDS NOTHING LIKE THE ORIGINAL!1!!elevety!!" That's the point of a cover. God forbid we get creative with a Beatles song.
It's 2007, guys, not 1967. Cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get over it.