The pop music played on the radio years ago wasn’t as bad as today. Turn on your average, everyday pop station and you’ll hear Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars multiple times per hour. Like K$sha? Me neither. But she’s still played 42 times a day like she has some sort of deal with the devil and I’m not talking about the good kind, like a Robert Johnson or Led Zeppelin type deal, but one that someone talentless would make, say Vanilla Ice, to stay relevant. Well, maybe I just have an over romanticized vision of the whole thing but at one point real musicians ruled the airwaves. Sure, not all pop acts were great (cough Barry Manilow, cough), but enough to make me reminisce of days long before I was alive where driving in a car didn’t require satellites or an iPod cable to get cool tunes.
The Beatles were the ultimate pop band and while their later albums added to this sound, they never really lost their pop sensibilities upon breaking up. Paul McCartney went on to form Paul McCartney and Wings famous for such songs as “Maybe I’m Amazed” and my personal favorite, “Band on the Run”. George Harrison development as a songwriter continued with the sound he developed in the later Beatles albums (compare “Here Comes the Sun” and “My Sweet Lord”). You can’t forget John Lennon who came out with almost a prayer for peace with his seminal work, “Imagine”. I really feel bad about being like everyone else and leaving out Ringo but then again, I can’t really pick any of his music out by name.
I didn’t realize how long this article would become so stay tuned for some non-Bealtes pop music from back in the day in a future post.