Wednesday, 25 April 2012

But who actually do the Beatles belong to?

Music, for some people, is perceived as a possession. Some people become very protective over their music. But the question is, what is it that makes it their music?

You may be thinking 'Well surely the fact that a person has written a tune makes it their music?' And in this case, you'd be right. But I'm not referring to individuals that have written their own music. I'm referring to individuals that claim famous bands or songs belong to them. 

Here's an example

DJ Yola Treadlightly: "Aaoohh, wot-a-bitch! That DJ, Ali Footlington's only gone and played me song, the caaa!"

Di Goosebody: "Oh my gawd. What a tart! What tune was that, Yola?"

Yola: "Braaan Sugar by The Rolling Stones. Everyone in this taaan knows it's my tune and that I play it every Saturday night, and that rotten swine's just gone and nicked it! Can't play it naaah"

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."

A quote from a one of the songwriters from MY band.......Joke! Christ, if the Beatles belonged to only a handful of people, we'd all be fucked off. I know a load of Beatles fans, especially from working at The Railway, and I love it. We're constantly swapping facts, lyrics, and YouTube clips on Facebook.  No one thinking, 'Yeah but I’m a bigger fan than you are because I've actually got Lennon's nipple hanging up in my toilet, which makes me the bigger fan and therefore they belong to me. What have you got? A badge? You can't possibly call yourself a Beatles fan.'

It's bollocks. The Beatles or any other band or song for that matter, don't belong to a specific group of people. They belong to everyone.

I must admit I have been guilty of such a thing from when I was about 18. My sister and I had just started getting into music and decided one day that we'd each have a band that would define us. Having heard a few tunes from The Who, my sister liked them and decided she'd be the twin that has The Who.  I remember thinking, oh fuck, I love the songs from The Who, but now I can't get into them heavily as she's nabbed them, so I'd better have the next best thing. And because I liked their tunes, went with The Ramones. 

Looking back, that was ridiculously childish of us both.  I stopped myself from buying records and clothes which focused on The Who thinking they were her territory and instead focused only on The Ramones, thinking they were my territory, and as result missed out on loads of other music that I could have got into, including The Who. 

Imagine a world where you couldn't cover songs because you hadn't actually written them yourself? Some of the best tunes that I've heard, I've later learnt were actually covers, and bloody good covers at that.

Here are a few examples:

*Jack White- Jolene originally performed by Dolly Parton.... 'And people say she’s just a big pair of tits'
* Moody Blues - Go now originally performed by Bessie Banks
*The Searchers- Love potion number 9, originally performed by The Clovers
*Beatles: You Really Got A Hold On Me. Originally performed by The Miracles.
*UB40- Red Red Wine- originally performed by Neil Diamond.
*Cream- Crossroads. Originally performed by Robert Johnson.
*The Clash- I fought the law- Originally performed by Bobby Fuller Four
* Jimi Hendrix- All along the watchtower- Originally performed by Bob Dylan

There's nothing wrong with calling yourself a massive fan of a specific band or song. But that doesn't mean you are the only fan of this band/song. The whole world should be able to cover, play, sing, squawk, beat-box, hum and burp along to any song that they wish to without feeling the need to justify their reasons or level of dedication.

That is all. 

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