Friday, October 27, 2006

In The Dock: The Beatles - the verdict

Well, that was quite a way to kick things off - I think that's something at least that all the jury CAN agree on...

The ground shifted a bit (perhaps inevitably from whether The Beatles were any good to whether they were overrated), but there you go. The verdicts are as follows:

In favour of Lord Bargain's case for the prosecution: 7 (Swiss Toni, Damo, Mark (I assume), Ian, Dead Kenny, Martin (I assume), Paul)

In favour of Del's case for the defence: 7 (James, Jonathan, Ben, Dillweed, Mike, Alison, Betty).

And so the inaugural In The Dock ends with a hung jury! RussL - you should have jumped off the fence...

Thanks to Lord Bargain and Del for their contributions.

Coming this weekend: in a change to the schedule, Mike and drmigs will be duking it out over the Eurovision Song Contest.


Blogger Phill said...

I can't believe I missed this one - I think there needs to be a retrial or it need to go to the court of appeal!

10:59 am  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Ah, bugger, never got round to commenting or voting. Here's an overdue vote for the prosecution anyway, although I know it's too late...

11:19 am  
Blogger Del said...

Woo! I failed to defend the most popular band in history! What shall I defend next? Penicillin? Chocolate? A cute little kitten playing with a ball of wool?

A clear moral victory for LB anyway. But I managed not to present my rebuttal in the memorable way Homer Simpson did. So an overall success.

3:05 pm  
Blogger swisslet said...

aw, Del - you were in a no win situation really. Even if you'd have won, it was the effing beatles, right?

I thought you did an admirable job (ably supported by james). I for one appreciated the fact that you took a critically appreciative stance.

You did good, kid!


6:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's one of these non-overlapping frame of reference things, methinks. That's why I chose not to get involved too deeply.

I'll probably be re-visiting The Beatles after my current weekend o' nonsense, anyway.

Well... not 're-visiting'. I've never 'visited' them in any particular detail to begin with, beyond the extent to which they're permanently in the air. 'Having a listen to,' perhaps.

I'll stop rambling now.

6:25 pm  
Blogger Del said...

I love that I discovered the Beatles more or less independently when I was just a boy. My auntie knew that I was interested in tape and messing about with things like that, so she found an old reel to reel tape machine with a load of old spools at a jumble sale and gave it to me. Someone had made painstaking compilations of their favourite songs, mainly from the 60's. And the Beatles stuff was what I came back to, over The Stones, The Kinks, etc.

It wasn't the obvious singles that I'd already heard being pumped from my dad's transistor radio tuned to Capital Gold. It was the odd album tracks like 'Rocky Raccoon' and 'Martha My Dear', which I absolutely adored. I then borrowed Sgt Pepper from the library on cassette and it went from there really. Then I became a teenager and it wasn't really cool to like the Beatles until Oasis came along, and I started buying the CDs. Then I appreciated the other layers in their songs that I missed as a child. And even now I find new things to appreciate in their music, especially the last 3 albums, and especially The White Album.

10:45 pm  
Blogger Martin said...

I used to be a massive Beatles fan, and had several pub debates regarding which songs should make up a Beatles compilation tape. I still don't think there's a definitive answer to that.

Is it just me, or does anyone else find Sgt Pepper a scary album?

11:55 pm  
Blogger Phill said...

The Beatles are like a Sinclair Spectrum - Very influential and at the time the best thing around.

But would you use one now instead of a Playstation 2

No way!

10:28 am  
Blogger Mark said...

I most definitely am not on teh side of The Beatles, after all, why would I listen to The Beatles when we have Oasis?

9:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beatles were superb, anyone with anything negative to say, are in my opinion, only saying it to be different and shocking!
It doesnt work, be honest with yourself.

You've probably got a closet full of Beatles records..

12:11 pm  

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