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The Bee Gees or The Beatles

It is common to hear The Beatles as the best group ever in terms of musicality, composition and longevity. So what about The Bee Gees? Now that 3 out of the 4 brothers have left us, maybe its time to reassess the true worth and rightful standing of The Bee Gees.

Why The Beatles is so famous? Their music was mind changing, innovative, and brought a whole new meaning to rock and roll. Their members' lives were esoteric and hogged the media. They proclaimed for world peace, engaged in Eastern philosophies, they were cool to the max ... they were anti establishment. They rooted for the hippies, the disenfranchised, the disenchanted ... They were more than musicians, they were more than performers. The media loved them. They Brits were proud. The Americans wanted to call them their own. The whole world wanted to love them because they were "cool".

The Bee Gees were enormously successful in the early years, on par with The Beatles. Maybe because they did not do as much drugs as The Beatles? They were not as cool, they were regarded as "middle of the road" stuff. Good stuff but not lasting, so they say. The Bee Gees did not have a "home". The Australians did not really "own" The Bee Gees, the band members did not really identified themselves as Australians. The British did not really adopt them as their own. Their success in the US was always muted at best. Nobody wanted to "own" them as their own.

The Bee Gees' longevity in the business was more than double that of The Beatles. we all know how difficult it is to have a musical career lasting more than 10 years, particularly if you are in the singer-songwriter group. If you were a really good crooner, you can last ages, like Sinatra, Buble, Striesand, etc...

While The Beatles basically stopped in the 70s, albeit The Wings were excellent and George Harrison had some sparkle, plus John Lennon created some fine transformational stuff. The Bee Gees reinvented themselves in the late 70s and were quite instrumental in being a major player in the disco era. Now, the disco era was frowned by most music critics as being a fun but shallow part of musical history, but hey, disco was a critical part of musical history whether you like it or not. Even now, people keep going back to the fun times of 70s and 80s music in radio stations and just look at the reissued CDs that are selling nowadays, its the 70s and 80s music.

Many critics used the disco era music to further downgrade The Bee Gees' achievements. Having said that i think their Spirits Having Flow album was easily the landmark album in the early 80s.

The Beatles albums remain iconic and stood the test of time, The White album, Abbey Road, Sgt Peppers, etc... nobody really bothered with The Bee Gees. One thing which The Bee Gees may have lost out was their lyrics, which The Beatles were more subtle and have higher ambitions in conveying their messages. But having said that, much of The Beatles early stuff were also shallow type of lyrics.

I have compiled The Beatles' great songs that marked their career, most were hits but I have included others which have been significant as well:

A Hard Day's Night
A Taste of Honey
Across The Universe
All My Loving
All You Need Is Love
And I Love Her
Back In The USSR
Can't  Buy Me Love
Come Together
Day Tripper 
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Drive My Car
 Eight Days A Week
Eleanor Rigby
Get Back
Good Day Sunshine
Hello Goodbye
Helter Skelter
Here, There, Everywhere
Hey Jude
Hippy Hippy Shake
I Am The Walrus
I Feel Fine
I Saw Her Standing There
I Should Have Known Better
If I Fell
I Will
I'll Follow The Sun
In My Life
Let It Be
Love Me Do
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
No Reply
Nowhere Man
Obladi Oblada
Paperback Writer
Please Please Me
Please Mr Postman
P.S. I Love You
Shake Rattle and Roll
Rock and Roll Music
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
She Loves You
She's Leaving Home
Strawberry Fields
The Fool On The Hill
The Long and Winding Road
Ticket To Ride
Twist and Shout
We Can Work It Out
When I'm 64
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
With A Little Help From My Friends
Yellow Submarine
You've Really Got A Hold On Me
You're Gonna Lose That Girl
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

65, thats 65 fucking awesome songs. What about The Bee Gees?

Chain Reaction
Come On Over
Don't Forget To Remember
Fanny Be Tender With My Love
First of May
For Whom The Bell Tolls
How Do You Mend A Broken Heart
How Deep Is Your Love
I Started A Joke
I've Gotta Get A Message To You
If I Can't Have You
In The Morning
Islands In The Stream
Jive Talking
Lonely Day
Love So Right
Love You Inside Out
Melody Fair
More Than a Woman
My World
Mr. Natural
New York Mining Disaster
Nights On Broadway
Night Fever
Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away)
Rest Your Love On Me
Run To Me
Spicks and Specks
Spirits Having Flown
Staying Alive
This Is Where I Came In
To Love Somebody
Too Much Heaven
Warm Ride
Woman In Love
You Should Be Dancing
You Win Again

That's 47 great songs. Not bad at all. Fair to say, The Beatles output were more vociferous and had more quality but The Bee Gees are not far behind. Nowadays, its not cool to like The Bee Gees. That should never be the case. 


Ronnie said…
If I go by numbers, Beatles will win hands down. If I go by repeat playing of songs, surprisingly Bee Gees win hands down for me.

I love both of them but somehow I will always reach for the Bee Gees CD more often than Beatles.

In fact, the song Immortality is swimming in my head now... RIP Robin.
Zheng Zhilong said…
Excellent Article Dude, nice departure from the usual, not that the usual is not good.
Zheng Zhilong said…
Excellent article dude, nice departure from the usual.
jeeralang said…
what about Alone and Emotions?
cin2tan said…
TQ ! i like these the most :

# in the morning & to love somebody.

# hey Jude & and i love her !!
desiderata said…
Hi salvatore -- in beesy world of biz and finance, you show finesse to pause for two greAts -- the Beatles for their creative power that stamped the 60s, to Desi the most "creative" US influential period throughout the free world. The Bee Gees for their novelty of composing and singing (the falsetto...), so I won't choose the two. Ive run a mix of both groups as my Anthem for Now at my blog -- I have thy AP -- knot that RM30k wan OK! -- to repost the above art at Midnight Voices, I presume?! )This is rhetoric Q, so I'll jest go ahead, in BUMmer spirit:) -- YL, Desi
Andrew said…
Both are equally as good, different in their own special ways, music and melodies.
Far Macca said…
I love the beatles all the way, want to know why i think so, let my blog do the talking

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