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Is RUSH Better than The Beatles

  1. Yes (63 votes [58.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.33%

  2. No (39 votes [36.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.11%

  3. The Same (6 votes [5.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.56%

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#41 Lerxster

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:46 AM

View PostMMCXII, on 03 September 2013 - 08:35 AM, said:

that's kinda like saying is red better than blue.. it's all a matter of opinion.

than being said, Rush eats Beatles for breakfast!!!
Ahh.. Breakfast With The Beatles. One of the most popular programming segments/shows on FM radio in the United States. ;)

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:11 AM

View PostLedRush, on 03 September 2013 - 08:43 AM, said:

View PostLerxster, on 03 September 2013 - 08:41 AM, said:

View PostLedRush, on 03 September 2013 - 08:36 AM, said:

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View PostXanadoood, on 03 September 2013 - 06:52 AM, said:

I would argue that as individual songwriters, Lennon  and Mcartney made the Beatkes what they were, but as far as a BAND, there were many far superior to the Beatles.. Will anyone argue that as a band, The Beatles are superior to The Who or Zeppelin?

The Beatles were the most INFLUENTIAL band of all time, but I've never heard anyone rave about them as bring a powerful live act.. They weren't.  Lennon and Mcartney were studio geniuses.. They were able to utilize all the technology they had to create brilliant pieces of music, but they weren't , as a foursome, this powerhouse musical unit , not like say, Entwistle and Moon together

It's really not what the Beatles had as musicians, but what they did with what they had.  Obviously, members of The Who, Zeppelin, Rush and a whole host of other groups contain better musicians, and if you make your decision based solely on that one factor, The Beatles are a long ways behind.  And obviously The Beatles were never known as being an amazing stage act before they stopped playing live altogether.  Hell, Kiss was light years ahead of The Beatles in terms of stage performances.  There are a lot of aspects where they weren't the best, and very often they were a long distance from being the best, but once you put in all the factors of what WAS great about them and add in all the intangibles, it's The Beatles every time.

Of course, though, you had to mention Zeppelin, and even though they're not even in my top 10 list of fave bands (they'd be somewhere in my top 20), they'd be pretty close to the top if I was making what I thought was a more objective list of the best bands of all time.  No, even they weren't The Beatles, but they're one of the few bands who even come close to approaching their level of influence.  One thing that blows me away about Zeppelin is when I finally got into getting all their albums (I had Zep IV when I was young, but didn't get their other albums until MANY years later), I was astonished by how many of their songs I already knew.  How many other groups have SO many songs still in regular rotation on classic rock radio?

I'll argue Zep over the Beatles.  They're obviously better musicians, and I think their songwriting was stronger, too.  They were masters in the studio and live.  And they influenced both the public perception of music and musicians ( the Beatles influenced the former, and Rush only the latter.

And to answer Goo er's question, no one has more songs on classic rock radio then Zep.  Half of the Beatles' stuff is considered oldies, not classic, and the same is true to a lesser extent for the Stones.  But almost every station has a time devoted every day or week just to Zeppelin (around me every day at 8 is "Getting the Led Out" on one station, and another has "Whole lotta Led" at 9).  Each station goes deep into the catalog so of their studio work you probably have a good chance of hearing 75% of their recorded music.  And I've heard every single song they've recorded multiple times (even Hats Off and Carouselambra).  You can't say the same about anyone else.
Ahh.. LedRush tries to hijack the thread. :lol:

I'm just answering the questions :P

I wasn't really asking a question.  The one at the end of my thread was rhetorical. ;)

Still, even though Zep is much more worthy than Rush in terms of the best band of all time title, still The Beatles are WAY ahead for all the reasons I stated earlier.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:18 AM

The Beatles. It's not even close. I adore Rush, but they'll never reach the dizzy heights of Strawberry Fields Forever, or side 2 of Abbey Road. They'd probably tell you that themselves.

I'm not surprised by the poll though. This is a RUSH forum after all.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:21 AM

I say Rush is better than Beatles, in my personal opinion.  Why?  It's just that I enjoy what Rush does better than the Beatles, plain and simple.  Sure, the Beatles changed the game that is music and sold a billion albums and that's nice and all, but I just don't care about that when listening to music and I would make this argument for any other band that I love as much as Rush.

For me, a better band is going to be the band that I find their music to be very enjoyable and very connecting and Rush is the band does that to me better than the Beatles, easy as that.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 10:45 AM

1) The Beatles are overrated?! That's crazy talk.
2) I LIKE x better than y doesn't mean x is BETTER than y. I like YYZ.
3) losingit2k, make a 20 song setlist Rush would perform tomorrow...half the songs are theirs, half The Beatles.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 11:57 AM

I can't be objective about this debate. The Beatles defined my musical world. Rush is simply a part of that world.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:03 PM

Beatles = Overrated Rush = Underated

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:05 PM

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:06 PM

Like everyone else here, I love Rush.  But The Beatles are the greatest band ever.

As an aside, I'd also argue that the ability to competently play every instrument on a commercially released album, as McCartney has done, is pretty good evidence of being a good musician.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:07 PM

View PostRick N. Backer, on 03 September 2013 - 12:06 PM, said:

Like everyone else here, I love Rush.  But The Beatles are the greatest band ever.

As an aside, I'd also argue that the ability to competently play every instrument on a commercially released album, as McCartney has done, is pretty good evidence of being a good musician.

McCartney can stand on his own against ANYONE as a bass player. The man is a master.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:23 PM

View PostRushBoingo, on 03 September 2013 - 12:03 PM, said:

Beatles = Overrated Rush = Underated

Says the Rush fan, says the Irishman, stating the bleeding obvious.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 12:26 PM

View PostRick N. Backer, on 03 September 2013 - 12:06 PM, said:

Like everyone else here, I love Rush.  But The Beatles are the greatest band ever.

As an aside, I'd also argue that the ability to competently play every instrument on a commercially released album, as McCartney has done, is pretty good evidence of being a good musician.
Yeah, not only can Macca play many instuments well, he can play them all better than Geddy (with the probable exception of bass). Paul could also kick Geddy's ass playing a bunch of glasses. Does this make Paul better than Geddy? :huh: Just because Rush has been a band four times longer than The Beatles, does that make Rush better? :huh:

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:31 PM

It's all down to personal preference.

Beatles don't make my top 20, possibly not even my top 50, perhaps the most overrated band EVER.

Just my opinion though.

No way to prove empirically otherwise.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:00 PM

View Postgreyfriar, on 03 September 2013 - 08:06 AM, said:

It's almost impossible to vote in this poll. I can't say this or that band is better. So I'll go with...
Rush - best band in the clockwork universe.
The Beatles - best band across the universe.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand.../Thread! :D

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:00 PM

The Beatles are just not my generation (hell Rush's first album was released the year I was born). Music is a generational thing and I have every Beatles album there is yet I have never really liked any thing of theirs except a few songs here and there. I can understand why how the people who grew up with them would love them as much as say I still to this day love Def Leppard Pyromania (which I listened to when it came out when I was 9 years old and every day since) I'm happy to say most of my favorite rock is from the 80's.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:15 PM

View PostStarman.2112, on 03 September 2013 - 02:00 PM, said:

The Beatles are just not my generation (hell Rush's first album was released the year I was born). Music is a generational thing and I have every Beatles album there is yet I have never really liked any thing of theirs except a few songs here and there. I can understand why how the people who grew up with them would love them as much as say I still to this day love Def Leppard Pyromania (which I listened to when it came out when I was 9 years old and every day since) I'm happy to say most of my favorite rock is from the 80's.

I don't think music is a generational thing. It's a good music/bad music thing.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:33 PM

It's all based on opinion, but The Beatles had more of an advantage with all of the media attention and all the stuff that Rush didn't get their fair share of.  However, nobody from The Beatles actually went to school for a music profession.  Although Alex and Geddy dropped out, Neil actually went to Berklee Collage of Music.  So I must say that Rush is better than the Beatles due to education.

But it's still a matter of opinion.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:33 PM

View Postlosingit2k, on 02 September 2013 - 06:04 PM, said:

I was thinking
Please let me know how you feel.

I feel that's your problem right there.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:34 PM

View PostReRushed, on 03 September 2013 - 04:15 PM, said:

View PostStarman.2112, on 03 September 2013 - 02:00 PM, said:

The Beatles are just not my generation (hell Rush's first album was released the year I was born). Music is a generational thing and I have every Beatles album there is yet I have never really liked any thing of theirs except a few songs here and there. I can understand why how the people who grew up with them would love them as much as say I still to this day love Def Leppard Pyromania (which I listened to when it came out when I was 9 years old and every day since) I'm happy to say most of my favorite rock is from the 80's.

I don't think music is a generational thing. It's a good music/bad music thing.

Yeah, absolutely.  The Beatles last album came out when I was 1 years old.  I love them because they were brilliant, not because I grew up with them.  My favorite music is from the mid-60's to the late 70's - that's not because it's music I grew up with - it isn't.  I grew up with 80's music, but I listen to 60's and 70's stuff because it's simply the best music made.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:38 PM

What kind of nobgobbler would say that the Beatles were overrated?  I don't even like them but man people are real stupid on this forum.
Now if the poll said "Who do you prefer..."




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