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The question of Beatles or Stones is one I love to bring up. It says a lot about a person with how they respond. But we’re in a new era of music. This question holds a lot of weight because the Beatles and Stones are still relevant after all the years passed. I thought it would be relatively simple to translate this question into modern artists. After LOTS of thought and questioning, I find myself singing a completely different tune…
Gradon Tripp was first to bring up (and inspire this post) with the topic of which “new” artists could be used to ask the famous ‘Beatles or Stones’ question. I honestly thought this would be a relatively easy task. But now I’m realizing it is SO far from easy.
We have a new Beatles. It’s Radiohead. This is almost impossible to argue (except with some good points made over a lunch conversation with one highly credible woman) Oddly, Radiohead’s career has gone on WAY longer than the Beatles yet holds so many parallels. Each album they create is still Radiohead, but somehow morphs into a new form, just like every Beatles record. Also, members of Radiohead have now gone on to take on solo projects, just like their counterparts. And ‘In Rainbows’ is the new ‘Abbey Road’ while ‘Revolver’ is their ‘OK Computer’. (fight me on that. my fists are up)
So who can step into the Stones place and allow us to compare? THIS was the biggest challenge. There is no artist who has followed the Stone’s model of success. They differ from the Beatles because they play straight up rock and are pretty damn predictable. Sure they have their mellow tunes but still are known for their riff based rock anthems. Also they are on their what, 5th decade of making music??
I have two picks of who could be the new Stones. Green Day or The Black Crowes. Both are ridiculous to compare. But after many discussions and thought, they were the best two I could put myself behind. If anyone has an answer, I’d sure love to hear it.