Sat Eye Candy: Beatles Arrive


On this day in 1964, The Beatles arrived at JFK Airport to begin their first U.S. tour. Mythic creatures after their meteoric U.K. ascension, the already "Fab Four" stepped off the plane to an estimated crowd of 3,000 – with weird Phil Spector, who'd booked himself onto their flight right behind them. While there's been an over-deification of The Beatles' music in the years since, there's no denying that certain events are catalysts for profound change. The quartet's "conquering" of America is such an enzymatic moment for music, with their lusty creativity and original vision taking hold of hearts and minds worldwide after this trip. While the true meat of their recorded output was still ahead, there's embryonic joy in the "woooo" rich, tambourine banging, "la, la, la" early phase of the band, and we celebrate those suit-and-tie days in this week's Eye Candy.

In honor of the embattled economy, we kick off the week's clips with "Money" from the Empire Theatre in London, 1963. It's still something to see the impact they had on people just being in the same room. Plus, what a fine lil' rock n' roll band, eh?

There's myriad great cuts scattered amongst the early catalog including "You Can't Do That," originally scheduled to be in A Hard Day's Night but cut because it was deemed too "menacing."

Next, "Things We Said Today" at the 1964 Indiana State Fair. Yeah, The Beatles once played a state fair!

The Beatles also helped pioneer promo films for their music, which eventually morph into the music video boom of the 1980s. Here's an early example for "Ticket To Ride."

Back to the stage for "A Hard Day's Night" in Paris, 1965.

Here's a sweet sequence of the band live in Germany doing "Rock & Roll Music," "Baby's In Black" and "I Feel Fine." They truly were apostles for rock as a way of life, a guiding principle to compete with religion and government.

The Beatles returned to the feel of their early work during their last days together, and though there's greater sophistication in spots, there's still an awful lot of Chuck Berry to cuts like "Hey Bulldog," offered here in some rare recording studio footage.

Let's keep the late period/early influences vibe rolling with "One After 909" from the boys' legendary rooftop concert.

We'll leave you lingering on that famous rooftop as the band sings us out with "I Dig A Pony," a song that offers a fairly clear through-line from their early days through the brilliant circuitous path they ended up taking.

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[Published on: 2/7/09]

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Deadphishbiscuits Sat 2/7/2009 07:19AM
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feels like yesterday when the british invasion took this country by i am not that old to have remeberd this shit if it wasnt for the archival footage, but me still likey

Gutterlush starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/7/2009 07:23AM
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"Overdeified", yeah maybe a bit, but unlike so many other bands that are worshipped by their followers, The Lads made some undeniably beautiful and timeless music. Granted, some of their compositions are silly little children's songs (Yeah, I'm talking to you Ringo) the combination of McCartney/Lennon & Harrison produced more than a few pieces of musical karma.

If you feel compelled to leave a negative or hateful comment on this thread, direct it towards Yoko...

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/7/2009 08:23AM
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Some of the greatest songs and songwriting, ever.

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/7/2009 12:02PM
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Probably the best band ever. Enjoyed the clips.

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/7/2009 12:31PM
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Yeah man!! All you haters that talk smack about the biscuits or sts9, you cant touch this one! The Beatles are second to none, and jsut about every song theyve made is compositional gold (prob not revolution 9 tho). it doesnt matter if its early or later on in the history of the band, its all very, VERY good (rubber soul revolver is deff my favorite era). oh yeah, and fuck yoko to hell.

DAMONCORY Sat 2/7/2009 01:11PM
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I miss John

ThatFullSound Sat 2/7/2009 02:45PM
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Yeah seriously Jambase, Thank You! These are great, and overall, so is this website!

oboyler Sat 2/7/2009 04:03PM
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the evolution of the beatles is honestly one of the most unbelievable things in all of music. they went from writing the popiest carefree happy songs ever to some of the most influential revolutionary (simply put best) songs ever written. their songs r truly the best EVER written

torn&treyed Sat 2/7/2009 04:28PM
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I always wonder what would have happend if the equipment had been better and the girls could have ummm maybe not screamed so loud. Due to those factors they stopped playing live and went into the studio producing all that later beatles that we all know and love (not that the earlier stuff isnt awsome), but I need not elaborate.

What if the they had continued on the road, or what if they had set out on the road after releasing those later albums.... white album tour etc.... what would they have done on the stage, improvising.... I always wonder

kandrokitis starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/7/2009 04:57PM
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greatest music artist ever. hands down.

Joshc104 starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/7/2009 05:24PM
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CrazyGWebber starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/8/2009 10:53AM
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the band that started it all.

PrinceofDANKNESS Sun 2/8/2009 05:25PM
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I know this will prolly get some thumbs down but it needs to be said


GeorgieP starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/9/2009 04:57AM
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F yeah, Beatles. The one thing that irks me is that they never gave George the chance he deserved until later, and he ended up churning out the best solo stuff after the band had dissolved. Still, it doesn't get any better than these lads.

gregboyer starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/9/2009 03:19PM
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It's always good to honor the best. The GRATEFUL Dead were the best live band ever but The Beatles studio accomplishments will never be touched. Before Rubber Soul their songs were hit or miss but after that it was pure gold (except Rev9). The rooftop performances are obviously the ones used for the Let It Be album except Paul screws up the start of I Dig A Pony-which was smartly deleted. Any rare stuff you can dig up would be appreciated, Jambase.