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    Mr Nice: Sir Cliff has broken character to launch an attack on The Beatles


    Sir Cliff Richard has launched an astonishing attack on The Beatles, claiming some of their music was "horrific" because it was "out of tune".


    Sir Cliff, who has a reputation as pop's Mr Nice, maintained some was so off-tune it was "unbelievable" and "unforgivable".
    His criticism of the pop icons concentrated on the guitar solos, often played by George Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001.
    The 67-year-old singer said he could not believe these were not re-recorded.
    He insisted: "The Beatles were an incredible force. Of course they had their own sound, style and wrote their own songs.
    "But, yes, even now, when I listen to them, some of the guitar is so out of tune, it's unbelievable.
    "I couldn't believe that here they were in this high-tech age, with four-track recording machines, and they couldn't go back and do it with a tuned guitar.
    "Being out of tune I find it unforgivable.'
    Sir Cliff said he could not remember which songs offended him the most.
    "It's mostly their guitar solos, which can be fairly horrific," he added.
    Later, in the interview with Q Magazine, he was quick to point out he had achieved things that The Beatles had not.
    The man dubbed the Peter Pan of Pop said: "My only gripe is when critics writing the history of rock'n'roll leave me out altogether." Do you agree with Sir Cliff's criticism of The Beatles? Add your comment at the bottom of this story...
    Love them don't: Were The Beatles guilty of making 'horrific' and 'unforgivable' music?



    Speaking of his emergence in British pop half a decade before The Beatles, he went on: "All I'm asking is that [the critics] recognise that I did something that no one else had done before, and five years before The Beatles. "I am the UPS Ultimate Pop Star and no one can take that away from me.
    "A few years ago, Channel 4 did a programme called The Ultimate Pop Star and it turns out I have sold more singles than not just Elvis, but everybody.
    "That's my big claim to fame."
    The Beatles biographer Hunter Davies said: "It doesn't sound like Cliff Richard. He's usually banal in his comments.
    "I've never heard the guitar-playing being attacked before. I'm surprised.
    "George is someone everyone thought was one of the best guitarists ever.
    "Historically, Cliff's nose was put out of joint when The Beatles came along.
    "He was a total pinch from Elvis Presley, with the same gyrating hips. "The Beatles looked totally different. They sang in Liverpool accents, whereas Cliff affected a mid-Atlantic accent. They wrote their own songs, while he sang other people's."

    'Ultimate Pop Star' Cliff Richard launches astonishing attack on 'horrific, out of tune' Beatles | the Daily Mail

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    He's right about some of it; their guitars were sometimes out of tune and so was their singing.

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    In or out of tune, The Beatles had something that made them remarkable enough to remember. Obviously, Cliff Richard couldn't have been too great if people easily forget him.

    Gawd, bitchy much? Sounds like someone's jealousy is getting the better of him.
    I saw a film today, oh boy.

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    CR has set off the BITCHY QUEEN ALERT.

    You want rock cred? Come out of the closet, Cliff.

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    Way to really have your pulse on the cutting edge of music. That must be why he's so famous.



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    I love the Beatles. I have no idea who this man is. Put that together and what does that say about him?

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    Who in the hell is this guy? Never heard of him.
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    He's a second rate warbler has-been.



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    Quote Originally Posted by heathersharon View Post
    He's a second rate warbler has-been.
    Ahhh, a jealous, bitter, fattie!
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    moron. music doesn't necessarily have to be 'perfect'. sometimes the imperfections and technical flaws give it an extra something. also, i often hate it when music is too perfect and smooth and over-produced.
    I'm open to everything. When you start to criticise the times you live in, your time is over. - Karl Lagerfeld

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    Cliff Richard is pretty famous in England. Not my style, but the man did sell a lot of records.

    The Beatles often played and sang badly, but as sputnik says, somehow it worked. They got a lot less ragged as time went on. I watched the movie Backbeat again last night and although it's got a few problems, it captures a lot of The Beatles early sound and beginnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IheartParis View Post
    Ahhh, a jealous, bitter, fattie!
    Don't forget ugly hater. I want to get credit for everything.



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    He's being a dick head.

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    Now Cliff did have some good songs.

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px7ilisAGj0[/YOUTUBE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by heathersharon View Post
    Don't forget ugly hater. I want to get credit for everything.
    ooops! I meant him, not you!
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