I read an old thread from this forum concerning the comparing of the Bee Gees vs The Beatles. One person made the shallow comment that comparing the Bee Gees to the Beatles was like comparing Richard Simmons to John Wayne. I laughed at the degree of ignorance required to post such a comment.
It is more likely that The Bee Gees and the Beatles are as different as Pink Floyd and Led Zeplin. The badge of honor that validates the Beatles is quite simply…popularity. They were in, the cool item. And in my opinion while their music was very good, it simply was not great. I dared to judge the music by listening to it myself as opposed to letting popularity and commercialization speak for me.
I personally find the Bee Gees pre-disco music to have more emotional depth of understanding. As song writers and story tellers they surpass the Beatles. But often times great music can be lost in the disdain for sadness and popularity of pep. That might explain why the Bee Gees are often remembered for their upbeat disco music instead of their latter sixties serenades. Many of the Bee Gees songs are deep with sadness.
But I find that some of the greatest music touches the depths of emotion as well as understanding that emotion. No… comparing the Bee Gees to the Beatles is not like comparing Richard Simmons to John Wayne at all. Both bands are entertaining, but for different reasons. The Beatles got the popular ride for certain.