Originally Posted by milkman
I wholeheartedly disagree.
The Beatles absolutely changed the direction of music, and are responsible for the crap noise that has been generated for the last 40 years.
I don't dislike the Beatles, but I despise the direction that music took as a result of their influence.
I would list that under "inspire" not influence. I know I am kinda defining my own terms here but I don't see much of what they did as anything particularly new or special.. just popular. the Beach Boys on the other hand actually create new sounds... so did Phil Spector for that matter.
I agree with you that they influenced music in the way you are defining it... for sure. I am just trying to take the conversation more into the realm of actual changes to how the music is structured or played. I guess I should change the term to INNOVATE.. I don't see either as big innovators but the bands I listed were.