A few weeks ago on "The Tim Graham Show," I floated a claim The Beatles were overrated.
Now hear me out. I love The Beatles and consider them among the greatest two or three bands of all time. But too many times people automatically declare John, Paul, George and Ringo the best simply because they think that's what you're supposed to say.
It's become a rote exercise.
So we dedicated the first hour of Wednesday's show on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan to hashing things out with Buffalo News rock critic Jeff Miers. He was in studio with co-host Mike Rodak of ESPN.com and Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan.
My take is that The Beatles have been important, influential and ubiquitous. But they've also been mythologized, overwhelming pop culture at a time Baby Boomers craved a merry distraction from the end of JFK's Camelot and an escalating Vietnam War.
And let's not overlook all those duds The Beatles produced: "Yellow Submarine," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Taxman," "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," "Rocky Raccoon," "Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill," "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"
Anyhoo, Miers pretty much put me in my place.
Watch the rest of Miers in-studio appearance on the Facebook Live stream below.
00:00-12:30: Jeff Miers in studio for The Beatles discussion
19:45-27:00: Miers on Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and other rock legends
31:00-51:00: More from Miers on rock icons, Tragically Hip and what excites him about local music
56:00-1:09: Bills analysis with ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak
1:10:30-1:26:30: Interview with Scott Ferrall of CBS Sports Radio
1:31:30-1:49:14: Interview with Ryan Groy
"The Tim Graham Show" airs Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. Listen to archived episodes and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.