Would you rather have been a Beatle, or have walked on the moon?

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just to get away from the rest of you savages

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:04 (six years ago) link

I'd rather have mooned a Beatle.

Elvis was a hero to most but he never her (ledge), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:05 (six years ago) link

walking on the moon seems like it would get boring after like 5 minutes

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:06 (six years ago) link

a rat done bit my sister Nell
And Shakey's on the moon

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:06 (six years ago) link

like okay, you're on the moon, now what, bounce around for a while, take some pictures, hit a golf ball

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:08 (six years ago) link

if emil.y goes to the moon with shakey she can have her can wish too

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:09 (six years ago) link

what if we had mass transit there which was so *efficient* that all the seats were always taken?

xp

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:10 (six years ago) link

there is no moon downtown to take that mass transit to

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:11 (six years ago) link

the moon will be cool when we have a space city

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:11 (six years ago) link

like okay, you're on the moon, now what, bounce around for a while, take some pictures, hit a golf ball

take acid and listen to the Beatles

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:12 (six years ago) link

i would hijack the moon and crash it into liverpool in 1962

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:13 (six years ago) link

you can take acid and listen to the beatles while on a vacation on earth too, and it's cheaper and you are less likely to die

iatee, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:14 (six years ago) link

like the way Nick is thinking

Koné 2013 (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

yes but the view is not as good and like I said, savages abound

xp

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

listening to the Beatles >>>>>> being one

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

I'm sure thinking about space stuff >>>>>>>> actually being an astronaut

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:37 (six years ago) link

not if the experience is transcendent?

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:38 (six years ago) link

the experience of writing and playing good music is pretty transcendent to me and I suck compared to the beatles.

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:40 (six years ago) link

it seems dumb to me to fantasize about going to the moon if you haven't even done something like go scuba diving. like who am I kidding, I would probably never go to the moon, even if space tourism were relatively inexpensive.

wk, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:42 (six years ago) link

I understand that but I think shouldering the adulation and creepy fixations of the full range of the human scrum would be a bigger pain in the ass than anything astronauts had to put up with (aside from spending all that time in Texas and Florida).

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:51 (six years ago) link

there was that conspiracy dude that Buzz Aldrin punched that time

Koné 2013 (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:52 (six years ago) link

idk if it's fair to call going to the moon an experience rather than an accomplishment; i mean, i get that they didn't do it alone (all those george martins back at mission control) but, like, it's a lot of dangerous work to go to the moon! they didn't just buckle up and put in earphones and then pile out when they got there.

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:57 (six years ago) link

Yeah, I'm assuming the choice includes guarantees that 1) We survive the flight or 2) Some crazy guy doesn't shoot us in front of the Dakota.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:01 (six years ago) link

Interesting discussion. I just want to jump in and say that dylann's point, upthread, about groupies is basically irrelevant. I'm sure Buzz Aldrin had/could have had his share of effortless sex.

Treeship, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:04 (six years ago) link

u hv read or seen The Right Stuff?

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

It's interesting you bring up the stress and drawbacks of fame, Morbs. I was talking about this with a friend recently and he said that extremevfame and the corresponding lack of public anonymity is so fundamentally different from his experience that be couldnt say for sure how bad the drawbacks would be. In this way its like goung to the moon: i will never really know what its like, so its hard to say how great/powerful an experience it would be.

Treeship, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:08 (six years ago) link

I suspect the life of a Beatle incorporated more freedom and more fun than being an astronaut. Look at Ringo. Walking on the moon would be beyond awesome.

Aimless, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:08 (six years ago) link

I understand that but I think shouldering the adulation and creepy fixations of the full range of the human scrum would be a bigger pain in the ass than anything astronauts had to put up with (aside from spending all that time in Texas and Florida).

Morbs otm.

George Harrison got stabbed and John Lennon was shot and killed due to their Beatles fame, I would not want to deal with the unrelenting creepiness of obsessed fans every day. I think that would be a paranoid and sad way to live.

The last of the famous international Greyjoys (Nicole), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:16 (six years ago) link

Thats true, the type of obsession the Beatles inspired was unique and put them in danger. It wasn't just that they were super famous.

Treeship, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:18 (six years ago) link

I'd probably choose to be Ringo, since he didn't really have much to do with the legal shit towards the end. And he hung out with Keith Moon.

But if you've read Peter Doggett's You Never Give Me Your Money, you're likely to come away thinking that being a Beatle was an endlessly frustrating ordeal.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:20 (six years ago) link

it seems to me that walking on the moon is one of those things that's only awe inspiring because nobody else has done it. like being the wright bros vs. some schmuck on a commuter flight. obviously there must be something inherently amazing about being on the moon, but how great could it really be compared to acid?

drop acid on the moon obvs

Mordy , Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:22 (six years ago) link

Be s beatle, buy a trampoline

i gave ten pounds and all i got was a lousy * (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:27 (six years ago) link

michael jackson did the moonwalk & bought the beatles catalogue, I wonder which he enjoyed more

Moldy ★☆☆☆☆ (wins), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:29 (six years ago) link

fucking little boys, presumably

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:30 (six years ago) link

ON ACID

Moldy ★☆☆☆☆ (wins), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:31 (six years ago) link

It's amazing that just three weeks after Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon the Beatles successfully walked across Abbey Road. Things happened so fast in the '60s.

Josefa, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:57 (six years ago) link

it's amazing that both walks were accompanied by speculation of fakery

Koné 2013 (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 20:01 (six years ago) link

The real Paul McCartney was on the moon while his double crossed Abbey Road iirc

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 20:14 (six years ago) link

Thankfully none of the later moon missions landed four men on the moon, because only that fact spared us the inevitable "funny" recreation of the Abbey Road cover.

Josefa, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 20:33 (six years ago) link

(The photo of Jason Spaceman crossing Abbey Road seems not to exist...)

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 20:51 (six years ago) link

I'd rather walk on the moon than be Paul McCartney.

beingcutesince1980 (captain rosie), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:28 (six years ago) link

THE MOON THE MOON THE MOON THE MOON wtf how is this even a question jesus christ some of you people itt

i am going to FP every single one of you jerks who does not vote walking on the moon

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:34 (six years ago) link

there is nothing that the Beatles ever did in their career that is as REMOTELY as cool that compares to being able to have a photo LIKE THIS taken in your career

http://www.stvincent.edu/uploadedImages/SVC_Pulse/Blog/John_Smetanka/young_neil_armstrong.jpg

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:37 (six years ago) link

It seems so weird to me but then I remember what ILM is like. xp

The last of the famous international Greyjoys (Nicole), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:38 (six years ago) link

survival training in the desert to make Sgt Pepper? NO I DIDN'T THINK SO

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/armstrong082712/s_a04_S6414507.jpg

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:39 (six years ago) link

Seeing the home of us all reduced to a humble tennis ball vs mccartney/lennon shit is no competition at all.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:41 (six years ago) link

you cannot fuck with space

space always wins

always

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:42 (six years ago) link

i thought we didn't even like the beatles anymore tbh

sleepingbag, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:44 (six years ago) link

the only way that the Beatles and the Apollo astronauts are in the same conversation is if Abbey Road could realistically explode in flames with the Beatles inside it at any given moment throughout their recording career.

zero beatles died making their first album.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:48 (six years ago) link

this question really annoys me

A LOT

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:49 (six years ago) link

Also:

Today is Saturday, July 20, 2013

Today in
Beatles History

1964 - The Beatles single "And I Love Her"/"If I Fell" was released.

1968 - Jane Asher appeared on BBC-TV's "Dee Time." She announced that her relationship with Paul McCartney was over.

1969 - The Beatles viewed a rough cut of the movie "Let it Be."

That's right, even The Beatles would rather have watched themselves than the moon landing. Suck it, moon!

it itches like a porky pine sitting on your dick (Phil D.), Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:52 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Maybe a little less than the widespread acclaim would have it, but I enjoyed Apollo 11. Like CNN's Tricky Dick (CNN did Apollo 11, too), all the footage and sound is contemporaneous--for now, anyway (until this too becomes a cliche), I much prefer that approach to the standard talking-heads documentary. Nixon acquits himself very well during his ceremonial phone call with Neil Armstrong. (For all their similarities, you can bet Trump would have somehow made the moon landing about himself--Nixon seems to sincerely be humbled by the moment.) What I really liked, as much as the space-related activities themselves, was the footage of people setting up on the beach to watch the lift-off. There was something very beautifully everyday about that footage, everybody calm and happy and waiting--a nice contrast to the chaos that you always get in late-'60s footage. (Our Nixon had that too.)

clemenza, Sunday, 12 May 2019 19:17 (four months ago) link

(No mention of the Beatles anywhere, so walking-on-the-moon retakes the lead.)

clemenza, Sunday, 12 May 2019 19:18 (four months ago) link

I've a copy of Full Moon, compiled by photographer Micheal Light (most of the folio pages are reproduced in small scale in the image gallery).

I absolutely would have preferred to have been one of the 12 humans (maybe the last) to walk on another planetary body, especially the later missions Apollo 15-17, where they had multiple extended surface EVAs with the rover, and hammocks to sleep in. Neil and Buzz had to "sleep" seated on the engine in their suits. As for the promiscuous sex & drugs, those were undoubtedly difficult when they were under a NASA and public microscope in the 1960s until they did their landings at ages 36 to 47, but thereafter? There was no shortage of willing groupies.

Related news: we may spend millions of dollars to retrieve Apollo astronauts' poop.

April 9, 2019: NASA Plans Mission to Bring Apollo Astronauts’ Poop Back From the Moon

nonsense upon stilts (Sanpaku), Monday, 13 May 2019 21:20 (four months ago) link

i was ecstatic watching this in the theater, but i booed nixon. come on.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:32 (four months ago) link

i'm awfully garrulous itt. forgot about its curious operating assumption that if you've walked on the moon you're not allowed to drop acid.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:38 (four months ago) link

I just want to jump in and say that dylann's point, upthread, about groupies is basically irrelevant. I'm sure Buzz Aldrin had/could have had his share of effortless sex.

lol PBS are running a documentary about this at the moment

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:26 (four months ago) link

I believe the relevant term is “Cape cookie.”

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:31 (four months ago) link

Also, over the weekend learned and reported on another thread that the engineer on Double Fantasy contributed to the soundtrack of the documentary For All Mankind. DO U SEE?

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:34 (four months ago) link

forgot about its curious operating assumption that if you've walked on the moon you're not allowed to drop acid.

drop acid while you're on the moon imo

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:32 (four months ago) link

Winston on the moon.

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:07 (four months ago) link

“Cookie!”

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:07 (four months ago) link


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