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What’s the Most Shocking Insult You’ve Ever Heard about a Band?

By: Jim Gray/Hulton Archive

There was no amore for the Fab Four in Italy, at least at one show there back in the day.

Forty seven years ago today, back on June 27, 1965, in a rare setback to their career, The Beatles performed two shows in Rome which were both sparsely attended.

An Italian newspaper commented that they were “no more than four ugly faces, four heads of long hair, four sublime idiots, four barefoot bums.”

And that was a good review.

(It sounded better in Italian).

Fast forward to today.

In Russia, they’re still blaming the Beatles for “recreational drug use increase”.


According to

“After the Beatles went to expand their consciousness in India ashrams, they introduced that idea – the changing of one’s psychic state of mind using drugs – to the population,” argued Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health’s chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, during a Moscow press conference reported by London’s Daily Telegraph.

“When business understood that you could trade on that – on pleasure and goods associated with pleasure – that’s probably where it all began,” continued Bryun, who went on to discuss the “tough measures” needed to curtail the lingering effects of Beatlemania.

Alrighty then.

Does this Russian guy know exactly how long ago that was? Or is he on drugs?

Anyway, here’s a question for you.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard said about a rock band?



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