Back in the sixties, teenage girls in their thousands would cram into concerts given by The Beatles and scream hysterically from first note to last.
The songs were seldom heard.
Those teens could obviously have just huddled together locally and screamed for free. Liverpool’s Fab Four could have just mimed, or (if feeling retaliatory) un-muted Ringo’s microphone.
But ask any of those girls on the way out the auditoria whether or not The Beatles had please pleased them and the answer would definitely have been a yes (albeit a hoarse one).
A crazy mixed-up age group? The sixties were simpler times? Or a loud example of core human behavior?
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