This is aimed more for people who grew up when the Beatles and Stones were first popular, I guess. Now it's completely silly and ridiculous, but it's funny how hearing an old song on the radio can bring back certain memories...
Back in the 60s, early 70s I was a big Beatles fan but for the most part none of their music was ever labeled 'dangerous' or 'subversive', even as a youth growing up in the JW cult. Even their more psyhcedelic stuff was tamer than other bands of the era. I made no secret of being a Beatles fan. I bought all their albums, I proclaimed them the best band in the world and didn't apologize for liking them.
But...I also liked the Rolling Stones. But I didn't advertise it. There was something more 'dangerous' about them. Not just their persona or how they were marketed as 'bad boys'...but the sound was harder, the lyrics more 'controversial'....to JW ears - and elders, that is.
With albums like, "Her Satanic Majesty's Request" and songs like "Sympathy For the Devil" and lyrics like, "Hope were not too Messianic or a trifle too Satanic..." it kept them on the unwritten list of bands not acceptable for JW youth to listen.
Yet, I listened to them anyway...and felt guilty about it. I liked "Sympathy" and "Monkey Man". I liked "Satanic Majesty's" album. Yet, I "knew" I was flirting with the demons by listening.
So while I was able to listen to the Beatles pretty much guilt free, every time I listened to the Stones, I got this pang of guilt. I loved the music but an inner voice was telling me that I was being unfaithful as a JW.
Like I said earlier - complete ridiculous but that's how we were trained...indoctrinated...to think. I know better now and I feel silly admitting that I was that stupid, but I was.
And hearing "Sympathing For the Devil" on the radio just now brought back a flood of memories that prompted me somehow to try to put in words the experience of being a JW youth and trying to like "worldly" music. Just thought I'd share that trip with ya'll...