why are the Bee Gees not recognised as great songwriters?
Somehow they have been mistakingly marked down as fluffy haired, naff troubadours, the medallion men of pop. In the rush to push them aside a huge catalogue of great songs has been overlooked.
Their sixties albums are full of great, lost gems- psychedelic tinged pop masterpieces complete with brilliant harmonies and quicksilver melodies that are the equal of their heroes the Beatles. Songs full of imaginative twists and turns and great ideas and with that whiff of tripiness that marks all the best pop of the period.
They may have got lost bait in the early seventies but when they relocated to LA on the advice of Eric Clapton and entered their disco period they made a musical move as revolutionary as any the Beatles did. They not only attached a disco beat to their songs, they totally occupied the form and rewrote the rules making some of the most perfect pop records of the period that really stand the test of time.
Their falsettos and medallion man videos became comic staples but the high singing sounds quite incredible now and is the equal of anything the Beach Boys did. Somehow Brian Wilson is hailed as a genius and the Bee gees are not- this is confusing and its time that their music was re-evaluated.