I have to disagree that the early Beatles were shit. Sure, it was powder puff compared to their later output but it was still catchy and fun. I do think catchy and fun are under-rated qualities in popular music. White guys from Liverpool can't just go from skiffle music to the White Album without an in-between vanilla stage. There needed to be that period when the Fab Four ponced around in little matching suits. I think that musical period from the Beatles still stands up relatively well.