It's possible, but I'm not so sure - the model of the record industry has changed a lot, with way less focus on developing artists with creative control. If anyone would be our Beatles, I think it would be some production team, holed up in a room somewhere who we never meet.
I'd also like to point out that you are pointing to a handful of songs from a twelve album career. "Here Comes the Sun"'s time signatures are fairly bizarre, but not as bizarre as you make them out to be. Moreover, they are so expertly done, that most people don't even realize they're happening. And it's disingenuous to cite that song as an example of the Beatles not basing their songwriting on strong melodies, as it is very clearly constructed as a vehicle for a very simple and incredibly catchy and singable melody.
For every truly bizarre song they came out with, they had five or six that were written in the style of freaking Gershwin or Porter - strong and compelling melody supported by harmonic progression that works to call more attention to that melody. For instance, even with the bizarre stuff on Sgt. Pepper's, you have the straight forward shuffles "When I'm Sixty-Four," "With a Little Help From my Friends," "Getting Better," and "Fixing a Hole;" the straight up rock of "Good Morning," "Sgt. Pepper's," and "Sgt. Pepper's Reprise;" and the straight pop of "Lovely Rita." So even on their most experimental albums, most of the work is very melodic pop.
It's fine that you don't like them, but you're being kinda disingenuous when you imply that they used those studio tricks as opposed to strong melodies. With only a handful of exceptions, even their experimental work had strong melodic song writing.
And I would like to point out that the Beatles would be the last ones to use huge reverb and distortion on drums - Ringo tuned his drums tighter, muffled all of them, and invented modern studio mic'ing, basically having the clearest and cleanest sounding drums in recording history to that time, and set the standard by which all drums are mic'ed in the studio today.
edited 2nd Aug '12 11:29:44 AM by Cthulboohoo