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A splendid time is guaranteed for all

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It was forty years ago today, etc. Sgt Pepper was actually released on May 26th 1967 but June 1st was the official UK release date, June 2nd in the US. Love it or hate it (I love it, of course), popular music has to be divided into “before and after Sgt Pepper” such is the scope of the album’s impact. Yes, many of its vaunted innovations weren’t so unprecedented, yes Abbey Road is better musically, and so on. But it’s unlikely that any album will be so eagerly awaited by so many people, or be so influential, again.

Song-by-song description from the band members
Trivia page with parody covers from the Mothers to the Simpsons
The hip-hop version

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6 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Eroom Nala

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    I still prefer Revolver musically as an album but obviously Pepper was the most influential of all their albums.

    A hip hop version eh?
    How about a Punk version?

    ;-)

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Yeah, Revolver has better songs. Sgt Pepper is McCartney-heavy whereas Revolver seems more balanced. And the cover is a Beardsley pastiche as well…

  3. #3 posted by Eroom Nala

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    PS
    How could I forget the Promethea parody cover:

    http://www.angelfire.com/comics/eroomnala/10.html

    I’ve already got a Revolver T-shirt. Now if I can only find a Sgt. Pepper one

    ;-)

  4. #4 posted by John

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    Heh, I thought of mentioning the Promethea cover then thought I should just stick to musical references.

  5. #5 posted by Wilhelm

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  6. #6 posted by Wilhelm

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    Just saw the little “feed you head” bit from the Airplane’s White Rabbit. You are awarded 25 points for that.

 


 

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