Saturday, June 02, 2007

Sgt Pepper taught the band to play!


A bit of deserved publicity yesterday for the Beatles with the Sgt Pepper album's 40th anniversary. I was only twelve at the time but I recall all the hype. It was a big transitional album for the Fab 4 and it got me more and more interested in the Beatles. I think this album was a big artistic break for them and moved them on to being much more than a good pop band with catchy music. What a great album cover too.

I loved Sgt Pepper, The White double album (I recall listening to every single track of it live on radio the night before release - on Radio Luxembourg or Radio Caroline - Grandad on Head Rambles might recall which!), Let it Be and my personal favourite album Abbey Road. I love singing or quoting some mad Beatles lyrics when I'm in a good mood, they are so retro and typical sixties pseudo philosophical. Some examples include...

* Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly, a girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

* It's wonderful to be here, it's certainly a thrill, you're such a lovely audience we'd like to take you home with us, we'd love to take you home.

* What would you think if I sang out of tune, would you stand up and walk out on me?

* You should see Polythene Pam, she's so good looking but she looks like a man!

* Hey Bungalow Bill, what did you kill, Bungalow Bill?

* When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom


* She came in through the bathroom window, protected by a silver spoon


The latter line was used wonderfully to title a great mad photo done my a young Leaving Cert student in Dublin I've noticed that even many young people still enjoy the Beatles.


Live long and prosper, may The Force be with you!

6 comments:

Omaniblog said...

Let me join in your celebration of that album. I remember it vividly, and all the intellectual discussion about the symbolic meanings. Most of all I loved the music (melody and lyrics), all of it.

But I use to listen to Radio London. Did you ever try that one?

Thanks to for the link to that great photo by the student: I've always felt that young people today are a lot more creative than we were in those days.

But who's the man in the tie?

Omaniblog said...

Sorry forget the last question. I've figured it out: a twin brother eh?

Grandad said...

You're bringing back memories now John!

"The Great 2 oh 8" and our friend Horace Bachelor from K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M in Bristol. [not to mention the Everright Watch!!].

I don't remember where I first heard Pepper but it was a turning point in music all right. A brilliant album - some say the best album of all time.

I still have my copy of Abbey Road upstairs.

John of Dublin said...

Hi Omani. I should have realised that you would be a fan too. I also loved the melodies and lyrics. I didn't know Radio London though.

Grandad - yes good old 208! BTW, I was referring to the White Album which was played fully on radio the night before release in 1968.

An original Abbey Road album is a treaure to have. The cover is terrific of the four of them crossing Abbey Road. It's my favourite album ever.

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K8 the Gr8 said...

One o' my favourite lines from a Beatles song is
*wearing her face that she keeps in a jar by the door*

I gotta say I'm impressed with the new song 'Dance Tonight'! What a foot-tapper, eh?