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!


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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Anonymous 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?