Tuesday, June 05, 2007


If I have to listen to one more dod gamn baby boomer tell me what a great album Sgt. Pepper is I might go postal!

I don't care whether you think it was the defining moment in rock 'n' roll history. (It wasn't).

I don't care how many times you sat in you mom's basement trying to name all of the people depicted on the cover.

I don't care how long you were able to hear the final chord.

And for Goodness sake, PAUL'S NOT DEAD!!! (His career is another story).


Rhonda said...

I am catching up on posts here.

So first, my best to your sister - and I hope you found the right words . . .

If I could come up with a caption for the contest, it would have something to do with Halloween XXX - Jason in the Antarctic.

And Sgt. Pepper is definitely NOT the best of the Beatles.

Christina_the_wench said...

Back in Black by AC/DC is the best album ever. People are so dumb.

Attila The Mom said...

Hehehe. I'm with Christina.

OneEar said...

I must disagree on this one Sven. Although its not their best album, it did flip the switch on the recording industry.

Sven said...


There is no doubt that Sgt. Pepper was influential for its time. But even during that era it was only one of a number of “defining moments” in rock history. For example:

1965 - Dylan goes electric

1966 - Dylan invents the double album with Blonde on Blonde

1966 - The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds which did as much to advance the musical direction of the Beatles as anything the Beatles did on their own

1969 - The Who release Tommy, the first ever Rock Opera

1969 - Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Rick Gretch form Blind Faith inventing the concept of the “Super Group”, giving their one and only concert in Hyde Park before 120,000 people

That is to say nothing of Woodstock, Motown, or the rest of the British Invasion. All of which arguably did as much to change the face of music as the Beatles.

My problem with the Sgt. Pepper apologists is their insular attitude toward the rest of rock - before and after. Sure it made a big splash - but it wasn’t the only splash, and if it weren’t for Brian Wilson it probably wouldn’t have even been recorded.

The question is, after 40 years, does it still stand up as THE defining moment in rock history given everything that has happened before and since?

I’m not so sure.

Superstar said...

John Cash
Buddy Holly

What about these guys? Anyone?

kim said...

*snickers* at that last line there

the beatles were ok i guess