Music Movies - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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  • PaladinDemo
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    Sorry folks. We're out of weed.
  • Flaregun  - reply to PaladinDemo
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    But oh, they must have had tons of cocaine on the boardroom table that this movie was hashed out over. Funny how easy it is to tell which drugs were involved in a project by what particular types of horrible ideas the producers are deluded into thinking are strokes of genius.
  • Amesang
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    We will need a lot more hemp before we're through.
  • madstooge  - Lady Madonna
    I only saw a tid-bit of this movie on encore. It was at the part where I think a Motown girl trio was singing 'Lady Madonna' on top of a roof.

    Its one of my favorite songs from the Beatles and I wasn't impress with it the adaptation of it.
  • Bitsy  - No Let it Be?
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    Strange...really thought you'd do "Let it Be." It was a documentary film, but it still starred the Beatles.
  • The PwnUltimate
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    He explained why he didn't do Let it Be.
  • katefan
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    I think he summed up why he didn't pick it. I've seen parts of that film during ABC's Beatles Anthology special years back, and it just feels really depressing. You get to watch the Beatles argue a lot. Except when Billy Preston is in the studio. Then they all pretend to like one another again because they don't want to fight in front of their guest.
  • Nostalgic Fan
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    as weird and kinda bad as this movie is.... its one of my favs
  • The Movie Explorer
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    To be fair, the Bee Gees starring in this kind of makes sense, considering how often they were dismissed as Beatles-lite knockoffs prior to their mega-selling disco phase. Then again, it kind of comes across as a step backwards.

    Have to throw in a word for Sandy Farina (a.k.a.: "Olivia Newton-John Said No When We Asked Her") as Strawberry Fields. You kind of have to wonder just *how* many famous female vocalists turned them down before they went for an obscure, unknown session singer (The Bee Gees couldn't say no, they were under contract to Robert Stigwood). That kind of move says, "even Liza Strike turned us down."

    I used to think the giant cheeseburger looked gross. Now I just think it's an appropriate metaphor for this movie as a whole.
  • alexthed
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    It's too bad he didn't do The Ruttles. With how close it is to April Fools Day, I think that would have been a fun pick, but I guess this has a little more variety.
    Also, I hope Paw feels better next time. His voice sounded a bit hoarse.
  • Guild Navigator
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    Ugh... I when I was very young saw this movie when it was playing on one of the last drive-ins of my area. Even at that early age I couldn´t stand the musical numbers. Talk about a cinematic clusterfuck. Even looking at it today I want to toss a molotov at Barry Gibb´s chesthair and watch it catch fire... :D

    Wow,West Side Story? That´s gotta be a two-parter.
  • LordNifty
    I was actually hoping for "West Side Story" when I saw it on the board. That should be interesting, since it is a rather strange musical, including a knife fight and what seemed like a choreographed sexual assault.
  • Gagnon
    Sgt Peppers has a sense of humor about itself, the cheesiness works great. As opposed to Across the Universe, which takes itself so seriously it can't recognize just how cheesy it is.
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    Yeah, this movie is... not good. And, really, Steve Martin gets praised for this film?! Wow...

    Also, FYI, Aerosmith was the Future *Villain* Ban,not the Future *Evil* Band. And I love their rendition of "Come Together", btw.
  • GayGothGuy
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    The Peter Frampton vs. Steve Tyler fight is my favorite.

    BATTLE OF THE WAIFS
  • crawdkenny
    Did Donald Pleasance do a song? I know one he could've done
    "Noooowwww... There's only yoouuu in my life!"
  • crawdkenny
    Did Donald Pleasance do a song? I know one he could've done
    "Puma Man! He flies like a moron!"
  • JoeCool7835
    He actually did the first verse of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", the first 30 seconds of that 10-minute acid-trip song sequence Paw mentioned.
  • Buddy Jesus
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    For some reasons i kinda like this movie.
  • Fyrmer
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    Yeah Gagnon, Across the Universe was soooooo serious. That's why they had Eddie Izzard prancing around in a tophat and tailcoat doing a spoken word rendition of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" and Bono talking about "masturbating alligators."
    Those are classic signs of a film taking itself too seriously.
  • Gagnon
    Eddie Izzard was the comic relief and Bono was just being Bono. Didn't think I needed to point that out, thought it was pretty obvious.
  • JoeCool7835
    I know this movie is ungodly stupid. I know the who's-who of music superstars couldn't act at all (that's why they just mimed their scenes while George Burns narrated the whole movie). I know the covers and their literal interpretations on screen were hit-and-miss.

    I know all that. Guess what? I still enjoy the movie BECAUSE of all that! It's fun in the way that stupid but well-meaning movies can be. I may be scratching my head at the end, but I'm smiling while doing it. :-)
  • Me Wise Magic
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    Great performers in the movie; but everything in my eyes & ears falls flat of some great potential. The people who made this film good intentions; but most of the styles don't work. Great review. Would of liked a little more analysis on Let it Be since there are full versions of the film on Youtube; but I can understand Paw's point of view that there isn't a plot; but more of a day in the life recording/end of an era doc. Even the Beatles themselves were embarrassed with most of the film. Paul, Ringo, Yoko, and George's estate don't want a final re-release version with extra bonus material due to them wanting fans to embrace the best times of the band's legacy and not seeing them in a bad dark time period. Which for the most part I get. Ringo does have some great solo material though. It Don't Come Easy with George and a few other great artists is a killer tune!
  • Thatpirate
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    Finally doing some Sondheim!
  • EpicFish
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    That movie is just a clusterfuck of bizarre. I never really got why people love it so much. So long as Quadrophenia is added to the dart board, I'll be happy.

    And oh god! West Side Story! DX
  • remuthra
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    Saw the Wall on the dartboard. That sounds like an amazing review.

    In any case, nice job with Beatles Month!
  • Datadog
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    Great work on Beatles' month! I felt bad for putting off your videos for so long, but it was worth it to have a nice solid hour of Beatles' music to listen to as I got caught up. :)
  • LeeshaJoy
    What, no love for I Am Sam?
  • Mattteus  - Moog
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    Moog is pronounced like 'vogue'.
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    True, but the alternate pronunciation is very common.
  • ladydiskette
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    I am looking forward for his review of "West Side Story" this will be fun.
  • Flaregun
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    Whoa, kind of a surprise curveball with this one, although I fully agree that Let It Be just isn't suited to this type of review and, as I suggested a couple of weeks ago, would have just made for an all-around depressing episode anyway.

    There was never any reason for this movie, Sgt. Pepper's Band had already been featured (albeit relatively briefly) in the Yellow Submarine movie in a way that did much more justice to the concept, in fact the ideas of recovering Sgt. Pepper's Band's stolen instruments and music being the restorative force that heals the land & brings people back to life at the story's climax seem to have been lifted directly from Yellow Submarine.

    But I'd like to know who these people are that you claim praise Steve Martian's performance of Maxwell's Silver Hammer as one of the few highlights of the film. I've certainly never encountered any of these people, indeed I always thought it was universally agreed that Martian's butchering of that song was one of the low points of the film, And that when people try to pick out performances to praise they inevitably come up with either your "Best" pick or Aerosmith's Come Together.
  • franzfan66
    I'm sorry Paw, but that movie looks like my worst nightmare.Can't give it a chance. I'm gonna assure myself that what I saw wasn't real by listening to some White album.

    Interesting you put sgt. pepper at #5, I also put it at #5.


    Yey West Side Story! the movie that got me into classic films.
  • AlucardsQuest
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    Be careful whom you call genetically jinxed if you're not willing to accept retaliation. Hell I wouldn't say it despite me being quite handsome.

    Also calling the Beatles pop music and leaving it at that is like calling your show an internet video. It's true but not anywhere near the whole story.

    So... why do you have a 5 foot high pile of bullshit in front of your couch? Seriously, why does the Best font not have an animation to it like Worst?
  • FinnishPhenom
    Oh FUCK this film! She's Leaving Home is one of those songs that makes me cry each time I hear it and it was the first of it's kind that I discovered that kind of affinity for.
  • Remtiw
    Yeah, not really sure how one could review Let It Be. I've seen the movie, and there's not really much to review. The Beatles are rehearsing, they're not very happy, they break up after the movie is filmed.

    I'd say my top five Beatles albums are:
    5. Get Back (Not Let It Be, the original Get Back album)
    4. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    3. Revolver
    2. Abbey Road
    1. The Beatles (White Album)

    Kudos to you Paw for being able to sit through this movie. Every time I watch it, I just want to scream.
  • joe england
    I only ever saw bits and pieces of this movie, but Aerosmith's number always struck me as a particular high point. I had to wonder, how were they supposed to be the evil moneygrubbing villains when their raw talent in performance seemed to put the good guys to shame? If these people were trying to take over the world with their music, well, I'd say better them than the rainbow-colored disco boys. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy all these artists in their turn, but damn... "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" seems really damn limp, all things considered.

    Heck, I even enjoyed George Burns' crooning. There are good times to be had in this film. The rest, though... it's just kind of a mess.

    It's similar to how I felt with "Across the Universe," only much more so... that they're always struggling to find ways to incorporate the songs into a narrative structure. Seems forced.
  • Emilie Bennett
    Despite being full of big music stars, this movie looks somewhat jagged in several places. It's interesting to see Steve Martin there, but I'm not sure if his role in this movie holds any water compared to Orin. And I'm also an Aerosmith fan, so the idea of having them be the antagonists kinda hurts me. Thanks for Beatles Month, Paw! :3
  • Flaregun
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    But this is back when Aerosmith were *trying* to be the supreme "Bad Boys" of Rock, Angling to take that crown from the increasingly flaccid-sounding Rolling Stones (who had been promoted as the "Bad Boy" alternative to The Beatles since back in the first flush of Beatlemania). So they probably relished the idea of playing the "villain" band against Sgt. Pepper's.
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