It's a time of celebration! Star Wars commemorates its 40th anniversary and The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band its 50th. Two incredible milestones, yet so disparate in their mediums that there's no way to celebrate them both at the same time...
Together again for the first time, Star Wars Meets Sgt. Pepper in the video album Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans (sing those words to the opening line of "Sgt. Pepper" and you'll instantly get it). The covers band Palette-Swap Ninja (consisting of Dan Amrich and Jude Kelley) has created this project from their deep love of both.
Offers Amrich on the band's site (its name with a .com at the end), "“We’ve released song parodies before, but nothing this ambitious. Once we settled on merging A New Hope with Sgt. Pepper’s, we completely committed ourselves to turning these two sacred cows into the ultimate double cheeseburger.”
“We were surprised to find just how well it all synched up,” says Kelley. “The title song sets everything up with the pursuit of Princess Leia on the Tantive IV. ‘She’s Leaving Home’ hits just as Luke decides to follow Ben to Alderaan, and the circus atmosphere of ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ is the perfect parallel for Mos Eisley.”
Enjoy the videos below. And May The Fourth Be With You.
"Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friends", based on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/A Little Help From My Friends"
"Luke In The Desert", based on "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
"Never Better", based on "Getting Better"
"Imperial Holes", based on "Fixing A Hole"
"He's Leaving Home", based on "She's Leaving Home"
"Being From The Spaceport Of Mos Eisley", based on "For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite"
"The Force Within You", based on "Within You Without You"
"AA Twenty-Three", based on "When I'm Sixty-Four"
"Dianoga", based on "Lovely Rita"
"Keep Moving Keep Moving", based on "Good Morning Good Morning"
"Reprise/A Day In The Life Of Red Five", based on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)/A Day In The Life"