Monday, 9 April 2012

Photo Archive: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Do they make films like this these days? Aerosmith, Lurch from The Addams Family and end-of-the-pier pervert Frankie Howerd mugging their way through The Beatles' 'Come Together'? What would be the modern iteration of this - U2, a CGI Mr Snuffleupagus and Jimmy Carr belting through through 'Champagne Supernova' (note to self: that actually sounds rather quite diverting)?

Our trawl through the flood-damaged basement that houses the ERH filing system - as well as our deepest, darkest cinematic peccadilloes - brings us to Saturday Night Fever producer Robert Stigwood's flabbergasting Beatle-free 1978 rock opera Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Starring Peter Frampton as the one and only Billy Shears, it's a motley grab-bag of re-recorded Beatles tunes strung together by turns from the The Bee Gees, Alice Cooper, Dame Edna, and peaks with an unglued version of 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' delivered by a top-form Steve Martin in full-on Wild & Crazy Guy mode.

Click through for more walrus weirdness...

Photo Archive: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

First, that Steve Martin wig-out...

And then...
Frampton Gums Alive! (Honk!)
ERH hates joy too...
You're only as young as you feel, George.
Housewives' Choice
Note Brad Pitt's weird uncle, right.
Cooper, Howerd, Martin - All the greats!
Set the controls for the heart of the sun, missus!
Adios from Wolfman Jack
And adios from us.

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