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The album cover of Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' is one of the most recognizable album covers of all time, if not ''the'' most famous. Music/PaulMcCartney wanted to change the group's image and as a result all members let their hair and moustaches grow and pretended to be a different band. On the album cover, designed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, the Beatles pose dressed in military uniforms, surrounded by a celebrity audience chosen by the members themselves. Forty celebrities are either wax works or photo collage cut-outs. Note that originally there were supposed to be several more, but they were censored out by the Beatles' label EMI for being too controversial (including, in a bit of ValuesDissonance, ''[[UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi Gandhi]]'').

Thanks to its global fame and popularity, many shout-outs to the album have been made throughout the years, especially to the collage album cover. Even Blake himself made [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2123734/Sir-Peter-Blake-recreates-The-Beatles-Sgt-Pepper-album-cover-2012-style-celebrate-80th-birthday.html a new homage]] featuring new celebrity cut-outs to celebrate his 80th birthday in 2012.

The UrExample is the cover of Music/FrankZappa and the Mothers of Invention's ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney''.

AbbeyRoadCrossing is another trope based on parodies of a specific Beatles album cover.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'': The cover of [[http://ttgbbbb.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/alan-moore.html issue #10.]]
* Mike Allred (Comicbook/MadMan, Comicbook/XStatix) once published a miniseries called ''Red Rocket 7'', which took place during the birth of Rock N' Roll and beyond. Because the music genre provided the backdrop, every cover spoofed a different famous album. This was one of them.
* ''Creator/{{Gotlib}}'', as a cover for Peter Pervers (the German edit). Appeared on some Fluide Glacial cover too.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In the ''ComicStrip/StarFox'' comic originally printed in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'', a flashback to Andross's StartOfDarkness is capped off by General Pepper admitting that he couldn't do anything about the situation because he was only a sergeant at the time. Cue picture of him and his associates...
* One ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' treasury is called "Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', one of the costumes Rarity wears while practicing with the band is a hot-pink faux military uniform that is clearly modeled after the one worn by Ringo on the album cover. It comes back in the "Friendship Through the Ages" AnimatedMusicVideo for Rarity's segment, which has also strong ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' influences.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'': In one scene Renton and his friends are waiting at a railway station, with one of them facing the camera with his back, just like Paul does on the back cover of ''"Sergeant Peppers"''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A 3-D version was created for the 1987 special ''It Was 20 Years Ago Today....'', celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album.

* As noted, the UrExample is Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's ''We're Only in It for the Money''. The cover art is a less than AffectionateParody, in that it was created in response to Zappa's feelings that the album was just made to cash in on the whole "flower power" movement. Zappa did call up The Beatles to ask their permission, but ExecutiveMeddling forced him to hide the image inside the gatefold, instead of on the front cover as was intended.
** Funny enough: Music/PaulMcCartney claims that Zappa's debut album, ''Music/FreakOut'', was a major inspiration for "Sgt. Pepper's".
* Jan Fukumachi's electronic cover of the album is [[http://www.creativegames.org.uk/modules/Art_Technology/Pop/Sgt_%20Pepper_Album_files/jun.jpg a backwards version.]]
* ''Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band'' by Music/TheRutles. (which is the original with only the flower lettering, the bass drum, and the faces of the Beatles changed)
* ''[[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8Lyw4oEX2-c/TZ9203ERwBI/AAAAAAAAABc/oYnyd61MqvA/s1600/bigdaddysgtpeppers%2Bfront.jpg Sgt. Pepper's]]'' by the band Big Daddy, a re-recording of the whole album as if it was made in the 1950s (i.e. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGpCqsc2SK8 Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds]]" InTheStyleOf Music/JerryLeeLewis).
* The album "K" by Kula Shaker features a collage of celebrities whose names start with the letter "K".
* Brazilian artist Zé Ramalho made [[http://www.forroemvinil.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/za-ramalho-2000-naaao-nordestina-capa-500x496.jpg one]] with people from the Brazilian Northeast. Ramalho's Beatles CoverAlbum went for ''With the Beatles'' [[http://blog.opovo.com.br/discografia/files/2011/09/20110816172301_27971_large_ze-ramalho-canta-beatles.jpg instead.]]
* [[http://beatlesite.blogspot.com/2009/02/sgt-pepper-album-covers-parodies-1.html Some examples can be found here]]
* A Belgian compilation album from 1990 featuring several Belgian artists covering songs by other artists also parodied "Sgt. Peppers". [[http://www.muziekarchief.be/albumdetails.php?ID=12145 The various celebrities portrayed on the album cover were all photographs of well known Flemish celebritie.]]
* Maine-based rapper Spose parodied the Sgt. Pepper cover for his rarities compilation "The Yard Sale," released through Kickstarter.
* A budget compilation called ''The Monster Mash Rock'N'Roll Party'' had four headless "New Beatles" types standing in front of a staggered grouping of headstones and behind a drum with the record's title on it. Underneath the drum, flowers are arranged to spell "MONSTER," and the sky behind is orange with streaks of lightning. Image [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WYuUMWn6jwI/TcNH9ovfLJI/AAAAAAAABL8/HRB0N4lJ4rw/s1600/Monster%2BMash%2BRock%2BN%2BRoll%2BParty.JPG here]]
* The Music/DefLeppard album ''Songs From The Sparkle Lounge'' combines older and more recent pictures of the band members with celebrities as different as UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and the Mona Lisa.
* Macabre's ''Sinister Slaughter'' [[http://churchofzer.com/img/macabre-sinister.jpeg album cover]] features various serial killers and mass murderers in homage to Sgt. Pepper.
* Even one of the Beatles has done this: check out the cover to Music/RingoStarr's 1973 album ''Music/{{Ringo}}'', which revitalized his career.
* Music/PrincessLeiasStolenDeathStarPlans features the cast of Franchise/StarWars on the cover in a similar matter. (Justified, as the album is composed of FilkSongs based on the original album.)

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The cover to the Attitude Era DVD includes everyone from Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin to the clown from the "This is Your Life" segment.

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* The page image is a poster advertising the 2011 ''Series/SesameStreet'' DVD ''Singing With the Stars'', with Muppet characters from throughout ''Sesame Street'''s history, including the original orange Oscar and dopey Big Bird in the place of the early Beatles. The bust is replaced by one of ''Sesame Street'' composer Joe Raposo, with Big Bird's drawing of Mr Hooper next to it.
* In the Tony Bennett episode of ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', Johnny Fiama has a copy of ''Sergeant Tony's Lonely Hearts Club Gang'', which apparently came out a week before those other guys did it. Apart from changing the lettering, the cover is identical, ''including the Beatles''.
* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and subesquent Muppet stuff, Floyd, the bassist for the Electric Mayhem, is usually wearing a Sergeant Pepper uniform. His full name is sometimes given as Sgt Floyd Pepper.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' has [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2001/kk0422.html a cast picture]] like this. Note that the "classic Beatles" are replaced by the "human Dewclaws".
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has the mage Jojo, who wears a coat similar to George Harrison's and whose nickname is a ShoutOut to a song from a different Beatles album ("Get Back").
* Webcomics site ''Website/WebcomicUnderdogs'' had members collaborating in this [[http://s1305.photobucket.com/user/aerox95/media/WebcomicUnderdogsAlbumCoverFINAL_zpsa6317e2e.jpg.html shoutout]] featuring characters of their webcomics for the yearly anniversary of the site.
* [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXfsLaQVMAIwcX_.jpg This]] unused cover for a trade paperback collection of ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie''.

[[folder: Web Originals]]
* Viewer Garrison made one for ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'' to honor the show's 100th episode. The crowd was made up of [=RealPlayer=] images of past guests and the band members changed to Mutt, Arthur, Poink and Yappy.
* A "20 best hip hop albums of all time" list [[http://dkpresents.wordpress.com/2007/04/27/hip-hop-sgt-peppers-the-cover-art/ earned this treatment.]]
* ''Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}'' has an article on [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Batles The Batles,]] including the cover art for their album ''Sgt. Dark Knight's Lonely Batcave Band Returns''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** One CouchGag is [[http://www.creativegames.org.uk/modules/Art_Technology/Pop/Sgt_%20Pepper_Album_files/simps.jpg a parody of the album cover.]] An alternate version is used as the cover of their music album, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/The_Yellow_Album.PNG "The Yellow Album"]] (the name, of course, a takeoff of [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum another Beatles album]]). And like ''Sgt Pepper'', the early Simpsons are in suits and the current ones in fatigues.
** In the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" the back cover of Sgt. Peppers is spoofed when Homer looks at an album by his former band. We see three of the band members in frontal view, while Homer turns his back to the camera, just like Paul does amidst the Beatles on the Sgt. Peppers backside cover.
* The soundtrack for ''WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat'' features the characters posing like the Beatles.

[[folder: Other]]
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' spoofed the cover on its special "The 50 Worst Things About Music".
* The Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, made one too, [[http://rosiebell.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341cac7d53ef0105364b3e99970c-popup consisting of Jewish celebrities.]]
* A [[http://www.paulkidby.net/index.php/gallery/bronzes-sculpture/artwork/artwork120713-1-79 Paul Kidby portrait]] of [[Discworld/SoulMusic The Band With Rocks In]] surrounded by other ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' characters, in the ''Discworld Calendar 2012''.
* A ''Franchise/StarWars'' convention in Europe warranted a "[[http://randymartinez.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/sgt-lucas-72.jpg?w=620 Sgt.]] [[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]]" poster.
* The Brazilian history book series ''Guia Politicamente Incorreto'' (Politically Incorrect Guide) has this in [[http://cleovargas.com/personal/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/guias.jpg all]] [[http://static1.puretrend.com.br/articles/1/15/21/1/@/135072-livro-guia-politicamente-incorreto-do-580x0-1.jpg covers.]]
* This [[http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/doctor-whos-famous-faces-recreate-9081804 publicity shot]] for ''The Series/DoctorWho Symphonic Spectacular''.
* A parade of men dressed like the Beatles did on this album cover appeared in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames.