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YMMV / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

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The Album:

  • Awesome Music: Enough so that three days after it was released, Jimi Hendrix covered the title song live in concert.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Paul McCartney wrote "When I'm Sixty-Four" as a lighthearted song about a man who wonders if a woman will stay with him when he grows old. When Paul McCartney turned 64 in real life, his then-wife Heather Mills separated from him and they later divorced.
    • It had already taken on a somber note well before that, when his first wife, Linda Eastman, died long before they reached 64.
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    • On a slightly more humorous note, over the course of his 64th year of life, Paul had that song played and sung to him so many times he jokingly said he regretted ever writing it.
    • Neither John nor George would make it to 64, either, with John being murdered at age 40 and George dying from cancer at age 58.
  • Genre Turning Point: Not only did this album help popularize Psychedelic Rock, it was one of the first albums to really use the recording studio as an instrument with all the tape manipulation and sound effects that went into the production. It also cemented rock music's shift from a single-oriented genre to an album-oriented one with a unifying concept stretching across the entire LP.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The original name for the album was Dr. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; while the soft drink Dr. Pepper had already existed for 81 years by the time the recording sessions started (much to Paul McCartney's amusing unawareness), John Lennon would end up becoming so attached to the drink in the years after the album's release that he would import whole shipments of it and send them to Paul.
  • Hype Backlash: Somewhat inevitable when an album is so often regarded as the greatest of all time. Many first-time listeners unacquainted with the Beatles tend to feel that the album's dated at best, and even among those who are familiar with the Fab Four, you can find a few people who believe that, while Sgt. Pepper is fantastic, it's not as good as, say, Revolver, The White Album, and/or Abbey Road. Most people who experience this trope with Sgt. Pepper tend to feel as if The Dark Side of the Moon, Thriller, or one of the aforementioned Beatles albums are more deserving of the "best album ever" title.
    • Some noted critics at the time complained that the band had concentrated more on doing a Concept Album than doing a pure rock 'n' roll album.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: The 2017 Giles Martin stereo remix was well-received, but some fans still preferred the original stereo mix, either for nostalgic reasons or because they thought the new mix was too slick and liked the way the original mix achieved some subtle touches despite the limited technology of its era.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Try listening to "A Day in the Life" in earphones on a crowded city street, especially if it's the Mono version.
  • Tear Jerker: "She's Leaving Home".
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Despite popular perception, "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" is not code for "LSD"; it was about a drawing John's son Julian drew of his classmate Lucy (who he drew in the sky. With diamonds). Additionally, "Fixing a Hole" isn't about heroin, it's about pot (in fact, Paul's more or less said that it is).

The Movie:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • "Fixing a Hole" seems to be in the film solely so George Burns, who otherwise only narrates, can have a song. There's no attempt to connect it to anything plot-related, and it isn't diegetic either.
    • The scene where SPLHCB go up in a hot air balloon, and it's implied that a plane crashed into it (we see it from the plane's point of view and then an explosion), and the band is now on the plane heading towards Hollywood. What?
    • The final Deus ex Machina appears to have no explanation, nor is one asked or expected by the characters.
    • You can make a compelling argument that this entire movie is this.
  • Ending Fatigue: The whole business with Strawberry's death means that the final quarter of the film seriously drags.
  • Evil Is Cool: What else could it be when the Big Bad is fucking Aerosmith???
  • Ham and Cheese: Frankie Howerd is clearly having a hell of a time as Mr. Mustard.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Steve Martin as a dentist.
  • Narm: This movie is filled with it. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Mr. Mustard's fembots are incredibly disturbing. The fact that their biggest moment is singing "She's Leaving Home" does not help.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Earth, Wind & Fire and Aerosmith only get one song/scene apiece, yet they're the best-regarded of the bunch. "Got to Get You Into My Life" has become one of EWF's signature pieces; some fans feel they perform it much better than The Beatles did.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Some sections of the film do have their fans – Steve Martin's take on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (lyrics not matching aside), Earth, Wind & Fire's "Got To Get You Into My Life", and the opening credits montage showing the original Sgt. Pepper and his band adapting to different musical styles from World War I to The '70s, for instance.
  • Special Effects Failure: For a film with all this hate, it's surprisingly averted for the most part.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Somewhat. Repeated showings seem to have softened feelings a bit towards the film, which bombed with a capital B at the box office.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Moby invoked this trope on VH1 when discussing it: "It's one of those things that only made sense if you assume everyone was taking cocaine all the time."


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