Sunday, July 4, 2010
Comparison: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "We're Only In It For the Money"
These are two very similar albums, yet are extremely different. In 1966, the Mothers of Invention recorded "Freak Out!", a satirical look at the american culture. It apparently inspired The Beatles' classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", an album that is regarded by some, most prominently Rolling Stone magazine, to be the best album of all time. That album in turn inspired the Mothers of Invention's third album, "We're Only In It For the Money", a direct spoof of "Sgt. Pepper". While The Beatles were into peace and the hippie movement, The Mothers made fun of the entire movement with heavily satirical songs like "Who Needs the Peace Corps?", "Absolutely Free", "Flower Punk", and "Let's Make the Water Turn Black". All of the cover art for "We're Only In It For the Money" was parodied off of the "Sgt. Pepper" artwork. In short, I will say "Sgt. Pepper" gets the upper hand, although both are great albums.