Well, now they've gone and done it. The Brits have announced perfect plans to eff up everyone's favorite album of all time. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, BBC Radio has decided to remake the album with the help of current rock and roll bands. Oasis (duh), The Killers, and Travis (a poor man's Oasis), among others have decided to help out. Oasis makes obvious sense, but after that you get the feeling they had a difficult time getting big name bands to join on (the aforementioned being the only "big" bands).
So, this horrible idea got me thinking. What if I was going to ruin the best album of all time? What bands would I hire on (assuming everyone I asked was onboard for the idea)? I've decided to list the band or artist that I think would do the best cover of every song off of Sgt. Pepper. Some of these were more difficult than I thought they would be. If you've got any good suggestions for any of these, leave your choices in the comments section. This could be fun. Here's what I came up with:
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Oasis: I'm going to let the most Beatles-esque wannabees around start off and anchor my album. This was the easy.
2. With a Little Help from my Friends - The whole Brushfire gang!!: That's right, I realize Joe Cocker did a pretty damn good version of this song, but I'd like to hear it done all acoustically with Jack Johnson singing lead and Ben Harper, G.Love, and Matt Costa singing the answering portion of the song.
3. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - A Perfect Circle: Has anyone out there heard APC's version of Lennon's Imagine?? Makes me think they could do a pretty trippy version of this song about....well.....tripping.
4. Getting Better - The Postal Service: I'd like to hear an pseudo-electronic take on the "bounciness" of this song. I think a digital take on the poppy guitar chords would sound cool.
5. Fixing a Hole - Cake: I think Cake could make a pretty decent version of this song. I think they'd do a good job of matching the different sounding guitars.
6. She's Leaving Home - Sufjan Stevens: A harp being plucked over a string arrangement??? Sounds like Sufjan to me.
7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - Eels: I think you need kinda a oddball group to compete with the oddball sounds of this songs. I also think the Eels would be good at the waltz.
8. Within You Without You - Incubus: This one was tricky but who the hell owns a sitar nowadays anyways??? I was kinda thinking of the song Aqueous Transmission when I chose this one. I realize that's not exactly a sitar, but the song has a very 'earthy' quality to it that I think Incubus could do well.
9. When I'm 64 - Belle and Sebastian: Quite possibly my least favorite song on the album. I can't think of many bands that I care about that sound THIS poppy. Belle and Sebastian would have to be it, i guess. I need help with this one.
10. Lovely Rita - Red Hot Chili Peppers: Flea killing the bassline and Kiedes "rapping" alongside.....
11. Good Morning Good Morning - The Decemberists: Is Deep Purple still a band?? That's the only other rooster intro i've ever heard. Regardless, I think the Decemberists could prog rock themselves a couple of horns in this one as well as anyone.
12. Sgt. Pepper Reprise - Oasis: See above.
13. A Day in the Life - Radiohead: The classic song off this album. Its an epic, so you obviously need someone big to do this one. Someone that would do this song justice. Radiohead fits the bill better that anyone.
So, that's what I came up with. Like I said, this was pretty tough. So, if you've got some suggestions for any of these let me hear them. Most of us know the songs......I mean it is the greatest of album of all time.