Coming Clean

I think it’s time I set the record straight.
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I grew up believing that Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees were the original recording artists of songs like “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Getting Better,” “Good Morning, Good Morning,” “Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” and “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight.” It is all the doing of the 1978 feature film CLASSIC Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (Notice I did not say “fault”.)
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(Further, I grew up believing that The Beatles covered songs like George Burns’ “Fixing A Hole,” Steve Martin’s “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” Alice Cooper’s “Because,” Earth Wind and Fire’s “Got To Get You Into My Life,” Billy Preston’s “Get Back,” and the brilliant Aerosmith’s “Come Together.”)
None of this makes me a bad person.
And I still think Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the best movies ever.
Edit: Oh, and I should probably mention that I didn’t hear “Hey Jude” until around 1987 and, until around that time as well, I thought Siouxsie and the Banshees originated “Dear Prudence.”

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  1. Avatar drc August 28, 2006 at 8:57 am

    I love Sgt Pepper! One of my all-time favorites.

  2. Avatar Bon August 28, 2006 at 9:18 am

    Isn’t it great? I have a mess of* “bad” movies that I really, really love (I think that’ll be a future blog topic), but “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” has been at the TOP of the list since 1978. I swear I’ve seen that movie 100 times (and probably haven’t seen it in the past decade–so that’s all “early on” viewings).
    * Keith has been busting my chops about the use of “mess of” lately, saying it’s way southern. Hmm.

  3. Avatar Hal August 28, 2006 at 9:56 am

    How unhip of you.
    The Brits and their bretheren say “heaps of,” which I think is way cool, so I have been appropriating (stealing) that lately.

  4. Avatar Leemer August 28, 2006 at 10:02 am

    No older siblings, huh?

  5. Avatar Erik August 28, 2006 at 10:55 am


  6. Avatar Ed R August 28, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    No sin, that. The tunes are good regardless of who’s playing them. I enjoyed that movie too, though I haven’t seen it since it was in theaters.

  7. Avatar NiNi August 31, 2006 at 10:26 am

    We watched “Tommy” a few weeks ago… now THAT is one effed up movie.


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