41 years ago something very bad happened. The film loosely based on The Beatles classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.
The stars of the movie were The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, both of whom were huge stars back then. After this movie came out, that hugeness shrunk quite a bit. That movie bit all four of them in the ass very hard.
Also starring in the movie were George Burns, Steve Martin, Aerosmith and Beatle cohort, Billy Preston. I can guarantee you that none of the above are celebrating this anniversary of this horrific mistake of a movie.
But that’s not going to stop MBIP! In honor of this 41st anniversary of this film that was released on July 24, 1978, there’s a half a dozen links to articles and the original NY Times review of this film disaster!
Then there’s the MBIP Coming Attractions as to what’s happening on the blog next week!
The Sgt. Pepper film flop - This article asks the musical question: “What could possibly go wrong.” And the answer is: “Pretty much everything.”
How The ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Movie Derailed Two Careers - Both the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton’s careers were hurt by this horrible excuse for a film, but then they did agree to do it, so they must share in the blame!
Peter Frampton on Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary: ‘It’s Still My Favorite Album’ - Frampton discusses Sgt. Pepper the album and he also tells the two reasons he decided to do the movie that kind of killed his career back then.
July 24, 1978: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Disastrous Movie Opens - The original trailer is embedded in this article and it’s as unwatchable as the movie. I dare you to try to watch the whole thing!
My Year of Flops Case File #51: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - This article from the Onion’s A.V. Club notes some of the bizarre cameos in the film including: Dame Edna, Carol Channing, Keith Carradine, Sha-Na-Na, Hank Williams Jr., and Leif Garrett.
Screen: Son of ‘Sgt. Pepper’: Many Forms Involved - The original NY Times 1978 review of the film by critic, Janet Maslin. This line from the review says it all: “This isn't a movie, it's a business deal set to music.” To quote the Rutles: “Ouch!”
Monday: Last night I went to the 70th Heart of Illinois Fair and saw the Blank Stairs at the Beer Pavilion, I had tacos from the El Zarape booth, drank some wine at the Wine Shed and got some photos of the rides and games on the Midway.
Wednesday: Two benches in Peoria will be featured in this post. Benches that are attached to two famous names—once again tune in and you can see photos and read all about this!
Have a lovely little Sunday and I’ll see you all tomorrow!