imageKeith Richards has managed to grab column inches with his attack on that national institution the Beatles Sgt Peppers. The grand old dame who sounds more and more like a sozzled member of the house of lords had a go at the Beatles iconic album which we agree is not their greatest work but still better than the last 30 years of Stones albums combined.

Whilst it’s always good to kick over the statues we can’t help feeling that there are some sour grapes involved here and a touch of the musical conservatism that has seen the Stones stuck in the same old rut and plying their never ending neo cabaret greatest hits tour for decades. (in the same interview he also slates the Stones rip off of of Sgt Peppers – the underrated Satanic Majesties)

Keef slammed the iconic Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club in a brand new interview.

The Rolling Stones guitarist has branded the 1967 album a ‘mishmash of rubbish’, claiming that the band had lost their ‘roots’ by the time it was released.

Speaking to Esquire magazine, Richards said: “The 
Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away.”
He added: “Why not? If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away – you forget what it is you wanted to do.
“You’re starting to do SGT Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties—’Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'”

Richards is gearing up to release brand new album Crosseyed Heart, which will be his first solo effort for 20 years.
Tellingly when he references his new solo new single Trouble, he said: “There’s nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to come out with on the other end. If you’re looking for ‘Trouble,’ you’ve come to the right place.”

 

Is Sgt peppers an overated piece of whimsy that needs to be brought down a peg or two or is Keef an out of touch, conservative old loon who is stuck in a three chord rut?

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. It is certainly not their best work but it is IS one of their most cohesive. Revolver is a mish-mash of ideas (it’s also their finest hour) as is the White Album but just because they had multiple ideas flying through them does not make them rubbish. Peppers IS the Beatles root music writ large as it includes rock n roll, vaudeville, and pop all of which the band were into since year dot. Richards is just trying to get column inches…and he’s successed

  2. “Pepper” is disadvantaged by overfamiliarity. One of the joys of “random play” on our C21st listening devices is the sudden hearing of a track out of context. One day “Lovely Rita” came on amid the assortment of far out jazz/country blues/what have you and I thought “hey this is amazing” …and it is by no means the most revered SP track.

  3. The 71-year-old rocker has just finished touring the US with his band – formed in London in 1962 – and despite having outlasted The Beatles Keith still had plenty to say. Keith slammed The Beatles for losing the roots of their sound during a meteoric-rise to the top of the charts in the 1960s and even went so far as to label their Sgt.

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