Thursday, June 30, 2011
V.A. Sergeant Pepper Knew My Father (1988)
Sergeant Pepper Knew My Father was a benefit album for Childline that included a load of late eighties British alterna-rockers covering The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety. The long out-of-print albums' hit was sorta smarmy version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" by Wet Wet Wet which was very strangely made a double A-side with Billy Bragg's version of "She's Leaving Home", thereby allowing Bragg (fully embracing his Cara Tivey side) to have a number-one-hit-by-association.
So while I'm not sure this contribution showcases Billy at his best, it's great to hear Sonic Youth , The Wedding Present and The Fall adding a dose of grubbiness to this whole affair.
A1 The Three Wize Men - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
A2 Wet Wet Wet - With A Little Help From My Friends
A3 The Christians - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
A4 The Wedding Present with Amelia Fletcher - Getting Better
A5 Hue & Cry - Fixing A Hole
A6 Billy Bragg with Cara Tivey - She's Leaving Home
A7 Frank Sidebottom - Being For Benefit Of Mr. Kite
B1 Sonic Youth - Within You Without You
B2 Courtney Pine Quartet - When I'm Sixty-Four
B3 Michelle Shocked - Lovely Rita
B4 The Triffids - Good Morning Good Morning
B5 The Three Wize Men - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
B6 The Fall - A Day In The Life
So tell us what you make of this strange passel of eighties UK indie bands? Leave us a COMMENT (wherein you'll find the link).