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).


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  2. Hey Jeff - Whats your email? I Have some Jo Callis files for you. - Tim

  3. I bought this album because it had Bragg & Shocked on it.

    April 6th 1988 seems like only yesterday.

  4. I kinda sorta remember this...who knew Wet Wet Wet was around back then? and on an album w/Bragg, Sonic Youth, etc.? thanks for the share

  5. been looking decades for this! gracias!

  6. Is it a different Sonic Youth?

  7. What's not to like?

  8. Thanks Jeff - I did not have this one in the archives. MRML is linked over at RFW - I would be honored if you did the same on your great blog.

    Happy 4th,

    Dave RFW

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  10. Karate Boogaloo
    Lookin' forward to it...

    It sure does, it sure does...

    Yeah the mix of names was sorta odd...


    Anon II

    Anon IV


    Mr Lonely

  11. CallPastorJerkfaceJuly 2, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    I sure wanted this to be good when I heard it back in 1990 or so. It wasn't. Try, try again...

  12. How to open these DCM files???

  13. Did you rip this yourself from the LP or C - I just noticed a discrepancy between the track lengths and the cover? Just wondering.

    Anyway, for for answering all my questions.

  14. Anon
    It's not my rip but i hope it all worked out for you.

  15. I had this on vinyl at the time, the Sonic Youth track is great but the rest didn't impress me much - I wonder what I'll think now?

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