Someone mashed up The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with Star Wars: A New Hope, and it’s amazing.
The duo behind this, Jude Kelley and Dan Amrich, call themselves Palette-Ninja Swap, and they’re in the same genre as [Weird Al] Yankovic — comedy parody music.
In their deep devotion to The Beatles, Star Wars, and to bringing good to the internet, they narrated Star Wars: A New Hope to the tunes on Sgt. Pepper, possibly the best Beatles album ever, dubbing the project, Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans.
This laborious and super creative project took five years to create, and it was totally worth it (at least for us, the viewers). They narrated the whole story using the entire Beatles album. And the lyrics/narration are, dare I say, perfectly written.
For example, the line “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/We hope you have enjoyed the show” becomes “Princess Leia’s stolen Death Star plans/She’s got them and it’s time to go.”
And the songs by themselves are actually really well structured, from a songwriter’s standpoint.
Like the song “With a Little Help From My Friends” — it becomes “With Illicit Help From Your Friends.”
What would you think if I boarded your ship, would you give those transmissions to me?
How can this be a real consular ship, no ambassador that I can see
Oh, you’re all spies with illicit help from your friends
Hey, but nice try with illicit help from your friends
You’re gonna die along with all of your friends
This album came out at the perfect time, too, aside from, of course, the late Carrie ‘Princess Leia’ Fisher’s passing (may she and her force rest in peace) — it’s right before May The Fourth, Star Wars’ 40th anniversary is on May 25, and Sgt. Pepper’s… 50th anniversary is on June 1.
And the best part is that it’s all free. You can download the audio here, or just watch the whole thing below.
This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for SongLyrics.com.