Five Inspired Beatles Album Cover Parodies

If there is one overarching lesson the world would do well to learn from the internet, it’s that a truly great parody is incredibly hard to pull off. Whereas, a mediocre one seems to be fairly straightforward.

Here are five images that fall into the former camp. Super familiar Beatles imagery, given an unexpectedly delightful twist.

Let’s start with the most parodied picture of them all:

Jun Fukamachi

This is the cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” a 1977 tribute to the Beatles album by the Japanese jazz-fusion keyboard player Jun Fukamachi.

Not that these are all actual albums of music. Here’s a T-shirt design:

Evolver

Hats off to Olly Moss for creating this spoof “Revolver” design, entitled, naturally, Evolver. And hats off again for making the chimps resemble their Beatley descendents so well.

Now for something unsettling:

Let It Be

A startlingly powerful cover from this Slovenian band, who recorded all of the songs from the Beatles’ least loved album (which is still far more loved than the best music most artists manage) as if they were teutonic industrialists with a Hitler Youth fetish. Which they kind of are, but also very much not.

And, because we are who we are and we like what we like, let’s bring Doctor Who into all this, with another T-shirt (courtesy of RedBubble):

Yellow Time Machine

Wouldn’t we all like to live in a yellow time machine (yellow time machine, yellow time machine)?

And finally, the second most-parodied picture in Beatledom:

Beatles Parody album covers - Abbey Road

This is a live album by the Brazilian group Lingua de Trapo, called “Vinte e Um Anos Na Estrada”, which translates to “Twenty-One Years On The Road.”

On the ROAD, geddit?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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