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 has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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