Palette-Swap Ninja has released a parody album of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band entitled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. Every song has been Star Wars-ified, and the whole thing is just excellent.
“This year marks two important pop-culture milestones: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars on May 25, and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a week later, June 1,” explained singer and guitarist Dan Amrich on the band’s website. “Our new album merges both into one full-length concept album titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. It’s the entire Beatles album as accurately as we could record it, only now it tells the story of Star Wars: A New Hope — in order. We sweat the details on both sides in an effort to do both cultural milestones justice. Writing hyper-specific lyrics that match the original songs’ cadences; reverse-engineering everything the Beatles recorded, from distorted saxophone riffs to Indian tabla rhythms; recording everything from scratch and learning as we went — well, that’s what takes five years.
The Palette-Swap Ninja website also provides details on downloading the album for free, but the best way to experience it is the video below, where the songs are accompanied by the excellent lyrics and visuals: