The Beatles were a band from Liverpool who became incredibly famous in the 1960s. The band sparked Beatlemania, and became one of the first bands to gain huge interest from fans and press. Its two songwriters, John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, however, disagreed a great deal during the band’s time together, especially on one album.
Sir Paul McCartney opened up about why Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is his absolute favourite album from the band’s output.
Speaking to Bob Costas in a 1991 interview, Sir Paul said: “I’d pick Sgt. Pepper’s, myself, because I had a lot to do with it.
“It wasn’t entirely my idea but to get us away from being ‘The Beatles’ I had this idea that we should pretend we’re this other group.”
The singer admitted the album was one of his favourites, with each album representing a different moment in their lives.
The album John Lennon and Paul McCartney disagreed on
Speaking to Rolling Stone, he told them of why the album meant so much to him.
He said: “We really hated that f**king four-little-moptop approach. We were not boys, we were men.
“It was all gone, all that boy s**t, all that screaming – we didn’t want any more.”
It made sense, therefore, to try to do something completely different and experimental, and thus Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was born during a time where the band had stopped touring and were based in the studio.
John Lennon of the Beatles
The bandmates were also experimenting with drugs at the time, with Lennon having a bad acid trip during one recording session which has gone down in Beatles history.
Despite this, Lennon was not a fan of the album when he looked back on it in the years following the band’s break-up.
In one of his final interviews, speaking to Playboy in 1980, Lennon said one of his favourite albums was The White Album, and gave a pretty harsh reason as to why Sgt Pepper no longer impressed.
He said: “[Paul] wanted it [The White Album] to be more a group thing, which really means more Paul. So he never liked that album.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon
“I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better.
“The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”
Evidently, Lennon was keen to disagree with his songwriting partner, and even referred to one of the songs as “a piece of garbage.”
He said: “Good Morning is mine. It’s a throwaway, a piece of garbage, I always thought.
“The Good morning, good morning was from a Kellogg’s cereal commercial. I always had the TV on very low in the background when I was writing and it came over and then I wrote the song.”
Then, speaking of Sir Paul’s When I’m Sixty Four, he added: “I would never even dream of writing something like that.”
George Harrison agreed with Lennon, and was not a fan of Sir Paul’s top album, saying on Anthology: “It became an assembly process—just little parts and then overdubbing.”
Clearly years of touring hurt the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership in more ways than one, leaving the pair fighting over their favourite albums in the music magazines even after the band was over.