I was inspired to send along a trauma that I feel may not be unique to me, but I’m pretty certain I’ve never heard of anyone else who was emotionally scarred….
Well, more specifically, by Aerosmith’s performance of “Come Together” in the SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND movie. Mind you, I was about 5 or 6 years old when I saw this movie (I didn’t see it when it was released theatrically in 1978, I caught it on T.V. I assume it didn’t make the T.V. rounds until a good year or two after its release, so I’m fairly confident but not 100% on the timing). As much as it’s mind-blowing to comprehend, I was aware of the SGT. PEPPER’S movie before I was aware of the Beatles. So in my young mind, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was a Bee Gees song. “Got to Get You Into My Life”? Well, that’s Earth, Wind, and Fire, of course. And don’t even tell me some dude named Paul McCartney wrote “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” That was sung by the King Tut guy from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!
Sadly, that’s not even the tip of the trauma.
No, the mind-scarring came during the introduction of the FVB – Future Villains Band. Played by Aerosmith, they sang a version of “Come Together” that still taints my appreciation of the song and haunts my dreams. Something about the sleazy, snake-rattle opening of the song, the way the band marches out, head down like zombies, and Steven Tyler’s hideous mouth hissing words like, “hold you in his armchair, you can feel his disease” – Well, it just TERRIFIED me.
Years later, when I discovered this was actually a John Lennon song – it made no difference. The song still conjures up dark images of Steven Tyler attempting to turn Strawberry Fields into a “mindless groupie” with his big evil lips. Shiver.
Talk about a double-edged trauma. First, the movie ruined the song “Come Together” and, for a long time, Aerosmith itself, AND it had me thinking for years that the Beatles’ concept album was actually a god-awful ‘70s cheesefest narrated by GEORGE BURNS. SGT. PEPPER, I shake my fist at you in rage!
Thanks! Keep up the trauma. Love the site.
For your reference, here’s the performance terror itself…