What if The Beatles met Star Wars? Guess what: The Beatles Star Wars mashup has arrived and it’s brilliant.
The Beatles had their heyday in the 1960s, while Star Wars really took off in the 1970s and 1980s. That said, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, they meet! A testament to creativity, Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans is a superb full-length satirical version of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album from 1967.
So who did this unique Beatles Star Wars mashup? They go by the name Palette-Swap Ninja. There’s singer/guitar/bass player Dan Amrich. Then there’s Jude Kelley, who plays keys and drums. They’re happily geeks. Dan has drawn cartoons and worked with video games. Jude has an affinity for science and chemistry. They met in 2003 and were part of a Bay Area 80s cover band known as Fast Times. Eventually, Jude moved to Boston and Dan to Los Angeles. Through the wonder of modern technology, they’ve been able to collaborate since. Musically, they’ve done several projects together, but this one’s going to be their claim to fame. To combine The Beatles with Star Wars, in my opinion, is perhaps their greatest achievement.
Did you know 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars and the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s? Gosh, that should make us all feel old.
Anyway, musically, Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans is really well-crafted, with appropriate lyrics that tell stories while matching The Beatles melodies of yesteryear. Sgt. Pepper’s classic tunes include “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” and “Lovely Rita.” It’s interesting to hear how Palette-Swap Ninja managed to put new words to those melodies to describe Star Wars so well!
Palette-Swap Ninja spent a long time (5 years!) making the kind of songs that would bring a smile to fans’ faces. Was “The Force” with them? I think so. Their Beatles Star Wars mashup is bound to go viral, seen and heard by millions of people who love both The Beatles and classic Star Wars.
Mark Weber is a fan of both The Beatles and Star Wars. He helps music artists share their links on social media. Find out what he does to help here.