The Beatles Album Keith Richards Called A ‘Mishmash Of Rubbish’

The two legendary bands, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, supposedly had a rivalry between them. As they were the two pioneers of their time, the media often encouraged their rivalry and popularized or exaggerated the disputes between the band members. In fact, at the beginning of their music career, the two bands were friends, and they seemed to get along well.

However, later on, the band members had some public quarrels with each other, and thus, they couldn’t maintain their close relationship for long. Recently in 2020, Paul McCartney was asked about this rivalry in an interview. He said that there are a lot of differences between the two bands, but he believes the Beatles were better, although he loves the Rolling Stones. Previously, Keith Richards had also joined this longtime feud and made a controversial comment about a Beatles album.

Keith Richards Slammed the Beatles Album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Although the Beatles had already broken up, it looks like they were still the center of attention for Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards until recently. Back in 2015, he gave an interview to Esquire and reflected his thoughts on the Beatles’ eighth studio album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ For Richards, that album was rubbish.

The Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’ was released on May 26, 1967, and it spent a long time ranking No. 1 on various music charts in the UK, USA, and internationally. Critics highly praised the album for its innovative production, songwriting, and graphic design. It is generally regarded as an early concept album, and it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Although the album was mostly considered a masterpiece and received positive reviews, it seems like Keith Richards thought otherwise. During the interview, Richards stated that the Beatles sounded great in their early times, but they lost their essence later on. He expressed that he knows most people would disagree but for him, ‘Sgt. Pepper’ is ‘a mishmash of rubbish.’

In a way, Keith Richards implied that the Beatles lost their way in this album, and thus, they came up with a confused mixture. Later on, he compared the Beatles album to their ‘Satanic Majesties’ released the same year. He also criticized their own album and regarded it as an unsuccessful one.

Keith Richards is speaking on the Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper:’

“No, I understand—the Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away—you forget what it is you wanted to do. You’re starting to do ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties’—’Oh if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'”

Below, you can listen to the remastered version of the album ‘Sgt. Pepper.’