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Wednesday, December 9, 1998 Published at 18:07 GMT


Sgt Pepper scorned by new stars

"People are sick and tired of having the Beatles rammed down their throats"

A string of Britain's up-and-coming pop acts have defied the musical establishment - by voting the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the worst album of all time.

The album regularly tops all-time favourite lists - but pop stars, DJs and journalists poured scorn on it in a poll for UK music weekly Melody Maker.

Other albums to get a roasting included Simply Red's Stars and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.

[ image: Sgt Pepper:
Sgt Pepper: "The death knell of raw rock 'n' roll"
Even Oasis and Radiohead were criticised in the poll alongside Phil Collins and Eric Clapton.

Catatonia frontwoman Cerys Matthews, teenage pop sensation Billie and Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones were among the 60 names surveyed.

Widely regarded as a revolutionary album which changed the face of pop music, the 1967 record is often seen as the definitive psychedelic album.

But Melody Maker editor Mark Sutherland said: "This poll shows people are sick and tired of having the Beatles rammed down their throats as the greatest rock band ever. It's time to make way for great new music."

[ image: Bille: The panel's youngest member]
Bille: The panel's youngest member
Amongst the fiercest critics was music journalist and frontman of cult band Gold Blade, John Robb.

"The over-rated artwork and ill-focused record are the benchmark of 1967 - the low water point of rock 'n' roll. It's a navel-picking collection of sixth-form poetry faking a cutting-edge credibilty.

"The four walrus moustaches are a bad sign for starters."

Others consulted included Chumbawamba's Alice Nutter, Tommy Scott from Space, club DJ Carl Cox and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri.

Alice Nutter said of Alanis Morrissette's new album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie: "It's so boring you fall asleep halfway through her name. Adrian Mole has grown a perm."

While Sharleen Spiteri voted for 1982 Eurovision Song Contest winner Nicole's A Little Peace.

[ image: Mick Hucknall: Simply Red's Stars also slated]
Mick Hucknall: Simply Red's Stars also slated
"This stupid friend of mine at school has this album - I used to go to my friend's house every day and it was the only album she had, so we always had to listen to it."

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was recently ousted from number one in music author Colin Larkin's survey of fans and critics in his book, the Virgin All Time Top 1000 Albums.

It slipped to number two - beaten by another Beatles record, Revolver.

Melody Maker's 20 worst albums are:

  1. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band - The Beatles
  2. Stars - Simply Red
  3. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
  4. No Jacket Required - Phil Collins
  5. Pictures At An Exhibition - Emerson, Lake And Palmer
  6. Be Here Now - Oasis
  7. Labour Of Love - UB40
  8. K - Kula Shaker
  9. Elegant Slumming - M People
  10. Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
  11. The Smurfs - The Smurfs
  12. Kick - INXS
  13. Slowhand - Eric Clapton
  14. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
  15. OK Computer - Radiohead
  16. Some Great Reward - Depeche Mode
  17. Tin Machine - Tin Machine
  18. Wild Wood - Paul Weller
  19. Cut The Crap - The Clash
  20. Spartacus - The Farm

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