Forty whole years have passed since the world first heard “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“. A pretty good innings for a piece of pop music, ephemeral as the genre usually is. It’s not an album I even own (The White Album is the only beatles album I have on CD), but it does play a big part in Deserters’ history.
Several songs from the album appear in the animated film “The Yellow Submarine”, which was the inspiration to start the Deserters. Looking for a name, we started off with various derivatives of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” until it finally changed into “The Deserters”. The Beatles were a fairly strong influence on us back in those days – probably more due to the eclectic range of styles shown on their later albums than anything else.