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Celebrate Star Wars Day early by watching this epic Beatles and Episode IV mashup

Tomorrow is Star Wars Day (May the 4th is “May the force”, geddit?) and fans of the franchise have plenty to be happy about.

Last month, the Star Wars Celebration Convention was held and the new trailer for the saga’s eighth film, The Last Jedi, was released. On top of that, we got a glimpse of Star Wars Land, an upcoming theme park that is being built in Disneyland.

Aside from rewatching the movies or buying overpriced toys, fans looking for a fresh way to celebrate can check out the cheeky ‘Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans’, which mashes up the storyline of A New Hope with the music of the Beatles’ ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

Trust me, it sounds a lot worse than it actually is.

The project is the labour of love of Palette-Swap Ninja, a duo with a self-confessed appreciation for “geek-culture parody”.

Not convinced? Check out the tracks ‘Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans’ (based on Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band) and ‘With Illicit Help From Your Friends’ (based on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’)

Self-indulgent? Extremely.
Ridiculous? Absolutely.
But isn’t that what extreme fandom is all about? The precise moment I fell in love was when Vader said “I want those plans in my glove” in the style of Ringo.

Other great syncs occur later: for example ‘He’s Leaving Home’ (based on ‘She’s Leaving Home’) when Luke decides to follow Obi-wan to Alderaan and the circus feel of ‘Being from the Spaceport of Mos Eisley’ (based on ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite’).

None of this will make much sense unless you are into The Beatles’ and classic Star Wars (Gen Xers/older millennials, I’m looking at you).

According to the duo’s bio, both musicians have some “serious geek cred”. Jude Kelley, the keyboard player/digital drummer, is a research scientist and ex-chemistry professor. Dan Amrich, the singer/guitarist has spent 20 years in and around the video game industry.

The duo has put the album up for free download here, although you’d imagine that Disney’s/The Beatles’ lawyers will have something to say about that.

Alternatively, you can watch the videos on YouTube, and enjoy the superb visual syncs that were added by visual artist Katrin Auch.

Palette-Swap Ninja, the Force will be with you. Always.

About the author

Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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