Just in time for Star Wars Day, parody duo Palette-Swap Ninja have just dropped what might be the greatest mash-up of all time.
There are Star Wars parodies, and then there’s Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, which is on another level entirely.
Palette-Swap Ninja’s project apparently took five years to create, which is easy to believe once you see the love and attention to detail that the duo, Dan Amrich and Jude Kelley, have put into this dual celebration of Star Wars‘ 40th anniversary and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘s 50th anniversary.
Every track on The Beatles’ classic LP has been given a Star Wars makeover. The brilliant new lyrics tell the story of the film (for example, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ becomes ‘Luke is in the Desert and Whining’), and you’ll even find snatches of dialogue from the film at appropriate moments, as well as interpolations of John Williams’ score.
There are a few different ways to experience the album, as laid out on Palette-Swap Ninja’s site — you can listen to it on Soundcloud or download it for free, but by far the best way to enjoy it is to watch it on YouTube (as seen above), where Katrin Auch has masterfully set the entire album to footage from the film.
Forget the theatrical editions and the Special Editions and the novelisations and whatever else you think you know — this is now the best way to experience the story of Star Wars.