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Star Wars Meets Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and We Hope You Will Enjoy the Show

"Do you need something Vader?" / "I want those plans in my glove."


Of all the TMS beats in all the world I could choose from, I seem to have found a way to pigeonhole myself into the mashup beat.

Maybe it was my infatuation with Friends theme mashups, or maybe it’s just my inexplicable penchant for anything mashed up with Smash Mouth or Santana (feat. Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20). Or, maybe yet, it’s my unapologetic love for anything Neil Cicierega creates. Who knows.

But when this Star Wars and Beatles mashup came across my feed, I just knew—somehow, someway—that I’d be the one writing about this. I even went as far as to leave it in our dedicated pitches channel for a while, just to see if anyone would take it, just to see if anyone else would be interested. Maybe it was out of respect for the imaginary delineations that make up our “beats” (of which there are actually none, we all do everything, don’t you know), or maybe it was because nobody else was genuinely interested. I don’t know. All I knew was that I couldn’t let Palette-Swap Ninja’s excellent work sit there unrecognized.

Listen, there’s a lot to love here. Like nuts and gum, these are two tastes you didn’t realize you needed melded together in your life until the moment they grace your mouth hole (or ear holes, in this case). My own favorite track off this album pops up right off the bat: “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friends”.

Oh, and make no mistake: this is a full album. There’s a full 13 tracks (in 11 videos on this YouTube playlist, as some of the songs are meshed together), and you can even download them for free on Palette-Swap Ninja’s website. Of course, if you’re anything like me, you’re lazy and just want to stream it online. That’s fine. That’s why you’ve got the full YouTube music video playlist up there just for you.

I don’t know what you were planning to do with your day today, but I’m going to go ahead and say your plans just got a brand new soundtrack. You’re welcome.

(via Boing Boing, image: Palette-Swap Ninja)

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.