Posted Aug 6th, 2015 (5:00 pm) by Jess Marsh
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Eager to earn his title as "World's Crankiest Grandpa," Keith Richards takes aim at a classic album.

A little more than a month before the release of his new solo album, Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards took the opportunity to drum up extra press by making some "angry, old neighbor" style comments about the much beloved Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In an interview with Esquire, Richards referred to the album as "...a mishmash of rubbish kind of like Satanic Majesties 'Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'"

Their Satanic Majesties Request was The Rolling Stones' foray into psychedelic territory, similar to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, albums that both came out in 1967. Richards is going back almost 50 years to find something to complain about, in lieu of actually having anything important to say. While Sgt. Pepper's is one of the most beloved Beatles albums, Richards comes off more as a bitter old man begging for attention, than as someone critical of the music of his former peers.

Keith is far from the first to take this approach to gain buzz. Brandon Flowers (The Killers) made similar comments about the work of Nirvana, and few artists are as skilled in trolling and calling others out as Deadmau5. Keith Richards is just the latest musician to make inflammatory, headline grabbing comments to keep his name in circulation. Yawn.

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