8 episodes

An exploration of the characters who appear on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover

Lonely Hearts Clubhouse Elodie McMinn and Robert McMinn

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An exploration of the characters who appear on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover

    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse – Episode 9: Fred Astaire

    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse – Episode 9: Fred Astaire

    And so we come to the end of Season 1 of the Lonely Hearts Clubhouse, and we finish with a fun episode about musician, actor and dancer – and Hollywood legend – Fred Astaire. He’s the ninth personage along in the back row of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. It’s hard […]

    • 59 min
    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse – Episode 8: Edgar Allan Poe

    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse – Episode 8: Edgar Allan Poe

    Eighth along on the Sgt Pepper cover, and we come to the master of the macabre, the sovereign of spooky, the uncle of the uncanny, Edgar Allan Poe. A writer, poet, and critic who died, like John Lennon, at the age of 40 — and was name-checked by Lennon in the lyrics of “I Am […]

    • 44 min
    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse – Episode 7: Carl Jung

    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse – Episode 7: Carl Jung

    It’s like a Jung-le out there. Or: somebody spoke and I went into a dream… Carl Jung! Founder of analytical psychology, originator of the idea of the collective unconscious, coiner of terms like synchronicity — and seventh along in the back row of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. I really enjoyed […]

    • 58 min
    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse Episode 6: W C Fields

    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse Episode 6: W C Fields

    Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to… W C Fields. With apologies, there, not just to John Lennon, but to our loyal listeners, who have had to wait an extra day for this episode again, because I didn’t get my shit together on the right day. Wednesday was a busy day! Another vaudeville […]

    • 49 min
    Lonely Heart Clubhouse Episode 5: Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Lonely Heart Clubhouse Episode 5: Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Really, this should be episode #9, and a retcon should move this week’s subject further along the row to ninth position. This episode is all about the German avant garde composer who was surely the inspiration for the Beatles’ experiments with tape loops and sound collage. The thorny question of which Beatle was the most […]

    • 45 min
    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse Episode 4: Lenny Bruce

    Lonely Hearts Clubhouse Episode 4: Lenny Bruce

    Fourth along in the back row of the Sgt Pepper cover is an image of standup comedian Lenny Bruce which looks… nothing like him! I suspect because Peter Blake colourised a black and white photograph and stuck the head on a (generic?) body to which it didn’t belong—because in the original photo Bruce is sideways […]

    • 41 min

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