Frank Turner: 'John Lennon's 'Imagine' is a Hallmark card set to music'

The singer-songwriter says that the late Beatles man 'was so much better than this song'

Frank Turner: 'John Lennon's 'Imagine' is a Hallmark card set to music'

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Frank Turner has revealed that he hates John Lennon's 1971 single 'Imagine', calling it "a Hallmark card set to music".

The British folk/punk singer has said that he finds the song 'sappy' and 'utterly vacuous'. He explained:

It's always grated on me as a song for a whole host of reasons: the production, the lyrics, the sappiness, its popularity, the knowledge that Lennon was so much better than this one song, and yet it's the one most people know.


Speaking to the AV Club, Turner revealed that despite this, he's still a big fan of the late Beatles songwriter. "Some of his stuff is transcendental," he stated. "As I said, that's one of the things that annoys me about the song. By his standards, it seems almost lazy to me."

Of 'Imagine', he added: "There's a pretty high dose of hypocrisy in here as well. For a man who had a dedicated, refrigerated room in his New York penthouse apartment for storing his fur-coat collection to sing 'Imagine no possessions' takes a fair amount of chutzpah."

Frank Turner recently announced that he will be releasing a brand new single later this month, which will be a cover of a song by eccentric English playwright Noel Coward. Turner with team up with Franz Nicolay, who is a former member of The Hold Steady for the split release.

Frank Turner is currently recording his fifth album in California. It will follow 2011's 'England Keep My Bones'.

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