SIR GEORGE MARTIN BLASTS ‘DRUG-USING BANDS’

THE BEATLES' former producer yesterday asked record companies not to deal with drug-using bands...

THE BEATLES‘ former producer SIR GEORGE MARTIN has asked record companies not to sign bands who have admitted to using drugs.

The world-famous producer was speaking to the Association Of Chief Police Officers in Leicestershire, in an annual drugs conference involving figures from the music and fashion industries.

Sir George said that companies should refuse to sign bands who were known to use drugs. “I can hear some record company executives say, ‘You must be out of your mind, you would ruin us’. What’s more important? Is it the future of the country, the future of youth, or the bottom line?”

Sir George also told the meeting that reports The Beatles’ 1967 album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was a salute to hallucinogenic drugs was wrong. He disputed the link between drug-taking and creativity, saying few bands who cited drug use had made music as impressive as The Beatles.

He also said the Beatles track most traditionally associated with the band, ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ was not about the hallucinogenic drug LSD, but was inspired by a painting by Julian Lennon.

However, Sir George admitted his wishes were unrealistic, and that record companies would sign bands whatever their stance on drugs.

Creation Records boss Alan McGee said afterwards that Sir George had made his fortune off the back of an infamous drug-taking band – The Beatles – and “when he goes home to his mansion, he should think about who paid for it and what state they were in when they recorded the records that made him rich and famous.”