Kaiser Chiefs interview Paul McCartney

The Angry Mob and Beatles come face to face

Today (June 1) marks the 40th anniversary of The Beatles classic ’Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, and what better way for NME to celebrate then by getting Kaiser Chiefs to quiz Paul McCartney for us.

Speaking about his renewed enthusiasm for his time spent in The Beatles, especially around the time of the record’s release in 1967, McCartney told Ricky Wilson and Nick Hodgson: “Back then I was really trying to get away from the band, but now I love it because it was just great memories. With John and George gone you try and bring them back with memories.”

Summing up the groundbreaking thirst for invention that The Beatles encapsulated on ’Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ he explained “anyone with any taste or boredom threshold doesn’t want to make the same album again”.

“In The Beatles it was amazing,” he continued, “because we got bored song-by-song – poor Ringo had to change the drum sound on every track.”

Passing his wisdom onto the Kaiser Chiefs he explained: “You have to not chase it [success] too. If you chase something it tends to recede, but if you enjoy doing something for the sake of doing it it’s more successful.”

Click here to see our special ‘Sgt. Pepper’ photo gallery.