Though posterity has largely regarded the Beatles as a clean-cut boy band, they weren’t as cherubic as they first appeared. Those guys were getting girls pregnant, spending time in jail for drug possession, and rushing through live sets to maximize their time spent having sex long before Diamond Dave and Van Halen were even hot for teacher. The worse offense, though, might have been that the blokes smoked. Witness the new cover for the reissued Beatles compilation, Capitol Albums Volume 2, on EMI Records. Ringo’s smokin’ a fag on the original photo, but thanks to the magic of Photoshop, he’s just plain missing two fingers that once held the offending coffin nail. Remember, though, if not for Ringo’s whiskey-and-pack-a-day voice, there’d be no Mr. Conductor on Thomas the Tank Engine…

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