bink photoshopped this, at my request.
If you lived in the 1960s, you probably remember the iconic cover of this 1965 best-selling album. (If not, it's here.) My parents owned the album, and I loved its brassy, south of the border sound (though none of the band was Latino), and food-oriented songs. Still do!
And you know I love Star Trek, but not necessarily for the reasons some people offer. People often say Star Trek is optimistic, for instance, and I'm never quite sure what they mean. Sure, it's optimistic compared to the futuristic Stalinism of Blakes 7 and other dystopias. But Star Trek doesn't reflect my wildest hopes for the future. It's too much about the triumph of white, male, hierarchical, American, middle-class values, with Kirk as its West Point champion. Starfleet crew members don't necessarily have white skin, but have you noticed, they are pretty damn white.
As a child of the '60s, I was more intrigued by Be Here Now (1969) author and teacher Ram Dass, whose aim was transcending the limitations of consciousness; or by Angela Davis, for that matter, who surely would have had no truck with the Federation.
The optimism, such as it was, of the 1960s is better summed up for me by the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with its iconic album art reflecting a very different design sensibility. [links to list of images on cover] It came out in July 1967--a year and a half after Whipped Cream. (Herb Alpert--and Star Trek--was hopelessly square by comparison.)
Thanks to Annika for pointing out that the Beatles' uniforms look like relatives of Star Trek's shiny dress uniforms (below, from "Journey to Babel").
[bottom image from rabbittooth via tintorera]
I wouldn't want to wear a Starfleet uniform and follow Kirk's orders, not then, not now.
But I'd be more than happy to lick whipped cream off his naked body. And I don't even like whipped cream. That's a wild hope for the future...
Other post linking Trek and the Beatles: "Tight Trousers and High Heels"
As always, Star Trek screencaps from TrekCore.com.