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(Onion AV Club)   60s Paul McCartney versus 80s Paul McCartney: an examination of the only bad thing McCartney did, Give My Regards to Broad Street   ( divider line
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2012-05-24 04:05:30 AM  
2 votes:
I bought his Wingspan "Greatest Hits" collection when it came out about a decade ago. 75% of it is good or excellent, 25% is unlistenable crap.
2012-05-24 03:53:16 AM  
2 votes:

O'RLY, Submitter?

Are you genuinely hot for the groove action of "Temporary Secretary?"

2012-05-24 02:12:02 AM  
2 votes:
ONLY bad thing? Wrong.

Sim-ply Hav-ing A Wonderful Christmas Time.

There, now it's in your head. Serves you right. Balancing the positive value of the body of his work (Beatles, Wings, solo) against the negative value of this one song - it's a push at best.
2012-05-24 04:31:08 PM  
1 vote:

Robert1966: Good comments on the Beatles break-up. Short version: they grew up. They had conquered the world. They had achieved everything they could possibly have dreamed of, and more, financially and artistically. Really the only way left to go was their own separate ways. Four grown men, each of whom has contacts throughout the world of entertainment, and each of whom has a following of millions, will find themselves wanting to do things each his own way.

Yep. And one other thing that really blows me away.....they accomplished all of that, and none of them were yet 30 years old when they split.
2012-05-24 04:25:14 PM  
1 vote:
I always liked this one too -

2012-05-24 01:10:32 PM  
1 vote:

Snapper Carr: John started to check out around Sgt Peppers (some have even interpreted "I'm Only Sleeping" from Revolver as a song about his lack of motivation to do anything with the band). Each successive album has fewer and fewer Lennon songs and by the time Abbey Road came along, it had become Paul's band which didn't sit well with George or Ringo and was the final catalyst for the breakup (Yoko didn't wasn't so much a cause as she was a symptom of what led to the split)

Just to expand on this....

John got seriously hooked on heroin. Take someone who already had a reputation for laziness, then give him smack, and you have a recipe for otherworldly levels of non-involvement. He was going to be a non-factor soon enough anyway, because he was doing everything he could to escape being A Beatle®.

After Brian Epstein's death, Paul tried to hold everything together. With John basically ignoring the group, except to come in once in a while to record a new song he had written, Paul became a tyrant in the studio in his efforts to maintain unity. The Let It Be film has a famous scene of Paul telling George how to play his guitar, and George replying, very snarkily and passive-aggressively, "Oh, I'll play whatever you want me to play. Or not play whatever you don't want me to play. Whatever it is that will please you."

George was already severely frustrated because he was still being limited to two songs per album (plus royalties for his songs earning him only a fraction of what Lennon/McCartney songs earned*) despite John's declining involvement, and despite his songwriting skills having increased to be at least near the equal of Lennon/McCartney -- and Paul was still treating him like a junior member of the band.

John was interested in little else than heroin and Yoko, George couldn't stand Paul, and Ringo sided with George in the backlash against Paul. They weren't staying together for any reason other than inertia from the time they were recording The Beatles (a.k.a. the "White Album").

* IIRC, George got something like 1/20th the amount of money per song than Lennon/McCartney did. He was getting seriously boned.
2012-05-24 10:59:53 AM  
1 vote:
McCartney has suffered from a bit of the same problem George Lucas has: there's nobody to tell him, "No, that idea is crap."

Still, he is arguably the best songwriter of all time. The Beatles' filler songs are comparable to most bands' greatest hits. Hell, even songs everyone knows and considers among the Beatles' greatest hits weren't actual hits - because they weren't even released as singles.
2012-05-24 10:10:47 AM  
1 vote:
Here's some Paul McCartney you've never heard:
2012-05-24 07:21:53 AM  
1 vote:
Uh..apparently subby has never had the aural pleasure of the Wings "Wild Life" album. Try it sometime, enjoy the sheer brilliance of a song like "Bip Bop" or "You Are My Singer"!
2012-05-24 03:19:41 AM  
1 vote:
(Non-Beatles) Bad Paul McCartney
Silly Love Songs
My Love
Wonderful Christmas Time
Ebony and Ivory
Say Say Say

(Non-Beatles) Good Paul McCartney
Another Day
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Band on the Run
Too Many People
Give Ireland Back to the Irish

(Non-Beatles) Middling Paul McCartney
Everything else (yes, including Live and Let Die)
2012-05-24 02:06:09 AM  
1 vote:
Oh hell no subby.

"No More Lonely Nights" has Gilmour kicking ass on lead guitar. For that reason least buy the soundtrack.
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