Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Paul's Hits and Misses


I know that we've touched on this ground before, but I find that some of the most-celebrated singles from Sir Paul and from Wings don't really work for me.

I am a big fan of Maybe I'm Amazed (original studio), Back Seat of My Car, Big Barn Bed, Jet, Silly Love Songs, Soily, and Girls School.

I am not a big fan of Live and Let Die, nor of Let 'Em In. And I don't dig on inclement weather, although something about the constant secs during With a Little Luck makes it a reluctant fave.

4 comments:

Mister Parker said...

Now, see, I hate "Silly Love Songs" -- I'd rather run a cheese grater over an open wound -- but like "Live and Let Die," "Let 'em In" and to a lesser degree "With A Little Luck" ...

There's no accounting for taste.

Nor is there any need to ...

The Big Train said...

Ahhh -- just the sort of comment I'd hoped for.

I'm interested in your particulars, if you can put a finger on 'em, for distaste about Silly Love Songs.

Cloying lyrics, or jaunty bouncy tune, or some other things?

I'm pretty sure that my chief dislike of Live and Let Die is, beyond the bombast, the [to me, poorly-integrated] variety of pieces -- the lugubrious verse, bombastic chorus, and racing bridge pieces don't work for me individually, but decidedly don't work for me as a whole.

"Let 'Em In" falls short, for once, on the lyrical front. I don't need meaning, but it seems transparently meaningless with being openly so. If that makes any sense.

Mister Parker said...

Silly Love Songs. There's something about the strident way he enunciates every word of the opening verse that drives me nuts. Like a kid banging an up-tempo spoon on a pot. Which then shifts into something that to my ears sounds like syrupy mid-70s proto-disco strings. And those horns! It makes the Carpenters sound like Plastic Ono Band.

The lyrics are no more or less sappy than many things he wrote that I like -- My Love, for example. So even though I'm a lyrics guy and the lyrics of Silly Love Song are, well, silly, it's not the lyrics that put me off ...

"Let Em In" I imagine he wrote while stoned out of his gourd. It's got sort of a stoner fuzziness to it that I like since even though I am stone-cold sober I spend most of my days in a state of fuzzy distraction. Live and Let Die is, as you say, bombastic, but then so am I.

But this is just a matter of taste.

I could go on and on about Paul McCartney ...

Gen. Buck Turgidson said...


I could go on and on about Paul McCartney ...


Some day we'll have to talk about him. And the rest of the Beatles.