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A four- song McCartney set
3 March 2013
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You're a DJ, and you've been asked to put together a 4 song set illustrating the various styles that McCartney's written in.

To also show how he's been able to do this over a five+ decade span, each song should be from a different decade.

Ideally, you'll indicate what genre or some particular McCartney talent that the song reflects

Something like,

I Saw Her Standing There (Straight Rock n’Roll) '60s

Live and Let Die (piano rock / the McCartney "voice” [“You got to give the other fellow HELLLLL!”] 70s

Put It There (guitar ballad) 80s

English Tea (corny / from another era) '00s

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3 March 2013
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Excellent idea for a thread. I find myself doing this very thing all the time when trying to convince friends how excellent some of his post-Beatles work is! Often I find the best reactions come if I juxtapose his more recognizable pop stuff with his most unexpected and experimental tunes, so I'd nominate:

Penny Lane (highly melodic, immaculately produced baroque-pop, 60s)

Junk (wistful, nostalgic acoustic ballad, 70s)

Check My Machine (trippy, funky, hypnotic electronic dub experiment, 80s)

Nothing Too Much, Just Out Of Sight (heavy, off-the-chain, Beefheartian blues rock, 00s)

 

EDIT: I keep coming back to this and longing to change it up a bit: alternatively could substitute Blackbird for 60s, Monkberry Moon Delight for 70s and How Kind of You for 00s. The man's just done too much to sum up in four songs!

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3 March 2013
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^^ I like your choices for the first 3, I'll have to check out the last one. I might put in House of Wax. Or Mr. Bellamy (although the beginning of that one always makes me think of "Chocolate Rain," and I can't stop giggling).

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3 March 2013
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parlance said
^^ I like your choices for the first 3, I'll have to check out the last one.

Do. It's one of the best things about Electric Arguments, the heaviest McCartney since Helter Skelter and really brooding and intense.

 

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4 March 2013
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Just went to find it at YouTube and realized I'd heard it before. I like it, but if I had to choose, I'd go with Cut Me Some Slack.

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I'm thinking this is hard.

How about broadening it to 4 songs with the same theme.

LONELINESS

Eleanor Rigby 1966

Man We Was Lonely 1970

Footprints 1986

Lonely Road 2001

 

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Interesting to see that Paul has a certain "affection" towards loneliness whilst John has this recurring "Jealousy" theme.

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"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
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Horses and Hoffner bass guitars are totally protected in the U.S.

 

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Gerell said, "Interesting to see that Paul has a certain "affection" towards loneliness whilst John has this recurring "Jealousy" theme."

I can see it as a topic for a paper: "Discuss the themes of loneliness and jealousy in the songs of Lennon and McCartney."

 

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Gerell said, "Interesting to see that Paul has a certain "affection" towards loneliness whilst John has this recurring "Jealousy" theme."

I can see it as a topic for a paper: "Discuss the themes of loneliness and jealousy in the songs of Lennon and McCartney."

 

I'm writing a 4000-worder on Keats as we speak; wish I could have done this question!

 

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McCartney doesn't need any help in writing a great song. That hasn't stopped him from doing great collaborative stuff:

Here's a 4-song set of McCARTNEY COLLABORATIONS:

McCartney and LENNON "We Can Work It Out"    1960s

McCartney and D LAINE "Deliver Your Children"    1970s

McCartney and Michael JACKSON "Say Say Say"   1980s

McCartney and Elvis COSTELLO "The Lovers That Never Were"   1990s

 

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WOMEN DOWN ON THEIR LUCK

She's Leaving Home (1967)

ANOTHER DAY (1971)

DAYTIME NIGHTTIME SUFFERING (1979)

JENNY WREN (2005)

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Particularly like the above list. Lady Madonna could also be a contender in that category.

EDIT: also, I'd never seen that video of him playing Another Day live, and he nails the complex bass progression in the chorus while singing. I'd have to work at it for days before I could do that.

 

 

 

 

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Ben Ramon said, "I'd never seen that video of him playing Another Day live, and he nails the complex bass progression in the chorus while singing."

I agree. I had no idea even that he'd ever done the song live! I landed on it while simply looking for the song on Youtube.

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The Thinking Man's Macca…a-hard-days-night-paul-7

  1. Like Dreamers Do
  2. We Can Work It Out
  3. Country Dreamer
  4. Mull Of Kintyre

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The Thinking Man's Macca… Yes, clever indeed.

Some of Macca's songs have great fade-outs ("outros"). Sometimes the entire song appears to be but an excuse for the fade-out.

Here are four, from four different decades:

Hey Jude 1968

 Back seat of my car  1971

(“We believe that we can’t be wrong” – there are hints of this fade-out during the song; unusual construct)

 Good Times Coming /Feel the Sun   1986

(“Feel the sun shine in, shining in on you”)

 Beautiful night  1997

 

 

 

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McCartney the Traveller

Back In The USSR (1968)

Cafe on the Left Bank (1978)

Frozen Jap (1980)

Only Mama Knows (2007)

 

 

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McCartney the traveller… great.

Had to look up the lyrics to "Only Mama Knows"

Sure enough, "Well, I was found in the transit lounge of a dirty airport town …"

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Frozen Jap I felt was a bit of a stretch, but the only alternative was the tropical isle of Bluebird, which is of course from the same decade as Left Bank.

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