29 November 2012
Not only that, Rolling Stone magazine and most of the music press at that time were all up John and Yoko's butt and joined in with his slagging of all things Paul…a case of joining in with the schoolyard bully to gang up on and pick on someone else.
For anyone old enough (like me) to remember to old Looney Toons where Spike the big bad bulldog (John) has that annoying litle yipping puppy (the music press) following him around saying "whaddaya say Spike? Do you like it? huh? Huh?" THAT is how the press operated in the aftermath of the Beatles split in the early 70s.
5 February 2010
It's hard for me to rank songs on an album. I have to think in terms of whether I'll listen to that particular song, or skip it and move on to the next.
Ram is probably in my top three favorite McCartney albums (along with Band on the Run and Flaming Pie), so I tend to like most of the songs.
- Too Many People – definitely a rocker, love the falsetto flips, strong way to start the album
- 3 Legs – this one's just so-so for me, a take-it-or-leave-it throwaway jam
- Ram On – I love the ukulele, so this one's a keeper, even if it's just a fragment of an idea
- Dear Boy – amazingly catching melodies here, love it
- Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – it's nutty, but I love it when Paul does the mini rock opera thing and gives you a multi-part song in three or four different movements, and how can you not scream along? HAAAAAAAAAANDS across the water …
- Smile Away – another throwaway jam, sometimes I'm in the mood for it, sometimes I skip it
- Heart of the Country – I love what Paul can do with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, so this is a favorite of mine. The little solo guitar lick with him scatting along is cool.
- Monkberry Moon Delight – I rarely skip this, if only for the weird word combinations alone. A piano up my nose? Billy Budapest? Ketchup and soup puree? Paul, are you alright up there?
- Eat at Home – this one just doesn't do it for me. I tend to skip it.
- Long Haired Lady – usually, I find it obnoxious. Except for the outro. "Sing your song, love is long, love is long …" That's nearly hypnotic.
- Ram On – the song so nice, he included it twice? Ok, cool, I'm up for another round, and even if I'm not, it's less than 60 seconds. I can ride it out.
- Back Seat of My Car – oh, absolutely, yes, crank it up. The perfect way to end the album, with that giant scream and jam-out at the end. The melody is catchy, too – "The maze of lights are pretty, we may end up in Mexico City." Plus, wasn't it the repeated chorus of "we believe that we can't be wrong" that prompted Lennon to remark, "I believe that you could just be wrong"?
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